BY BEN TRAVERS
Best Drama Series
The Emmys may have been able to ignore the ratings behemoth that is "Empire," but the Golden Globes can't do it. The Hollywood Foreign Press' love for new hit shows is well known, which brings us to last year's winner, "The Affair." The last winner to repeat with a nod won again -- "Homeland," in 2013 -- but then failed to gain a nomination the following year. Others like "Mad Men" and "Boardwalk Empire" were able to stay in the race after winning, but a lot of the luster has worn off Showtime's drama, and the HFPA may prefer more fresh faces. "Better Call Saul" and "Mr. Robot" are strong contenders here, with "Narcos" and "UnREAL" fighting for a spot, too.
As for the veterans, "House of Cards" has been nominated for both of its seasons so far, "Downton Abbey" is riding a three-year hot streak and "Game of Thrones" is fresh off an Emmys' win. But, as always, our love for "The Leftovers" as the second year miracle nominee is all we're hoping for on nominations' day.
"Better Call Saul"
"Game of Thrones"
"House of Cards"
Wishful Thinking: "The Leftovers"
Likely Winner: "Game of Thrones"
Best Drama Actor
After finally taking home his first Emmy for "Mad Men," Jon Hamm (and AMC) has an eye on a second Golden Globe. He won his first for the debut season way back in 2008 and scored a handful of nominations since, but he's been kept out of the race since 2013. Can he reemerge for the final season, or will he be tossed aside in favor of more first-year favorites like Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul"), Terrence Howard ("Empire"), Sam Heughan ("Outlander") or Rami Malek ("Mr. Robot")? Last year's winner, Kevin Spacey, should be in the mix as well, with perennial nominee Liev Schrieber from one of the HFPA's favorite networks also threatening. (If we had our say, of course, Justin Theroux would snag a nod for his powerful, subtle and textured work on "The Leftovers.")
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Terrence Howard, "Empire"
Rami Malek, "Mr. Robot"
Bob Odenkirk, "Better Call Saul"
Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"
Spoiler: Leiv Schrieber, "Ray Donovan"
Wishful Thinking: Justin Theroux "The Leftovers"
Likely Winner: Rami Malek, "Mr. Robot"