At the 2007 Golden Globes, Leonardo DiCaprio earned rare double nominations in the same Best Film Drama Actor category for “The Departed” and “Blood Diamond.” He lost both bids to Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”), who went on to win the Oscar. Now Reese Witherspoon is hoping to pull off the same feat at the upcoming 2020 ceremony thanks to her two lead TV performances in Apple’s “The Morning Show” and HBO’s “Big Little Lies.”
Witherspoon plays Bradley Jackson in “The Morning Show,” a young field reporter who joins a popular A.M. news program after it’s hit with a sexual misconduct scandal. She and Jennifer Aniston lead a large ensemble that includes such notable names as Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. “The Morning Show,” which debuted its first three episodes on November 1, is the first breakout awards contender from the new Apple TV+ streaming service.
In “Big Little Lies” she reprises her role of Madeline Mackenzie, one of the so-called Monterey Five who become embroiled in a murder investigation. This season Madeline’s affair was exposed to her husband Ed (Adam Scott) and she had a memorable breakdown at a school assembly when she warned about the dangers of only teaching their kids about happy endings. Witherspoon and co-lead Nicole Kidman also got to share the screen in Season 2 with Globe fave Meryl Streep, whose character came to town following her son’s untimely death.
Witherspoon is no stranger to awards, winning the Oscar, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards for her performance as June Carter in “Walk the Line” (2005). She’s also an Emmy winner for producing “Big Little Lies” when it won Best Limited Series in 2017. The HBO program has since switched over to the drama categories for its second season.
According to Gold Derby’s 2020 Golden Globes predictions for Best TV Drama Actress, Witherspoon faces strong competition from Aniston and Kidman, as well as Olivia Colman (“The Crown”), Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”), Zendaya (“Euphoria”) and last year’s winner Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”). Do you think Witherspoon can pull a Leo at the Globes by nabbing two nominations in the same category?
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