This year, the oftentimes unpredictable Hollywood Foreign Press Association lived up to its reputation -- and delivered the most fire list of Golden Globe nominees in recent memory.
To be honest, award shows can be mundane and glaringly predictable, but the Golden Globes are often referred to as the "fun one" for a reason. Yes, that reason is usually unlimited access to alcohol. However, the Globes are also known to be more adventurous than its snobbier cousins, Oscar and Emmy. Just look at this year's television categories and try not to do a double-take like I did. "Game of Thrones!" "Outlander!" "Empire!" And my personal best new drama, "Mr. Robot!" Be still, my fangirling heart.
Of course, it will be a tough race -- particularly in the super-solid drama category -- but MTV News is here to tell you who will and should win on the entertainment industry's craziest night (January 10):
Best TV Series, Drama
Do you remember last year's nominees? "The Good Wife," "House of Cards," "The Affair," "Downton Abbey"... all prestige dramas that looked more or less the same. Now, "Game of Thrones" is this year's sole holdover competing against all the fresh and exciting newbies. This list is way more exciting than usual -- take note, Emmys.
What Will Win: Just when you think the Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc. is going to zig, it zags. "Outlander" is the kind of drama the Golden Globes love to reward: it's brazen and different. But "Mr. Robot" (arguably the best new drama of the year) has the bigger cultural impact. When the USA drama premiered this summer, it struck a nerve with viewers -- not for its "Fight Club"-like twist but because of its unnerving reality.
What Should Win: That being said, "Outlander" wrapped up its critically acclaimed first season on a series high. It's a show that's not afraid to take risks, and while its lush storytelling and fantastical plots may be a little left of center for the Globes, the Starz drama is the most unpredictable and unmissable show on TV.
Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Yet another television category full of surprises. Newcomers "Casual" and "Mozart in the Jungle" -- of Hulu and Amazon, respectively -- join the fray with comedy staples "Silicon Valley (HBO), "Orange Is The New Black" (Netflix), "Veep" (HBO) and last year's winner "Transparent." In other words, goodbye, broadcast and cable comedies -- hello streaming.
What Will Win: The Golden Globes rarely reward the same show twice, which makes me think the little-known classical music dramedy "Mozart in the Jungle" will be the "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" of this year's telecast. Once again, it's a zany, and oddly appropriate, choice with high caliber talent.
What Should Win? Simply put, "Transparent"'s triumphant second season was near-perfect and it deserves to be recognized for its nuanced and intimate story telling. Not to mention, it had a lot of buzz behind it, unlike its Amazon brethren "Mozart."
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
"Fargo" won last year and with its absolutely stellar second season, it looks like it should have a repeat performance, despite all of the industry love for Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story." The surprise here, however, is Starz's ballet
drama limited series "Flesh and Bone."
What Will Win: Again, the second season of "Fargo" was perfect from start to finish: witty, provocative, painfully suspenseful and and at times almost too gory. Kirsten Dunst gives perhaps one of the best performances of her career as Peggy, a women who brilliantly transcends the oppression of her surroundings.
What Should Win? You betcha "Fargo" is going to take this one.