Nomination-Worthy Roles: Tom Baxter/Gil Shepherd in “The Purple Rose Of Cairo”; Charles Driggs in “Something Wild”; Bill Johnson in “Pleasantville”; Bernard Berkman in “The Squid And The Whale”
Why Has He Never Been Nominated? Daniels has long been terminally underrated, thanks to the mostly comedic nature of his early roles, but the Golden Globes have long been on board, nominating Daniels three times over the years. His career-best so far, in Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale,” was presumably too unlikable for the Academy, but it his turn there has led him to take on darker, more serious roles.
Chances Of A Future Nomination: Nothing has quite landed in the same way as the Baumbach film and we’re not sure his next big screen outing, as a heavy in Rian Johnson’s “Looper,” will be that part. But look for Emmys in the future — he’s leading Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series “The Newsroom,” and should gold follow that, he may get better movie roles down the road.
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