Seventeen years ago Jennifer Aniston won the first (and so far only) Golden Globe of her career thanks to playing Rachel Green on NBC’s ratings behemoth “Friends.” At the podium Aniston looked positively stunned, saying, “I barely just got here! Oh my lord, I never expected this to happen.” That year marked Aniston’s first nomination as a lead actress after previously being nominated in the catch-all supporting category. Above, watch the Golden Globes flashback video from the 2003 telecast.
Aniston gave a wonderful shout-out to each of her “Friends” co-stars — Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer — proclaiming, “I love you guys.” She continued on, “You started out as my colleagues and [now] you’re my friends and you’re my family. This wouldn’t even be happening if it weren’t for what I learned from you guys every day.” Aniston’s fellow nominees were Bonnie Hunt (“Life with Bonnie”), Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”), Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) and Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sex and the City”).
While that ended up being Aniston’s final nomination for “Friends,” Golden Globes voters recognized her more than a decade later for her lead performance in the film “Cake” (2014). She lost to Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), who went on to win the Oscar for Best Actress. Ironically, one of Aniston’s fellow Golden Globe nominees that year was Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”), who now stars alongside Aniston on the Apple TV+ drama series “The Morning Show.”
Apple’s buzzed-about TV series debuted on Friday with Aniston, Witherspoon and Steve Carell all playing hosts of an AM news program. According to Gold Derby’s staff editors who cover awards year-round, Aniston will win Best TV Drama Actress for her role as Alex Levy at the 2020 Golden Globes. These eight editors believe she’ll prevail: Chris Beachum, Riley Chow, Marcus James Dixon, Zach Laws, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery, Paul Sheehan and Susan Wloszczyna. The other two predict a victory for Olivia Colman for her debut season of “The Crown”: Joyce Eng and Matt Noble.
According to our editors’ combined rankings, this year’s five nominees will be Aniston, Colman, Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”), Nicole Kidman (“Big Little Lies”) and Zendaya (“Euphoria”). Last year’s winner Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) is next in line in sixth place, followed by Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and two doses of Witherspoon (“The Morning Show” and “Big Little Lies”). See more of our editors’ odds and rankings.
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