“Feud: Bette and Joan” tells the legendary story of the filming of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” and the bitter rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis over the Oscars, where Davis was nominated for her performance while Crawford was snubbed. Playing a real-life character is a great way to win awards hardware from most groups. But for “Feud” stars Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange at the upcoming Golden Globes it would be an ironic victory since neither Davis nor Crawford ever won a competitive Globe.
Sarandon definitely understands the angst Davis felt in being left out of the winner’s circle. For her body of work she has racked up a whopping eight Golden Globe nominations without ever winning. Most notably she lost Best Film Drama Actress for “Dead Man Walking” (1995) to Sharon Stone in “Casino,” though Sarandon got the last laugh by winning the Oscar for that performance.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association did not begin handing out awards until 1944, so Bette Davis wasn’t able to contend for her two Oscar winning roles: “Dangerous” (1935) and “Jezebel” (1938). Davis only received three nominations at the Globes, including Best Film Drama Actress for “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” — losing to Geraldine Page for “Sweet Bird of Youth.”
Sarandon currently ranks fourth in our Golden Globe predictions for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress with odds of 9/1. But even if she doesn’t take home the gold she should take solace in the fact that Davis was eventually honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1974.
Lange on the other hand would be the envy of her “Feud” alter ego Crawford, scoring 15 nominations throughout her career and walking away with five trophies, most recently for “American Horror Story: Murder House” (2012). Crawford only contended for one competitive Globe: Best Film Drama Actress for “Sudden Fear” (1952), which she lost to Shirley Booth in “Come Back, Little Sheba.” But Crawford, like Davis, was eventually presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award (1970). In this year’s Globes race Lange currently sits in second place in our predictions with odds of 4/1. Ahead of both Lange and Sarandon is Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”), who recently bested them at the Emmys.
So it’s possible both Lange and Sarandon will miss out this year just like Davis and Crawford did, but a great alternative might be to jointly award both Lange and Sarandon with a Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s ceremony. A move like that might have angered Crawford and Davis, but who knows — maybe it could potentially provide material for another season of “Feud.”
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