Wednesday, January 2, 2019

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

The competition:
Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns) plays the beloved magical nanny. Her film is nominated for Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical. She has four previous film nominations, for “Into the Woods,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “The Young Victoria,” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” and she won for her TV work in “Gideon’s Daughter.”

Olivia Colman (The Favourite) plays Queen Anne, a monarch balancing two women warring for her attention. Her film is nominated for Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical. She won a Globe two years ago for her work in the limited series “The Night Manager.”

Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade) plays Kayla Day, an awkward teenager trying to get through life. She is the lone nominee for her film and earns her first Globe nomination at age fifteen.

Charlize Theron (Tully) plays Marlo Moreau, a pregnant mother of two. She is the lone nominee from her film. She won a Globe in 2003 for “Monster” and was nominated again for TV movie “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” and films “North Country” and “Young Adult.”

Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) plays Rachel Chu, the girlfriend of the heir to a fortune in Singapore. Her film is nominated for Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical. This is her first nomination.

Additional notes: Blunt and Colman contend at the SAG Awards for their individual performances, and Wu as part of her ensemble. The winner of this award has gone on to be nominated for an Oscar all but twice in the past fifteen years, with two victors going on to win the Oscar.
Who should win? This is a fantastic list. Wu was wonderful in the least serious performance of this bunch. Fisher made a great and refreshing debut. Theron’s performance felt totally lived-in. Blunt was utterly convincing in a classic role. Colman gets my vote for her fabulous turn as a completely different type of queen than is usually portrayed in period costume pieces.
Who will win? The smart bet is probably Blunt, but I’m picking Colman.

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