The Golden Globes love hot new TV shows and stars, so it was a bit of a surprise when “Mr. Robot” premiered to great fanfare in the fall of 2015 and immediately won Golden Globes for Best TV Drama Series and Best TV Supporting Actor (Christian Slater), but not for its breakout star Rami Malek. He ended up winning Emmy and Critics’ Choice Awards for the show, but never the Globe. Now the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has a chance to make it up to him by honoring him for “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
When Malek was first nominated for “Mr. Robot” in 2016 the Globes decided to pay back another IOU: they awarded Jon Hamm Best TV Drama Actor for the final season of “Mad Men.” Hamm had also won the Globe in 2008 for the show’s first season, but that was the year of the writers strike when the Golden Globes ceremony was cancelled, so Hamm was robbed of his moment in the spotlight.
The Globes nominated Malek again in 2017, but even though he was fresh off his Emmy win a few months prior, voters couldn’t resist a movie star: they gave it to Billy Bob Thornton for the first season of Amazon’s “Goliath.” Unfortunately, “Mr. Robot” fell out of favor with many awards groups after that and Malek was left out altogether in 2018, though his on-screen dad and alter ego Slater managed to make it back in for the third time.
Now Malek is the movie star. He stars as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and though the film features plenty of Queen tunes the film is being pushed as a drama by 20th Century Fox and not as a musical. If the Globes approve that designation (they make final determinations about category placements), Malek will be in a potentially tough race for Best Film Drama Actor against the likes of Ryan Gosling (“First Man“), Bradley Cooper (“A Star is Born”) and Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”).
But it doesn’t hurt that Malek gives a transformative performance in a biographical role, one that’s quite different from the TV show that made him a star. In recent years the Globes have loved transformative biopics, awarding this category to Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”), Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”) and Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) for going the extra mile to play real people.
As of this writing we’re predicting a Globe nomination for Malek, but can he win too? Our racetrack odds are based on the combined forecasts of more than 1,000 Gold Derby users, and currently one of the Expert journalists we’ve polled, Tariq Khan (Fox News), thinks he’ll prevail. So does Gold Derby Editor Paul Sheehan. And he’s also backed by one of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Globes. And he may continue to climb the ranks in our predictions when the movie opens on November 2 if the reactions to “Rhapsody” are rhapsodic.
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