Good news, ‘Killing Eve’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: ‘Game of Thrones’ is ineligible at Golden Globes

TV’s reigning Emmy winner “Game of Thrones” is ineligible at this year’s Golden Globes, which no doubt has Best Drama Series frontrunners “Killing Eve” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” breathing sighs of relief. Because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s eligibility period is the 2018 calendar year, that means “Game of Thrones” — which hasn’t aired since summer 2017 — won’t be able to follow up its recent Emmy victory at the Golden Globes.

Of course, “Game of Thrones” has never been as beloved at the Globes as it has at the Emmys. Peter Dinklage‘s Globe victory in 2012 as Best TV Supporting Actor is the one and only trophy for HBO’s fantasy epic. That’s right: it’s never even won the Globe for Best Drama Series, losing all five prior bids to “Homeland” (2011), “The Affair” (2014), “Mr. Robot” (2015), “The Crown” (2016) and “The Handmaid’s Tale” (2017).

According to Gold Derby’s early predictions, BBC America’s “Killing Eve” currently has the best shot of winning the top prize at the 2019 Golden Globes. The cat-and-mouse thriller is coming off two major Emmy nominations for lead actress Sandra Oh and for creator/writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Oh portrays MI5 officer Eve Polastri who’s hot on the trail of international assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) in this TV adaptation of Luke Jennings‘ novels.

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Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” comes in second place on Gold Derby’s winner chart. Oddly enough, the fact that it just prevailed at last year’s Golden Globes (along with series star Elisabeth Moss as the titular handmaid June/Offred) could hurt its chances this time around as the HFPA is notorious for spreading the wealth to the freshest and shiniest contenders. In fact, only once this decade has a drama series won back-to-back trophies: “Homeland” in 2011 and 2012.

“Game of Thrones” isn’t the only Emmy favorite that’s forced to sit out this year’s Golden Globes because of the calendar year eligibility period. “The Crown” and “Stranger Things” also didn’t air any new episodes in 2018, but they’ll both be back in 2019 to compete at next year’s Globes ceremony. With all these open slots, Gold Derby is predicting that this year’s Best Drama Series line-up will include “Killing Eve,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Homecoming,” “The Americans” and “Pose.” Do YOU agree?

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Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Golden Globe contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Golden Globe predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on Dec. 6.

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