The 2014 awards season is about to kick off in earnest with the biggest party in Hollywood: The Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press will crown their picks for the best of the year Sunday, January 12, 2014, which means there's still plenty of time to adjust your choices in the office betting pool. (What? We know we aren't the only ones who do that!)

So, who will take home the top prizes come Sunday? The Globes are always a bit tricky to predict, and this year's TV nominations are particularly puzzling since many awards show darlings were left off the ballot altogether (lookin' at you, Homeland and Mad Men).

Still, we've dug into the nominations to bring you our best guesses about who will win the TV categories plus we've thrown in our two cents about who should win, just for the record.

Best Television Series, Drama

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

The Good Wife

House of Cards

Masters of Sex

Will win: Breaking Bad. We could also see House of Cards pulling an upset if the voters want to prove how hip and with it they are by rewarding Netflix, but after Breaking Bad had what most consider one of the best final seasons ever, it's hard to see the award going to anyone else.

Should win: Breaking Bad. It really was one of the best final seasons ever.


Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical

The Big Bang Theory

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Girls

Modern Family

Parks and Recreation

Will win: Girls. It's got that HBO sheen. We could also see The Big Bang Theory taking home the trophy by virtue of being impossibly popular.

Should win: Parks and Rec. It's consistently one of the funniest things on TV, and deserves some recognition, finally.


Best Actor, Drama

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

James Spader, The Blacklist

Will win: Bryan Cranston. Not to sound like a broken record, but seriously, Breaking Bad was all the rage this year. Though, again, we could see a possible upset going to Kevin Spacey for being a movie star on a hip new show. Or maybe even Michael Sheen, since apparently the voters are big fans of Masters of Sex.

Should win: Bryan Cranston. Yep, broken record. But really, he was that good.

Best Actress, Drama

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

Kerry Washington, Scandal

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Will win: With Claire Danes out of the running, it seems like Kerry Washington has this in the bag. Scandal is popular with critics and viewers, Kerry is skyrocketing to the A-list — yeah, this is where we'd put our money.

Should win: Tatiana Maslany. All due respect to Kerry and the other talented actresses in this group, but only Tatiana played four different main characters and a host of secondary characters. It's an unparalleled performance.


Best Actor, Comedy or Musical

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Will win: This one's tough. We're going to out on a limb and toss a guess towards Andy Samberg, since Brooklyn Nine-Nine's surprising double nom makes us think the voters like it a lot. Though Jim Parsons is also a safe bet. He wins everything. And the Globes do like it when famous people like Michael J. Fox return to TV...

Should win: Jason Bateman, because Arrested Development deserves some love. Sure, its fourth season wasn’t a critical hit, but it sure got everybody talking.


Best Actress, Comedy or Musical

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Will win: The Globes like to mix it up more than the Emmys, so let's guess Julia Louis-Dreyfus. That said, we wouldn't exactly be shocked if Lena Dunham repeated her 2013 win.

Should win: Amy Poehler. For the love of TV, someone give this woman an award — or 12!


Best Miniseries or TV Movie

American Horror Story: Coven

Behind the Candelabra

Dancing on the Edge

Top of the Lake

The White Queen

Will win: Behind the Candelabra. Let's be real — nothing else has as much buzz in this category.

Should win: Top of the Lake. It was fantastic, simple as that.


Best Actor,
Miniseries or TV Movie

Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra

Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge

Idris Elba, Luther

Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Will win: Michael Douglas. It's probably going to be one of the two Behind the Candelabra stars, and Michael Douglas had the flashier role. Don't cry for Chiwetel Ejiofor, though. We're pretty sure he'll take home the prize for Best Actor in Drama Film for 12 Years a Slave.

Should win: Idris Elba, because Idris Elba should win everything, always. (But in all seriousness, this whole category is strong.)


Best Actress,
Miniseries or TV Movie

Helena Bonham Carter, Burton & Taylor

Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven

Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Will win: Helena Bonham Carter has been getting a lot of good press for Burton & Taylor, so let's go with that.

Should win: Elisabeth Moss. She's deserved it for years on Mad Men, and she deserves it even more here.


Best Supporting Actor

Josh Charles, The Good Wife

Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Corey Stoll, House of Cards

Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Will win: Jon Voight. This category, which combines comedy, drama, and mini-series/movie, is basically nonsense, and very hard to predict. But Jon Voight has won three Golden Globes before, so we figure he has a fair chance.

Should win: Aaron Paul. Or possibly Rob Lowe’s hair for being the best part of Behind the Candelabra.


Best Supporting Actress

Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge

Janet McTeer, The White Queen

Hayden Panettiere, Nashville

Monica Potter, Parenthood

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Will win: Sofia Vergara. Again, a nonsense category, but Sofia Vergara sounds like a safe bet.

Should win: Hayden Panettiere, because Juliette Barnes is easily one of our favorite characters on TV right now, and a lot of that is down to Hayden's stellar performance in the role.

Who do you think will win these categories? Should win? Let us know in the comments below!