Benedict Cumberbatch is already one of the best known actors in the world. With the opening of “Doctor Strange” this Friday, November 4, he is about to become an even bigger star. And the timing couldn’t be better: with Golden Globe voting beginning on November 25 this could prove to be beneficial for his chances of scoring a comeback nomination for “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.”
Cumberbatch plays the title role in “Sherlock,” a modern retelling of the classic detective stories. After three seasons of three 90-minute episodes apiece, “The Abominable Bride” aired as a single stand-alone movie on New Year’s Day 2016. In it, the 21st century Sherlock and Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) found themselves inexplicably transported back to Victorian England. Will the change in scenery appeal to the Hollywood Foreign Press? The show and its star have not always been embraced by Globe voters.
The series debuted in 2010, and in its first year Cumberbatch was snubbed at both the Golden Globes and Emmys. The second season in 2011 would bring him his first nomination for Best Movie/Mini Actor at both the Globes and Emmys (for the episode “A Scandal in Belgravia”), though he lost both to Kevin Costner for “Hatfields and McCoys.”
“Sherlock” didn’t air new episodes during the next awards cycle, but Cumberbatch did star in “Parade’s End” in 2013, scoring another Emmy nomination (Michael Douglas would take home the prize for “Behind the Candelabra”), but he found himself snubbed again by the Globes.
After two years off, the much anticipated third season of “Sherlock” finally debuted in 2014. At the Emmys that year Cumberbatch prevailed as Best Movie/Mini Actor in a jaw-dropping upset against a competitive field of nominees that included his erstwhile co-star Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton (both for “Fargo”), Mark Ruffalo (“The Normal Heart”), Idris Elba (“Luther”) and recently Oscar nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Dancing on the Edge”).
That fall Cumberbatch would take on the role of Alan Turing, the man who broke the Nazis’ Enigma code, in the motion picture “The Imitation Game.” So going into the Globes many experts expected he would score two nominations: one on the film side for “Imitation” and one on the TV side for “Sherlock.” But while he made the cut for his feature film he was inexplicably snubbed yet again for the role that made him famous, “Sherlock.”
Now comes “Sherlock The Abominable Bride,” which just took home Best TV Movie at this year’s Emmys. Currently Cumberbatch sits on the bubble of getting a Globe nomination in fifth place, with John Turturro (“The Night Of”) and Cuba Gooding Jr. (“The People v. OJ Simpson”) among the rivals looking to take his spot. But with Marvel’s newest film “Doctor Strange” coming out, he might be fresh in mind with the Hollywood Foreign Press as the film is expected to be a huge hit.
Can Benedict Cumberbatch score his third overall Globe nomination?
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