Wednesday, January 23, 2019

SAG Winner Predictions: Best Male Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie

The competition: Antonio Banderas’ brilliant painter (Genius: Picasso), Darren Criss’ disgruntled killer (The Assassination of Gianni Versace), Hugh Grant’s embattled politician (A Very English Scandal), Anthony Hopkins’ aging king (King Lear), and Bill Pullman’s persistent detective (The Sinner).

For your information: Hopkins has two previous individual film nominations, for “Nixon” and “Amistad,” two film ensemble bids, for “Nixon” and “Bobby,” and one TV ensemble bid, for “Westworld.” Criss was nominated twice as part of the ensemble for “Glee.” Grant earned his first nomination in 2016 for the film “Florence Foster Jenkins.” The first season of Criss’ anthology series earned three acting bids and one win in 2016, while Banderas’ netted one bid last year, and Pullman’s didn’t get any for season one. Criss won the Emmy, Critics’ Choice Award, and Golden Globe this year.

Who should win? I sampled Criss’ work with one episode and he was good, but Grant was truly excellent. I haven’t seen any of the other three.

Who will win? It’s safe to say Criss is the frontrunner.

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