Best TV Series Drama
Who Should Win: “Heroes”
Who Will Win: “24”/ “Grey’s Anatomy”
In an amazing break for NBC, a station known for it’s dramatic flops in past years, the show “Heroes” struck a chord with viewers in fall of last year. The show quickly became one of the Must See Shows of the fall television season, topping viewer charts and receiving rave reviews. Who can forget the catchy-if not somewhat overused-tagline “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World” that captivated fans until the show’s break in December? That’s enough to make “Heroes” my preferred pick for a win in this category. However, the show is up against some tough competitors. In what was considered its best season yet, “24” is pretty much the favored choice in this category, followed closely by the ever-popular “Grey’s Anatomy.” Even Hiro Nakamura’s quirky lines can’t totally beat out Jack Bower’s “The only reason you’re not dead is because I don’t want to carry you,” and the handsome Peter Petrelli isn’t quite enough to top “Grey’s” McDreamy and McSteamy. If I had to choose, my choice for the winner would definitely be “Heroes”; but if I’m going to be realistic, my final choice has to go to “24”.
Best TV Series Comedy/Musical
Who Should Win: “The Office”
Who Will Win: “The Office”/ “Desperate Housewives”
Dunder Mifflin has made us laugh nonstop for quite a few seasons now. The show’s quirky cast has something for everyone, and it’s office setting makes it accessible to the everyday worker. Jim and Pam’s romance over the past few seasons has practically given the show a bit of a dramatic appeal, yet Michael Scott-and his number one fan, Dwight-is always enough to bring it back to its comedic foundations. “Desperate Housewives” will probably provide stiff competition in the field of comedy, though I don’t think it will be enough to dethrone “The Office” from the throne of television hilarity.
Best TV Series Mini-Series/Motion Picture Made for Television
Who Should Win: “Elizabeth I”
Who Will Win: “Elizabeth I”
This made-for-television film epics the life of a fifty-something Queen Elizabeth I in a way that cannot go overlooked among the nominees for this category. With an amazing cast, stunning settings, and admirable attention to detail in recreating this favored period in England’s history-favored, at least, cinematically, that is-this ought to be the landslide winner in the Mini-Series/Made-for-TV Motion Picture category. Everything from the costumes to the movies sets are completely breathtaking. It’s remarkable score works around music of the period to create truly wonderful classical pieces. I would be greatly surprised if any of the other nominees beat this one out.
Best Performance by Actor in Drama
Who Should Win: Hugh Laurie, “House”
Who Will Win: Hugh Laurie, “House”/ Keifer Sutherland, “24”
Televisions favored pill-popping doctor is due up to get recognized this year for his weekly antics. Hugh Laurie, as televisions Gregory House, is a riveting character we love to hate and hate to love. Who else could get away with simultaneously healing and humiliating his patients? Yet once again, even a doctor as quick with a biting remark as House will probably have a hard time beating “24”s Keifer Sutherland, whose Jack Bower is television’s number one Man-You-Don’t-Wanna-Mess-With. In the end, I’d rather be on House’s bad-side than Jack’s. While I favor Laurie to win, I find it hard to imagine House’s bark will beat out Bower’s bite.
Best Performance by Actor in Comedy/Musical
Who Should Win: Steve Carell, “The Office”/ Tony Shalhoub, “Monk”
Who Will Win: Steve Carell, “The Office”
Michael Scott is the worst boss imaginable. Adrian Monk is the best detective with the strangest personality. Monk is hilarious without really trying to be; Scott is hilarious because of his horribly failed attempts to be funny. I’d love to see what would happen if you stuck these two characters in a room together. Yet the OCD detective played by Shalhoub, no matter how funny I find him, is still not very likely to beat out Steve Carell in this category. “The Office” just couldn’t be my hands-down choice for Comedy series of the year without its defunct boss to lead his fellow cast-mates to the hilarity that ensues from his weekly blunders.
Best Performance by Actor in Mini-Series/Motion Picture Made for Television
Who Should Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Tsunami, The Aftermath”
Who Will Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Tsunami, The Aftermath”
Chiwetel Ejiofor (pronounced Chew-wet-tell Edge-ee-o-for) delivered 2006’s most dynamic acting in his role as “Tsunami, The Aftermath” cast-member Ian Carter. His character was emotional in all the right ways, going up and down the emotion-chart in a way that touched my heart and gave him my vote when he was nominated. His heart-warming performance is deserving, and the likely winner, of the award for this category.
Best Performance by Actress in Drama
Who Should Win: Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”
Who Will Win: Ellen Pompeo, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Pretty much as soon as I heard about “The Closer” I found myself hooked on the Southern-accented Brenda Johnson. Kyra Sedgwick’s performance as the no-nonsense crime solving Southern belle with more tricks in her bag than candy bar wrappers is more than deserving of the Best Performance by an actress award. Her untraditional manner of pursuing a suspect and bringing him or her down is something beyond captivating, making it no wonder the show’s upcoming season already has Sedgwick’s fan-base buzzing with excitement. However, I feel that the ever-popular “Grey’s Anatomy” will once again beat out another deserving show. That’s no snub of “Grey’s” . . . in fact, if I wasn’t so in love with Kyra I probably would have gone with a hand’s down prediction for “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo. Pompeo’s performance as a relationship-frazzled, simultaneously humorous and whiny MD easily places her at the head of this category. Who could forget the dynamic performance that ended season two and began the third with a bang (pun definitely intended)? Besides, without Ellen Pompeo, would we female viewers ever have the chance of falling in love with the steamy McDreamy?
Best Performance by Actress in Comedy/Musical
Who Should Win: America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”
Who Will Win: America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”
This surprising television delight has earned my total confidence as this year’s winner in this category. America Ferrera has definitely earned this award. The way in which such a beautiful girl could transform herself into this Ugly Betty-who, by the way, has never actually been ugly, in my humble opinion-never ceases to amaze me. Betty gives the phrase “awkward phase” a whole new meaning in this hilarious series. America Ferrera gives the phrase “stunning” a whole new meaning with her performance.
Best Performance by Actress in Mini-Series/Motion Picture Made for Television
Who Should Win: Helen Mirren, “Elizabeth I”
Who Will Win: Helen Mirren, “Elizabeth I”
One quote describes why I love Helen Mirren in this role: “Princes never cheat at cards. They simply have the rules altered to suit their needs.” Mirren gives a whole new face to Elizabeth I; her performance as the queen is absolutely amazing. In bringing a new sense of reality to one of England’s most famous queens, Mirren has taken her place on the reigning throne of this category.
Best Performance by Actor in Supporting Role in Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Who Should Win: Masi Oka, “Heroes”
Who Will Win: Jeremy Irons, “Elizabeth I”
Let’s get one thing clear: I love “Heroes” and you can’t love “Heroes” without loving Hiro Nakamura. Who else can say their supporting role virtually took the lead in a series? The quirky character, a Japanese office drone turned bundling yet loveable super hero, has stolen the hearts of fans throughout the nation. He’s even had the chance to show his flexibility as an actor and character in his unbelievable transformation from Hiro Nakamura, a bespectacled comic-book lover with little style and a personality that smacks of hilarious naivety, to Hiro Nakamura, sword-wielding futuristic hero. Had it not been for Jeremy Irons, Masi Oka would have been my final answer for the winner of this category. Yet Irons, in his role as Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester, delivered an amazing performance worthy of, and probably destined for, award-laden recognition. Irons, who has also proven a flexible actor over the years, is captivating in this role he seemed born to play. His stunning performance as the man who found his better half in the woman who would never be his bride will probably be enough to allow him to take home this award.
Best Performance by Actress in Supporting Role in Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Who Should Win: Katherine Heigl, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Who Will Win: Katherine Heigl, “Grey’s Anatomy”
My final landslide winner choice goes to Katherine Heigl, whose performance as Izzie Stevens on “Grey’s Anatomy” is very likely to earn her the award in this category. With “Grey’s” highly favored in the Best Drama and Best Actress categories, it seems only right that Heigl be an almost too obvious choice in her own group. Though she ranks among some steep competition, I doubt anyone will beat her out.
After totaling the numbers for each of my choices plus my final predictions for the winners of this year’s Golden Globe Television awards, it looks like “Elizabeth I” has a chance to take home the most awards, followed closely by “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Office”. I personally was hoping “Heroes” would have a better chance to bring home some major rewards; but with nominations in only two categories, the show’s chances seem slim to take home any. At most, I’d say “Heroes” has it’s best chance with the best drama category; yet with competition like “24” and “Grey’s Anatomy”, I’m not going to keep my fingers crossed. Whatever the outcomes, I hope it’s clear that there are a lot of amazing television programs out there, and each in its own right can be proud of a partial claim to any of the awards that will be given. Don’t forget to check out the Golden Globes when it airs on television to see if my or your own predictions were indeed accurate . . . may the best hero-er, I mean, show, win!