Alright, alright, alright. Sunday night might see the reemergence of the McConaissance as Matthew McConaughey is up for a Golden Globe once again. This time he's nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series for his role in HBO's True Detective. While 2014 was filled with moments of McConaughey taking up way too much time at awards shows with strange, existential speeches thanks to his role in Dallas Buyers' Club, the actor couldn't bring home the gold at the Emmys for his great, weird work on the hit HBO series. However the Golden Globes are a completely different story. Will McConaughey take home a Golden Globe for True Detective ? He certainly has a great chance. In fact, it's pretty likely, unless upset comes in the form of a little miniseries about a cold, murderous town named Fargo.
The problem McConaughey ran into with the Emmy voters when he was nominated for True Detective at the September awards show was that he was billed as a lead actor in a drama series, alongside heavyweights like eventual winner Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Kevin Spacey for House of Cards, Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom, Jon Hamm for Mad Men, and his fellow True Detective co-star Woody Harrelson.
True Detective, I'm sorry to say, should have most certainly been billed as a miniseries at the Emmys instead of a drama, with Harrelson and McConaughey sharing lead actor, especially since the men will not be returning for Season 2, which features a completely new cast including Vince Vaughn and Colin Farrell. Much like American Horror Story, which dominates in the miniseries/TV movie category, True Detective could have been unstoppable, aside from the ever-looming threat that is Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock, who won the Emmy this past year.
But thankfully, HBO has realized this and filed True Detective under the miniseries/TV movie category for the Golden Globes, thereby increasing McConaughey's chances of winning. Still, there is always the chance he won't take home the gold. It all comes down to how well received two other performances are compared to McConaughey's as Rust Cohle: Billy Bob Thorton and Martin Freeman. Either of them could reign supreme for their work in the brilliant Fargo miniseries and are each likely to take McConaughey down.
But then again, you also can't count out Mark Ruffalo's incredible performance as Ned Weeks in the HBO movie The Normal Heart, which reduced me to bawling like a giant baby. But most of the crying for that film was thanks to Matt Bomer's amazing work in the film as Ned's boyfriend Felix Turner, who falls victim to AIDS. And Woody Harrelson just hasn't been receiving as much love as McConaughey for True Detective, which is truly unfortunate because in my opinion, Harrelson is consistently great in everything he does and deserves more recognition.
Still, it's most likely up to the Fargo men to take down what is sure to be another McConaughey win. Who would have thought the guy who made How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days, Sahara, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past would be winning so many awards? Much like Rust Cohle and True Detective Season 1 in general, things are getting trippy up in here.