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Golden Globes 2013: ScottFeinberg.com TV Editor Shares Her Predictions

By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist

With the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards set to take place tonight on NBC, I have made my final predictions. I encourage you to share your predictions — with commentary — in the comments section at the bottom of the post.

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that holds and selects the winners of the Golden Globes, is tricky to predict.

Unlike the Emmys, which tends to award the same shows year after year, the Golden Globes is more likely to honor nominees who are “out of the box.” Just take a look at last year’s ceremony, where Laura Dern (HBO’s Enlightened) and Matt LeBlanc (Showtime’s Episodes) walked away with statuettes.

At the same time, the Golden Globes is likely to spotlight nominees who are recent topics of watercooler conversation. This explains why in the past 10 years, it’s been rare to see an actor or actress win consecutively — aside from Hugh Laurie of Fox’s House M.D., Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin of NBC’s 30 Rock.

When making my predictions, I’ve tried to take this into account. Take a look at my choices below!

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

Prediction: Showtime’s Homeland

Although Homeland faltered in the second half of its second season, the first part, featuring the exceptional episode “Q&A,” should be enough for the drama to win again in this category. Plus, it’s still as popular and topical as ever, coming off of an Emmy win and a recent season finale.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

Prediction: Claire Danes (Homeland)

It’s simple: There’s no stopping Danes. Even against fellow nominees Julianna Margulies (CBS’s The Good Wife) and Glenn Close (DirecTV’s Damages), she’s in a class of her own.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA

Prediction: Damian Lewis (Homeland)

Believe it or not, Breaking Bad’s (AMC) Bryan Cranston has never won in this category. I don’t see him finally taking it this year, so expect the (almost) equally deserving Lewis to win for a fantastic performance.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Prediction: HBO’s Girls

ABC’s Modern Family finally nabbed this prize last year, but I don’t expect it to repeat. The series just isn’t as buzzy as it used to be, and Girls saw a great first season that people can’t stop talking about. It would also be a nice touch for the comedy to take home the award the same night of its season two debut.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Prediction: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (HBO’s Veep)

As much as I would love to see either one of hosts Tina Fey (30 Rock) or Amy Poehler (NBC’s Parks and Recreation) win, Louis-Dreyfus will probably nab it. Unless Lena Dunham (Girls) sneaks in there, the Veep star is coming off of a hilarious performance and an Emmy win — enough to land her the honor.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Prediction: Louis C.K. (FX’s Louie)

This is a tough category, but I’m giving C.K. the edge. He’s edgy but also amazingly talented, taking on several roles with Louie (star, writer, director, producer and editor) to make it one of the best comedies on TV. His performance may not be as flashy as that of nominees Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Don Cheadle (Showtime’s House of Lies), but it’s even better for being so natural, personal and shameless.

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Prediction: HBO’s Game Change

The political film received a lot of buzz upon its premiere, and with its Emmy win for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie in the rearview mirror along with the 2012 U.S. presidential election, it should be a lock.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Prediction: Julianne Moore (Game Change)

Moore’s closest competition is most likely Jessica Lange (FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum) or Nicole Kidman (HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn), but I still predict Moore to be called to the stage. Lange’s performance may be too outside of the box, and Kidman’s role wasn’t that talked about. Conversely, Moore gave a great performance in a highly discussed film.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Prediction: Benedict Cumberbatch (Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock)

Cumberbatch may have lost out to fellow nominee Kevin Costner (History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys) for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Emmy in September, but I predict a switch this time around. Cumberbatch is a huge rising star, and he’s incredibly popular overseas for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. Hopefully he won’t walk away empty handed.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Prediction: Maggie Smith (Masterpiece Theatre’s Downton Abbey)

No one beats the Dowager Countess. No one.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Prediction: Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)

Patinkin is wonderful on Homeland, serving as the rational anchor amid the melodrama. If Danes and Lewis go home with awards, Patinkin should, too — especially for his performance in the season finale, which rightly put the spotlight on Saul Berenson after a season of being on the sidelines.

Who do you think will win? Let me know!

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