Actor Woody Harrelson arrives on the red carpet for "Rampart" during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto September 10, 2011. (Photo : Reuters)
The Golden Globes have announced their nominations for the 2013 award ceremony and the race for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television consists of several strong actors, including some who are first-time Golden Globes nominees.
Kevin Costner: Hatfields & McCoys: The California native is nominated for his role as 'Devil' Anse Hatfield in the critically acclaimed History Channel mini-series Hatfields & McCoys about the bloody feud between the two families following the Civil War. A veteran film actor, Costner is best known for his performances in Dances with Wolves (1990), The Bodyguard (1992) and Message in a Bottle (1999). The 57-year-old actor has been nominated for a number of awards, including an Academy Award (1991), three BAFTA Film Awards (1992), a Primetime Emmy (2012) and a Screen Actors Guild Award (2013). Costner has also won many awards, including two Oscars for Dances with Wolves (1991), a Primetime Emmy for Hatfields & McCoys (2012) and a Star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood in 2003. He has been nominated four times for the Golden Globes and has won once for Best Director of a Motion Picture in 1991. Given the success of Hatfields & McCoys and his past award history, Costner is without a doubt a frontrunner in this category.
Benedict Cumerbatch: Sherlock (Masterpiece): The British actor is the star of the BBC's TV series Sherlock, playing the lead role of Sherlock Holmes. Cumerbatch, who has starred in a number of TV series, is best known for his roles in Atonement (2007), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and War Horse (2011). The 36-year-old actor has been nominated for a number of awards in his native Great Britain, including four BAFTA TV Awards (2005, 2010, 2011 and 2012), a British Independent Film Award (2011), a London Critics Circle Film Award (2008) and a National Television Award UK (2011). This is his first Golden Globe nomination, and unlikely to be his last. Cumerbatch proves to be a strong contender among this category's nominees.
Woody Harrelson: Game Change: The Texas native is nominated for his role in the HBO TV movie Game Change, where he played Steve Schmidt, the senior campaign strategist of the Republican McCain-Palin presidential 2008 campaign. Best known for his role as Woody Boyd in the TV series Cheers, Harrelson has also starred in a number of blockbuster films, including No Country for Old Men (2007) and The Hunger Games (2012). The 51-year-old actor has been nominated for several awards, including two Academy Awards (1997 and 2010), six Primetime Emmys (1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1999 and 2012) and three SAG Awards (1997, 2010 and 2013). Harrelson is also the recipient of numerous awards, including one Primetime Emmy (1989) and one SAG Award (2008). He is also a three-time Golden Globes nominee (1997, 2010 and 2013). The hype surrounding Game Change and his incredible performance is a clear indication that Harrelson could take home the Golden Globe.
Toby Jones: The Girl: The British actor is nominated for his role in HBO TV movie The Girl as the film's male lead character-Alfred Hitchcock. A veteran film and TV actor, Jones is perhaps best known for his performances in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and The Hunger Games (2012). Jones has been nominated for numerous awards, including twp London Critics Circle Film Awards (2008 and 2009) and a SAG Award (2009). He was won one London Critics Circle Film Award (2007) and several local awards. This is his first nomination for the Golden Globes. A formidable actor, Jones has a real shot at winning his first Golden Globe award.
Clive Owen: Hemingway & Gellhorn: The third British actor to make it in this category, Clive Owen, is nominated for his portrayal of writer/journalist Ernest Hemingway in HBO TV movie Hemingway & Gellhorn. Owen has acted in several big hit films, but is perhaps best known for his roles in The Bourne Identity (2002), Children of Men (2006) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). The 48-year-old actor has several award nominations in his name, including an Academy Award (2005), a London Critics Circle Film Award (2005), a Primetime Emmy (2012) and a SAG Award (2013). Owen has also won many awards, such as a BAFTA Film Award (2005) and the SAG Award (2002). He has won one Golden Globe and is nominated again this upcoming year. Given his winning streak in the Golden Globes and the buzz surrounding Hemingway & Gellhorn, Owen is one to watch out for during the award ceremony.
Prediction: It is a stiff competition in this year's batch of nominees with several returning nominees. The award could be a tossup between Hatfields & McCoys' Kevin Costner and Game Change's Woody Harrelson. HBO's Game Change has received a lot of critical acclaim and several award nominations. With that said, my pick for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture (TV) has to be Woody Harrelson. However, Hemingway & Gellhorn's Clive Owen should not be dismissed.