The Golden Globe Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie nominees represent the top supporting actors in all of television. Unlike other Golden Globe Award categories, this award is not split between the tone of the show, such as comedy and musical versus drama, or the type of show, such as standard series, mini-series or television movie. Instead this Golden Globe category includes all of the supporting actors on TV today, which allows for dozens of talented actors to vie for those previous five nominations and that one Golden Globe statue. As announced on December 15, 2011, the nominees for the 69th Golden Globe Awards include Peter Dinklage for "Game of Thrones," Paul Giamatti for "Too Big to Fail," Guy Pearce for "Mildred Pierce," Tim Robbins for "Cinema Verite" and Eric Stonestreet for "Modern Family" with Peter Dinklage winning for "Game of Thrones."
Since 1970 when the award was first given out as the Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series, to James Brolin for his work on "Marcus Welby, M.D.," the honor has gone to dozens of legendary actors. Household names like Edward Asner, Danny DeVito, Beau Bridges
, Donald Sutherland, Don Cheadle, Peter Fonda, Robert Downey, Jr., Stanley Tucci, William Shatner, Paul Newman and Jeremy Piven all have accepted this Golden Globe Award in the time since.
It was a newer name however that took home the statue at the 2010 Golden Globe Awards as the television musical program "Glee" swept the awards show. Adding to the Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series Musical or Comedy
and Best Supporting Actress Series, Miniseries or Television Film
, the show's Chris Colfer won for his role as Kurt Hummel. Colfer beat out Scott Caan from "Hawaii Five-O," Chris Noth from "The Good Wife," Eric Stonestreet from "Modern Family" and David Strathairn from "Temple Grandin" to earn the win.
Just as Colfer beat out the more seasoned actors and big names to take home the 2010 statue, a new group of fine actors, both young and well seasoned, vie for the honor as the Golden Globe Awards continue to be handed out each year.