There are many great reasons to tune in to the Golden Globes Sunday evening – not the least among them being the awards themselves, which are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Of course, critics and fans won't necessarily agree with their selections. Here's a look at how the race is shaping up in the television division:
Best TV Series, Drama
"Breaking Bad" Fan Favorite, Critics' Choice, Conventional Wisdom
"The Good Wife"
"House of Cards"
"Masters of Sex"
Having never won a Golden Globe before, the stars are aligned for "Breaking Bad" to win big for its critically acclaimed, final season, which was among the most buzzed about TV events this year.
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife")
Tatiana Maslany ("Orphan Black") Critics' Choice
Taylor Schilling ("Orange Is the New Black")
Kerry Washington ("Scandal") Fan Favorite, Conventional Wisdom
Robin Wright ("House of Cards")
Every Thursday Olivia Pope's "gladiators" take over Twitter, raving about Kerry Washington and her hit show "Scandal." The Hollywood Press is primed to follow suit, even if (or maybe in part because) Washington didn't nab the Emmy. Critics will be hoping that Tatiana Maslany will pull an upset and shine some well deserved attention on "Orphan Black."
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") Critics' Choice
Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan")
Michael Sheen ("Masters of Sex")
Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards") Conventional Wisdom
James Spader ("The Blacklist") Fan Favorite
"The Blacklist" may be the breakout hit of the fall, in large part because of James Spader's gripping performance. But the Hollywood Foreign Press is likely still looking to reward Kevin Spacey for his bold move from the big screen to the computer screen, leaving poor Bryan Cranston Golden Globe-less for his well regarded run on "Breaking Bad."
Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy
"The Big Bang Theory" Fan Favorite
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" Critics' Choice
"Girls" Conventional Wisdom
"Parks and Recreation"
"The Big Bang Theory" is one of the most popular shows on television, even if critics can't really figure out why. They would rather see clever newcomer "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" win, but the Golden Globe will probably go to "Girls" for the second time in a row, as its second season only further pushed the envelope.
Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl")
Lena Dunham ("Girls")
Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie")
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") Critics' Choice, Conventional Wisdom
Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") Fan Favorite
It's an injustice that "Veep," which outdid itself in its second season, was snubbed in the best comedy category. So tossing Julia Louis-Dreyfus a bone is the most fitting and likely way for the Hollywood Foreign Press to make up for it. It will be hard not to root for the Golden Globes' host Amy Poehler, whoever, who's in this category for the third year in the row, but hasn't won yet.
Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development") Critics' Choice
Don Cheadle ("House of Lies")
Michael J. Fox ("The Michael J. Fox Show") Fan Favorite
Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory")
Andy Samberg ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") Conventional Wisdom
Michael J. Fox is great in "The Michael J. Fox Show" and even if the sitcom isn't making any big waves, everybody is certainly cheering on his comeback. But conventional wisdom has Andy Samberg winning, being the only guy without a Golden Globe in the category. The recently revived "Arrested Development," being the oddball comedy that it is, will have critics' fingers crossed that Jason Batemen can bring it home a Golden Globe.