Olivia Colman (‘The Night Manager’) could pull off a Golden Globes surprise

In a tough-to-predict awards race it often pays to look for the apple in the bag of oranges: a performer or program that is not like the others. In the catch-all Best TV Supporting Actress race at the Golden Globes we have one such apple: Olivia Colman (“The Night Manager”) is the only nominee from a limited series or movie. So she is one to watch out for to potentially upset in a category that loves upsets.

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In “The Night Manager” Colman plays intelligence operative Angela Burr, who convinces Jonathan (Tom Hiddleston) to go undercover in the inner circle of Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie), an illegal arms dealers. Colman plays Angela with a single-minded focus to take down her target. This culminates in the finale episode when the two finally come face to face.

Colman might not be a household name in the United States, but she is well known throughout Britain for her work. Receiving an award from the Hollywood Foreign Press is hardly unlikely when you take into consideration that she is a three-time BAFTA TV winner: Best Supporting Actress (“Accused”) and Best Comedy Actress (“Twenty Twelve”) in 2013, and Best Lead Actress (“Broadchurch”) in 2014. Colman has also received an International Emmy nomination for Best Actress for her work in “Broadchurch” in 2014.

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Five of the six 2016 Emmy nominees for Best Movie/Limited Actress were eligible to compete at these Golden Globes, including the Emmy winner, Regina King (“American Crime”), but only Colman made the cut in the Globes’ catch-all TV Supporting Actress race that also considers performers from drama and comedy series. Also working in Colman’s favor is that “The Night Manager” scored four nominations overall, more than any other program represented in this category. And this is “The Night Manager’s”
only category where it doesn’t have to compete against the year’s most nominated program, “The People v. O.J. Simpson” (five bids); since the Golden Globes love to spread the wealth, voters might want to reward “The Night Manager” somewhere.

If Colman’s stellar work in “The Night Manager” isn’t enough of a reason for the Hollywood Foreign Press to choose to reward her, she also co-starred in “The Lobster” with Colin Farrell, who is up for Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor, so they’ve seen her in two entirely different productions. Awarding her could be a way of awarding Colman’s versatility as an actress.

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According to Gold Derby’s exclusive odds, Thandie Newton (“Westworld”) is in first place with odds of 4/11 as of this writing. Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”) is currently in second place with odds of 5/1, while her on-screen mother, Mandy Moore, is right on her heels in third place with odds of 28/1. Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”) also has 28/1 odds, while Colman trails at 40/1, but if there is ever a category designed to give us an upset it’s Best TV Supporting Actress — remember Maura Tierney‘s surprise win just last year for “The Affair”?

And don’t forget some of the winners who came before. Before she was a household name Emily Blunt (“Gideon’s Daughter,” 2007) won this category after being snubbed by the Emmys, and Samantha Morton (“Longford,” 2008) lost at the Emmys and still was able to win at the Golden Globes.

Three other actors have also won in recent years for British programs: Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey,” 2013), Jacqueline Bisset (“Dancing on the Edge,” 2014) and Joanne Froggatt (“Downton,” 2015). Of those, only Smith was awarded by the Emmys, and Bisset wasn’t even nominated, so there’s every possibility for Colman to pull off a coup here despite not prevailing with the television academy.

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