Simon Baker is one of three Aussies nominated at this year's Golden Globes, having received the nod for his lead role in the small screen's The Mentalist. But winning will be no easy feat for the Tassie Boy.
In one of the ceremony's toughest races, Simon faces some of television's biggest hitters, including Mad Men's Jon Hamm (who took home the award in 2008), Hugh Laurie from House (2007's winner) and Bill Paxton, who has been nommed for his critically acclaimed role in Big Love. That said, it's not an impossible task. The Mentalist is a fan favourite in the US, which may help sway the audience-pleasing Hollywood Foreign Press, and with last year's Globe winner Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment) and the 2009 Emmy winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) both missing from the field, this year's award is truly anyone's.
2010 marks the second Globe nom for Simon— he was first nominated in 2002 for The Guardian. His work on The Mentalist was also recognised with a nomination at the 2009 Emmy Awards.