Last year, 11 actors were nominated for a Golden Globe Award for the first time in their careers in the film categories. They ranged from action stars (Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool”) to funny men (Simon Helberg, “Florence Foster Jenkins”). One year later, a new crop of exciting and diverse performers looks to follow suit. Whether they are overdue veterans, breakout success stories, or innovators in their field, these five deserving men hope the Hollywood Foreign Press Association checks off their names for the first time at the 2018 Golden Globes.
Chadwick Boseman, “Marshall”
Before donning Black Panther’s suit and claws for “Captain America: Civil War,” Chadwick Boseman caught critics’ attention with lauded portrayals of real life super-men Jackie Robinson (“42”) and James Brown (“Get on Up”). Unfortunately, the Globes overlooked him both times. This year, Boseman plays another real life figure: Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall.” His depiction of the first black supreme court justice is good enough for 14/1 odds for a Drama Actor nomination, according to Gold Derby’s combined odds. With the movie opening next week, Boseman could see his odds increase.
Armie Hammer, “Call me by Your Name”
The Golden Globes loved “The Social Network.” It won four awards including Best Drama Film. But Armie Hammer’s complicated dual role of the Winklevoss twins was not nominated. The HFPA also ignored his SAG nominated turn in “J. Edgar.” But as the handsome and confident Oliver in “Call me by Your Name,” Hammer stands his best chance yet at awards recognition. Adapted from Andre Aciman’s sumptuous novel about love and self discovery, the script provides Hammer a wealth of sexually tense and emotionally complex material. He has already won over the critics and sits in third place for a Supporting Actor nomination, right behind his co-star Michael Stuhlbarg.
Kumail Nanjiani, “The Big Sick”
Kumail Nanjiani has enjoyed success as part of HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” but his film “The Big Sick” has provided the actor/writer his biggest achievement yet. The laffer has an astounding 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is predicted to land a Globe nomination for Best Musical or Comedy. According to our combined odds, Nanjiani will benefit from his film’s success as he sits in second place for Best Comedy Actor with 10/3 odds. At last year’s kudosfest, Riz Ahmed became the first Pakistani to reap a Golden Globe nomination for “The Night Of.” If Nanjiani can pull off a win over frontrunner Steve Carell (“Battle of the Sexes”), he could become the first Pakistani to actually win.
Andy Serkis, “War for the Planet of the Apes”
Ever since his mesmerizing performance as Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, fans have demanded awards recognition for Andy Serkis. He is a pioneer in motion capture performance, and his work has made him a hero to physical performance artists everywhere. His latest creation is Caesar, the leader of the primates in “War for the Planet of the Apes.” As the cap to a trilogy that got better with each installment, the time is right to finally honor Serkis’ contributions. 20th Century Fox has run a commendable campaign for Serkis for each “Ape” film. The Globes, with their history of off-beat nominees, are the perfect group to finally bring major recognition to this performance style. With 66/1 odds at a Drama Actor nomination, it remains to be seen if this will Serkis’ breakthrough year. But wouldn’t the Globes just love to beat the Oscars to the punch by being the first to laud motion capture?
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Considering his history as a celebrated character actor, it’s downright bizarre that Sam Rockwell has evaded major awards recognition. So it’s fitting that his third major collaboration with writer/director Martin McDonagh (“Seven Psychopaths,” Broadway’s “A Behanding in Spokane”) will bring Rockwell his best chance at a nod from the Globes. He sits in a competitive sixth place for Best Supporting Actor in our combined odds. “Three Billboards” is a dark comedy that plays to Rockwell’s best skills as an actor. And with the film taking the people’s choice award at the Toronto International Film Festival, his odds can only go up when the film is released in early November.
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