Editor’s Note: The following is based off Matthew Haviland’s predictions piece from December 2017 when the nominees were announced. Read Matthew Havilland’s Predictions here.
The Golden Globes, the awards show that covers both . . . Oh, I did that already. Well, I also did this already. I got most of these right, so this is going to be a rehash. However, I did get some of them wrong—two notable snubs, from me, for the marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Oprah would tell me wrong for writing off this (perhaps) great show. From the clips, it does look good.
Thank you for staying with me. Here are the winners, in all their spangled glory. I’ll let you know where I got right, where I got wrong (just Maisel, and one or two others [or three]), and I’ll let you know where I fucked up in terms of giving people shit. By the way, Oprah, she was good. She gave what my friend called the best promo of the year, “and she wasn’t even trying.” Oprah is powerful, and it was worth watching for that moment alone.
The Handmaid’s Tale. Who else was gonna win it? This one was easy, and I would say, the whole awards show was. These weren’t so much as good predictions as easy ones that paid off. I was basically going off the Emmys with the buzz under the wings, but even so, I got some wrong, but even so, most of them didn’t (go that way). This was the easiest show, to pick, aside from Big Little Lies, because who else deserved it? Well, Twin Peaks, although I’m not sure enough how much I’m gonna like Handmaid’s Tale that I will think Twin Peaks was better when I see it.
This one was a surprise. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? I shouldn’t have thought it was a surprise. Awards shows love period pieces (see Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour, The King’s Speech in 2011, etc.). They love progressive stuff. They love just basic quality shows, beyond more inventive, spirited ones like Master of None, more artistic ones like Search Party (which didn’t make it here, but still), etc. I am available to think this show is good, if it is, but it is the quintessential perfect time for this show to be chosen, from the period setting to the Time’s Up badges to everything—that said, given the other shows on the ballot, it was probably the best, just given that the other ones weren’t masterpieces (except for Master of None, perhaps), and this one was solid. Okay, then.
How was it anything other than this show? Big Little Lies. Come on, with the atmosphere around this, this show was a shoo-in. And it is good. Is it as good as Fargo? I think not, not even close. But hey, it deserves it. But it deserves it even if Fargo was better, because it was great, and remember, this show was not guaranteed to win when it hadn’t won the Emmys, yet, because, hey, at least I thought it was a far pick for that category, there. But it won, and then it won everything, and I saw the buzz, and I said, “Okay, this show has enough to win everything,” and it did.
Okay, here were where I stumbled, and I did say that, I said that I didn’t know who was going to win comedy actor. I didn’t (not even close, although Even Aziz Ansari didn’t think he was going to win this one, either; aside from Kevin Bacon, who might have been good, but maybe not even him, everyone else were just solid, sort of, okay. . . I mean, they were good). So I don’t know, I kind of screwed up screwed up, although Laura Dern deserved it for her painfully deserving performance for Big Little Lies (I thought Ann Dowd would win on the momentum, and the goodness of her performance, of Handmaid’s Tale, but she didn’t, and hey, she, like Carrie Coon, should have been up for The Leftovers, although not in this category).
Kyle MacLachlan deserved to win for Twin Peaks. Let me say that again: Kyle MacLachlan deserved to win for Twin Peaks:The Return (and based on the way they cut to him, not Ewan McGregor, when they announced the winner—did you see that? They did—the director of the fucking show thought he was going to, or thought he deserved to, and cut to him anyway).
Even so, Ewan McGregor was good, and, hey, I support anything for Fargo, even if it snatches from the hand of the most deserving one, for that category. I mean, watch Twin Peaks again. It was good. Kyle MacLachlan plays three characters, at least. Then we have Rachel Brosnahan winning for Mrs. Maisel, which I’ve already told you about, and again, mea culpa (she was probably good).
I got Sterling K. Brown, for This Is Us, and he was going to win. Easily, and he deserved it, or seemed to. Then we have Rachel Brosnahan winning for Mrs. Maisel, which I’ve already told you about, and again, mea culpa. So, otherwise, we get Nicole Kidman, winning for Big Little Lies like I said it was going to happen (though Reese Witherspoon got to present for Oprah, so . . .), Moss, winning for The Handmaid’s Tale, like she was going to. (She was a shoo-in like X in Y, during the X Academy Awards, and she deserved it.) And Alexander Skaarsgard, winning for Big Little Lies, which he far and away deserved to.
Right: 4 | Wrong: 4