Thursday, December 27, 2018

Golden Globe Winner Predictions: Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

The competition:
Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso) plays the tortured painter Pablo Picasso in the second season of the National Geographic anthology series. He has three previous Globe nominations, for TV movie “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself,” comedy “The Mask of Zorro,” and musical “Evita.” He was also honored by the Emmys and SAG with bids for this role.

Daniel Bruhl (The Alienist) plays Dr. Lazlo Kreizler, a psychologist investigating murders in the TNT limited series. His show is up for Best Miniseries or Television Film. Bruhl was nominated for a Globe once before for the 2013 film “Rush.”

Darren Criss (American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace) plays Andrew Cunanan, a disgruntled killer in the second season of the FX anthology series. This is his first Globe nomination, though he’s coming off an Emmy win for this role. He contends for a SAG Award for this part, and is joined at the Globes by costars Edgar Ramirez and Penelope Cruz, as well as his series being nominated for Best Miniseries or Television Film.

Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose) plays the title character, a troubled addict in the Showtime miniseries. He was nominated in this category in 2012 for “Sherlock” and for his film work in “The Imitation Game” in 2014. He was up for an Emmy for this role earlier this year.

Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal) plays Jeremy Thorpe, an embattled member of Parliament in the Amazon limited series. Grant won a Globe in 1994 for “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and has three more film nominations. He contends for a SAG for this role as well.

Additional notes: Criss beat Banderas and Cumberbatch for the Emmy, where Bruhl wasn’t nominated. Grant may contend this coming year.
Who should win? I’ve only seen Grant’s work in its entirety, and he’s great. I sampled Bruhl, Criss, and Cumberbatch through the first episodes of their shows, with Cumberbatch impressing me most, and haven’t seen Banderas’ performance at all.
Who will win? I’m going to go ahead and predict Grant based on this awards body even though Criss is probably the smarter choice.

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