Golden Globes: 8 Strong Performances From Freshman Shows That Could Score Noms

9:00 AM 11/23/2017

by Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association often favors a shiny, new show, which means Elisabeth Moss, Jason Bateman and more could score nominations.

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This story first appeared in a November stand-alone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

  • Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany

    On Netflix's cinematic 1970s-set crime drama, which counts David Fincher and Charlize Theron among its producers, Groff (right) and McCallany portray FBI special agents who conduct unauthorized interviews with jailed serial killers to try to better understand a recent wave of murders.

  • Freddie Highmore

    Coming off of Bates Motel, which never got a Golden Globe nom, he is enjoying the greatest success of his young career for this — the most watched network drama of the season — on which he plays a surgeon with autism who cracks medical mysteries.

  • Jason Bateman and Laura Linney

    You won't find two more likable actors than Bateman (a Golden Globe winner for Arrested Development) and Linney (a Globe winner for both John Adams and The Big C), who, on this Netflix show, play against type — namely, as partners in white-collar crime who wind up in way over their heads.

  • Elisabeth Moss

    The Queen of Peak TV was Globe nominated only once for Mad Men but won for Top of the Lake three years ago and now is eligible for the first time for her dystopian Hulu critics' darling, on which she also serves as a producer. She already nabbed best drama series and actress Emmys for the role.

  • James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Franco plays twins who get caught up in the mob, and Gyllenhaal (right) plays a Times Square prostitute in The Wire creator David Simon's easily digestible (just eight episodes) show about the rise of the porn industry in 1970s New York, which can expect a big push from HBO.

  • Katherine Langford

    The 21-year-old Aussie, who portrays the bullied high school girl at the center of Netflix's timely and widely discussed drama-mystery about sexual assault and suicide, was passed over at the Emmys but is campaigning for a Globe nom, having already presented at the HFPA's grants banquet in August.

  • Ian McShane

    This Golden Globe winner in 2005 for Deadwood (and nominee in 2011 for The Pillars of the Earth) plays con artist Mr. Wednesday — who is really the Norse god Odin — in this mythological Starz show, which was adapted from English author Neil Gaiman's 2001 novel of the same title.

  • Alison Brie

    The Community and Mad Men alum shines as a struggling actress turned wrestler in this tremendously well-reviewed Netflix dramedy about the women's wrestling circuit in the 1980s, which derives its title from the circuit's name, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.