Will Damian Lewis (‘Homeland’) even be eligible to defend his Golden Globe crown?

Damian Lewis (“Homeland“) won Best TV Drama Actor at last year’s Golden Globes, but may not even be eligible for consideration this year. To date, his character — embattled terrorist Nicholas Brody — has been seen in only one episode of season three. That is five shy of the minimum set down by the Hollywood Foreign Press. Assn.

Even if Lewis does return to the race, he is unlikely to repeat given that, in the past three decades, only one man — Hugh Laurie (“House,” 2005, 2006) — has done so. Among the one-time-only Globe champs were multiple Emmy winners Dennis Franz (“NYPD Blue”) and James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”). As such, the odds for Lewis put him in third place

We have three-time Emmy champ Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad“) far out in front to take home his first Golden Globe on his fourth consecutive nomination. 

In second place is category newcomer Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards“) . Surprisingly, he did not claim Globes for either of his Oscar-winning performances, losing his 1995 supporting bid for “The Usual Supsects” to Brad Pitt (“12 Monkeys”) and the 1999 Drama Actor race for “American Beauty” to Denzel Washington (“The Hurricane”). 

Recent Emmy champ Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom“) is likely to make the cut this year as is perennial Emmy also-ran Jon Hamm (“Mad Men“). Hamm won this race in 2007. However, 2010 Globe champ Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire“) is unlikely to reap another bid.

Rather, Globe voters are likely to recognize at least one star of a rookie show. That pool is led by Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex“), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan“) and James Spader (“The Blacklist“).

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