Geoffrey Rush reacted to his Golden Globe nomination for Nat Geo’s Genius, saying that he believed in the  “complexity of humankind”. His nomination comes after allegations of “inappropriate behavior” emerged during an Australian play.

Rush was nominated in the Best Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category for his performance as Albert Einstein in Nat Geo’s Genius. The first season of the anthology series, which is based on Walter Isaacson’s Einstein: His Life and Universe book, is produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Television in association with Paperboy Productions, OddLot Entertainment and Fox 21 Television Studios. Nat Geo recently commissioned a second season based on the life of Pablo Picasso.

Rush said: “This is good news for Albert Einstein.  I believe in science.  I also believe in the complexity of humankind.  I am honoured to be in the company of fellow nominees who, with their artistry, have strived to define the multiplicity of dimensions in the male experience.”

Rush’s nomination comes after the actor was engulfed in allegations of  “inappropriate behavior” during an Australian stage production of the Shakespeare play King Lear, albeit allegations that The King’s Speech star is suing Australian The Daily Telegraph over. He is up against The Wizard of Lies’ Robert De Niro, The Young Pope’s Jude Law, Twin Peaks’ Kyle Maclachlan and Fargo’s Ewan McGregor.

However, Jeffrey Tambor, who was also the subject of recent allegations, was not nominated for his performance in Amazon’s Transparent. He won a Golden Globe in 2015 for Best Actor and was nominated in 2016 and 2017.