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Golden Globes: Best TV Actor Odds

by Gary Susman, posted Dec 12th 2009 3:00PM
Usually, the Golden Globes are a little more cutting-edge than the Emmys, a little quicker to recognize new talent on TV. When this year's nominations are announced on Dec. 15, however, you can expect a battle of Globe warhorses, as veterans will largely elbow newcomers out of the way in the struggle for each of the five slots in the Best Actor categories, drama and comedy.

Front Runners: 'Mad Men''s Jon Hamm (pictured, above right) and 'House''s Hugh Laurie have to be considered locks.

Front Runners: 'Mad Men''s Jon Hamm (pictured, above right) and 'House''s Hugh Laurie have to be considered locks. So does two-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston ('Breaking Bad'), even though, curiously, the Globes have neglected him before. And so does 'In Treatment' shrink Gabriel Byrne, who won this category last year.

Last year's nominees Michael C. Hall ('Dexter') and Jonathan Rhys Meyers ('The Tudors') are strong candidates to round out the slate. Possible newcomers to the category could well include Simon Baker ('The Mentalist') and Nathan Fillion ('Castle'). And if voters can remember back to the spring of 2009, they may recall Bill Paxton's work on 'Big Love.'

Dark Horses: Chris Noth (pictured, left) could slide in on the goodwill for 'The Good Wife' and Julianna Margulies. The Globes could finally take notice of the popularity of 'NCIS' and reward Mark Harmon. And even though his role was less prominent this season, 'True Blood''s Stephen Moyer could get a nibble.

Long-shot newcomers to the category could include 'White Collar' newbie Matthew Bomer, Lucien Msamati ('The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency') and Laurence Fishburne, valiantly trying to keep 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' afloat after William Petersen's departure.

Other respected actors who have moved the buzz-o-meter needle a flicker this year: Denis Leary in 'Rescue Me,' Dennis Hopper in 'Crash' and Jeffrey Donovan in 'Burn Notice.'

Dont Forget: For some reason, the Globes, like the Emmys, have little love for sci fi (or SyFy). Matthew Fox deserves a shot, but 'Lost' seems to have fallen off TV voters' radars. Others who deserve not to be ignored: 'FlashForward''s Joseph Fiennes, 'Fringe''s Joshua Jackson, and from 'Battlestar Galactica' ... oh, why even bother? (Sigh.)

Front Runners: Last year's nominees, starting with winner Alec Baldwin of '30 Rock' (pictured, right), all have to be considered strong candidates again this year. Look for likely returns from 'The Office''s Steve Carell, 'Californication''s David Duchovny, 'Entourage''s Kevin Connolly (whose character had a particularly dramatic arc this year), and 'Monk''s Tony Shalhoub (this is the Globes' last chance to honor him for this role). Other vets with good shots at a nomination: Larry David ('Curb Your Enthusiasm') and Charlie Sheen ('Two and a Half Men').

Dark Horses: If the voters want to honor newbies, they'll consider Jay Harrington ('Better Off Ted') and Joel McHale ('Community'). Veteran players who could finally make the Globe list: Jim Parsons ('The Big Bang Theory,' pictured, left) and Josh Radnor ('How I Met Your Mother.') And there could be a spot for Ed O'Neill, who completely shakes off Al Bundy and manages to stand out among the ensemble on 'Modern Family.'

Don't Forget: We'd love to see Jason Schwartzman and Thomas Jane, from freshman HBO shows 'Bored to Death' and 'Hung,' be remembered. Given the dim probability that 'Flight of the Conchords' will return, this could be the Globes' last chance to reward Jemaine Clement. And while its hard to pick a favorite from the 'Glee' chorus, we hope the voters will notice vocal coach Matthew Morrison.

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