The Golden Globes Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie nominees often include many of the best actors of the generation taking on compelling roles for television movies and miniseries. These notable performances stood out above the rest and for that they've been nominated for this Golden Globe Award. At the 69th Golden Globe Awards, Isris Elba won for his role in "Luther" over Dominic West in "The Hour," Hugh Bonneville in "Downton Abbey," Bill Nighy in "Page 8" and William Hurt in "Too Big To Fail."
Television miniseries and movies attract this standout talent as they pack a big punch in a small one-off package. The combination of a stellar, and often real-life, story plus superb acting makes these actors deserving of their own Golden Globe Award category. Since 1981 when the award was first handed out, each year has brought another group of meritorious performances.
In 2010, legendary actor Al Pacino won the award for his portrayal of "Dr. Death," Jack Kevorkian in "You Don't Know Jack," his second in this category. He had stiff competition though, edging out actors Dennis Quaid, Idris Elba, Ian McShane and Edgar Ramirez, who portrayed the title character in the Golden Globe Award winner for Best Mini-Series or TV Movie, "Carlos."
That battle is only the tip of the iceberg for previous competitions in this Golden Globe category. In past years, stars such as Mickey Rooney, who won the first award in this category in 1981, Ted Danson, Dustin Hoffman, James Woods, Beau Bridges, Robert Duvall, Gary Sinise, Jack Lemmon and Kevin Bacon, among many others, have won.