Relax, ‘Outlander’ fans: Caitriona Balfe may be (temporarily) out at Golden Globes, but Tobias Menzies is in … for ‘The Crown’

One of Golden Globe voters’ favorite TV shows, Starz’s “Outlander,” only aired four episodes within the 2019 eligibility window, so it’s no surprise to see it absent from their list of nominations. While that means lead actress Caitriona Balfe has to temporarily sit out after being nominated four years in a row, there is good news for “Outlander” fans as former star Tobias Menzies did receive some Golden Globe love … albeit for Netflix’s “The Crown.”

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This marks Menzies’ second nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association after previously contending at the 2016 ceremony as Best TV Supporting Actor for “Outlander” (he lost to Christian Slater of “Mr. Robot”). At least the Globes nominated him for Starz’s romance epic — the Emmys cruelly snubbed the English actor year after year. Now that he’s taken over the role of Prince Philip from Matt Smith on regal drama “The Crown,” Menzies could finally win the Golden Globe that’s eluded him all these years.

In the category of Best TV Drama Actor, Menzies faces off against Brian Cox (“Succession”), Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”), Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”) and Billy Porter (“Pose”). Menzies’ nomination is even more impressive when you consider who was left off the list, including big names like Jeremy Strong (“Succession”), Jeremy Irons (“Watchmen”), Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”), Kevin Bacon (“City on a Hill”) and Forest Whitaker (“Godfather of Harlem”).

For its third year “The Crown” underwent a planned cast overhaul as the narrative jumped forward in time. Besides Menzies now playing Prince Philip, Olivia Colman has jumped in for Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Helena Bonham Carter has succeeded Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret. Season 3, which is now streaming, covers the years 1964 to 1977 as Harold Wilson (Jason Watkins) is elected Prime Minister of England.

The first four seasons of “Outlander” nabbed six Golden Globe bids: four for Balfe (2016-2019), one for Menzies (2016) and one for series (2016). Leading man Sam Heughan is still awaiting his first nomination. Season 5 is set to debut February 16, 2020 on Starz, which will make it eligible for next year’s Golden Globes.

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