While the Golden Globes have favorites who seem to be perennial nominees, they also make sure to include a healthy dose of first-timers in their lineup. Eleven film actors reaped their first Globe nomination last year, and there are no shortage of performers hoping to repeat their success one year late. The following five actresses could not be more different. They range from rookies to seasoned veterans, star in big budget studio films and micro budget indies. The one aspect they share is the hope that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will finally take notice of their stellar work at the 2018 Golden Globes.
Carrie Fisher, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
The world is still mourning the passing of industry icon Carrie Fisher. After giving us Princess Leia, Fisher became a sought after script doctor and turned her battle with alcoholism into the hysterical and sardonic memoir “Wishful Drinking.” When that book was adapted into a Broadway show, she received a Drama Desk nomination and an Emmy nomination for the HBO taping. Two additional Emmy noms followed for her guest turns on “30 Rock” and (posthumously) “Catastrophe.” But, the Golden Globes have no guest acting categories for their TV awards, so she has yet to be recognized by the HFPA. A Supporting Actress nomination for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” could be one of the final ways to honor this legend. General Organa currently has 16/1 odds for a nomination.
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Margot Robbie caught everyone’s eye in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” But even though the Golden Globes nominated the film for Best Musical or Comedy, they ignored Robbie’s breakthrough role. This year, it will be more difficult for the HFPA to overlook her. She stars opposite Domnhall Gleeson in the A.A. Milne biopic “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” but it’s her transformation into figure skater Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya” that has the biggest awards buzz. Her performance as the troubled Olympian is good enough for 5th place in our combined odds for Best Comedy/Musical Actress.
Keala Settle, “The Greatest Showman”
A true wildcard in the race, Keala Settle is poised to make a big splash with her role as the Bearded Woman in the new film musical “The Greatest Showman.” While this P.T. Barnum film remains unseen, the first trailer showcased Settle using her powerful voice to belt out the original song “This is Me.” That big voice helped her capture a Tony nomination and Theatre World Award for “Hands on a Hardbody,” and has given her 18/1 odds for a Supporting Actress Globe nom. That’s pretty impressive considering she is ranked higher than her more famous co-stars Michelle Williams and Rebecca Ferguson. Will the Globes christen a new star in Settle?
Lois Smith, “Majorie Prime”
If you don’t know Lois Smith by name, I can promise you know her face. For more than half a century she has brought pathos and warmth to multitudes of stage and screen roles, becoming one of the industry’s greatest scene stealers. And though she is a two-time Tony nominee (“Grapes of Wrath,” “Buried Child”), Smith remains criminally under-rewarded. She had a celebrated turn opposite Jack Nicholson in “Five Easy Pieces,” but the Globes didn’t bite. More recently, the Critics Choice Awards nominated her for her brutal performance on “The Americans,” but it also failed to register with the Globes. Smith’s haunting performance as an elderly woman reliving her memories with the help of a hologram is just the type of role the Globes could fall for.
Emma Watson, “Beauty and the Beast”
Since beginning her career as the irrepressible Hermione in the “Harry Potter” saga, Emma Watson has diversified her movie roles with critically acclaimed turns both comedic (“The Bling Ring”) and dramatic (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”). Those roles failed to snag the attention of the HFPA, but her embodiment of Belle in Disney’s live action “Beauty and the Beast” could land her a spot among this year’s nominees. The wildly successful film remains unchallenged as the top grossing movie of the year. The box office tally has kept Watson in the conversation and she is ranked in 6th place for Best Comedy/Musical Actress with 14/1 odds.
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