Golden Globes Predictions: Best TV Actor (Limited Series/TV Movie) – Mark Ruffalo Faces Formidable Foes

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UPDATED: Jan. 14, 2021

Mark Ruffalo has only been nominated twice for a Golden Globe, and has never won. But coming off an Emmy victory for his double turn in HBO’s “I Know This Much Is True” — in which he plays twins in the limited series — Ruffalo is in line for a third nod and his first potential win. But he’ll face formidable competition in Hugh Grant (“The Undoing”), Hugh Jackman (“Bad Education”), Ethan Hawke (“The Good Lord Bird”), Chris Rock (“Fargo”), Jeff Daniels (“The Comey Rule”) and Bryan Cranston (“Your Honor”), among others.

Mark Ruffalo and Mark Ruffalo, “I Know This Much Is True”
Courtesy of HBO


  1. Mark Ruffalo
    "I Know This Much Is True" (HBO)
    GLOBES HISTORY: 2 nominations
    ROLE: Dominick Birdsey/Thomas Birdsey

  2. Hugh Grant
    "The Undoing" (HBO)
    : 5 nominations, 1 win (1995's "Four Weddings and a Funeral")
    ROLE: Jonathan Fraser

  3. Ethan Hawke
    "The Good Lord Bird" (Showtime)
    GLOBES HISTORY: 1 nomination
    ROLE: John Brown

  4. Bryan Cranston 
    "Your Honor" (Showtime)
    GLOBES HISTORY: 7 nominations, 1 win (2014's "Breaking Bad")
    ROLE: Michael Desiato

  5. Hugh Jackman
    "Bad Education" (HBO)
    GLOBES HISTORY: 3 nominations, 1 win (2013's "Les Misérables")
    ROLE: Frank Tassone

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Chris Rock, “Fargo”


  1. Chris Rock
    "Fargo" (FX)
    GLOBES HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Loy Cannon

  2. Paul Mescal
    "Normal People" (Hulu)
    GLOBES HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Connell

  3. Jeff Daniels
    "The Comey Rule" (Showtime)
    GLOBES HISTORY: 4 nominations
    ROLE: James Comey

  4. Chris Evans
    "Defending Jacob" (Apple TV Plus)
    GLOBES HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Andy Barber

  5. Jeremy Pope
    "Hollywood" (Netflix)
    GLOBES HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Archie Coleman

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Nick Offerman, “Devs”
Miya Mizuno/FX


    • Andre Holland, “The Eddy” (Netflix)
    • Paul Bettany, “Uncle Frank” (Amazon Prime Video)
    • Jude Law, “The Third Day” (HBO)
    • Matthew Macfadyen, “Quiz” (AMC)
    • Nick Offerman, “Devs” (FX)
    • Nick Robinson, “A Teacher” (FX on Hulu)
    • Seth Rogen, “An American Pickle” (HBO Max)

2021 Golden Globes Predictions (Film)

2020-2021 Golden Globes Awards Timeline

  • Deadline for submission of Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entry forms – Nov. 30, 2020
  • Deadline for Television nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young – Dec. 30, 2020
  • Deadline for receipt of Television nomination ballots by Ernst & Young at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT – Jan. 12, 2021
  • Deadline for Motion Picture nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT – Jan. 13, 2021
  • The final screening date for Motion Pictures – Jan. 26, 2021
  • The final date for Motion Picture press conferences – Jan. 27, 2021
  • Deadline for receipt of Motion Picture nomination ballots by Ernst & Young at 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT – Jan. 30, 2021
  • Nominations for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards announced at 8:00 a.m. ET / 5:00 a.m. PT – Feb. 3, 2021
  • Final ballots mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young – Feb. 23, 2021
  • 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live coast to coast at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on NBC from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California – Feb. 28, 2021

2021 Academy Awards Predictions

About the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes Awards, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is held annually with 93 members since 1944. The group recognizes excellence in film and television, across drama and comedy or musical categories. “Mad Men” and “The X-Files” hold the record for most wins as best drama, at three each, while “All in the Family” has won the most awards for best comedy/musical, with four wins. Carol Burnett has the record for most TV nominations, at 13 (she won five), while Alan Alda has the most TV wins, with 6 (out of 12 nominations).


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