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
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
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
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
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
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!