When Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) was asked what she did after hearing she received her first Emmy nomination this past summer she responded that she called her mother, legendary singer Diana Ross. Now the actress has received her first Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Comedy/Musical Actress, and coming from showbiz royalty could prove valuable when it comes to the celebrity-obsessed Hollywood Foreign Press.
Diana Ross herself is a past Globe winner (Most Promising Newcomer for “Lady Sings the Blues,” 1972) and has two other nominations (Best Film Drama Actress for “Lady Sings the Blues” and Best TV Movie/Limited Actress for “Out of Darkness” in 1994), and the Globes love to award the children of iconic stars. If Ellis Ross joins her mother as a winner they would join a few other parent-child champs. Mariska Hargitay won Best TV Drama Actress for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 2004, joining her Globe winning mother Jayne Mansfield. Angelina Jolie has won three Globes out of six nominations and might have been helped by the fact that her father was a Globe winner: Jon Voight has actually won four times out of 11 nominations. And Kate Hudson won Best Film Supporting Actress for “Almost Famous” (2000) 31 years after her mother Goldie Hawn won the same category for “Cactus Flower” (1969).
Also benefitting Ellis Ross is the fact that “Black-ish” is a strong contender for Best Comedy/Musical Series, currently sitting in second place to win with odds of 13/2. And her co-star Anthony Anderson contends for Best TV Comedy/Musical Actor. That gives her show more total nominations than any other nominee in her category, indicating strong support. But “Atlanta” and its star Donald Glover are currently predicted to win those other two races, so if the Globes want to recognize “Black-ish” somewhere they might take the opportunity to do so here.
Currently in first place in our predictions is Issa Rae (“Insecure”) with odds of 10/9, followed by Sarah Jessica Parker (“Divorce”), a four-time past winner in this category for “Sex and the City,” with odds of 7/2. But unlike Ellis Ross their shows are not nominated for Best Comedy/Musical Series. That may put them at a disadvantage, though it didn’t hurt last year’s winner Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), whose show wasn’t nominated for the top award last year. Bloom is nominated again this year, but the Globes rarely like to repeat themselves — except for Parker, that is.
Then there’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), a five-time Emmy winner for her now iconic role as Selina Meyer who has yet to win a Golden Globe for this performance. Besides Ellis Ross, Louis-Dreyfus is the only other nominee with a show nominated for Best Comedy/Musical Series. However, last year Louis-Dreyfus was the only nominee with a corresponding series nomination and she still could not pull out a win. The Globes don’t like to look foolish by ignoring a show or performer after it has been thoroughly anointed by other awards groups (i.e. finally awarding “Breaking Bad” and Bryan Cranston for their final season in 2013), but if there were ever a year when the Hollywood Foreign Press would not want to award a show about American politics it would be 2016 after the ugly election cycle.
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