Jane the Virgin and Gina Rodriguez, who plays Jane from Jane the Virgin, are nominated for Golden Globe awards tonight. It’s the first Golden Globe nomination for The CW (not UPN or The WB, respectively). And it’s two! For the same show.
If you follow me on Twitter, then it comes to no surprise that I’m a huge fan of Jane the Virgin. It’s a telenovela import from Venezuela that completely turns the genre on its head. As someone who has grown up in telenovela culture, it’s both nostalgic while giving its audience the right to laugh and mock everything that’s outlandish about the genre. More than that, though, its characters are rooted in real motivations, in spite of being surrounded by this telenovela surrealism. It’s a wonderful show, my favorite new show of the season, for sure.
But I root for it for more than that: (1) Set in Miami; (2) Hispanic leads; (3) On the CW, so it could legitimize the network we all love so much. So, yes, I want Jane the Virgin and Gina Rodriguez to win for all they represent, but also because they’re both so darn good! And I think the show and Rodriguez will go home with the gold tonight. Here are some of my other predictions:
Best TV Series, Drama
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife (Should & Will Win): In my opinion, the drama series category comes down to either The Affair or The Good Wife. I watched the pilot of The Affair, and it certainly has the buzz to win tonight and receive an Emmy nomination, but I’m not completely convinced that it’s the new Mad Men of awards season. The Golden Globes loves to think outside of the box, and they love it even more to recognize a series that was snubbed by the Emmys—which The Good Wife was. It did not receive a series nomination during this past Emmys for its spectacular season five, which was the best drama season of 2013-2014. The Good Wife has kept that momentum throughout the entirety of 2014. I think the drama award goes to The Good Wife tonight, and it is 100 percent deserved.
House of Cards
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (Should & Will Win): The lead actress category is always the most difficult. These women are so very talented. But for the most part, they’ve all already had their shine in the spotlight. I’m not going to deny that Margulies and Wright kicked major you-know-what during their season, because they did. But as I mentioned, the Golden Globes loves new nominees—and one as huge and talented as Davis will not go unnoticed. Besides, Davis is doing some darn good, fearless work over at HTGAWM. For this, she will and should win. But I wouldn’t be surprised (or mad) if any of the other ladies in this category won.
Claire Danes, Homeland
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Clive Owen, The Knick (Might Win)
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Should Win): Last time, Spacey’s TV wife Robin Wright was recognized for her impeccable work on House of Cards, and I think Spacey is also due for some recognition.
James Spader, The Blacklist (Will Win): That being said, I think it will be difficult for voters to pass on Spader’s smarmy and deliciously hammy performance on The Blacklist. This category is like a rolodex of who has the biggest film name, so expect a steal from Clive Owen, too! I’m still bitter about Matthew Rhys being snubbed for his electric performance during season two of The Americans.
Dominic West, The Affair
Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Jane the Virgin (Should & Will Win): Girls was my favorite series of all of 2014, but I still think Jane the Virgin deserves the recognition here—and will win it. For all the reasons I listed before, sure, but also because the other frontrunners (Girls and Orange Is the New Black) have already been recognized. This is the HFPA, and the foreign press, methinks, will have a strong inclination to award a series that’s an adaptation of a Venezuelan series. Besides, it probably is the traditionally funniest series on this list. Except maybe Silicon Valley.
Orange Is the New Black
Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin (Should & Will Win): Look, Dunham has won this award already. Falco has won a million and two Emmys. JLD probably expanded her home to fit all her gold in. To me, this comes down to Gina Rodriguez and Taylor Schilling—and I think Rodriguez has the edge for everything I’ve said before. Not to mention Jane the Virgin is a more traditional comedy than Orange Is the New Black is, but Rodriguez gives an absolutely effortless performance in Jane. I think she’s a favorite to win, and I hope she does.
Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie (Should Win): Louis C.K. made master-class television with his latest season of Louie, and his acting behind it was flawless. I would love for him and the show to win for those talents.
Ricky Gervais, Derek
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor (Should Also Win & Will Win): That being said, about C.K., Jeffrey Tambor was pitch perfect during the entire first season of Transparent. It’s a performance that could give Jane the Virgin a run for its money in the series category. There’s no denying that Jeffrey Tambor is going to win tonight. He deserves it; it’s going to happen.
Best TV Movie or Miniseries
Fargo (Should Win): Out of these nominees, Fargo is the one I personally enjoyed most. It was superb execution, while also not taking itself too seriously.
The Normal Heart
True Detective (Will Win): But that being said, about Fargo, True Detective is the critical darling. It’s going home with the gold tonight.
Best Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand, Oliver Kitteridge (Will Win): I haven’t watched Oliver Kitteridge, but frequently what happens is a huge film name steals the show during these awards. I have a feeling the same will happen tonight. And I have no doubts that McDormand was wonderful in her role.
Allison Tolman, Fargo (Should Win): However, Allison Tolman was flawless during her turn in Fargo. I wouldn’t be surprised if she takes it, as well. As I’ve mentioned, the Globes love new nominees—and Tolman is a hard nominee to pass up.
Frances O’Connor, The Missing
Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries
Martin Freeman, Fargo (Should Win): I think Martin Freeman’s performance in Fargo might be the most underrated performances of the past year.
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective (Will Win): McConaughey is the trifecta—film actor transplanted to TV, the McConaissance, and a critical darling TV show. He’s taking it.
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thorton, Fargo
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Movie, or Miniseries
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black (Should Win): 2014 was Uzo Aduba’s year! And I think she could possibly run that high all the way to the Golden Globes and legitimize her more stable (than guest star) role on Orange Is the New Black. She’s great on the show, and we all know that.
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Allison Janney, Mom (Will Win): 2014 was also Allison Janney’s year, however. She received two Emmys—one for her supporting role on Mom, and the other for her guest starring role on Masters of Sex. She’s great on both shows, including Mom, and a Janney upset is extremely possible.
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective
Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Movie, or Miniseries
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife (Should Win): Alan Cumming is some of the best comedic relief on any drama series ever. How he’s gone so long unrecognized is beyond me. He most definitely deserves it, especially for juggling a demaning Good Wife role with his turn on Broadway!
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Bill Murray, Oliver Kitteridge (Will Win): Do I even have to say why?
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Now it’s your turn! Who do you think will and should win tonight during the Golden Globes?