Golden Globes predictions: Robert DeNiro (‘The Wizard of Lies’) will win for first time since 1980

Two-time Oscar champ Robert De Niro made his first foray into television this year with the biopic “The Wizard of Lies,” in which he portrayed rogue financier Bernie Madoff. He lost the Emmy race for Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actor to Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”). That limited series contended at last year’s Golden Globes. Among those that De Niro is likely to face are his other Emmy rivals as well as one newcomer. Below, a recap of the likeliest contenders, including their odds based on our predictions.

Robert De Niro (“The Wizard of Lies”): Odds of 23/10
While he is the frontrunner, it is worth noting that De Niro, who was feted with the Cecil B. DeMille award in 2011, has only won one of his eight competitive Globe bids on the movie side. He took home Best Drama Actor for “Raging Bull” in 1980. His last nomination was almost two decades ago for “Meet the Parents” in 2000. The HFPA even snubbed him for his Oscar nominated performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” (2012).

Ewan McGregor (“Fargo”): Odds of 3/1
McGregor reaped Best Comedy/Musical Actor Globe bids for the films “Moulin Rouge” (2001) and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” (2012). While “Fargo” is 0-11 in the acting categories at the Emmys (including a loss for McGregor), Billy Bob Thornton won at the Globes for the first season in 2015. McGregor plays twins, thus giving the HFPA an opportunity to award this overdue actor for two performances at once.

Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”): Odds of 10/3
MacLachlan, who was ineligible at the Emmys, won Best TV Drama Actor back in 1991 for the original run of “Twin Peaks.” The HFPA may well want to embrace the reboot of this cult classic in advance of its Emmy run next year.


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Jude Law (“The Young Pope”): Odds of 7/2
While Law was overlooked by the TV academy for his performance as the first American pontiff, he is a favorite of the Globes, having reaped three bids on the movie side: Best Supporting Actor for “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999) and “Artificial Intelligence: AI” (2001) and Best Drama Actor for “Cold Mountain” (2003).

Geoffrey Rush (“Genius”): Odds of 9/2
Rush won this award in 2004 for “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”, after having prevailed over on the film side for “Shine” in 1996. In both instances, he was portraying a real-life person, as he does in this limited series about Albert Einstein. He also contended at the Emmys.

Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”): Odds of 13/2
Cumberbatch lost his previous bid for an installment of this BBC import back in 2013 and was snubbed by the HFPA for the episode that won him the Emmy in 2014. He did compete that year at the Globes for his role in the film “The Imitation Game.” He was also nominated at this year’s Emmys.

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