Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Golden Globe Winner Predictions: Best Limited Series or TV Movie

The competition:

Normal People aired twelve episodes on Hulu in April. Star Daisy Edgar-Jones is nominated for her performance, while costar Paul Mescal received an Emmy nomination this past fall, when the show missed out on a bid in the top category.

The Queen’s Gambit aired seven episodes on Netflix in October. Star Anya Taylor-Joy is nominated for her performance. It may contend at next year’s Emmy Awards.

Small Axe aired five separate films from November to December on Amazon Prime Video. Star John Boyega is nominated for his performance. It’s considered by some organizations as one film, as a series of films, or a TV series.

Unorthodox aired four episodes on Netflix in March. Star Shira Haas is nominated for her performance. Both Haas and the show contended for Emmys back in the fall, when it won a directing prize.

The Undoing aired six episodes from October to November on HBO. Stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, and Donald Sutherland are all nominated for their performances. It may contend at next year’s Emmy Awards.

Additional notes: For the fourth year in a row, there are no television films in contention this year, despite a few legitimate possibilities that were completely snubbed.
Who should win? I don’t think “The Undoing” needs to be here. I also question the placement of “Small Axe” even though some of its content was very strong – it’s clearly five separate movies. The other three are also fantastic and I’m not sure I could easily choose between them. I think I’d be happiest if it was “Normal People” since that hasn’t won all that many prizes, but all are superb.
Who will win? It’s possible it could be “Unorthodox” or “Small Axe,” but I’m betting on The Queen’s Gambit.

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