PBS enters ‘Sherlock,’ ‘Wallander,’ ‘Great Expectations’ for Globes and SAG but snubs ‘Birdsong’

Three of the British imports that air on PBS under the umbrella title “Masterpiece” — “Great Expectations,” “Sherlock” and “Wallander” — are being entered in the combined TV movie/miniseries races at both the Golden Globes and SAG Awards.

Surprisingly, the pubcaster is not submitting the well-reviewed “Birdsong” (with Tony winner Eddie Redmayne and BAFTA nominee Joseph Mawle) . Nor is it entering the adaptation of Charles Dickens‘ unfinished novel “Mystery of Edwin Drood” (with Matthew Rhys) that was produced by the same team that won an Emmy for adapting his “Little Dorrit” for television.  

Less surprising is the decision to drop the disappointing reboot of “Upstairs, Downstairs” (with Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard) from the lineup of contenders. This lavish update fell far short of the mark of the original, which won three Emmys for Best Drama Series and one for Limited Series.

Our odds have “Sherlock” reaping a bid for Best TV Movie/Miniseries at the Globes but losing to Emmy champ “Game Change.” The SAG Awards do not include an ensemble prize for TV movies and miniseries as they do for comedy and drama series. 

PBS is pushing “Sherlock” player Benedict Cumberbatch for Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actor at the Globes and our odds have him winning that race over Kevin Costner who bested him at the Emmys.

However, at the SAG Awards, which combine lead and supporting performances into one category, our odds have Costner winning, while Cumberbatch is in third. 

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News is not good for “Sherlock” sidekick Martin Freeman who is relegated to the catch-all supporting category at the Globes; he is down in 11th place. And, at the SAG Awards, where he has to contend against Cumberbatch, he is in ninth place. 

Wallander” star Kenneth Branagh is being touted for Best Actor at both kudos. He contended at the Globes two years ago for the first season, losing to Kevin Bacon (“Taking Chances”). He subsequently won the BAFTA for his performance as the Swedish detective. At the Globes, he is in fifth place on our chart while at SAG he sits in 14th place. 

Gillian Anderson is the sole performer from “Great Expectations” getting the awards treatment, being submitted in the catch-all supporting category at the Globes and in the sole race at the SAG Awards. Despite winning with both groups for her work on “The X-Files,” she is unlikely to be nominated this year.  

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