Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Golden Globe Winner Predictions: Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series

The competition: 

John Boyega (Small Axe) plays police cadet Leroy Logan in the third film in the Amazon Prime Video anthology series. This is his first Globe nomination. His series is also nominated for Best Limited Series.

Brendan Gleeson (The Comey Rule) plays President Donald Trump in the two-part Showtime event series. He has three previous nominations, for “The Guard” in 2011, for “Into the Storm” in 2009, and for “In Bruges” in 2008. His costar Jeff Daniels is also nominated.

Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek) plays small business owner David 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.

Jim Parsons (Hollywood) plays talent agent Henry Wilson in the Netflix limited series. He was previously nominated three times for his comedic performance in “The Big Bang Theory,” winning on his first try in 2010. He is the lone representative from his show.

Donald Sutherland (The Undoing) plays concerned father Franklin Reinhardt in the HBO limited series. He has eight previous nominations, including two wins, both in this category, for “Path to War” in 2002 and “Citizen X” in 1995. His show is the most-nominated limited series with four total bids.

Additional notes: Levy won an Emmy this past fall, while Parsons was a nominee in his category. Levy is the lone regular series nominee this year. This category is not consistent in rewarding dramas, comedies, miniseries, or TV movies, though the last four winners have all been from limited series.
Who should win? This is an interesting list, and doesn’t include any of my favorites from the year. This isn’t Parsons’ best work, and Sutherland is doing some pretty impressive scenery chewing. I know people like Levy, even if I don’t love the show as much as most. Boyega is very good in his one film, while Gleeson would probably get my vote for an unexpectedly incisive portrayal of a very visible public figure.
Who will win? I’m honestly not sure. Maybe Gleeson?

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