James Franco is favored by Gold Derby overall with 7/2 odds, to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor at the 2018 ceremony. His performance as contemporary cult filmmaker Tommy Wiseau in the biopic “The Disaster Artist” has been showing at festivals since March and will begin its theatrical run next month. At 4/1, Franco’s odds are only slightly longer in the Best TV Drama Actor category for his dual role as twins Vincent and Frankie Martino in the 1970s-set “The Deuce” on HBO. He trails Sterling K. Brown’s 2/1 odds for his turn as trader Randall Pearson in family epic “This is Us” on NBC.
If Franco wins on the film side and bests Brown on the television side, Franco would be the first man ever to win a pair of acting awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in the same year. Three actresses have achieved this feat:
Sigourney Weaver was the first, winning for 1988 in Best Film Drama Actress for “Gorillas in the Mist” and in Best Film Supporting Actress for “Working Girl,” two years after her first of seven Globe nominations to date, as Best Film Drama Actress for “Alien.” Weaver would go on to Oscar nominations for both of her Globe-winning performances, as well as a BAFTA nomination for the latter, but no other major wins. Her win for “Gorillas in the Mist” came as part of the only three-way tie in Globe history. The other Best Film Drama Actress winners for 1988 were Jodie Foster for “The Accused” and Shirley MacLaine for “Madame Sousatzka.” Foster would go on to win the Oscar; MacLaine was not even nominated for any other major awards that season.
Joan Plowright was next, winning for 1993 in Best Film Supporting Actress for “Enchanted April” and in Best TV Supporting Actress for “Stalin.” Plowright would go on to an Oscar nomination for the former and an Emmy nomination for the latter, but would win neither. She had never nominated by the Oscars, Emmys or Globes before and has not been nominated since.
Kate Winslet is the most recent simultaneous double acting winner, for 2008 in the same categories that Weaver won. She was Best Film Drama Actress for “Revolutionary Road” and Best Film Supporting Actress for “The Reader.” These represented Winslet’s sixth and seventh Globe nominations of eleven to date; she won a further two this decade, as Best TV Movie/Mini Actress for 2011’s “Mildred Pierce” and Best Film Supporting Actress for 2015’s “Steve Jobs.” Winslet went on to an Oscar, as well as a slew of other awards, for “The Reader” in the leading category, which precluded a dual nomination for “Revolutionary Road.”
15 have failed to sweep both of their acting categories since Winslet: Sandra Bullock (2009), Matt Damon (2009), Idris Elba (2013 and 2015), Ryan Gosling (2011), Nicole Kidman (2012), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (2013), Julianne Moore (2014), Bill Murray (2014), Anna Paquin (2009), Mark Ruffalo (2014), Mark Rylance (2015), Maggie Smith (2012), Lily Tomlin (2015), Alicia Vikander (2015) and Winslet herself (2011).
The HFPA has a history of appreciating Franco more than his peer groups. For his lead role in the 2001 made-for-television movie “James Dean” on TNT, Franco won a Golden Globe, but was merely nominated at the Emmys and Screen Actors Guild Awards. For 2008’s “Pineapple Express,” Franco scored his second Globe nomination, in Best Film Comedy Actor; this was his only major nomination for the role.
Franco’s chief obstacle to dual wins is Sterling K. Brown, who has a history of being underappreciated by the Hollywood Foreign Press. Brown was not even nominated for “This is Us” at the Globes last year when he contended in the supporting category. He then went on to win for the same role at the Emmys in the leading category (and was nominated at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in the mixed lead and supporting category). Brown was nominated by the Globes last year for his supporting turn in “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” but he was bested by perennial Globe favorite Hugh Laurie in “The Night Manager,” a performance that Brown defeated when he won his Emmy and Critics’ Choice Awards. Before Globe nominations were announced last year, Brown led all contenders in his category with 19/10 odds.
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