According to our exclusive Golden Globes odds, the race for Best TV Movie/Limited Series is a lock for HBO’s buzzy “True Detective” (it has leading 8/11 odds). If there’s an upset, it’ll likely be FX’s recent Emmy winner “Fargo” (21/10 odds), but I’m secretly holding out hope for Starz’s “The Missing,” even though (or because of?) it currently trails with lowly 100/1 odds.
For the uninitiated, “The Missing” is just like “True Detective” … only better. Both limited series produced only eight episodes. Both aired on a paycaster. And both will return for second seasons with entirely new stories and characters. But while one production entertained with a quiet, moody confidence rarely seen on TV, the latter never really lived up to its pretentious hype.
Below, see my five reasons why “The Missing” deserves to clobber “True Detective” as Best TV Movie/Limited Series at the Golden Globes.
1. Cast members aren’t hired on name recognition.
Yeah, we know, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are two of the coolest guys on the planet. But if you want raw, unaffected acting, look no further than “The Missing’s” scene-stealers Frances O’Connor and James Nesbitt. What they lack in name recognition they more than make up for in talent. O’Connor was nommed as Best TV Movie/Limited Actress by the Golden Globes, but Nesbitt was unfortunately overlooked thanks in part to his crowded category featuring the guys from “True Detective,” “Fargo” (Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman) and “The Normal Heart” (Mark Ruffalo).
2. A finale worthy of what’s come before.
By the time the final credits rolled on Season 1 of “The Missing,” audiences weren’t thinking “Huh?” but instead “Wow!” Matt Roush (TV Guide) praised the finale, writing, “I can assure you it never lets up and is likely to haunt you for some time to come.” The same can’t be said for the final hour of “True Detective,” which was panned by critics and fans alike.
3. It’s a foreign affair.
Don’t forget, it’s the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that votes for the Golden Globes and besides “Game of Thrones,” there’s nothing more foreign this year than “The Missing.” A British/American co-production (like last year’s nominee “The White Queen“), this miniseries took place in France and London and filmed in Belgium.
4. Starz deserves a big win.
Last year, Jacqueline Bisset shocked awards watchers when she won Best TV Supporting Actress for “Dancing on the Edge.” Even the Globes producers clearly had no idea she was going to win, as they shoved her at a table way in the back of the Beverly Hilton ballroom. This was the first major awards victory for Starz, but they deserve to win something bigger than that catch-all supporting category that combines supporting actresses from miniseries, movies, dramas and comedies.
5. Everybody loves an underdog.
Calling “The Missing” an underdog is actually an understatement. Just look at their contrary racetrack odds: “The Missing” is dead last while “True Detective” is sitting pretty at the top of the pile. How great would it be if David trampled Goliath live at the Golden Globes?
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Below, watch our recent Q&A with O’Connor.