Golden Globes spotlight: Riley Keough shines in Starz’s ‘The Girlfriend Experience’

In the first season of the adaptation of the 2009 Steven Soderbergh-helmed film, Riley Keough plays Christine Reade on Starz’s “The Girlfriend Experience,” a law student intern who works as a high-end escort. The role would intimidate any young actress getting their start — hell, even an established one — because of the subject matter, but Keough’s fearless performance puts her in the conversation for awards consideration. While she missed out on an Emmy nomination, she could rebound at the upcoming Golden Globes. The performance should be enough, but she also has two strong advantages in her favor: coming from entertainment royalty and having a series on a network that is beloved by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

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The HFPA are always up for a family affair. If you are a child of a famous person, more times than not, you are on their radar. They have their annual Mr. and Miss Golden Globe honors — in which children of stars present trophies to the winners — but there’s also a chance one could earn a nomination and/or win for their work. Notable past nominees and winners includes Drew Barrymore, Scott Caan, Laura Dern, Troy Garity, Mariska Hargitay, Anjelica Huston, Angelina Jolie and Charlie Sheen.

As the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, Keough has this edge. The King of Rock and Roll had crossover success as a movie star, but was never nominated for a Golden Globe for any of his iconic roles. A potential nomination for Keough would make up for that slight while recognizing her turn in “The Girlfriend Experience.”

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Starz got its awards start at the Golden Globes. Since 2011, the network has become a consistent and healthy competitor. Its breakthrough with the HFPA is pretty impressive considering that the only premium cable channels they previously acknowledged were HBO and Showtime. At last year’s ceremony, the network garnered its most nominations to date with six. Here’s a rundown of Starz’s history at the Golden Globes:

2011: “The Pillars of the Earth” earned three nominations: TV Movie/Limited Series and TV Movie/Limited Series Actor and Actress for Ian McShane and Hayley Atwell.

2012: Kelsey Grammer won TV Drama Actor for “Boss,” which was also nominated for Drama Series.

2013: Danny Huston was nominated for TV Supporting Actor for “Magic City.”

2014: Jacqueline Bisset won TV Supporting Actress for “Dancing on the Edge,” which was also nominated for TV Movie/Limited Series and TV Movie/Limited Series Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor.

2015: “The Missing” earned two nominations: TV Movie/Limited Series and TV Movie/Limited Series Actress for Frances O’Connor.

2016: Patrick Stewart was nominated for TV Comedy Actor for “Blunt Talk,” “Flesh and Bone” was nominated for TV Movie/Limited Series and TV Movie/Limited Series Actress for Sarah Hay, and “Outlander” was nominated for Drama Series, TV Drama Actress for Caitriona Balfe and TV Supporting Actor for Tobias Menzies.

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