Thursday, November 28, 2019

Golden Globe Musings: Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama

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:
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Stephan James (Homecoming)
Richard Madden (Bodyguard)
Billy Porter (Pose)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)

New contenders:
Kevin Bacon (City on a Hill)
Tobias Menzies (The Crown)
Jason Momoa (See)
Forest Whitaker (Godfather of Harlem)

Potential first-time nominees:
Brian Cox (Succession)
Jonathan Groff (Mindhunter)
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
Jeremy Strong (Succesion)

Past nominees:
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Billy Bob Thornton (Goliath)

Last year offered a good number of surprises, and this year, only two of them are in the running again. That would be Emmy winner Porter and SAG winner Bateman, both of whom are likely to return but not guaranteed. It’s a good bet that Menzies will be included because he’s a past Globe nominee for his role on “Outlander” and now stars on a revered series with a brand-new cast. It’s actually likely that the other nominees will come from returning rather than new shows, with both Cox and Strong likely to make up for lackluster enthusiasm for their show last year and Groff also a potential beneficiary of delayed buzz. Harington is probable but far from guaranteed since Globe voters have never embraced his show too warmly. I feel like we’ll get an odd inclusion here like Bacon, but I’m really not sure what to expect – the actress and comedy races are much richer with candidates.

Current predictions:
Brian Cox (Succession)
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
Tobias Menzies (The Crown)
Billy Porter (Pose) Jeremy Strong/b> (Succession)

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