The Golden Globe nominees in the best miniseries and TV-movie categories come down to two choices with two possible spoilers. Most of the awards will go to either the first season of Downton Abbey (that TV series smuggled into this country as a miniseries) or HBO’s Mildred Pierce.
But the foreign press corps that comprises the Globe voters may also be suckers for a show few Americans watched, The Hour (the early-days-of-British-television drama). And the actor category is expansive enough to include Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones, a regular series, and I’d never count out Dinklage’s supporting-role performance. Below, some predictions.
Best Miniseries or Motion Picture
Too Big to Fail
Downton Abbey is my pick to win here, although I think Pierce, with its movie-star lead and Todd Haynes direction, will exert a pull for Globes voters. Nonetheless, the popular and artistic success of Downton combines to give it a winning edge.
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Idris Elba, Luther
William Hurt, Too Big to Fail
Bill Nighy, Page Eight
Dominic West, The Hour
If the Globes are looking to split the riches among various shows, this is the category to deny Downton an award, because West’s performance in The Hour is at least as good as Bonneville’s in Abbey. West is doing something awards voters like: Seeming to forsake vanity in portraying an egotistical yet still charming protagonist.
Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Miniseries, or Made-for-TV Movie
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Here's where Dinklage via Thrones invades the TV-movie category, and that reason alone gives him a boost. (Stonestreet in Modern Family is even an odder presence -- a network sitcom actor amidst cable drama performances -- but I doubt it's enough of a novelty to give him a win.) While Pearce may well take it, I still believe Dinklage will and should be the winner.
Best Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie
Romola Garai, The Hour
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Winslet has a lock on this one, and she gave an extremely good, thoughtful, carefully modulated performance in the midst of a regularly overwrought miniseries. So that's my prediction. Still, I wish there was some way for the Globes to acknowledge what fine work McGovern did in Abbey -- work that gets even better in the second, current series.
Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Miniseries, or Made-for-TV Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce
How can the Globes resist Lange, going over and under the top depending on what episode of AHS you’re thinking of? I think she’ll win… that is, unless someone associated with Downton edited a clip-reel of all of Maggie Smith’s one-liners, eye-rolls, sarcastic sighs, and put-downs, which would accumulate into something irresistible.
So: Your picks to win in these categories?