Will Tom Hiddleston (‘The Night Manager’) shock with Golden Globe victory for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor?

Tom Hiddleston may have lost the Emmy for “The Night Manager,” but given their propensity for rewarding movie stars, he could have an awards comeback at the Golden Globes for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor. Based on the novel by John le Carre, this AMC production stars Hiddleston as the night manager of a Cairo hotel who is recruited to infiltrate the inner circle of a dangerous arms dealer (Hugh Laurie). The miniseries won Emmys for director Susanne Bier and composer Victor Reyes.

Hiddleston was bested at the TV Academy by Courtney B. Vance for his performance as Johnnie Cochran in “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” The two are competing against each other again at the Globes, alongside Bryan Cranston in “All the Way” and Riz Ahmed and John Turturro in “The Night Of.” While it would be smart to predict a repeat victory by Vance, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s love of matinee idols could work in “The Avengers” star’s favor and provide the shocker of the night.

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When it comes to predicting the Golden Globes, you could do worse than simply picking the category’s biggest celeb. Oscar Isaac undoubtedly benefited from the immense popularity of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015) when he won this award last year for HBO’s “Show Me a Hero.” And Oscar winners Billy Bob Thornton (“Fargo,” 2014), Michael Douglas (“Behind the Candelabra,” 2013) and Kevin Costner (“Hatfields & McCoys,” 2012) all triumphed against their star-studded competition. Hiddleston, a movie icon who spent much of 2015 in a highly-publicized romance with Taylor Swift, certainly fits into that mold.

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Also working in Hiddleston’s favor is the organization’s desire to spread the wealth. In addition to Hiddleston, “The Night Manager” is also contending for Best TV Movie/Limited Series, Best TV Supporting Actor (Laurie), and Best TV Supporting Actress (Olivia Colman). Its four total bids place it in second place for most TV nominations overall (it’s only one behind “The People v O.J. Simpson”). It seems only natural they’ll want to reward it with something, and a victory for Hiddleston could be an appropriate place to honor it.

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