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Globes analysis: Actress — Comedy/Musical

Youth dominates nominees for top thesp prize

With two nominees under the age of 21, two others under 35 and the oldest giving birth just two days after the nominations were announced, the candidates for top performance by an actress in a musical or comedy form a youthful troupe.

The latter, Helena Bonham Carter, is also the only one to have received Golden Globes consideration in the past, with noms for TV projects “Live From Baghdad,” “Merlin” and “Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald” as well as the 1997 feature film “The Wings of the Dove.”

If Bonham Carter qualifies as both familiar and beloved by the HFPA, that won’t take the spotlight away from the new attractions. Forming a neat little ABC of talent, Amy Adams (“Enchanted”), Nikki Blonsky (“Hairspray”) and Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en rose”) won audiences over with tune-enhanced performances ranging from self-assured and engaging to bravura.

Even Ellen Page of “Juno,” the touching drama disguised by its hipster dialogue as an irreverent comedy, gets a precious moment of song in her film. Her work in building up to that moment provides all the justification for her precocious entry into a precocious group.

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