Thursday, November 22, 2018

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

Golden Globe nominations for this year will be announced in just a few weeks, 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:
Judi Dench (Victoria and Abdul)
Helen Mirren (The Leisure Seeker)
Margot Robbie (I, Tonya)
Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)
Emma Stone (Battle of the Sexes)

With both Lady Gaga and Melissa McCarthy competing in drama, the frontrunner here is Olivia Colman (The Favourite), and it’s always possible that, despite the campaign being put forward by Fox Searchlight, costars Emma Stone (The Favourite) and Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) could show up here too. Regardless of how the film performs, Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns) is expected to earn a nomination. Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) has strong buzz for her film, and Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) should garner some votes as well. Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade) would be a fun choice to many would support, and I imagine there will be many who vote for Charlize Theron (Tully). That doesn’t seem like a lot of contenders, but it’s hard to think of who else could show up here to surprise, aside from Mary Elizabeth Winstead (All About Nina), who I’m really rooting for but don’t think has much of a shot.

Current predictions:
Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns)
Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)
Charlize Theron (Tully)
Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians)

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