What do all three of these leading ladies have in common? Well, for starters, they each currently star in an acclaimed comedy series on television: “Jane the Virgin,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Insecure” respectively. And Rae could well follow the other two by winning the Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy Actress. According to Gold Derby’s exclusive odds, she is in second-place with 5/2 odds.
In “Insecure,” which Rae created with Larry Willmore, she plays Issa Dee, a woman in contemporary Los Angeles, who deals with work, life, love and friendship alongside her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji). It’s a beautifully made and at times hilarious glimpse into these character’s lives that has garnered excellent reviews, scoring 85 on MetaCritic and 100% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes.
Although she is a relative newcomer in a relatively small show, we should be expecting to see much more of her on the awards circuit in the next few months if the last two years are anything to go by.
In 2015, a then little-known Rodriguez was a surprise winner at the Globes for her lead performance in The CW’s “Jane the Virgin.” It was one of the highlights of that evening when a clearly shocked and emotional Rodriguez took to the stage and proclaimed through tears of joy that her win was about “so much more than myself” as it represented “a culture that wants to see itself as heroes.”
Last year, Bloom was the surprise winner. She was yet another CW ingénue that not only starred in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” but co-created the show (alongside Aline Brosh-McKenna) and wrote many of the popular musical numbers peppered throughout each episode. Again, it was one of the highlights of that ceremony, as Bloom giddily bound up on to the stage to accept her award, and whose intoxicating joy delighted the audience as she profusely thanked her cast and crew, noting “we almost didn’t have a show,” as she referred to the numerous rejections she endured in getting it off the ground.
Just like Bloom, Rae has successfully transitioned from popular YouTube star to bona fide Hollywood breakthrough as the lead on her witty, endearing and genuinely funny half-hour laffer. Also like Bloom, she not only stars in “Insecure,” but writes and produces the show that is based on her web series “Awkward Black Girl.” Rae also draws parallels with Rodriguez, who showed that there are so many diverse stories and characters on television just waiting to be told, and who was one of the breakout stars of that TV season, much like Rae has been this year.
It’s still not a sure thing for Rae though. Standing in her way are Globe favorite Parker for “Divorce,” Emmy darling Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep” (who has yet to win a Globe for this role), and Tig Notaro, another relative newcomer in Amazon’s well received “One Mississippi.” The Golden Globes love being first when it comes to awarding newcomers and breakthrough stars, and having Rae up on their stage accepting a Globe through tears of happiness might just be too much of an opportunity for HFPA voters to forego
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