The Winners, Losers, and Shockers of the 2019 Golden Globe Awards

The Kominsky Method and The Americans take home top prizes while The Good Place and Homecoming were shut out; Globes were pretty much distributed equally to series with multiple nominations.

The 2019 Golden Globe Awards are in the books, and I feel like I can confidently say that it was truly a predictably unpredictable Golden Globes on the television side.

I posted my TV Talk with JWalk predictions, and as the awards show unfolded I knew my prediction percentage was going to be in the gutter. Even though I only correctly predicted 3 of the 11 television winners (an embarrassing 27%), this is the Golden Globes and anything can happen, and they did.

Even though I correctly predicted the wins for Micheal Douglas for The Kominsky Method, and the two wins for Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story –  Darren Criss and Best Limited Series – ultimately I didn’t want those wins in those respective categories, they were just “oh, these just seem like Golden Globe-type choices, so that’s what I’m going to choose!” Do I feel like Douglas, Criss, and Versace deserved to win in those categories? Absolutely not, but I digress…

Let’s start with one of the biggest TV shockers of the evening, The Americans taking home the Best Drama prize. The shock factor comes in because the Golden Globes usually love shows that are shiny and new, hot and fresh. The fact that this was the first time ever The Americans even got nominated in the Best Drama category at the Globes and won for its sixth and final season is absolutely astonishing. It was just three or four years ago that The Americans could barely get a nomination at any awards show, let alone win on its first try out. I did (incorrectly) predict Matthew Rhys to win in the Best Actor category based off of his win at the Emmys abck in September (an award that went to Bodyguard star Richard Madden). If The Americans were to get a win, I thought it would be Rhys.

Shifting over to comedy, there was no love for The Good Place, and Twitter was not having it at all. Rachel Brosnahan won for a second year in a row, upsetting Kristen Bell, who was the hopeful win in this category. Once Brosnahan’s name was called, I immediately knew there was no chance of The Good Place getting a victory for Best Comedy/Musical. I had blinders on for the last month because nowhere in sight did I see The Kominsky Method (giving Netflix its first TV win at the Golden Globes) to come and swoop the top comedy category, even though I predicted Micheal Douglas.

I was sick to my stomach not predicting the amazing Patricia Clarkson for Sharp Objects, not because wasn’t absolutely amazing as Adora in the Limited Series, I just had a feeling Alex Borstein would take this category based off of two other factors: it was her first time being nominated for this role and her recent Emmy win may have rasied her profile a bit to win at the Globes, and my logic that Brosnahan not being able to repeat in a category that hasn’t seen a repeat winner in a decade. I knew The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel would get some awards love, just got the categories wrong. However, I couldn’t have been more happier to see Clarkson win, and if anyone saw Sharp Objects, Clarkson winning over Amy Adams was such an Adora thing to do!

Sandra Oh was the queen of the evening! It was evident she was having the time of her life co-hosting with Andy Samberg – and on a separate note, I think they both did a wonderful job hosting. No mean jokes about the nominees, nothing political at all, which was extremely refreshing. This duo was as close to the glory days of Globes co-host Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as we’re going to get. Oh was my “should win,” and I’m happy she did.

The love was spread pretty evenly on the TV side of the Golden Globes last night. There were many series, limited series, and TV movies with multiple nominations, and most garnered at least one trophy (The Kominsky Method, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Sharp Objects, Escape at Dannemora, Killing Eve, Bodyguard, The Americans), but there was one glaring omission from the winners circle; Homecoming. 

Homecoming was up for three nominations last night, Julia Roberts, Stephan James, and Best Drama Series – walking away with zero. While this is unexplainable to me at this moment, and as much as I was thrilled and overjoyed Oh prevailed for Killing Eve, I was just sitting at the edge of my couch just waiting for Julia Roberts’ name to be called, surely thinking that was going to be her award. Wrong once again.



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