Best Actress in a Comedy Series
- Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
- Alison Brie, “GLOW”
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
- Debra Messing, “Will & Grace”
- Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”
Spoiler: Issa Rae, “Insecure”
There are actually quite a few spoilers in this race, considering how many perceived locks there are, as well. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and last year’s winner Tracee Ellis Ross are as close to certainties as you can get at the Golden Globes, while Rachel Bloom tries to go three-for-three via “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (plus a win in her first year). She’s not as much of a sure-thing as the aforementioned former winners, and she may not even have as strong of a case as Alison Brie in “GLOW” or Debra Messing in “Will & Grace.” Messing is an eight-time nominee, and many suspect “GLOW” to be an HFPA favorite. That leaves Issa Rae on the outside looking in, along with other strong contenders in Frankie Shaw (“SMILF”), Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”), and Allison Janney (“Mom”).
Best Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series
- Jeff Daniels, “Godless”
- Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
- Jude Law, “The Young Pope”
- Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks”
- Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”
Spoiler: Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”
Will the HFPA take to “Twin Peaks”? Showtime certainly believes in the critically-acclaimed but generally divisive series, considering the extravagant (and damn fine) mailers they sent to Golden Globes voters. This category could be the real test, though. Love or hate “The Return,” everyone is pretty much in agreement that Kyle MacLachlan delivers a performance as jaw-droppingly incredible as David Lynch’s most surreal visuals. He plays three roles, guides the audience through a complex narrative, and manages to make a lack of movement riveting entertainment. That being said, there’s stiff competition in much more easily accessible series. Might Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”) or Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”) steal MacLachlan’s slot? We shall see.
Best Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series
- Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”
- Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
- Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
- Oprah Winfrey, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
- Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”
Spoiler: Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Like: China Girl”
Can the Biel train be stopped? Should it? The answer to both questions is likely the same, as it’s time to start biel-eving in the star of “The Sinner.” The USA limited series was such a big breakout over the summer that the network is already talking about a second season, and Biel has been currying favor with die-hard TV fans via a recurring guest spot in “BoJack Horseman.” Honestly, she’s got better odds than Oprah in this category, and that’s saying something. Oprah could even get pushed out by Moss if the HFPA falls hard for the former “Mad Men” star’s two series.
Best Supporting Actor
- Kit Harington, “Game of Thrones”
- Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace”
- David Lynch, “Twin Peaks”
- Alfred Molina, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
- Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”
Spoiler: Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”
Come on, HFPA: Give David Lynch an acting nomination. For all the crazy left-field picks you throw around year-to-year, rarely have you had the motivation and opportunity to bestow such a deserving, yet unexpected gift. Lynch has been nominated for four Oscars, four Golden Globes, and five Emmys over his decades in the industry, but he’s never been up for an acting award. “Twin Peaks” is his best shot. Sure, there are populist picks like Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”) and Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) to consider. And Alexander Skarsgard did career-best work in “Big Little Lies,” so give him a nod. But few supporting characters were as crucial to their series’ success as Lynch. He’s a vital proxy for the audience; a guide through the wackadoo mysteries Lynch the Director and Lynch the Writer creates. So no offense to Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”), Idris Elba (“Guerrilla”), and Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), but let’s go nuts. Give Lynch the nod.
Best Supporting Actress
- Millie Bobbie Brown, “Stranger Things”
- Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
- Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
- Betty Gilpin, “GLOW”
- Megan Mullally, “Will & Grace”
Spoiler: Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”
Technically, three of last year’s nominees are eligible again, and all three have a good shot of making the cut. Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Chrissy Metz, and Mandy Moore (both for “This Is Us”) are all strong contenders. But we’re betting on new names. Recent Emmy winner Ann Dowd certainly deserves every award she gets, and why not throw Megan Mullally in there to complete the four-for-four “Will & Grace” prediction (five-for-five if you count the Comedy Series nomination)? Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things) has only become more popular since Season 1, and Laura Dern is having one helluva year — she could be up for “Big Little Lies” or “Twin Peaks.” Heck, Shailene Woodley has a good case herself, but we’ll just have to wait and see come Monday.
The 75th Golden Globe nominations will be announced Monday, December 11 at 8 a.m. ET.