There’s a new queen in town — or in our Best TV Movie/Limited Series Golden Globe predictions. “The Queen’s Gambit” dethroned “Unorthodox” from the No. 1 in our odds on Thursday, now holding a 4/1 advantage over the latter’s 9/2.
Maybe you’re a tad surprised that “The Queen’s Gambit” wasn’t already the favorite since it became a pop culture phenomenon following its Oct. 23 debut to gushing raves. After all, it’s become Netflix’s most-watched limited series ever, according to the streaming service’s vague metrics. But just like chess prodigy Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy), the show’s playing the long game.
Based on Walter Tevis’ novel of the same name, “The Queen’s Gambit” has risen steadily in the odds over the past three months as more and more people watched (out of interest, FOMO, awards prognostication, all of the above?) and perhaps realized how a seven-episode series about chess of all things has taken the world by storm. The series cracked our top two only three weeks ago.
“The Queen’s Gambit” has majority support from the Experts and editors to win, but it still slightly trails “Unorthodox” in overall votes, at 669 to 711. Both are way ahead of the rest of the top five, “The Undoing” (11/2), “Mrs. America” (7/1) and “Normal People” (7/2).
While “The Queen’s Gambit” has climbed to the top spot, its star Taylor-Joy can’t say the same yet in the Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress race, which is kind of ironic since the show’s success is largely due to her magnetic, compelling work. But she’s made strong headway since last week, going from fourth place to second, sitting behind only “Unorthodox” star and Emmy nominee Shira Haas. The two people she surpassed? Oh, just Cate Blanchett (“Mrs. America”) and Nicole Kidman (“The Undoing”). Michaela Coel (“I May Destroy You”) is in fifth. Taylor-Joy is hot on Haas’ heels, at 4/1 to 39/10, so those places may swap very soon. Both actresses fit one of the Globes’ favorite types of winners to a tee — starlets with breakthrough performances — but Taylor-Joy has the added benefit of headlining a bigger and more recent show.
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