Indiewire’s TV Critic Ben Travers and Awards Editor Peter Knegt will provide regular updates on the Golden Globe races leading up to the ceremony on January 11 at 8pm ET.
Honestly, a case could be made for any one of the five nominees to win Best Drama Series. Thus is the state of the race in 2014, where we find a freshman series with a strong showing on nominations day (“The Affair”) taking on a perennial runner-up that’s never won the trophy (“The Good Wife”), a sophomore sensation (“House of Cards”), a past miniseries winner that should’ve stayed that way (“Downton Abbey”), and one of the most profitable shows on TV making an improbable return to the race (“Game of Thrones”).
It certainly seems far-fetched “Downton Abbey” could steal away the top prize, but then again, so were its odds at snagging a nomination in the first place. The HFPA isn’t afraid to give its top prize away to a rookie (as it did with “Mad Men” and “Homeland,” among others), but “The Affair” lacks the buzz of those top tier TV shows.
Meanwhile, “The Good Wife” is overdue for a win, and it’s latest season has been hailed as one of its best. “Game of Thrones” could use its considerable fandom and mostly positive reviews to stir up a win (never count out the power of HBO), while “House of Cards” will undoubtedly get the full court press from Netflix, a company craving its first taste of the top prize. It’s a relatively open race, so we’ll see how things develop from here.
Keep checking Indiewire for updated power rankings.
“Game of Thrones”
“The Good Wife”
“House of Cards”
Will Win: “House of Cards”
Could Win: “The Good Wife”
Should Win: “House of Cards”
Shoulda Been Here: “The Leftovers”
Will Win: “The Affair”
Could Win: “House of Cards”
Should Win: “The Good Wife”
Shoulda Been Here: There’s at least 20 series that should be here instead of “Downton Abbey,” but I’ll go with “The Americans” above all else.