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HLN culture: A Golden Globes special

This Sunday marks the 78th Golden Globes. We look at some of the nominations and make our predictions for who will win...

Written by Laura Kingston
Published 24.02.2021

By Chris Kingston

The movie award season will no doubt be a very different affair this year due to the Covid pandemic. Despite this, it has still been a good year for TV and movies, with Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit and The Crown leading the nominations. Things kick off this Sunday with the 78th Golden Globes – a celebration which this year will be hosted by actors and comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. In this Golden Globes special, we look at some of the nominations and make our predictions for who will win.

Best Actress in a limited series or movie

Veteran stars Cate Blanchett (Mrs America) and Nicole Kidman (The Undoing) face some stiff competition from newcomer Daisy Edgar (Normal People) who will also be playing Kira in the upcoming movie Where The Crawdads Sing.

Our favourite to win? Anya Taylor-Joy – for her amazing performance as Beth Harmen in The Queen’s Gambit.

Best Actor in a limited series or movie 

Hugh Grant who plays Nicole Kidman’s wicked husband in (The Undoing) also faces some stiff competition from the likes of Bryan Cranston – (Your Honor), Jeff Daniels (The Comey Rule), Ethan Hawke (The Good Lord Bird) and Mark Ruffalo (I Know This Much is True.)

Ethan Hawke should win for his career-defining performance but we predict the award will probably go to Hugh Grant. 

Best Actress in a TV series – drama

Olivia Colman won most of the awards last year for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in (The Crown), but this time she is challenged by co-star Emma Corrin for her performance as Princess Dinna. Other stiff competition comes from Jodie Comer’s Villanelle in (Killing Eve), Laura Linney from Netflix hit (Ozark) and Sarah Paulson in (Ratched)

We can’t predict this one but believe it will be a two-horse race between Colman and Corrin. 

 

Best Actor in a TV series – drama   

The Crown’s Josh O’Connor is the favourite for this award but again we have American actors Jason Bateman (Ozark) and Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul) along with Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason) and Al Pacino who played a Nazi hunter in the underrated Amazon series (Hunters).

That being said though the night probably belongs to The Crown and the award will likely go to Josh O Connor for his portrayal of Prince Charles.    

Best limited series or TV movie 

The limited series category has made a grave era in snubbing the brilliant (I May Destroy You) which was one of the best TV offerings from last year, however, we still have some superb offerings in (The Undoing), a murder mystery starring Hugh Grant and Nichole Kidman, (Unorthodox) about a young girl’s escape from an insular religious community and (Normal People) about the exploration of a foundational sexual relationship. The win however should probably go to (Small Axe) – a series of movies that explores the tales of the black British-Caribbean experience from the late 1960s through to the mid-1980s.

For us though, it will be a surprise if the underdog story behind The Queen’s Gambit doesn’t win.

Best television series – drama 

It could be The Crown’s chance to win big as last year the show lost out to the TV series Succession. There is an outside chance that Disney’s well-received Star Wars series The Mandalorian may bag the award but it’s more than likely The Crown is the guaranteed favourite for the prize. They both go up against Lovecraft Country, Ozark and Ratched. 

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