Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Golden Globe Winner Predictions: Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy/Musical

The competition:

Don Cheadle (Black Monday) plays criminal moneyman Maurice Monroe in the second season of the Showtime comedy. Cheadle returns to this category after three consecutive nominations and one win, in 2012, for his last Showtime series, “House of Lies.” He was also nominated for his performance in “Hotel Rwanda” in 2004 and won in 1998 for his supporting role in “The Rat Pack.” He is the lone nominee from his show.

Nicholas Hoult (The Great) plays totalitarian ruler Peter III in the first season of the Hulu period satire. This is his first Globe nomination. His costar Elle Fanning is also nominated, and the show contends for Best TV Series – Comedy/Musical.

Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek) plays motel operator Johnny Rose in the sixth and final season of the Pop TV comedy. This is his first Globe nomination. His show is nominated for Best TV Series – Comedy/Musical, and all three of his main costars are in contention this year too.

Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso) plays an American coach transplanted to London in the first season of the Apple TV Plus series of the same name. This is his first Globe nomination. His show is also up for Best TV Series – Comedy/Musical.

Ramy Youssef (Ramy) plays Ramy Hassan, a Muslim man in American trying to balance multiple identities in the second season of the Hulu series. He won this award last year and is again the only representative from his show.

Additional notes: This category rarely sees repeat winners, with Alec Baldwin the last to triumph again in 2009. Levy beat Youssef at the Emmys this past fall. A few past nominees – Ben Platt, Jim Carrey, Anthony Anderson, and Andy Samberg – were eligible this time but didn’t make the cut. 
Who should win? I don’t know that Cheadle needs to be here for his show, but he’s fun, and I won’t argue much against Levy even though I don’t love his series nearly as much as everyone else in the world. Youssef was indeed terrific. I’d have a tough time deciding between Hoult and Sudeikis, but would probably choose the former.
Who will win? This could be Levy, but I’ll bet on Sudeikis.

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