Sunday, December 1, 2019

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:
Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)
Kieran Culkin (Succession)
Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace)
Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal)
Henry Winkler (Barry)

New contenders:
Steve Carell (The Morning Show)
Billy Crudup (The Morning Show)
Jeremy Irons (Watchmen)
Josh O’Connor (The Crown)
Andrew Scott (Fleabag)
Stellan Skarsgard (Chernobyl)
Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Michael K. Williams (When They See Us)

Potential first-time nominees:
Anthony Carrigan (Barry)
Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

Past nominees:
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
David Harbour (Stranger Things)
Christian Slater (Mr. Robot)
Alexander Skarsgard (Big Little Lies)

It’s always difficult to predict this category, which feeds from so many different projects. Most are saying that Scott is a lock despite his being snubbed at the Emmy Awards, and I’d say he’s far from that even if he’s likely to show up. Shalhoub beat Arkin and Winkler, two nominees from last year, at the Emmys, so he’s probably a good bet too. Culkin might return or might not, with other costars also possible. Two past winners of this category, Slater and Skarsgard, are eligible again, as is past nominee Harbour, and Dinklage, who won in 2011 for season one of “Game of Thrones” and hasn’t been nominated since. Skarsgard and Williams seem like the strongest bets from limited series, and there are multiple contenders from “The Morning Show” and “Watchmen” who could show up. Whitford, a three-time nominee over a decade ago for “The West Wing,” could make the cut, even if voters have otherwise forgotten about his show. Most people seem to be betting everything on Scott, who was snubbed at the Emmys, and while I also think he’ll make the cut, he’s far from a sure thing.

Current predictions:
Kieran Culkin (Succession)
Andrew Scott (Fleabag)
Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
s Stellan Skarsgard (Chernobyl)
Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale)

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