Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the Golden Globes frontrunner for Best TV Musical/Comedy Actress for “Veep” according to our racetrack odds, but even though it seems like she’s won every award in sight for her performance in the HBO political comedy, she has yet to take home a Globe for the role. In fact, she hasn’t won at these awards for 20 years.
Louis-Dreyfus won on her very first nomination: Best TV Supporting Actress for “Seinfeld” in 1993. But she hasn’t won since. She received another bid in that category in 1994, and then had to wait more than a decade to contend again at the Globes: for Best TV Musical/Comedy Actress for “The New Adventures of Old Christine” in 2006.
She picked up her first bid for “Veep” in 2012, but lost out to fellow HBO breakout Lena Dunham for “Girls.” And in 2013, Louis-Dreyfus was bested by Amy Poehler, an unusual champ because Globes voters rarely honor shows as late in their runs as “Parks and Recreation,” which was in its sixth season when Poehler prevailed; it probably helped that the comedienne was also co-hosting the Globes with Tina Fey that night for the second time. She and Fey host for the third time in January.
In 2013, Louis-Dreyfus also earned her first-ever nomination for film: Best Film Musical/Comedy Actress for Nicole Holofcener‘s romantic comedy “Enough Said.” That award went to Amy Adams (“American Hustle“) instead.
This year, Louis-Dreyfus’s biggest threat appears to be the defending champ: Poehler ranks second in our predictions with 9/2 odds. Also threatening are Lisa Kudrow in HBO’s revival of “The Comeback” and Taylor Schilling in “Orange is the New Black,” reclassified as a comedy after making a play for dramatic categories last year; Kudrow and Schilling both get 11/2 odds.
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