With the Golden Globe Awards being less than a week away, Variety editors Michael Schneider and Danielle Turchiano surveyed the drama series contenders on Awards Circuit, presented by HBO, breaking down the nominees and choosing which ones they’d like to see take home the trophy on Feb. 28.
Netflix’s “The Crown” is the only returning champ in the category, having won for its freshman season. It then received three more nominations, making this its fourth time up for the award overall. This season it also scored a number of acting noms — for lead performers Olivia Colman, Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor, as well as supporting players Gillian Anderson and Helena Bonham Carter — which aids in its visibility.
“This season proves everything that the HFPA [Hollywood Foreign Press Association] loves about the show,” Turchiano said. “It’s these big, bold, political and personal family themes with this refreshing cast of characters.”
The other four nominees are all newcomers to this race, despite having varying numbers of seasons behind them. Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian” sees its first nom for its second season and Netflix’s “Ozark” is being celebrated here for the first time for its third season, while HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” and Netflix’s “Ratched” are both nominated right out of the gate of their first seasons.
Turchiano and Schneider selected their picks, with Schneider saying his heart keeps going back to “The Crown” because of the show’s nostalgic factor.
“I was a kid when the events of this season took place, but I still remember it very well,” Schneider said. “I remember the lie of the romance between Charles and Diane, and curious about just who was this Margaret Thatcher and why is she kind of scary.”
On the other hand, Turchiano said she would pick “Lovecraft Country” because of the way showrunner Misha Green blended supernatural horror elements with the literal horror of the past with racism in America and the Jim Crow laws.
“Either one of those things could have made a really interesting show, and when you put them together, it just defied my expectations,” Turchiano said.
Watch for what wins at the Golden Globes on Feb. 28.