The turkey’s been eaten, the presents unwrapped and the Christmas tree put away for another year.
But as festive December makes way for murky January, there’s no need to pack up the tinsel and glitter just yet – it’s time for awards season!
The television industry on both sides of the pond is gearing up for another round of ceremonies to celebrate the great and good on the small screen.
Leading the charge this month is the Golden Globes, which will be presented by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on January 11.
And yet, there’s a problem. What television show could possibly fill the giant Breaking Bad-shaped hole left from last year’s ceremony, where the AMC series bagged awards for best television series – drama, and best actor in a television series – drama for Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of chemistry teacher-turned-meth cook Walter White.
The field looks even wider when you consider another AMC awards collector, Mad Men, isn’t nominated, as the show sits in hiatus between the first and second halves of its seventh and final season.
The candidates for the best drama gong include Showtime’s The Affair, and HBO’s Game of Thrones, with CBS’s celebrated legal drama The Good Wife, PBS Masterpiece’s British import Downton Abbey, and Netflix’s House of Cards also in contention.
After missing out last year, this could be House of Cards’ time to shine as Kevin Spacey is also tipped to win the best actor in a drama series prize for his role as Frank Underwood in the political drama. Clive Owen (HBO’s The Knick), Liev Schreiber (Showtime’s Ray Donovan), James Spader (NBC’s The Blacklist), and Dominic West (The Affair) are also in the running.
As for the best actress award, this one did belong to House of Cards last year, but Robin Wright faces a fight to pick up consecutive Globes. Her chief opponent is Viola Davis, star of breakout ABC drama How To Get Away With Murder, while Ruth Wilson of The Affair also has a chance. Claire Danes could win a third Globe for her role as Carrie Mathison in the much improved fourth season of Showtime’s Homeland, with Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) also nominated.
In the running for best miniseries or motion picture made for television, FX’s Fargo and Starz’s The Missing go head-to-head with three HBO titles – The Normal Heart, Olive Kitteridge, and True Detective. The latter has lost a lot of buzz since it went off air but should still be the favourite for the award, with feature film spin-off Fargo pushing it close.
The star power of True Detective should also see it succeed in the best actor in a miniseries or TV movie category, with both Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey nominated. Fargo also has two leads in the running, with Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton. Mark Ruffalo from The Normal Heart completes the line-up.
Meanwhile, another Fargo alum, Allison Tolman, is nominated for best actress in a miniseries or TV movie, alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal for SundanceTV’s The Honorable Woman, FX series American Horror Story: Freak Show’s Jessica Lange, Starz drama The Missing’s Frances O’Connor, and the runaway favourite Frances McDormand, who played the titular character in Olive Kitteridge.
In the supporting actor category, The Normal Heart’s Matt Bomer, The Good Wife’s Alan Cumming, Fargo’s Colin Hanks, Olive Kitteridge’s Bill Murray, and Jon Voight from Ray Donovan complete the line-up.
Three of the five nominees in the supporting actress category appeared in dramas – Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Freak Show), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), and Michelle Monaghan (True Detective).
Overall, Fargo received the most nominations of any television programme with five nods, while True Detective received four. The Affair, The Good Wife, House of Cards, The Normal Heart, and Olive Kitteridge all received three.