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UPDATED: Jan. 12, 2021

Incumbent TV drama actress winner Olivia Colman returns to defend her crown, and “The Crown” star could very well be the first back-to-back Globes victor in the category since “Homeland’s” Claire Danes did it in 2011 and 2012. Among last year’s other nominees, “The Morning Show” stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon aren’t eligible, nor is “Big Little Lies'” Nicole Kidman. (Kidman, however, is up for limited series actress, via “The Undoing.”) That leaves 2018 winner Sandra Oh and 2019 Emmy winner Jodie Comer, both of “Killing Eve,” looking to get in — but it’s a crowded field.

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Olivia Colman, “The Crown” Sophie Mutevelian


  1. Olivia Colman
    "The Crown" (Netflix)
    GLOBES HISTORY: 3 nominations, 3 wins (2017's "The Night Manager," 2019's "The Favourite," 2020's "The Crown")
    ROLE: Queen Elizabeth II

  2. Laura Linney
    "Ozark" (Netflix)
    : 6 nominations, 2 wins (2009's "John Adams," 2011's "The Big C")
    ROLE: Wendy Byrde

  3. Sarah Paulson
    "Ratched" (Netflix)
    GLOBES HISTORY: 3 nominations, 1 win (2017's "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"
    ROLE: Nurse Mildred Ratched

  4. Jodie Comer 
    "Killing Eve" (BBC America)
    GLOBES HISTORY: 1 nomination
    ROLE: Villanelle

  5. Jurnee Smollett
    "Lovecraft Country" (HBO)
    GLOBES HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Letitia Lewis

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Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander” Courtesy of Starz/Aimee Spinks


  1. Caitriona Balfe
    "Outlander" (Starz)
    GLOBES HISTORY: 4 nominations 
    ROLE: Claire Fraser

  2. Emma Corrin
    "The Crown" (Netflix)
    GLOBES HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Diana, Princess of Wales

  3. Phoebe Dynevor
    "Bridgerton" (Netflix)
    GLOBES HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Daphne Bridgerton

  4. Sandra Oh
    "Killing Eve" (BBC America)
    GLOBES HISTORY: 2 nominations, 2 wins (2005's "Grey's Anatomy" and 2019's "Killing Eve")
    ROLE: Eve Polastri

  5. Hilary Swank
    "Away" (Netflix)
    GLOBES HISTORY: 3 nominations, 2 wins (2000's "Boys Don't Cry" and 2005's "Million Dollar Baby")
    ROLE: Emma Green

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Sonequa Martin-Green, “Star Trek: Discovery” CBS


  • Christine Baranski, “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access)
  • Jennifer Connelly, “Snowpiercer” (TNT)
  • Claire Danes, “Homecoming” (Showtime)
  • Viola Davis, “How To Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
  • Natalie Dormer, “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” (Showtime)
  • Brandee Evans, “P-Valley” (Starz)
  • Janelle Monae, “Homecoming” (Amazon Prime Video)
  • Sonequa Martin-Green, “Star Trek: Discovery” (CBS All Access)
  • Mandy Moore, “This Is Us” (NBC)
  • Evan Rachel Wood, “Westworld” (HBO)

2021 Golden Globes Predictions (TV)

2020-2021 Golden Globes Awards Timeline

  • Deadline for submission of Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entry forms – Nov. 30, 2020
  • Deadline for Television nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young – Dec. 30, 2020
  • Deadline for receipt of Television nomination ballots by Ernst & Young at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT – Jan. 12, 2021
  • Deadline for Motion Picture nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT – Jan. 13, 2021
  • The final screening date for Motion Pictures – Jan. 26, 2021
  • The final date for Motion Picture press conferences – Jan. 27, 2021
  • Deadline for receipt of Motion Picture nomination ballots by Ernst & Young at 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT – Jan. 30, 2021
  • Nominations for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards announced at 8:00 a.m. ET / 5:00 a.m. PT – Feb. 3, 2021
  • Final ballots mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young – Feb. 23, 2021
  • 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live coast to coast at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on NBC from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California – Feb. 28, 2021

2021 Academy Awards Predictions

About the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes Awards, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is held annually with 93 members since 1944. The group recognizes excellence in film and television, across drama and comedy or musical categories. “Mad Men” and “The X-Files” hold the record for most wins as best drama, at three each, while “All in the Family” has won the most awards for best comedy/musical, with four wins. Carol Burnett has the record for most TV nominations, at 13 (she won five), while Alan Alda has the most TV wins, with 6 (out of 12 nominations).