'Adams' apple?


There are certain immutable laws when it comes to the Golden Globe Awards, and one is that in the television categories, HBO is going to win something -- and more likely than not, win big.

It is, for instance, a foregone conclusion that the network will take home trophies for its 13 Emmy winner "John Adams," not least in the top miniseries/made-for-TV movie category. It's also a good bet that "Adams" leads Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney will win the miniseries/TV movie acting awards.

But the problem with purported slam-dunks, when it comes to the voting members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., is that they love messing with conventional wisdom. Therein lies the trump card. With that in mind, here's one critic's handicapping predictions.

Drama series: AMC's "Mad Men" wins its second Globe in as many years, with HBO's "In Treatment" a tantalizing runner-up.

Drama actor: No clear favorite here, so let's go with Hugh Laurie earning his third statuette for Fox's "House."

Drama actress: January Jones of "Mad Men" snatches the win in an upset, unless Anna Paquin noses her out for HBO's vampire hour "True Blood."

Comedy series: It's embarrassing that the HFPA has yet to honor NBC's "30 Rock." That little oversight finally gets corrected.

Comedy actor: A battle between Globe darling David Duchovny (Showtime's "Californication") and Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), with Baldwin taking the prize because he's simply too good.

Comedy actress: Tina Fey for "30 Rock." Duh.

Miniseries/TV movie: "John Adams." 'Nuf said.

Miniseries/TV movie actor: Giamatti, though Ralph Fiennes (HBO's "Bernard and Doris") or Kevin Spacey (HBO's "Recount") could pull an upset.

Minseries/TV movie actress: Linney, with Dame Judi Dench (PBS' "Cranford") giving chase.