Julia Roberts is receiving rave reviews for “Homecoming,” her first television series. She plays Heidi Bergman, a caseworker who helps soldiers transition into civilian life. Working as a waitress four years later, she finds out her memory of that experience has been all but erased. This plot twist gives Roberts a chance to play two very different versions of the same woman.
As this Amazon drama series started streaming at the beginning of the month, Golden Globe voters have three weeks to watch the 10 half-hour episodes of the psychological thriller before they begin casting their nomination ballots on Nov. 21. Roberts has been an HFPA favorite for decades, racking up eight Golden Globe nominations since her breakthrough in “Steel Magnolias” (1989).
“Homecoming” is certainly another showcase for her talents. And it could well win Roberts her first Golden Globe for television. She already has both of the Best Actress awards on the film side for the comedy “Pretty Woman” (1990) and the drama “Erin Brockovich” (2001).
“Homecoming” scored a jaw-dropping score of 97% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes. That site singled 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.”
While Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) is her closest rival for Best TV Drama Actress at the Globes, Roberts could have the edge over this one-time “Grey’s Anatomy” supporting player. Remember that HFPA voters love to reward movie stars who move to the small screen, especially if they’ve already won a Golden Globe or two for their film work.
Just last year three-time film Globe champ Nicole Kidman won for the miniseries “Big Little Lies.” And three years after making Globe history in 2009 by winning both the lead and supporting film awards for “Revolutionary Road” and “The Reader” respectively, Kate Winslet was back at the podium to pick up another trophy for TV’s “Mildred Pierce.”
Will Roberts do likewise this year? Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Golden Globe contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Golden Globe predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on Dec. 6.