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Imagining The 2021 Golden Globe Nominations In A World Without COVID-19

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Imagining The 2021 Golden Globe Nominations In A World Without COVID-19

We didn't know if we would make it, but here we are. The 2021 Golden Globe nominations have been announced and awards season is officially happening despite the global pandemic. In true Hollywood Foreign Press Association fashion, the noms are chaotic, to say the least. And while it's hard to tell just how big of an impact coronavirus had, it's worth looking at the TV shows that would have been Golden Globes-eligible were it not for COVID-19.

When the coronavirus hit the U.S. in March of 2020, productions everywhere shut down abruptly. What followed was months of false starts, delays, shifts in protocols, and even surprise TV cancelations (RIP Glow). Needless to say, the TV offerings of 2020 suffered a bit because of it, with less new shows premiering within the Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2020, eligibility timeframe. and the Golden Globe nominations definitely reflect that.

In an alternate universe, where COVID never happened and TV went on as usual, here are a the shows that could have been nominated for the 2021 Golden Globes instead.

Best TV Limited Series

Image: National Geographic/Richard DuCree

Genius: Aretha

Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo's take on Aretha Franklin in Season 3 of National Geographic's Genius series was intended to premiere in May of 2020, until COVID-19 forced production delays. But the show definitely would have earned Erivo some attention from the HFPA, especially considering the fact that the two previous Genius leads, Antonio Banderas and Geoffrey Rush, were both nominated for their portrayals of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, respectively.

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