2018 Critics’ Choice TV predictions: Nicole Kidman (‘Big Little Lies’) is on track for a sweep

Just engrave Nicole Kidman’s name on the trophy now. The “Big Little Lies” star is a stone-cold lock to win Best Movie/Limited Series Actress at Thursday’s Critics’ Choice Awards, according to our latest combined odds. Kidman is a 1/1 favorite, leaving all her competitors — Jessica Lange (“Feud: Bette and Joan”), co-star Reese Witherspoon, Carrie Coon (“Fargo”), Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”) and Alana Boden (“I Am Elizabeth Smart”) — well back tied at 10/3 odds.

Kidman is also the top choice among all three participating ExpertsPeter Travers (Rolling Stone), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and myself — and all six participating Gold Derby Editors, including Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon, Rob Licuria, Paul Sheehan and Daniel Montgomery.

This would be Kidman’s second Critics’ Choice Award after having previously won Best Actress for “To Die For” on the film side at the inaugural ceremony 22 years ago. She is also nominated this year as a producer on “Big Little Lies,” which is the favorite to win Best Limited Series.

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A victory would also put Kidman a Screen Actors Guild Award — which she has never won and will be handed out January 21 — shy of sweeping the four major televised TV acting awards for a single performance. She has already won the the Emmy and just on Sunday, the Golden Globe. Carrie Coon‘s win at the Television Critics Association Awards, which are not televised, for “The Leftovers” and “Fargo” prevented Kidman from completing a clean sweep of all five prestigious awards. Since the Critics’ Choice Awards added television categories in 2011, only five people have achieved that feat: Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) and Sarah Paulson (“The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”). Paulson is the only one to win all five in a single season.

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