In what has often been described, quite rightly I think, as a golden age for television, the small screen has attracted an increasing number of stars we’re accustomed to seeing at the multiplex, while at the same time TV stars are more quickly being embraced at the cinema. As a result, a few stars this year have a chance to be doubly – or in a few cases triply – nominated at two of the biggest industry events honoring both TV and film: the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. (Click here to make your predictions for both events.)
Perhaps the most likely to be recognized twice is Benedict Cumberbatch. He won an Emmy in August for playing the title role in “Sherlock” and could repeat in the TV movie/miniseries races at both SAG and the Globes. Additionally, he is earning acclaim this fall for his big-screen role as real-life computer science genius Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game,” and he gets strong odds to be nominated at both events for that performance as well.
Not to be outdone, Mark Ruffalo has a chance to be recognized for three performances this year. He stars in Ryan Murphy‘s HBO telefilm adaptation of “The Normal Heart,” for which he earned an Emmy bid for acting and a Best TV Movie win as one of its producers. He also appeared in a pair of theatrical releases: the contemporary musical “Begin Again,” which has the potential to earn him a Globe nomination for Best Film Musical/Comedy Actor, and as Olympic wrestler David Schultz in “Foxcatcher,” for which he is a major contender at the Globes, SAG Awards, and Oscars.
Matthew McConaughey swept the awards season in 2013 for his performance as an AIDS activist in “Dallas Buyers Club,” including prizes from the Globes and SAG, and it’s possible he could add to his collection this year. He’s a virtual lock for nominations for the HBO anthology series “True Detective.” Bids for Christopher Nolan‘s sci-fi adventure film “Interstellar” are unlikely based on our racetrack odds, but I wouldn’t rule him out.
Bill Murray is a past Globe winner and SAG nominee for “Lost in Translation,” and his latest starring role, as a cantankerous neighbor in “St. Vincent,” could at the very least return him to the Globes contest for Best Film Musical/Comedy Actor. But he could also be nominated, and even win, for his supporting performance in HBO’s miniseries “Olive Kitteridge.”
It’s well known that Andy Samberg is the defending Globes champ for Best TV Musical/Comedy Actor for FOX’s police sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” but he could also be recognized elsewhere: his comedy music outfit the Lonely Island is among the co-writers of the tune “Everything is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” which could contend for Best Original Song.
Chicago stage vet Carrie Coon earned a Tony nomination as soon as she made her Broadway debut in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” so we shouldn’t underestimate her for Globe and SAG nominations for another pair of firsts: her first regular TV series role in HBO’s “The Leftovers,” and her feature film debut in David Fincher‘s “Gone Girl.”
Kristen Wiig surprised at the Emmys by earning a nomination for Best Movie/Mini Actress for “The Spoils of Babylon,” a parody of epic TV miniseries. She’s a 100/1 long shot at SAG and the Globes for that performance, but she stands a better chance of a nomination at the Globes for her understated work in the indie dramedy “The Skeleton Twins.”
Like Mark Ruffalo, Martin Freeman has three projects in the running for awards. He wasn’t recognized for his performances in the first two “Hobbit” films in 2012 and 2013, so it may be unlikely for him to earn nominations for the third and final installment, “The Battle of the Five Armies,” but our predictors expect him to be nominated at the Globes for both of his TV efforts: his lead role in the FX anthology “Fargo” and his Emmy-winning supporting turn in “Sherlock.” He’s also a strong bet at the SAG Awards for “Fargo.”
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