The awards season has begun and the Golden Globe Awards are but a few hours away now. The best of the best in Hollywood will all be congregating at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA including many of the outstandingly talented men of the industry, all of whom gave stellar performances in the world of television this year.
2014 was filled with a vibrant collection of performances on television with many new series coming to light. Actors competing for the trophy in the best actor in a musical or comedy TV series include Louis C.K. for his show Louie, Don Cheadle in House of Lies, William H. Macy for Shameless, Ricky Gervais in Derek and Jeffrey Tambor for the Amazon Prime original series Transparent. Tambor seems to be the frontrunner for this particular category as it is one of the most diverse roles of the star’s career, a type of role that the Hollywood Foreign Press, who votes on the Golden Globe Awards, particularly love. The groundbreaking part Tambor portrays is that of a father coming out as a transgender woman to his adult children, hence the title “Trans-Parent.”
As for the best actor in a dramatic TV series, Kevin Spacey for the very popular Netflix show House of Cards is nominated yet again. Joining Spacey are the likes of Clive Owen in The Knick, Liev Schreiber for Ray Donovan, Dominic West in Showtime’s The Affair and James Spader for The Blacklist. Although Spacey’s show may be the crowd favorite, it is anticipated by critics that either West’s life-saving performance for the dramatic soap or Spader’s unorthodox character portrayal will take home one of the Golden Globe Awards.
For the Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie category, the competition is very tight. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are both nominated for their highly successful series True Detective. Other competitors include both Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton in Fargo and Mark Ruffalo for The Normal Heart. Fargo and True Detective seem to be very neck-and-neck in the awards race this year, but it seems as if more hubbub is surrounding the performances of Harrelson and McConaughey. McConaughey has been on quite a high since his Oscar win last year and one must wonder if that streak will continue or if it will be his counterpart, Harrelson, that will snatch up the trophy in the end.
As for the best supporting actors in television, the contenders are all forces to be reckoned with. The category places all supporting male performers in a series, mini-series or TV movie against each other. Matt Bomer from The Normal Heart, Bill Murray in Oliver Kitteridge, Alan Cumming for The Good Wife, Colin Hanks for Fargo and Jon Voight in Ray Donovan round out the list of nominees. This category will be a close one to call as both Bill Murray and Matt Bomer are in talks of taking the lead. Only time will tell when the winner is announced live at the Golden Globe Awards tomorrow night.
The Golden Globe Awards will be filled with amazing talent deriving from the men of television this year. Tune in on Sunday, Jan. 11 to watch the ceremony live on NBC.
By Cody Collier