Throughout her career, Helena Bonham Carter received seven prior Golden Globe nominations, but has yet to win one. As she now just received her eighth nomination this year for the third season of the acclaimed Netflix series “The Crown” (taking over for Vanessa Kirby from the first two seasons as Princess Margaret), will Carter finally win a Globe herself this year?
“The Crown” traces the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) from her wedding in 1947 through to the present day. Season 3 covers the time period between 1964 and 1977, beginning with Harold Wilson‘ (Jason Watkins) election as Prime Minister and ending with the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II. Events depicted include the unmasking of the Queen’s art adviser Sir Anthony Blunt (Samuel West) as a Soviet spy, Wilson’s time as Prime Minister, the Aberfan disaster, the Apollo 11 moon landing, the 1969 Investiture of Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), the decolonization of Africa and the Caribbean, the death and state funeral of Winston Churchill (John Lithgow), and Princess Margaret (Carter)’s eight-year affair with baronet and gardening expert Roddy Llewellyn (Harry Treadaway) that leads to the Princess’s divorce from Antony Armstrong-Jones (Ben Daniels) in 1978.
Critics agree Carter’s performance on the third season is worthy of awards recognition. Gregory Ellwood (The Playlist) writes, “She finds a way to punch you in the gut as you realize just how isolated she feels in a family increasingly willing to take the side of a man they once despised.” Meanwhile, Caroline Framke (Variety) declares, “Bonham Carter’s Margaret is at turns fabulous and heartbreaking; she’s so good in the part.”
Over the years, Carter has received Golden Globe nominations for her work in both film and television. In 1993, she earned her very first nomination in the category of Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress for “Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald,” yet ended up losing to Bette Midler for “Gypsy.” In 1998, she was nominated in the category of Best TV Supporting Actress for “Merlin,” though she ended up losing in a tie to Faye Dunaway for “Gia” and Camryn Manheim for “The Practice.” In 2002, she was nominated in the category of Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress for “Live From Baghdad,” but lost to Uma Thurman for “Hysterical Blindness.” In 2013, Carter received her most recent nomination in the category of Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress for “Burton & Taylor,” yet lost to Elisabeth Moss for “Top of the Lake.”
In 1997, Helena Bonham Carter received her very first Golden Globe nomination for her film work in the category of Best Film Drama Actress for “The Wings of the Dove.” Yet, despite winning the Critics’ Choice Movie Award, she lost the Globe two days prior to Judi Dench for “Mrs. Brown.” In 2007, she was nominated in the category of Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress for “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” but lost to the eventual Oscar champ, Marion Cotillard for “La Vie en Rose.” In 2010, she was nominated in the category of Best Film Supporting Actress for “The King’s Speech,” but ended up losing to the eventual Oscar champ, Melissa Leo for “The Fighter.”
As of this writing, Helena Bonham Carter is in second place to win the Golden Globe for Best TV Supporting Actress with 6/1 odds only behind Meryl Streep for the second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” with 11/2 odds. While Streep can be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the Globes (as evidenced by her now recording-breaking 34 nominations and 8 competitive wins), the Hollywood Foreign Press still showed quite a bit of love in nominations for the third season of “The Crown.” Not only is it back in Best TV Drama Series after taking last year off, but the two leads, Colman and Tobias Menzies, have both been recognized in their respective categories. So will Helena Bonham Carter finally be “crowned” a Golden Globe winner on January 5?
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