Thursday, November 28, 2019

Golden Globe Musings: Best Actor in a TV Series - Comedy/Musical

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:
Jim Carrey (Kidding)
Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Sacha Baron Cohen (Who Is America)

New contenders:
Don Cheadle (Black Monday)
Ricky Gervais (After Life)
Danny McBride (The Righteous Gemstones)
Ben Platt (The Politician)
Paul Rudd (Living with Yourself)
Ramy Youssef (Ramy)

Potential first-time nominees:
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek)

Returning series:
Paul Reiser (Mad About You)

Past nominees:
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Eric McCormack (Will and Grace)
William H. Macy (Shameless)

Only two of last year’s nominees are even eligible to return, thanks to delayed new seasons for Carrey and Glover and the cancellation of Baron Cohen’s. The new list seems pretty set, though this category is sure to give us surprises. Douglas won this race last year and Hader won the Emmy twice in a row, so expect them both to be back. This is probably the time that Danson finally breaks through after two Emmy nominations, and Rudd and Platt seem like strong choices to fill the rest of the lineup. Cheadle is always possible since he’s a favorite in this category, and there are any number of other options. Let’s see how this one plays out.

Current predictions:
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Ben Platt (The Politician)
Paul Rudd (Living with Yourself)

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