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Olivia Colman Odds-On Favorite to Win Golden Globe for Best Actress Musical/Comedy

Olivia Colman in The Favourite
Olivia Colman has earned rave reviews for her work in The Favourite. Photo by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
  • The 76th Golden Globe Awards are scheduled for Sunday, January 6th
  • Olivia Colman is currently favored to win Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy
  • Who else is in the running for the award?

With all of the nominations for the 2019 Golden Globes recently released as well as the betting odds for each category, it should come as no surprise that Olivia Colman of The Favourite fame is the current odds-on favorite to win.

The Favourite hasn’t been out in theaters nationwide for long, but already it’s been nominated for a slew of awards. Colman, who played Anne (the Queen of Great Britain) in the film, was praised in particular for her performance and her ability to turn a period piece into something all audiences could enjoy.

Colman is trailed by a number of equally talented actresses who have an outside chance to take home the award as well, according to MyBookie.

Who Will Win Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy at the 2019 Golden Globes?

Series Odds to Win Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy at the 2019 Golden Globes at MyBookie
Olivia Colman (The Favourite) -160
Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns) +180
Charlize Theron (Tully) +1100
Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) +1100
Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade) +1300

Colman was far from the only actress this year to generate buzz with a phenomenal performance on the silver screen. Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in the soon-to-be-released Mary Poppins Returns spectacular is sure to get fans of the original talking as well.

It’s tough to take a character that has been beloved by many for so long and make it your own while also staying true to the roots of the role. Blunt managed to do just that in the film, and with the movie opening nationwide this week, it is projected to do extremely well in the box office.

She and Colman are deservedly at the top of the odds sheet, and quite honestly, once Mary Poppins Returns is seen by more people, she might (and arguably should) take over in the betting odds as the winner of Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy come the 2019 Golden Globes.

Much farther down the list at +1100 is Charlize Theron from Tully, Constance Wu from Crazy Rich Asians, and Elsie Fisher from Eighth Grade. All three films were well-received by critics and each of the actresses did a commendable job with their respective roles, but none of them are anywhere near as strong of candidates as Colman and Blunt.

Let’s look at how this year’s nominees measure up to past winners of the coveted award at the Golden Globes.

Past Winners of Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy at the Golden Globes

Year Winner
2013 Amy Adams (American Hustle)
2014 Amy Adams (Big Eyes)
2015 Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)
2016 Emma Stone (La La Land)
2017 Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird)

A two-time winner of Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy at the Golden Globes, Amy Adams has had an incredible past few years with her roles in several stellar films, including American Hustle (2013) and Big Eyes (2014).

She was followed by Jennifer Lawrence in 2015 for the part she played in Joy, a biographical comedy-drama focusing on the story of a self-made millionaire who was responsible for building her own business empire. Emma Stone was also applauded and recognized for her performance in La La Land, while young – albeit accomplished – actress Saoirse Ronan surprised many with her starring role in Lady Bird.

Time will tell as to who will ultimately be named the Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy at the 2019 Golden Globes, though it could be a very close call.

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Since 2010, Graham Mirmina has served as a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and contributes work to WhatCulture and Daily DDT. An Endicott College alumnus, Graham has been with SBD since 2018 and is currently pursuing his master's in Digital Journalism.