2020 Golden Globes Nominations: Television

Posted on December 09, 2019

Kittens, let’s engage in the very best kind of Monday morning time-waster: arguing about who should win what Golden Globe and yelling at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for ignoring or failing to nominate the folks we all thought were sure-fire no-brainers. Here’s the TV list, but don’t forget to hop over to the movie list and get your recommended daily allowance of yelling complete for the day.

 

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
“Big Little Lies”
“The Crown”
“Killing Eve”
“The Morning Show”
“Succession”

 

BLL: not EVEN; didn’t see The Morning Show but the reviews were decidedly negative; fell off the Killing Eve train this season but that was more our fault; Succession is critically beloved but we couldn’t get into a show about rich white assholes at the moment. No surprise here, we pick: THE CROWN.

 

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY
“Barry”
“Fleabag”
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“The Politician”

Never saw Kominsky, found both Mrs. Maisel and The Politician to be way too pleased with themselves; haven’t found the time to return to season two of Barry. Fleabag, on the other hand, accomplished something with its writing no other filmed narrative ever quite managed: the main character absolutely breaks each audience member’s heart. A brilliant season of television.

 

MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM
“Catch-22”
“Chernobyl”
“Fosse/Verdon”
“The Loudest Voice”
“Unbelievable”

HUGE problem with When They See Us not being on this list. Of the ones we watched here, we absolutely loved Merrit Weaver and Toni Collette together in Unbelievable – one of the great viewing pleasures of the year; Fosse/Verdon tickled all our pleasure centers, but if we’re being honest, the whole thing rested on Michelle Williams’ stunning performance. No, it has to be Chernobyl for us.

 

BEST ACTOR TV SERIES – DRAMA
Brian Cox, “Succession”
Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robor”
Tobias Menzies, “The Crown”
Billy Porter, “Pose”

BILLY PORTER, BITCH. Tobias and Brian are both fine performers, Rami’s been riding a streak of overpraise at the moment and sorry to this man, but Kit Harington does not belong here.

 

BEST ACTRESS TV SERIES – DRAMA
Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”
Jodi Comer, “Killing Eve”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Reese Witherspoon, “The Morning Show”
Olivia Colman, “The Crown”

We only saw Kidman and Colman. Of the two, Colman’s clearly the winner.

 

BEST ACTOR TV SERIES – COMEDY
Ben Platt, “The Politician”
Paul Rudd, “Living With Yourself”
Rami Yousef, “Rami”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”

TOTAL PASS. Didn’t see enough of any of these.

 

BEST ACTRESS TV SERIES – COMEDY
Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”
Natasha Lyonne, “Russian Doll”
Kirsten Dunst, “On Becoming a God in Central Florida”
Rachel Brosnahan, “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

This one’s tough. The first four women on the list gave truly fantastic, memorable, unique and intense performances. We fell out of love with Mrs. Maisel and we can’t see Brosnahan, who’s very good in the role, beating any of the others on merit. We can only narrow it down to our three favorites: Lyonne, Dunst, and Waller-Bridge.

 

BEST ACTOR – MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM
Chris Abbott, “Catch 22”
Sacha Baron Cohen, “The Spy”
Russell Crowe, “The Loudest Voice”
Jared Harris, “Chernobyl”
Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Verdon”

We didn’t see enough of the others, but it’s long past time Jared Harris got big industry recognition and he more than deserves it for this performance.

BEST ACTRESS – MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM
Michelle Williams, “Fosse/Verdon”
Helen Mirren, “Catherine the Great”
Merritt Wever, “Unbelievable”
Kaitlyn Dever, “Unbelievable”
Joey King, “The Act”

We saw only bits and pieces of Mirren and King, neither of which set us on fire with their performances. Dever was great,but for us, it comes down to Williams vs. Wever. The latter gave a fantastically nuanced and lived-in performance but nothing tops the technical skill and spectacle of Williams channeling the distinct figure of Gwen Verdon so eerily.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – SERIES, MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM
Alan Arkin, “Kominsky Method”
Kieran Culkin, “Succession”
Andrew Scott, “Fleabag”
Stellan Skarsgård, “Chernobyl”
Henry Winkler, “Barry”

The only ones we saw were Scott and Skarsgard. Loved them both but we don’t think they’re the favorites here.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – SERIES, MINISERIES OR TELEVISION FILM
Meryl Streep, “Big Little Lies”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”
Emily Watson, “Chernobyl”
Patricia Arquette, “The Act”
Toni Collette, “Unbelievable”

Toni Collette, hands-down.

 

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