Will Kerry Washington (‘Scandal’) spoil Claire Danes (‘Homeland’) perfect Golden Globes record?

Claire Danes has never lost at the Golden Globes. She has prevailed in all four of her bids — Best TV Drama Actress for “My So-Called Life” in 1994, Best TV Movie/Mini Actress for “Temple Grandin” in 2010, and TV Drama Actress twice more for “Homeland” in 2011 and 2012.

And, according to more than two-thirds of our users, she can expect to claim a fifth trophy next January for her role as a troubled CIA agent. That support gives her leading odds of 21 to 10. 

But our editors disagree with this general consensus. Six out of seven think Kerry Washington will win for playing a D.C. spin doctor on “Scandal,” which is enough to place her second with overall odds of 13 to 5.

There is a fierce battle brewing for the last three slots between four women, all from debuting series. That’s no surprise: unlike the Emmys, which are prone to repeat winners, the Golden Globes usually like to be the first to embrace the year’s hot new shows.

Vera Farmiga currently ranks third at 13 to 2 as the mother of future serial killer Norman Bates on “Bates Motel.” She was previously a Globe nominee for her performance in the film “Up in the Air.”

Tatiana Maslany is in fourth place at 10 to 1 for her multiple roles on the sci-fi drama “Orphan Black.” She was a darling of critics this summer, winning awards from the Critics’ Choice and TCA Awards, though she was snubbed by Emmy voters.

Robin Wright ranks fifth at 16 to 1 for “House of Cards.” She also earned an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of the formidable wife of a cunning politician.

Keri Russell is on the bubble, in sixth place at 20 to 1 for FX’s freshman drama “The Americans,” in which she plays a KGB agent in deep cover in the US. She previously won a Golden Globe for the debut season of “Felicity” in 1998.

Further back are 2009 champ Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife“), previous nominee Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey“), and another newcomer, Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex“).

Will Danes continue her winning streak, or will Washington be the first ever to overtake her? Are we underestimating any of their challengers? Review the contenders below and make your predictions:

7 thoughts on “Will Kerry Washington (‘Scandal’) spoil Claire Danes (‘Homeland’) perfect Golden Globes record?

  1. As long as Claire Danes continues to give such powerful and skilled performances on Homeland, none of her competitors will be able to break her winning streak. At this point, she is still the strongest TV actress by far and I don’t think anyone else quite measures up, including Kerry Washington (who is a bit overrated in my opinion). None of the actresses listed in this article are quite strong enough to thwart a Claire Danes victory.

  2. I love Kerry Washington , but the writing of scandal is not so good as Homeland. Season 3 of Scandal is horrible . Claire Darnes Deserve it better than Kerry . The character is consistent and she is brilliant. but I continue to love Kerry. I hope Claire Danes win

  3. I disagree with you about Claire Danes. Her histronics are both repetitive and annoying, and granted they are writing her character into a corner, but she’s not showing anything new, even worse we have all seen this before. I do agree that Kerry Washington is overrated. I believe Vera Farmiga has BY FAR the most innovative and orginal work deserving of the Golden Globe.

  4. Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey are both winning the Golden Globes this year for Drama Actress and Drama Actor for House of Cards.

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