The Golden Globe race for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor is wide open given the absence of Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”). Ahmed just won the Emmy in September, but “The Night Of” aired in 2016 so he already competed at the Golden Globes last year. That opens the door for a new winner, but no one can agree on who that will be. Robert De Niro (“The Wizard of Lies”) currently gets leading odds of 3/2, but many users think Jude Law will pull off a blessed upset as the title character in “The Young Pope.”
Law trails in fourth place in our predictions with 7/1 odds, but he still has significant support from some of our most elite predictors. One of the Expert TV journalists we’ve polled, Chris Harnick (E!), is laying down the Law. So are four of our Top 24 Users, who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Globe winners for TV and three of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ predictions. This would be the first Globe win for Law, who has been nominated three times before for film roles: supporting turns in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999) and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” (2011), and his dramatic lead role in “Cold Mountain” (2003).
Law wasn’t even nominated for “The Young Pope” at the Emmys this year, but that’s not necessarily a deal-breaker at the Globes. Other actors have won this award for roles that didn’t make the cut at the Emmys, like Bill Nighy (“Gideon’s Daughter,” 2007) and Oscar Isaac (“Show Me a Hero,” 2016). Also, “The Young Pope” is the brainchild of Paolo Sorrentino, the Italian filmmaker who made the Golden Globe-winning foreign film “The Great Beauty” (2013) and the Globe-nominated English-language film “Youth” (2015). That gives this limited series an international appeal that could be uniquely beneficial at the Golden Globes, which are decided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
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