In one of this year’s most nail-biting Golden Globes races, Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin“) now has leading odds of 21/20 as Best TV Comedy Actress according to Gold Derby’s exclusive racetrack odds. That’s just barely ahead of closest competitor Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep“) with 9/5 odds and third-place contender Taylor Schilling (“Orange is the New Black“) with 15/2 odds.
Why do so many of Gold Derby’s Experts, Editors and Users have this relative newcomer in their first place positions, you ask? Simply put, she ticks all the right boxes for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: she’s young, she’s beautiful and — most importantly — she’s on a hip new show.
A win for Rodriguez would put her in the same boat as other young starlets recently feted by the HFPA, like America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Jennifer Garner (“Alias”), Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) and Keri Russell (“Felicity”). Other than Ferrera, none of these ladies ever got their due at the Emmys, but they won Golden Globes because they were the shiniest new toys on the TV shelves and voters couldn’t resist being the first to honor them.
But there’s yet another factor that could push her over the edge: the CW factor. The Golden Globe nominations for Rodriguez and “Jane the Virgin” are the first in the history of the young-skewing network. And if CW was to actually win something, just imagine the headlines that’ll be plastered all over the world as HFPA members write about the record victories in their home countries.
For those who think Louis-Dreyfus is still the one to beat for “Veep” thanks to her winning three in a row at the Emmys, don’t forget that it’s been 20 years since Louis-Dreyfus took home a Golden Globe. She didn’t win for “The New Adventures of Old Christine” or “Enough Said,” nor has she won yet for “Veep.” So why would HFPA members decide to vote for her now?
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Below, watch our recent Q&A with Rodriguez.