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The Golden Globes: Best Actor - Drama

by Jen Creer, posted Jan 10th 2008 3:00PM
Michael C. HallThe nominees for Best Actor in a Drama are not all from the movies like the Best Actress nominees are, but they are still a damn fine group of actors. I am glad that I don't have to vote officially for the Golden Globes, because I really think this is a very hard group to choose from. I have to say that my top three contenders are Michael C. Hall, Bill Haxton, and Hugh Laurie-- and not just because of their performances last year, but also because of their bodies of work as a whole. I don't know whether that is entirely fair or not, but I don't live in a vacuum. However, that is not to take away from the other two nominees, and the group as a whole are:

Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hamm is definitely the outlier in this group, from the show Mad Men that airs on AMC. Mad Men is about a 1960s ad exec, and the show is extremely stylized-- watching it is more like a movie than like a television show. As Don Draper, Hamm is juggling a marriage, an affair, a flirtation, a wretched past, and high work drama.

Hugh Laurie, House
It's hard for me to make it a secret of how much I love Hugh Laurie. I review House, and I have been a fan of the show since its inception. Laurie's work is always stellar; his combination of gruff and soft is incomparable.

Jonathan Rhys-Myers, The Tudors
Jonathan Rhys-Myers is always fun to look at, but it's still hard for me to see him cast as Henry VIII, despite his nomination. He lacks a certain heft, both physically and as an actor-- though, he is certainly ladies' man enough to be able to warrant that many wives. It's a shame that his personal dramas are overshadowing the press for his performance on the show.

Bill Paxton, Big Love
Bill Paxton does almost a scary-good job as polygamist Bill Henricksen on Big Love. He plays a man who lies to himself constantly, thinks he has everything under control when he never really has any idea what is going on, and still manages to charm three lovely, intelligent women into loving him. It's a juggling act of high order.

Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Nobody, however, does scary like Michael C. Hall. Hall's transformation from his Six Feet Under role as David to the title role on Dexter has been nothing short of mesmerizing. Too bad they don't give Oscars for work on television.

Maybe my description gave it away, but despite stellar competition, I think the Golden Globe should go to Michael C. Hall.

Who should win the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama?
Michael C. Hall, Dexter175 (47.9%)
Bill Paxton, Big Love23 (6.3%)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men39 (10.7%)
Hugh Laurie, House117 (32.1%)
Jonathan Rhys-Myers, The Tudors11 (3.0%)

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