Watch out for Kristen Bell (‘The Good Place’) at the Golden Globes, say our smartest users

Will Kristen Bell finally earn her first Golden Globe nomination? The star of NBC’s “The Good Place” has long been a critics’ favorite, ever since her breakthrough performance as the title teen detective in “Veronica Mars.” As of this writing she’s not among our top five predicted nominees for Best TV Comedy Actress, but she may be within striking distance. Some of our savviest users think she will break through.

Four of our Top 24 Users think Bell will be nominated: Kevin Klawitter, PeytonKawai, ajuninho94, and AnDres Gtz. It would be wise to consider their forecasts when you’re making your own. Our Top 24 were the highest scorers out of more than 1,300 users who predicted last year’s Globe nominations. And out of those top users, AnDres Gtz finished second and Kevin Klawitter finished third, so they know the Globes pretty well.

In hindsight it’s surprising that Bell hasn’t been nominated already. Bias against the UPN and CW networks probably hurt “Veronica Mars” at a lot of award shows, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is one of the few organizations that has been open to the younger-skewing broadcast networks. Consider the wins for Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin,” 2015) and Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” 2016) and nominations for Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” 2001) and Lauren Graham (“Gilmore Girls,” 2002).

“The Good Place” was eligible for nominations at last year’s Globes, but missed the cut. That doesn’t mean the HFPA aren’t interested, though. “Black-ish” debuted in 2014 but didn’t earn Globe nominations until 2017. “Mozart in the Jungle” also debuted in 2014 and earned its first bids in 2016. On the drama side “The Americans” had an even longer wait, debuting in 2013 and breaking through at the Globes in 2017. Voters usually love new shows, but sometimes it takes them a couple of years to catch on.

There’s reason to believe voters could catch on to “The Good Place” this year. The series about dead people navigating an eccentric afterlife increased its buzz over the course of its first season, which ended in a surprise cliffhanger that Globes voters didn’t get to see before voting last year. Now the show is airing its second season, which will keep it fresh in mind for voters going into this year’s awards. And since Bell is overdue for a nom, the HFPA might take this opportunity to make it up to her.

Be sure to make your Golden Globe predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on December 11. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 Golden Globes taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our TV forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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