Monday, December 5, 2016

Golden Globe Musings: Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical

Golden Globe nominations for this year will be announced very soon, so here’s a survey of the contenders and the most likely predictions at this time. Weigh in with your thoughts, and let me know if I’ve left off anything important. A reminder that the Globes are wildly unpredictable and that it is still a bit early to gauge the reception or awards potential of a number of the so-called “contenders” at this point.

Last year’s nominees:
Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
Melissa McCarthy (Spy)
Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)
Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)
Lily Tomlin (Grandma)

The Oscar race for Best Actress is very crowded this year, and a few of those contenders should have an easy time making it in here. Emma Stone (La La Land) and Annette Bening (20th Century Women) are locks, and, even if she may not be a serious Oscar threat, Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) is a solid bet here. Kate Beckinsale (Love and Friendship) seems to have a lot of buzz and probably has the best shot to join this list.Sally Field (My Name is Doris) might show up, or Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones’s Baby). Other possibilities include Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters), Melissa McCarthy (Ghostbusters), Greta Gerwig (Maggie’s Plan), and Tina Fey (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot).

Current predictions:
Kate Beckinsale (Love and Friendship)
Annette Bening (20th Century Women)
Emma Stone (La La Land)
Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones’s Baby)

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