When it comes to the Master of Suspense, one depiction is enough for the Hollywood Foreign Press.
2012 saw the release of two biopics about legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, with Anthony Hopkins (and a ton of latex makeup) playing the title role in the theatrical release, "Hitchcock," and Toby Jones filling out the filmmaker's famous silhouette in the TV movie, "The Girl" (a reference to "The Birds" star and off-screen Hitchcock obsession Tippi Hedren, played by Sienna Miller). Somewhat surprisingly, it was Jones who received a Golden Globes nomination (for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made For Television), with longtime critics' darling Hopkins left in the dark.
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Maybe it's not so surprising. The general consensus with "Hitchcock" is that it's mildly amusing but ultimately maybe for the birds, with Hopkins' performance/imitation bordering on sheer camp (though we don't know how it could be otherwise when he's got to work with that ridiculous makeup job). His co-star Helen Mirren has been getting more attention (and acclaim) for her nuanced and heartfelt portrayal of Hitch's long-suffering wife, Alma Reville; indeed, Mirren received a Golden Globes nom for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) for her work in "Hitchcock."
Whereas "Hitchcock" takes a relatively lighthearted approach to its specific focus on the making of "Psycho," "The Girl" allows Toby Jones to work with much darker and more dramatic material as it showcases the filmmaker's tumultuous relationship both on- and off-screen with his would-be muse, Tippi Hedren. Jones is able to transcend his own gimmicky makeup job to portray a much more complex character; this is Hitchcock as "tortured artist," and therefore the more tailor-made role for critical accolades.
Jones receiving a nomination over Hopkins also allows the longtime character actor to take center stage over his higher profile competitor for a change. Back in 2006, Jones played author Truman Capote in "Infamous," a film -- and performance -- that was all but buried by Philip Seymour Hoffman's more popular (and awards-winning) portrayal in "Capote." This time, Jones comes out the winner … even if he doesn't actually end up winning.