Frances O’Connor (‘The Missing’) enters lead race at Golden Globes

Gold Derby has confirmed that Frances O’Connor (“The Missing“) will compete at the Golden Globes in the race for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress. Some award-watchers believed she’d compete in the supporting slot because she has less screen time than male co-star James Nesbitt, but she’s clearly the lead actress of the Starz miniseries and she delivers a big, powerful performance.

Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association previously acknowledged her as a lead star in that same top category when they nominated her in 2000 for “Madame Bovary.” Now she competes against Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story: Freak Show“), Frances McDormand (“Olive Kitteridge“) and Cicely Tyson (“The Trip to Bountiful“).

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In the gripping new miniseries now airing on Starz — you can watch free online here — O’Connor and Nesbitt play the horrified parents of a young boy who goes missing in Belgium in 2006. The story follows the repercussions of that fateful act over the next eight years as O’Connor and Nesbitt are hellbent on finding out what really happened to their son.

For fans of non-linear storytelling, “The Missing” will be right up their alley as the timeline shifts from the 2006 kidnapping to the present-day 2014 story when a new clue to the child’s disappearance is discovered. Several hints about upcoming episodes are revealed within the first hour, but you must watch the complete series to fully understand all of the pay-offs.

Last year, Starz broke into the Golden Globes’ miniseries game with their BBC co-production “The White Queen.” Besides a Best Miniseries nomination, two stars from the production were also nominated by the HFPA: Lead Actress Rebecca Ferguson and Supporting Actress Janet McTeer.

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“The Missing” premiered on Starz on Nov. 15 and will last a total of eight episodes. Do you think O’Connor will earn a Golden Globe nomination as Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress? Click here to enter your own predictions for this category and all of the Globes’ top races, or use our easy drag-and-drop menu at the bottom of this post to get started.

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