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Golden Globes predictions: Which TV favorites will take a trophy?

Dale Roe

Here are my predictions for the TV winners at tonight's Golden Globe Awards

Best television series — drama:

  • "Boardwalk Empire"
  • "Dexter"
  • "The Good Wife"
  • "Mad Men"
  • "The Walking Dead"
  • Will win: "Mad Men." HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" hasn't caught fire yet, and this was a stellar season for AMC's signature show.
  • Possible spoiler: "The Walking Dead."

Best performance by an actress in a television series — drama

  • Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
  • Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
  • Piper Perabo, "Covert Affairs"
  • Katey Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy"
  • Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"
  • Will win: Moss. For the episode "The Suitcase" alone, she deserves the honor.
  • Possible spoiler: Margulies.

Best performance by an actor in a television series — drama

  • Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
  • Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
  • Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
  • Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
  • Hugh Laurie, "House"
  • Will win: Hamm. This was a complex, defining season for Don Draper, and Hamm was up to the challenge.
  • Possible spoiler: Buscemi.

Best television series — comedy or musical

  • "30 Rock"
  • "The Big Bang Theory"
  • "The Big C"
  • "Glee"
  • "Modern Family"
  • "Nurse Jackie"
  • Will win: "Modern Family." The second season of ABC's fantastic comedy was even better than the first.
  • Possible spoiler: "The Big C."

Best performance by an actress in a television series — comedy or musical

  • Toni Collette, "United States of Tara"
  • Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
  • Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
  • Laura Linney, "The Big C"
  • Lea Michelle, "Glee"
  • Will win: Linney. She gave the best overall dramedy performance from a woman this year.
  • Possible spoiler: Michelle.

Best performance by an actor in a television series — comedy or musical

  • Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
  • Steve Carell, "The Office"
  • Thomas Jane, "Hung"
  • Matthew Morrison, "Glee"
  • Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
  • Will win: Baldwin. His Jack Donaghy is the corporate suit TV viewers love to hate.
  • Possible spoiler: Parsons.

Best miniseries or motion picture made for television

  • "Carlos"
  • "The Pacific"
  • "Pillars of the Earth"
  • "Temple Grandin"
  • "You Don't Know Jack"
  • Will win: "The Pacific." HBO's sweeping war saga was epic in scope, but highly personal.
  • Possible spoiler: "Temple Grandin"

Best performance by an actress in a miniseries or motion picture made for television

  • Hayley Atwell, "Pillars of the Earth"
  • Claire Danes, "Temple Grandin"
  • Judi Dench, "Return to Cranford"
  • Romola Garai, "Emma"
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt, "The Client List"
  • Will win: Danes. As the titular, autistic Grandin, Danes really lost herself in her role.
  • Possible spoiler: Dench.

Best performance by an actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for television

  • Idris Elba, "Luther"
  • Ian McShane, "Pillars of the Earth"
  • Al Pacino, "You Don't Know Jack"
  • Dennis Quaid, "The Special Relationship"
  • Edgar Ramirez, "Carlos"
  • Will win: Pacino, because he's Al Pacino.
  • Possible spoiler: Elba.

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for television

  • Hope Davis, "The Special Relationship"
  • Jane Lynch, "Glee"
  • Kelly MacDonald, "Boardwalk Empire"
  • Julia Stiles, "Dexter"
  • Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"
  • Will win: MacDonald. "Boardwalk Empire" needs to go home with at least one trophy, and this is the weakest category for competition.
  • Possible spoiler: Vergara.

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for television

  • Scott Caan, "Hawaii Five-0"
  • Chris Colfer, "Glee"
  • Chris Noth, "The Good Wife"
  • Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
  • David Strathairn, "Temple Grandin"
  • Will win: Stonestreet. "Modern Family' is hot, and Stonestreet is the closest thing it's got to a breakout star.
  • Possible spoiler: Colfer.