Golden Globes Predictions: Best Actress (Comedy or Musical) – Michelle Pfeiffer vs. Meryl Streep Race?

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UPDATED: October 29, 2020 (BEFORE SEASON)
Two seasoned actresses could be the top two for the comedy side of the house. If Meryl Streep gets a nomination for Ryan Murphy's "The Prom," it would mark her 30th nomination from the HFPA and expand her record as the most nominated person in Globes history. She also holds the record for most wins with seven. Streep might also share the spotlight with her co-star, Jo Ellen Pellman, in a stunning debut that could go the way of Nikki Blonsky's "Hairspray" nomination. Michelle Pfeiffer hopes to get her Oscar started on the right foot with her work on "French Exit," and she is loved by the group with six previous nominations and one 1989 win for "The Fabulous Baker Boys." So will Emily Blunt and Rashida Jones Be competitive in this race with a long way to go before February.
† = no release date planned / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be viewed or submitted in the Drama categories
Michelle Pfeiffer
"French Exit" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Meryl Streep
"The Prom" (Netflix)
Rashida Jones
"On the Rocks" (A24 / Apple TV Plus)
Emily Blunt
"Wild Mountain Thyme" (Bleecker Strasse)
Jo Ellen Pellman
"The Prom" (Netflix)
Radha Blank
"The Forty Years Version" (Netflix)
Phillippa Soo
"Hamilton" (Disney Plus)
Jennifer Lopez
"Marry Me" (Universal Pictures)
Cristin Miliotti
"Palm Springs" (Hulu / Neon)
Kristin Scott Thomas
"Military Women" (Bleecker Strasse)
Anya Taylor-Joy
"Emma." (Focus functions)
Anne Hathaway
"The Witches" (HBO Max)
Tracee Ellis-Ross
"The High Note" (focus functions)
Margot Robbie
"Birds of Prey" (Warner Bros.)
Geraldine Viswanathan
"The Broken Hearts Gallery" (published by Sony Pictures)
Camila Cabello, "Cinderella" (Sony Pictures)
Mackenzie Davis, "Happiest Season" (Hulu)
Judi Dench, "Blithe Spirit" (Sony Pictures Release)
Beanie Feldstein, "How to Build a Girl" (IFC Films)
Keira Knightley, "Misconduct" (20th Century Studios)
Sunita Mani, "Save yourselves!" (Bleecker Strasse)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, "Misconduct" (20th Century Studios)
Octavia Spencer, "The Witches" (HBO Max)
Kristen Stewart, "Happiest Season" (Hulu)
Geraldine Viswanathan, "The Broken Hearts Gallery" (Sony Pictures Publication)
Evan Rachel Wood, "Kajillionaire" (focus features)
† = no release date planned / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be used in major or minor categories / original or adapted script categories
The Golden Globes Awards, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, have been held annually since 1944 with 93 members. The group honors outstanding achievements in film and television in the areas of drama and comedy or music. Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" holds the record for the most awards a single film has won at seven. Milos Forman's “One Flow Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and Alan Parker's “Midnight Express” are each on the line of six. Robert Altman's "Nashville" has the record for the most nominations a film has received at 11, while Colin Higgins "Foul Play", Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather Part III" and Mike Nichols "Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Divide the record for receiving the most nominations and winning a single award by seven.
The upcoming 78th Golden Globe Awards will take place on Sunday, February 28th, with an extended entry period.
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