Critic’s Notebook: Who Should/Will Win at the 2020 Golden Globes?

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CATEGORY: Best TV Series — Drama

Big Little Lies, HBO

The Crown, Netflix

Killing Eve, BBC America

The Morning Show, Apple TV+

Succession, HBO

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Some very buzzy shows here, and the momentum seems to be with HBO’s Succession, whose second season was hair-raisingly good. But given the Globes voters’ international bent, and the engrossing nature of each and every episode of The Crown, it’s something of a toss-up.

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Most Likely to Win


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Should Win

The Crown


CATEGORY: Actress, TV Drama

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

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You can’t go wrong with any of these stellar performances, and Aniston’s triumphant return to episodic TV is the sort of stunt the Globes typically loves to celebrate. Colman’s more subtle work as the mature monarch leading the new cast of The Crown shouldn’t be easily dismissed, though. It could go either way.


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Jennifer Aniston


Should Win

Olivia Colman

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CATEGORY: Actor, TV Drama

Brian Cox, Succession

Kit Harington, Game of Thrones

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Tobias Menzies, The Crown

Billy Porter, Pose

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If Succession is the Globes’ favored drama this year, then Cox as the blustery and cunning patriarch will be hard to beat. But I sense a possible upset by Pose‘s flamboyant Porter, who himself was denied a year ago by Richard (Bodyguard) Madden’s surprise win. You know you want to see what he’s wearing, at the very least.

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Most Likely to Win

Brian Cox

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Should Win

Billy Porter

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CATEGORY: Best TV Series — Musical or Comedy

The Kominsky Method, Netflix

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon Prime Video

The Politician, Netflix

Barry, HBO

Fleabag, Amazon Prime Video


The last two winners in this category (Kominsky and Maisel) are still in the running, but it seems impossible that anything can dethrone this season’s awards darling Fleabag for its brilliant second (and presumably final) round. The Globes can be unpredictable — though surely not so glamour-crazed as to reward Ryan Murphy’s uneven Politician? Put your money on Fleabag.

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Most Likely To/Should Win


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CATEGORY: Actress, TV Musical/Comedy

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida

Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag


Taking a sharp but small one-woman play and building it into an international sensation, Fleabag‘s writer-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge dominates a strong field of funny, flawed comic women.

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Most Likely to/Should Win

Phoebe Waller-Bridge


CATEGORY: Actor, TV Musical/Comedy

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Bill Hader, Barry

Ben Platt, The Politician

Paul Rudd, Living with Yourself

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

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Having rewarded Old Hollywood a year ago with Douglas’s win for the terrific freshman season of The Kominsky Method, the Globes are likely to go for something more adventurous and follow the Emmys’ lead with a Globe for Hader as the conflicted hit man/actor. Still, I can’t help but think that the very likable Paul Rudd’s demanding double act as a mensch and his clone could steal the show.

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Most Likely to Win

Bill Hader


Should Win

Hader or Paul Rudd

Michael Parmelee/FX

CATEGORY: Best Limited Series or TV-Movie

Catch-22, Hulu

Chernobyl, HBO

Fosse/Verdon, FX

The Loudest Voice, Showtime

Unbelievable, Netflix

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HBO’s devastating docudrama about the 1986 nuclear-plant disaster and the ensuing government cover-up has all the elements of a winner. If any underdog has a chance, it’s Unbelievable, a searing and wonderfully acted true-crime story of sexual assault and detection, which came out of nowhere in the endless tide of Netflix tide to become a favorite on year-end lists.

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Most Likely to Win


Beth Dubber/Netflix

Should Win


Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix

Should Have Been Nominated

When They See Us, Netflix

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CATEGORY: Actress, Limited Series/Movie

Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable

Joey King, The Act

Helen Mirren, Catherine the Great

Merritt Wever, Unbelievable

Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

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A triple-threat at acting, singing and dancing, Michelle Williams’ portrayal of the Broadway legend Gwen Verdon on and off stage is as much of a shoo-in as Renée Zellweger’s Judy in the movie categories. Either of the Unbelievable actresses would be as worthy a choice, but Williams has owned the awards stage this year.

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Most Likely to/Should Win

Michelle Williams

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CATEGORY: Actor, Limited Series/Movie

Christopher Abbott, Catch-22

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy

Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice

Jared Harris, Chernobyl

Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

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Any other year, the Borat prankster’s impressive dramatic turn as an Israeli spy would be a front-runner. But the race in this category is between Harris as the principled Russian scientist and Crowe for his dramatic transformation into Fox News founder Roger Ailes. I’m betting the guy with all the padding gets the Globe.

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Most Likely to Win

Russell Crowe

Liam Daniel/HBO

Should Win

Jared Harris

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CATEGORY: Supporting Actress in Series or Limited Series

Patricia Arquette, The Act

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Toni Collette, Unbelievable

Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies

Emily Watson, Chernobyl

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Helena Bonham Carter was a terrifically entertaining Princess Margaret — she even charmed LBJ! — while Toni Collette was my favorite female TV detective of the year, and Patricia Arquette was a memorably mad mama in The Act. But is anyone going to deny Meryl Streep a Globe (and an opportunity for another great speech) for stealing the second season of Lies from her starry ensemble? Not likely.

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Most Likely to Win

Meryl Streep

Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix

Should Win

Helena Bonham Carter

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CATEGORY: Supporting Actor in Series or Limited Series

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Andrew Scott, Fleabag

Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl

Henry Winkler, Barry

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Two words: Hot Priest. As Fleabag‘s caustic romantic foil, Andrew Scott should have this grab-bag category locked up by bringing so much smoldering intensity to an instantly iconic character. Skarsgård has the dramatic chops, and Winkler is beloved in Hollywood, but this is Fleabag‘s year, and why not just bow to its greatness?

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Most Likely to/Should Win

Andrew Scott

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