It’s the high season of acting accolades, and the seven seasoned players here — all nearing 50 or older — will walk the red carpet Sunday as first-time nominees at one of the most prominent and fun of the entertainment award shows, the Golden Globes.
These very familiar faces, who have worked in both television and movies for many decades, have earned Emmys, Oscars and other nominations or awards, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gives the Golden Globe statues, has never before acknowledged their talent — suggesting, perhaps, that its never too late to do our best work.
Here’s who will get their Golden moment at the 75th annual awards, to be broadcast on NBC Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.
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Gary Oldman, 59
Best actor in a drama, Darkest Hour
When Oldman, who’s won more than 40 major acting prizes, earned nominations from AARP and the Oscars — but not a Golden Globe nomination — for 2012’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, he said the Globes were “bent” (that is, unfairly full of political agendas). His career-crowning performance as Winston Churchill in The Darkest Hour won voters over at last.
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Richard Jenkins, 70
Best supporting actor, The Shape of Water
A former truck driver who first rose to fame at 54 on Six Feet Under, Jenkins, now 70, has earned a 2009 Oscar nomination for The Visitor, a 2015 Emmy for Olive Kitteridge and a 2017 AARP Movies for Grownups Award for The Hollars. But playing Sally Hawkins’ gay, platonic, terrestrial love interest in The Shape of Water broke him into the Golden Globes circle.
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Sam Rockwell, 49
Best supporting actor, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Rockwell, who turns 50 this year, became one of the top breakout stars of 2017 by playing a dim, drunk, racist, out-of-control small-town cop in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. He likens the character to a Barney Fife turned Travis Bickle — a role any actor would kill for and Globes voters would vote for.
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Pamela Adlon, 51
Best actress in a TV series (musical or comedy), Better Things
Adlon is the creator, producer, writer
director of her autobiographical FX series, which also shows off her acting chops as a single mom of three daughters. Better Things won a Peabody Award for being “searingly funny and beautiful.” and
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Alfred Molina, 64
Best supporting actor in a TV series, limited series or movie, Feud: Bette and Joan
If you rattle off all the movies you’ve seen him in, you can't believe this is Molina’s Golden Globes debut — but his turn as legendary yet self-doubting director Robert Aldrich (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane
Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte) put him in the nominees' circle. ?,
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Ann Dowd, 61
Best supporting actress in a TV series, limited series or movie, The Handmaid's Tale
She’s already won an Emmy for the role. Now let’s see if Dowd can take home the gold as the staunch and terrifying Aunt Lydia in the year's most talked-about and socially relevant show.
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David Thewlis, 54
Best supporting actor in a TV series, limited series or movie, Fargo
Harry Potter fans know him as nice guy Remus Lupin, but in
Fargohe is mysterious, bulimic bad guy V.M. Varga, who has the rottenestteeth in British history. Still, the killer role got him both an Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination.