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January 04, 2018 at 03:33 PM EST

Golden Globes

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association often follows the lead of the Emmys and honors the most obvious (here’s looking at you, Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale). But the Golden Globes can still be relied upon to offer a few surprises when it comes to TV picks.

Here’s who I believe (hope?) will get the statues in the TV categories this Sunday. (And click here for our predictions in the movie categories.)

Best Television Series — Drama

The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Predicted winner: The Handmaid’s Tale. The Hulu drama is just too magnificent to overlook
Dream wildcard winner: Game of Thrones, if only for the dragons.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Predicted winner: Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor. The HFPA loves to honor members of the freshman class, and he’s a mighty fine one.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

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Predicted winner: Caitriona Balfe, Outlander. I could be wrong (and I’m certainly biased), but it feels like Balfe’s year. Her alter-ego’s trajectory from Boston to 18th Century Scotland was tragic, bittersweet, and damn sexy.
Dream wildcard winner: Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why. This unknown burst onto the scene with a gut-punching performance that inspired a sobering and much-needed dialogue about teen suicide.

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Black-ish
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
SMILF
Will & Grace

Predicted winner: Will & Grace. Talk about a master class on how to bring back a classic sitcom.
Dream wildcard winner: Great News. I know. It wasn’t even nominated. But why isn’t anybody noticing this gem?

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless
Eric McCormack, Will & Grace

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Predicted winner: Eric McCormack, Will & Grace. It’s as if he never stopped playing Will Truman.
Dream wildcard winner: William H. Macy, Shameless. It’s a shame this show hasn’t won more trophies, if only for lasting so long on Showtime.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Issa Rae, Insecure
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Predicted winner: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Her out-of-left-field performance is beguiling.
Dream wildcard entry: Pamela Adlon, Better Things. Girl, you deserve a trophy just for surviving those Louis C.K. headlines. Plus, you’re the bomb.

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Sinner
Top of the Lake: China Girl

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Predicted winner: Big Little Lies.
Dream wildcard winner: Feud: Bette and Joan. This phenomenal miniseries has the misfortune of competing against the HBO powerhouse, which is too bad because in any other year it would be sick with awards.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius

Predicted winner: Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies. The HFPA loves when big movie stars do TV, and this guy did it pretty freaking well.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Predicted winner: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies.
Dream wildcard entry: Jessica Lange, Feud.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

David Harbour, Stranger Things
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo

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Predicted winner: Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies. Man, was he scary good.
Dream Wildcard Winner: David Harbour, Stranger Things. His performance is often overshadowed by those precocious kids, but it’s no less impressive.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Predicted winner: Chrissy Metz, This Is Us. She was overlooked at the Emmys and I think the HFPA wants a make good.
Dream wildcard entry: Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies.

The 75th annual Golden Globes, hosted by Seth Meyers, air Jan. 7, 2018 on NBC.

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