Name: Brendan Gleeson
Character: Sergeant Gerry Boyle in The Guard
Film: Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town Irish cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international drug-smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door.
Boyle drifts through life, not much concerned about anything, not even the mysterious murder of a man in one of the town’s holiday cottages.
But when Everett shows Boyle the mug shots of four drug traffickers, he recognises one of them as the dead man.
And so the two cases converge, with a bemused Everett finding himself adrift in the decidedly original and sometimes surreal world of Sergeant Gerry Boyle, the last of the independents!
Previous Golden Globe Wins: Gleeson has no previous Golden Globe wins.
Previous Golden Globe Nominations: He has had two previous nominations: Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy for In Bruges & Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for Into The Storm.
Award/Nominations for role: He picked up the Best Actor gong at the Valladolid International Film Festival.
He has also picked up Best Actor nominations at the British Independent Film Awards, Satellite Awards and San Diego Film Critics Awards.
Critics: “The always-unbeatable Gleeson is on simply outstanding form, conjuring a character both dignified and ridiculous, heroic and hardly bothered.” - Daily Telegraph
“It may be well-worn territory, but thanks to the awards-worthy leading performance from Brendan Gleeson and a sharp, witty script, The Guard is a winner.” - Film 4
“Among the most purely entertaining films of the year, which cuts its laughter with a dose of Celtic melancholy.” - Empire Magazine
Take a look at the other nominees in the category:
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw