Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Golden Globe Musings: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a TV Series

Golden Globe nominations for this year will be announced soon, so here’s a survey of the contenders and the most likely predictions at this time. Weigh in with your thoughts, and let me know if I’ve left off anyone important. A reminder that last year’s nominees mean zilch at the Globes and that the race is almost entirely unpredictable.

Last year’s nominees:
Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Rob Lowe (Behind the Candelabra)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Corey Stoll (House of Cards)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

I never particularly enjoy predicting this category since it pulls from so many different areas – comedy, drama, TV movies, and what’s now known as “limited series.” Only comedy actors have managed repeat nominations in recent years, and just one of last year’s nominees – Voight – is even eligible for that feat. Though it’s rare, this category might be entirely populated this year by nominees from limited series and TV movies: I could easily see Colin Hanks (Fargo), Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart), Alfred Molina (The Normal Heart), and Jim Parsons (The Normal Heart) showing up, though probably not all of them. The man who beat them all for the Emmy, Martin Freeman (Sherlock: His Last Vow) is a possibility, but given that his show hasn’t been nominated much in the past, I think he’s a likelier possibility in the lead actor race. New contenders include Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge) and Stephen Rea (The Honourable Woman). Past winner Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) might return to represent regular series.

Current predictions:
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)
Colin Hanks (Fargo)
Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge)
Jim Parsons (The Normal Heart)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

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