plays a grandiose, transformative role as righteous abolitionist John Brown in Showtime’s “The Good Lord Bird
,” the kind of performance awards voters usually can’t get enough of. But he ran into a buzz saw over the winter awards season from another actor in an awards-catnip kind of role: Mark Ruffalo
in “I Know This Much is True
.” But Ruffalo already won his Emmy for that performance. So does that clear the way for Hawke to finally claim some awards hardware?
Ruffalo played dual roles as twins, one of whom suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. That kind of tricky, emotionally showy performance is hard to deny, so he ended up winning Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Awards despite the limited series having no other nominations at those events. The only award Ruffalo lost was Critics Choice, which went to John Boyega
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