The Hollywood awards season kicks off in earnest on Thursday with the announcement of the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards nominations.
It’s hard to believe these bought-and-paid-for prizes are taken seriously — but since the winning of awards is a year-round obsession in Los Angeles, publicists and performers take them very seriously.
Much of the hoopla is reserved for the film categories, as the winners are often seen and hoped and prayed for as precursors to the Oscars, but there are a handful of TV awards, where visiting movie stars, such as Julia Roberts, are hoping for a B-12 infusion to their careers.
So which effusive egomaniacs will we see at the podium in January, when the newly designed trophies are bestowed?
Well, first you have to be nominated.
Here are The Post’s predictions for this year’s GG-endorsed TV and streaming service entertainment:The Hollywood Foreign Press Association loves the Brits, so expect BBC America’s excellent “Killing Eve” to score a nomination here. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of catching this sleek, witty crime drama, it is currently streaming on Hulu. Amazon’s “Homecoming,” a “Twilight Zone”-inspired story about a mysterious Florida rehab center where veterans are secretly being medicated before they are sent back into combat, should also do well, as it is driven by a star performance by Roberts in her first television series. Always remember that while the HFPA likes talent, what really gets its juices flowing are stars. Glamorous stars. And it has that in Roberts, even if she does wear glasses now. Familiar fare such as “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Westworld” and “This Is Us” will probably show up. If the HFPA really has its finger on the pulse, as it claims to, it will nominate Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House.”
Look for last year’s winner, Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” to win another nomination, as its Season 2 premiere date is Wednesday and it will be on the minds of those ancient HFPA voters. HBO’s “Barry,” which picked up three Emmy awards in September, is probably that show’s closest competition. Other slots will probably go to “Atlanta,” “The Good Place” and “GLOW.” Some sentimental voters may get gooey for “The Kominsky Method” as it celebrates old age and its star, Michael Douglas, is 74, the median age of the HFPA voter!