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The Hollywood Foreign Press exists to honor the next big thing and the highest tier of A-list actor. But, between the incredible first-year showing of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and HBO’s starry Big Little Lies, the 2017 Emmys beat Sunday’s Golden Globes to the punch in nearly all TV categories.
Both projects emerged as the biggest small-screen winners during the 2018 ceremony, a coronation of sorts for Big Little Lies (outstanding limited series) and The Handmaid’s Tale (outstanding drama) and much of their casts: Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss (lead actress in a drama) and Big Little Lies’ Nicole Kidman (lead actress in a limited), Alexander Skarsgard (supporting actor) and Laura Dern (supporting actress) among them. Not be be left out, Emmy drama actor winner and This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown also repeated his victory from the fall with one lonely win for broadcast TV — a nice distinction for Globes broadcaster and This Is Us home NBC.
That meant comedy was the only true wildcard for the night. And Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel reaped the biggest rewards in the comparatively open races with top honors for both the series and breakout Rachel Brosnahan. It’s certainly a shot of adrenaline for the first-year series, already renewed for a second season, but the Golden Globes have proven to be a wildly unreliable prognosticator for other kudos. 2017 winner Atlanta went on to big things. 2016 winner Mozart in the Jungle did not. (For Maisel’s part, it was snubbed by SAG Award nominations but did get a promising mention from the Producers Guild.)
What’s left is a mixed bag of unexpected anomalies. Aziz Ansari won for his second season of Netflix comedy Master of None, the streamer’s lone Globe for the night, and Ewan McGregor posted a W for his role in the third installment of FX anthology Fargo.
If Sunday’s Globes tell us anything about TV, it’s that the already daunting pressure on Handmaid’s Tale and Big Little Lies to deliver during their second seasons has possibly gone up even more. And while only one, Handmaid’s, will return in 2018, they’ll likely be going head-to-head further down the line. Big Little Lies’ recent renewal means it will compete as a drama from here on out.
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