Why Kerry Washington (‘Scandal’) will win Best TV Drama Actress at Golden Globes

Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) was a frontrunner to win at the Emmys but was beaten by Claire Danes who repeated for “Homeland.” She won’t get a chance to exact revenge at the Globes as Danes was snubbed despite winning there for the last two years in a row.

This leaves the Best TV Drama Actress race wide-open, but Washington has the edge. She is the overwhelming choice among our Experts, Editors and both our Top 24 Users from last year and our overall Users. 

Besides starring in a red-hot show, Washington benefits from the Globes reputation for stepping in and awarding Emmy-neglected TV babes, including Keri Russell (“Felicity”) in 1998, Jennifer Garner (“Alias”) in 2001 and Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) in 2008. They also love to surprise, especially in this category, as in 2010 when Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy”), who has never even been nominated for an Emmy, took home the trophy.

Acclaimed first-timers Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) and Taylor Schilling (“Orange is the New Black”) also fit the bill for typical Globe winners as babes in hot new shows. Maslany pulled off a huge surprise by winning the Drama Actress prize at the TV Critics Choice Awards last year. Schilling, however, remains untested. Surprisingly, Netflix chose to submit her series as a drama rather than as a comedy.

2009 champ Julianna Margulies could ride her resurgent seriesThe Good Wife” to another win with her fifth consecutive nomination.

And Robin Wright could benefit from the love HFPA members have for “House of Cards,” which leads all drama series with four nominations. 

Were Washington to win, it would be an eerie repeat of this category a decade ago. Back then, fresh-faced Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: SVU”) won her first Globe bid, only months after losing her first Emmy race to Allison Janney (“The West Wing”). However, as with Danes, Janney wasn’t nominated by the Globes a few months later.

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