Golden Globes 2018 could honor many first-time winners including Frances McDormand, Saoirse Ronan, Allison Janney …

It is surprising to note that some of the top contenders for Golden Globes this year would actually be first-time winners. Such multi award-winning actresses as Frances McDormand, Saoirse RonanAllison Janney, Laurie Metcalf and the entire cast of “Will and Grace” (including Debra Messing and Megan Mullally) have never taken home a Golden Globe. Might they finally hear their names called at the upcoming 2018 ceremony?

McDormand is a strong Best Film Drama Actress contender this year for her role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.” She is one of the rare performers who has won the Triple Crown of Acting, meaning she has an Oscar (as Best Actress for “Fargo” in 1996) a Tony (as Best Lead Actress in a Play for “Good People” in 2011) and an Emmy (as Best Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or Movie for “Olive Kitteridge.”) McDormand has received five Golden Globes to date but has never won. Despite sweeping most Best Actress awards for “Fargo,” the Golden Globe that year was presented instead to Madonna for “Evita” who then wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar. While McDormand took the Emmy and SAG for “Olive Kitteridge,” she lost the Globe to Maggie Gyllenhaal for “The Honourable Woman.”

“Lady Bird” star Ronan, who leads Gold Derby’s predictions for Best Film Comedy Actress, has been nominated twice before at the Golden Globes for her supporting role in “Atonement” (2007) and her lead performance in “Brooklyn” (2015). She went on to receive two Oscar bids for those same roles. For “Atonement,” she lost the Globe to Cate Blanchett (“I’m Not There”) and the Oscar to Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”). And for “Brooklyn,” she was bested by Brie Larson (“Room”) at both ceremonies. Ronan just took home the Best Actress prize for “Lady Bird” at the New York Film Critics’ Circle Awards, which bodes well for her Golden Globe chances.

Metcalf is currently Gold Derby’s frontrunner for Best Film Supporting Actress for her role in “Lady Bird.” Should she receive a Golden Globe nomination for this role it would only be her third career bid. Metcalf has received 10 Emmy nominations for her work on various TV shows and she won three of the awards for her star-making work on “Roseanne.” The Globes have been less generous with Metcalf. They only nominated her twice and never gave her the award.

Janney is currently in second place on Gold Derby’s charts in the Supporting Actress category for her role in the film “I, Tonya.” While Janney has seven Emmy awards for her work in “The West Wing”, “Mom” and “Masters of Sex,” she has never taken home a Globe.

And in perhaps one of the most surprising Golden Globe twists, during its original run “Will and Grace” never won a single Globe in any category. The series won 16 Emmy Awards including one for Best Comedy Series and one each for stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes and two for Megan Mullally. It remains to be seen if the reboot of the series will appeal to Golden Globe voters more than the original did.

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