Friday, January 7, 2022

Golden Globe Winner Predictions: Best Actress in a TV Series – Comedy/Musical

The competition:
Hannah Einbinder (Hacks) plays comedy writer Ava Daniels in the first season of the HBO comedy. This is her first nomination, and it’s a welcome promotion from her supporting bid at the Emmys since she really is a co-lead with Jean Smart, who is also nominated, as is her show.

Elle Fanning (The Great) plays empress Catherine the Great in the second season of the Hulu period satire. This is her second consecutive nomination, making her the only returning nominee from last year. Her show is up for Best TV Series – Comedy/Musical, and costar Nicholas Hoult is also nominated.

Issa Rae (Insecure) plays entrepreneur Issa Dee in the fifth and final season of the HBO comedy. This marks a return to the category for her after previously being nominated for seasons one and two. Just as in both those cases, Rae is the lone representative from her show.

Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) plays Dr. Rainbow Johnson in in season seven of the ABC comedy. She was nominated exactly once before – five years ago – and won. Her costar Anthony Anderson is also nominated this year.

Jean Smart (Hacks) plays comedian Deborah Vance in the first season of the HBO comedy. Though she has eleven Emmy nominations and four wins, this is her first Globe nomination! She’s up against her costar Hannah Einbinder, and her show is also nominated for Best TV Series – Comedy/Musical.

Additional notes: The last time multiple women from one show were nominated was three years in a row for “Desperate Housewives,” which resulted in one win. Smart won the Emmy this past year but was only nominated against Ross (Einbinder competed in supporting and the other two weren’t eligible).
Who should win? This is a great list. I don’t watch Ross’ show regularly but I like what she does. I’m thrilled that Einbinder is here, and Rae is great too. Smart is terrific, but I’d vote for Fanning, who is absolutely spectacular.
Who will win? It seems all but assured that Smart wins this.

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