Saturday, January 23, 2021

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

Golden Globe nominations for this year will be announced shortly, 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, especially this year, it’s hard to know which films and performances will end up being honored.

Last year’s nominees:
Ana de Armas (Knives Out)
Awkwafina (The Farewell)
Cate Blanchett (Where’d You Go, Bernadette?)
Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart)
Emma Thompson (Late Night)

I’m not sure that there are any guaranteed nominees in this race, but there are a few likely inclusions. Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm) will be competing in this category, and shouldn’t have any trouble getting a nomination. I’m really hoping that Cristin Milioti (Palm Springs) isn’t snubbed because she was so great in her film. It would also be wonderful to see Jo Ellen Pellman (The Prom), rather than her more famous costar, Meryl Streep (The Prom), who may compete with another role, Meryl Streep (Let Them All Talk). Rashida Jones (On the Rocks) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Emma) both have a good shot. Kristen Stewart (Happiest Season) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Downhill) are both possible, depending on how voters receive their films. That’s also true for Michelle Pfeiffer (French Exit), whose film has not earned positive mentions.

Current predictions:
Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)
Rashida Jones (On the Rocks)
Cristin Milioti (Palm Springs)
Meryl Streep (The Prom)
Anya Taylor-Joy (Emma)

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