Sup­port­ing Race Still Over­crowded

The HFPA reeval­u­ated some rules this year, but kept some per­for­mance cat­e­gories com­bined across gen­res

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SOME­TIMES THE MORE in­clu­sive an awards cat­e­gory tries to be, the less fair it seems. The Golden Globes cat­e­gories for sup­port­ing ac­tors are catch-alls, sep­a­rat­ing per­form­ers by gen­der but in­clud­ing com­edy and drama series, lim­ited series and tele­vi­sion movies. The Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press Assn. tweaked a num­ber of rules for the 2019 awards, in­clud­ing that ac­tors in ensem­ble series need to be clas­si­fied all as lead or all as sup­port­ing, but it chose not to sep­a­rate sup­port­ing nom­i­nees by genre. The HFPA de­clined to com­ment for this re­port as to why they are not reeval­u­at­ing the cat­e­gories. This means the com­pe­ti­tion among sup­port­ing play­ers, who pro­vide nec­es­sary shad­ings to pro­duc­tion but in very dif­fer­ent ways, is much more di­verse — and com­pli­cated.

“I think there is a dif­fer­en­tial in all those dif­fer­ent areas,” says Eric Lange, who gained 40 pounds to play a cuck­olded hus­band in Show­time’s “Es­cape at Dan­nemora.”“at the same time, a per­for­mance is a per­for­mance.”

Michael Kelly, who could see a nomi- na­tion for his work on Net­flix’s “House of Cards,” notes that as a dra­matic ac­tor, “I know you have never seen me do a prat­fall … be­cause I would not be very good at it. [Gen­res] are all equally chal­leng­ing. As an ac­tor, it is just dif­fer­ent.”

A lot of faith must be put into the vot­ers that they will un­der­stand the nu­ance and com­pli­ca­tion of each.

“I al­ways think it is valuable to have some­thing be fo­cused be­cause that calls the proper at­ten­tion to it. When you lump ev­ery­thing to­gether … there is so much choice,” says Ju­dith Light, a po­ten­tial nom­i­nee for FX’S “The As­sas­si­na­tion of Gianni Ver­sace: Amer­i­can Crime Story.” “Lim­ited [choice] makes it very spe­cific and makes it eas­ier for peo­ple to vote. … To me what is of great value, and what I would point to as great dis­tinc­tion, is we are now in a place where we can cel­e­brate great dis­tinc­tion.”

The HFPA “for the most part, are tastemak­ers,” says Lin­dajo Loftus, an in­de­pen­dent awards con­sul­tant who han­dles sub­mis­sions and con­sults on strate­gies. “They brought ‘[The Marvelous] Mrs. Maisel’ to the

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