Actor: Miniseries/TV Movie

Andre Braugher
Skein: “Thief” (FX)
Role: His cover is a New Orleans car dealer, but what really drives him is stealing things.
Globes history: Second nom
Crix say … “Braugher revisits the take-no-prisoners intensity he brought to Lt. Frank Pembleton on NBC’s ‘Homicide,'” writes Variety’s Phil Gallo.

Robert Duvall
Skein: “Broken Trail” (AMC)
Role: Prentice Ritter must deliver a herd across the 1897 Great Plains.
Globes history: Four Globes in five noms
Crix say … “Duvall gives simple lines an unexpected resonance,” writes the Boston Globe’s Matthew Gilbert.

Michael Ealy
Skein: “Sleeper Cell” (Showtime)
Role: An undercover FBI agent and practicing Muslim who infiltrates an Islamic terrorist cell.
Globes history: First nom
Crix say … “Ealy … is a standout and a well-suited match for charismatic Oded Fehr,” writes Rob Owen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Chiwetel Ejiofor
Skein: “Tsunami, the Aftermath” (HBO)
Role: A Brit family man caught in an unimaginable disaster.
Globes history: Up for two trophies this year
Crix say … “Ejiofor and (co-star Sophie) Okonedo are simply stunning as bereft parents,” writes Verne Gay of Newsday.

Ben Kingsley
Skein: “Mrs. Harris” (HBO)
Role: Scarsdale Diet guru Dr. Herman Tarnower
Globes history: Two wins on eight noms
Crix say … “Since ‘Sexy Beast,’ he has specialized in being mean. His Tarnower is equal parts Peter Pan, Don Juan and old goat,” writes John Leonard of New York magazine.

Bill Nighy
Skein: “Gideon’s Daughter” (BBC)
Role: High-powered PR exec
Globes history: Second nom
Crix say … “It’s only Nighy’s unerring ability to convey inner turmoil … which elevates this material above its conventional moorings,” writes Variety’s Brian Lowry.

Matthew Perry
Skein: “The Ron Clark Story” (TNT)
Role: Successful suburban schoolteacher who moves to Manhattan and tries to use his winning techniques on inner-city kids.
Globes history: First nom
Crix say … “Perry brings the right amount of wide-eyed idealism to the role,” writes Amy Amatangelo of the Boston Herald.

Actress: Miniseries/TV Movie

Gillian Anderson
Skein: “Bleak House” (PBS)
Role: The burdened Lady Dedlock
Globes history: Four prior noms and a win for “The X-Files”
Crix say … “Anderson suffers magnificently,” writes the Boston Globe’s Matthew Gilbert.

Annette Bening
Skein: “Mrs. Harris”
Role: Jean Harris, troubled lover — and murderer — of the Scarsdale Diet guru
Globes history: Four previous noms and a win
Crix say … “Bening gets to be sexy and kittenish in the early scenes, a predatory lioness in later ones …,” writes David Bianculli of the New York Daily News.

Helen Mirren
Skein: “Elizabeth I” (HBO)
Role: The queen
Globes history: Six previous noms and a win
Crix say … “The great actress was born to play Elizabeth I, and the performance is powerful enough to shatter your television,” writes David Weigand of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Helen Mirren
Skein: “Prime Suspect: The Final Act” (PBS)
Role: Det. Jane Tennison
Crix say … “This is a magnificent performance from Mirren because the haggardness of her character is visceral. This is Tennison at her saddest, but Mirren continues to give her a stubbornness that resists sympathy,” writes Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Sophie Okonedo
Skein: “Tsunami, the Aftermath”
Role: Bereft mother
Globes history: First nom
Crix say … “Expect best actor/actress Emmy nods in the TV movie category for both Ejiofor and Okonedo,” writes Newsday’s Verne Gay.

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