Best mini-series or motion picture made for television
Based on the Emmys, you might well guess that “Game Change” has this category on lockdown. But it’s up against “The Girl,” “Hatfields & McCoys,” “The Hour” and “Political Animals.” OK, that’s not really much competition against the juggernaut that is “Game Change.”
“At a function for ‘Recount,’ I mentioned to someone, ‘I would have loved to been in the room when they made the decision (to put Sarah Palin on the Republican ticket),” director Jay Roach said. “I’d been working on a spin doctors story for a long time, but then I thought, ‘This is the story.’ ”
Even though “Game Change” is such a powerful tale that it’s getting a follow-up, this category tends to favor mini-series over movies (“Downton Abbey” won the previous year). If the Hollywood Foreign Press is so inclined, might we suggest the very deserving BBC program “The Hour,” which is oft-compared to “Mad Men” for its 1960s period setting, but is actually a drama about investigative journalists who get pulled into political and sexual scandals.
Best performance by an actor in a mini-series or motion picture made for television
Like Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson will probably take this category.
But also in the running are Emmy-winner Kevin Costner for “Hatfield & McCoys,” Benedict Cumberbatch for “Sherlock,” Toby Jones for “The Girl” and Clive Owen for “Hemingway & Gellhorn.”
“Game Change” is a little too much of an American story for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to sweep, so they might be willing to give this one to a more deserving Brit — Cumberbatch. His modern-day Sherlock Holmes is enigmatic, charismatic and wholly singular. Plus, it’s his year, what with also playing the mysterious villain in the new “Star Trek” movie and the dragon and the Necromancer in “The Hobbit.”
To see the whole article: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/11/showbiz/tv/golden-globes-tv-vineyard/