Anthony Hopkins is one of the most respected and well-known actors in the world, so it’s shocking that he has never won a SAG Award or a competitive Golden Globe Award. After getting his start in British television this Oscar winner recently made the move back to TV as puppet-master Dr. Robert Ford in “Westworld,” which gives voters an opportunity to rectify the situation.
Hopkins’s 50-year body of work includes such prestige projects as “The Remains of the Day” (1993), “Legends of the Fall” (1994) and “Hitchcock” (2012) as well as big-budget fare like “Mission: Impossible II” (2000), and the “Thor” films (2011 and 2013). But Hopkins is best known for his chilling performance as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), for which he was awarded an Oscar and a BAFTA for Best Actor. While he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Film Drama Actor he lost to Nick Nolte for “The Prince of Tides.” And as the SAG Awards were not established until 1994, he couldn’t win those kudos for “Silence.”
At the Golden Globes, Hopkins has been nominated six times: “Magic” (Best Film Drama Actor, 1978), “The Tenth Man” (Best TV Movie/Mini Actor, 1988), “The Silence of the Lambs” (Best Film Drama Actor, 1991), “The Remains of the Day” (Best Film Drama Actor, 1993), “Nixon” (Best Film Drama Actor, 1995) and “Amistad” (Best Film Supporting Actor, 1997). Though he didn’t win any of those, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. did make amends by honoring him with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2006.
Hopkins has two chances to finally win a competitive Golden Globe. The first is Best TV Movie/Mini Actor for “The Dresser”; according to our latest predictions he sits in ninth place with odds of 16/1. But his better chance at a nomination and win is Best TV Drama Actor for “Westworld”; according to our odds he is currently within striking distance in second place with 10/3 odds behind recent Emmy winner Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”). The Globes typically love to award movie stars on high-profile new shows, but Malek was upset last year by Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), so the HFPA might want to correct that recent slight.
Hopkins has been nominated at the SAG Awards four times: “Nixon” (Best Film Actor and Best Film Ensemble, 1995), “Amistad” (Best Film Supporting Actor, 1997) and “Bobby” (Best Film Ensemble, 2006).
At this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards he will have three chances. Just like at the Globes, the first will come in the Best TV Mini/Movie Actor category for “The Dresser”; our racetrack odds currently have him at 16/1. The SAG Awards combine lead and supporting performances for TV, so in that race he will have to get past both Emmy winners from “The People v. OJ Simpson” (supporting actor Sterling K. Brown and lead star Courtney B. Vance). But the SAG awards do have a history of nominating performances in this category that were overlooked by the Emmys and Golden Globes, including Patrick Stewart (“Macbeth,” 2010), Jeremy Irons (“The Hollow Crown,” 2013) and Ben Kingsley (“Tut,” 2015).
On the series side, new shows sometimes takes a year or two to catch on with guild voters. However, “Westworld” is a prestigious HBO drama, and combined with how respected Hopkins is in the acting community we might be underestimating him at 20/1 odds. And in the race for Best TV Drama Ensemble, with “Homeland” not airing new episodes in 2016 and “Mad Men” no longer on the air, “Westworld” is in good position to grab an open slot, ranked fifth with odds of 9/1, but it will have to hold off both “Mr. Robot” and “The Crown.” Helping “Westworld” and Hopkins is the prestige of the cast which also includes Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden.
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