The Golden Globes are set to announce their nominations on Monday, so let's predict a few of the TV shows that might have a strong showing this year.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes on the Golden Globes every year, is well known for their love of new TV shows over anything else. In other words, if the Emmys tend to reward performances and shows over and over again, the Golden Globes are the complete opposite.
Therefore, it becomes imperative when trying to predict the 2016 Golden Globe nominations that you look at some of the buzzier new shows, because there's a good chance the HFPA will try to award them. Here are five shows we think will perform impressively at the Golden Globes this year.
The Golden Globes love their sweeping epics, at least on the film side (Best Drama Picture winners include The Revenant, Avatar, Babel, Atonement, The Hours, etc.), and Westworld certainly fits that mold. The series features an all-star cast (another element the Globes love) that includes Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris and Thandie Newton, and has HBO pedigree plus a lot of buzz both in the industry and in the general TV watching community.
The Crown (Netflix)
One of Netflix's most critically acclaimed shows, The Crown has an upscale appeal and a strong cast of its own. The series, which tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, comes from Peter Morgan, who the Globes previously awarded for writing the screenplay for 2006's The Queen. Look for star Claire Foy and supporting stars Jared Harris and John Lithgow to potentially get nominations.
Atlanta, created by and starring Donald Glover, is by far the most critically acclaimed new comedy of the season, so it's a virtual lock in Best Comedy Series. The series has already shown up in other awards this year, from the Critics' Choice Awards to the Writers Guild of America Awards and like The Crown, was recently named one of the top 10 TV shows of the year by the American Film Institute.
Stranger Things (Netflix)
While the Golden Globes haven't always embraced sci-fi shows, it will be hard to deny a nomination for Stranger Things, one of the biggest TV phenomena of the year. It too was named a top 10 show by AFI and with a likable cast of child stars and fresh talent, the Globes will almost certainly embrace the show, which centers on the disappearance of a young boy in the 1980s.
This Is Us (NBC)
The biggest breakout hit of the fall TV season, This Is Us has had an absolutely stellar beginning both in ratings and critical acclaim. The heartwarming drama about a unique yet relatable family has already started its awards train, hitting all the same places as the shows mentioned above. And the cast, which includes Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley and Chrissy Metz, is one of the strongest on television and could receive their first Globe nominations this year.