Monday, December 19, 2016

'Westworld' leads speculative fiction television shows at the Golden Globes with three nominations

On Saturday, I wrote about thespeculative fiction movie nominees at the Golden Globes.  Today, as I promised in yesterday's post about 'Rogue One,' it's time for me to write about the television nominees.  USA Today has a rundown of most of the nominees in The 74th annual Golden Globe nominees are here.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced nominations for the Golden Globe Awards Monday in Los Angeles. The 74th annual awards air Jan. 8 (NBC, 8 p.m. ET/5 PT). Here are the contenders.
I know, that's the video I should have embedded in Saturday's entry.  Better late than never.

Once again, the same three speculative fiction shows nominated for Best Drama Series at the Critics' Choice Awards returned for the Golden Globes.
Best Television Series – Drama:
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”
"Game of Thrones," "Stranger Things," and "Westworld" also showed up among the Favorite Premium Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series nominees at the People's Choice Awards, and "Stranger Things" was also nominated for Favorite TV Show, so there appears to be critical and popular consensus both on which speculative fiction shows are best, but also that they are among the best shows on television right now.  This year may suck in other ways, but it's a great time for fans of speculative fiction on television.

As for which show I'm rooting for, it's still "Westworld."  I'm not alone, as Wochit Entertainment reports that George R.R. Martin Suspects ‘Westworld’ May Beat Out ‘Game Of Thrones’ At The Golden Globes.

The nominations for the 2017 Golden Globes are out and it’s no surprise that Game Of Thrones is once again up for some big awards. The show landed itself in the Best Television Series – Drama category, while Lena Headey is up for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Television Series. “Being an HBO guy, I’m thrilled that to see that both GAME OF THRONES and WESTWORLD have been nominated for the big prize… though WESTWORLD is going to be some tough competition.
Follow over the jump for the acting nominations.

"Stranger Things" and "Westworld" have actresses nominated in the next category, although the Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated a different actress than the Broadcast Television Critics Association for "Stranger Things."  Both were joined, as they were for the Critics Choice Awards, by the lead actresses from "Outlander."
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:
Caitriona Balfe – “Outlander”
Claire Foy – “The Crown”
Keri Russell – “The Americans”
Winona Ryder – “Stranger Things”
Evan Rachel Wood – “Westworld”
Good Morning America got on the phone to share Evan Rachel Wood's reaction to her Golden Globe nomination.

Evan Rachel Wood Reacts to Golden Globe Nomination | Wood was nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama for her role on HBO's "Westworld."
I'm rooting for her to repeat her Critics' Choice win against this outstanding field.

The third nomination for "Westworld" came in the supporting actress category.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Olivia Colman – “The Night Manager”
Lena Headey – “Game Of Thrones”
Chrissy Metz – “This Is Us”
Mandy Moore – “This Is Us”
Thandie Newton – “Westworld”
I'm following the nominees on the Golden Globes page, not Variety, which switched Thandie Newton with Kerry Washington, who was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.  Washington is a lead actress; Newton is technically a supporting actress.  Either way, it's Headey vs. Newton.  I also hope Newton repeats her victory at the Critics' Choice Awards.

Now for the categories with nominees in shows that sit adjacent to speculative fiction.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:
Rami Malek – “Mr. Robot”
Bob Odenkirk – “Better Call Saul”
Matthew Rhys – “The Americans”
Liev Schreiber – “Ray Donovan”
Billy Bob Thornton – “Goliath”
I've called "Mr. Robot," "a political thriller with more than a dash of 'science fiction is now.'"  Malek himself is a defending Emmy winner, although he lost to Odenkirk at the Critics' Choice Awards.  I'm still rooting for him.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:
Rachel Bloom – “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
Sarah Jessica Parker – “Divorce”
Issa Rae – “Insecure”
Gina Rodriguez – “Jane the Virgin”
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Black-ish”
The speculative fiction shows here are "Jane the Virgin" and maybe "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," both of which have magical reality elements.  However, my favorite is Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who I expect to win.

Enough fantasy.  I promise to return to reality with tomorrow's post.

No comments:

Post a Comment