Julia Roberts is receiving rave reviews for “Homecoming,” her first regular role on a TV series. This Amazon series started streaming on November 2. That gives Golden Globe voters nearly three weeks to watch the 10 half-hour episodes of the psychological thriller before they begin casting their nomination ballots.
HFPA members love to recognize movie stars when they move to the small screen. And, in “Homecoming,” Roberts certainly delivers an awards-worthy performance as Heidi Bergman, a caseworker in a government program to help soldiers transition into civilian life. One of her most challenging cases is played by rising star Stephan James (“If Beale Street Could Talk”). Two-time Emmy champ Bobby Cannavale is Heidi’s boss.
The timeline shifts and we see Heidi four years later working as a waitress. She is living with her mother (Sissy Spacek) and has a boyfriend (her “My Best Friend’s Wedding” co-star Dermot Mulroney). An Army investigator (Shea Whigham) wants to know why she left her job.
“Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail worked with Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg to adapt their narrative podcast of the same name, and Esmail directed all 10 half-hour episodes in the style of a feature film. “Homecoming” scored an impressive 97% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes with that site singling out reviewers who called it “an impressive small-screen debut for Julia Roberts,” which “balances its haunting mystery with a frenetic sensibility that grips and doesn’t let go.”
Roberts has been popular with the HFPA racking up eight Golden Globe nominations since her breakthrough in “Steel Magnolias” (1989). That heartbreaking performance earned her the first of four Supporting Actress bids. While she lost all of those races, Roberts has won on both the comedy and drama side for her leading roles in “Pretty Woman” (1990) and “Erin Brockovich” (2001).
She has done very little TV till now but reaped Emmy bids for her two most notable roles on the small screen: a guest appearance on “Law & Order” (1999) and a supporting role in the telefilm “The Normal Heart” (2014). Only the latter was eligible at the Golden Globes, which did not embrace this project to the same extent that the TV academy did.
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