This Year’s Golden Globes Show That the Most Compelling Roles in Hollywood Belonged To Women

For the past 75 years, the Golden Globes has been perched atop the calendar as the first awards ceremony of the year. It’s also the most fun. The accolades are distributed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the event includes a fancy catered dinner and a limitless river of champagne from Moët & Chandon. And even though the night’s laurels are said to foreshadow the big winners at the Oscars in February, the stars in attendance at the Golden Globes don’t seem to be stressing wins or losses. It’s more about celebrating their peers and having a fun night out (albeit while cameras are rolling).

It’s anyone’s guess as to who will take home a glittering statue Sunday night, but we’ve certainly got our favorites. This year, the most compelling roles in Hollywood belonged to women, particularly veteran actresses who have been at their craft for two decades or more. In the Best Actress in a Limited Series (or TV Movie) category, the field is particularly crowded. Laura Dern (“The Tale”), Connie Britton (“Dirty John”) and Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora”) each turned in the performance of their career. There is no bad choice in this category, but we suspect this one will go to Regina King for her wrenching turn as a grieving mother in “Seven Seconds,” or Amy Adams for her embodiment of an edgy journalist in “Sharp Objects.”

For the Best Actress in a Series, Golden Globes host Sandra Oh (nominated for her beguiling role as a British spy in “Killing Eve”) is up against Julia Roberts for “Homecoming” and Keri Russell for “The Americans.” Irish actress Catriona Balfe is also in the mix for her solid interpretation of Claire Fraser in “Outlander.” But does anyone expect this statue to go to anyone but Elisabeth Moss for her work in the most talked-about series of the year, “The Handmaid’s Tale?”

Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel cleaned up at the Emmys last year, and we expect nothing different this awards season. The show is up for Best Television Series (Musical of Comedy), and Rachel Brosnahan has been nominated for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy), and her manager and sidekick (in the show), Alex Borstein is on the slate for Best Supporting Actress (Limited Series).

It’s been fun seeing familiar faces back in their iconic roles from the past: Debra Messing (Will & Grace) and Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) are both up for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy). And it’s just as fun seeing new faces in old roles that were made iconic by others (we’re talking about you, Best Actress (Drama) nominee, Lady Gaga (A Star is Born).

We’re impressed that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honored a diverse selection of films (“Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” were all nominated for Best Motion Picture (Drama) but unfortunately, the films’ casts aren’t well represented in the acting categories.

In 2018, female actresses–amidst the upheaval of the #metoo movement–portrayed women who are strong, intelligent, powerful, complex and inspiring. As glass ceilings shattering everywhere, dispelling the malaise of Old Hollywood, we can’t wait to see what 2019 brings.

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