But what’s really strange is how a two-time undefeated Oscar winner has now gone through seven Golden Globe races without a single win.
Spacey earned his first bid for his critically acclaimed turn in 1995’s “The Usual Suspects.” That was a banner year for the Tony winner, who also appeared in “Seven” and “Outbreak.” He lost the Globe to his “Seven” co-star Brad Pitt for “Twelve Monkeys.” However, Spacey got his revenge when he prevailed on Oscar night in an extremely competitive Supporting Actor race.
Spacey became a usual awards suspect four years later, when the HFPA nominated him for Best Actor in “American Beauty.” While the film won Best Drama (plus Best Director for Sam Mendes and Best Screenplay,) Spacey was wiped out by Denzel Washington in “The Hurricane.” Once again, the tide turned at the Academy Awards, when it was Spacey whose name was called out.
He earned additional Globe bids for performances in 2001’s “The Shipping News” and “2004’s “Beyond the Sea,” losing out to Russell Crowe in “A Beautiful Mind” and Jamie Foxx in “Ray,” respectively. Both pictures were received with minimal fanfare, and awards attention was never really expected beyond the Globes.
Spacey’s fifth shot at Golden Globe glory came for Best TV Movie/Mini Actor for 2008’s “Recount.” He had to concede to another presidential politics performance when Paul Giamatti triumphed for “John Adams.” The results of this race were never contested and there was no recount.
Spacey played his chances once again when he was cited for Best Musical/Comedy Actor for 2010’s “Casino Jack.” For the second time in a row, he lost the jackpot to Giamatti – this time, for the barely-seen “Barney’s Version.” (Certainly not Kevin’s version of the night he was hoping for.)
This year, he seemed to have his best shot at finally nabbing a Globe, for his off the chart performance in the red-hot “House of Cards.” Once again, his hand fell short as Bryan Cranston aced it with the voters for the now-defunct “Breaking Bad.” Cranston was undeniably good, but Spacey’s loss still seems unbelievably bad.
With the “House of Cards” second season set to debut next month, there’s a good chance that Spacey will be Globe-nominated again next year.
Will eight finally be enough?