When you tune in the Golden Globe Awards, Mr. and Ms. Kentucky, your rooting interests are Louisville’s Jennifer Lawrence for best actress in a musical or comedy for Joy and Lexington’s Michael Shannon for best supporting actor in 99 Homes.
Well, that’s what we say. Every since the nominations for Sunday’s soiree came out JLaw herself has been redirecting attention to her new best friend Amy Schumer, also a nominee for her leading lady debut, Trainwreck, which she also wrote.
“Her performance was the year. She was the year,” Lawrence said on a late December Late Night With Seth Meyers. “She drew the map, she wrote it out, she put herself on it, and then she showed us the map. … That’s who I would vote for.”
Schumer was a bit less magnanimous telling Entertainment Weekly, “As soon as I saw that we were both nominated, I took her right out of my phone because our friendship is obviously over.”
Schumer is actually one of the few consensus picks, if you surf around various Golden Globes predictions. Some give Lawrence an outside shot, but the consensus is that Joy was not the perennial nominee’s best work.
A Shannon win would be a total shock. Most chatter in this category goes to Paul Dano for his performance as Beach Boy Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy and Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies. The sentimental pick is Sylvester Stallone for reprising his iconic role as Rocky Balboa in Creed. In 99 Homes, Shannon plays a ruthless Florida real estate operator in charge of evictions during the housing crisis late in the last decade. Both it and Beasts of No Nation featuring Idris Elba’s nominated performance, were critically acclaimed, but no one is picking them to win.
Both actors’ next shots at nominations will be Thursday morning, when Academy Award nominations are announced. Shannon would seem to be a fairly good bet for his second Oscar nomination after 2008’s Revolutionary Road. His 99 Homes performance also earned him a Screen Actors Guild Awrds nomination. Lawrence — a 2012 Globe, SAG and Oscar winner for Silver Linings Playbook — was not nominated for a SAG Award, but Kentuckian Johnny Depp, not on the Globes’ short list, was for best actor for his performance as organized crime boss Whitey Bulger in Black Mass.
The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards are at 8 p.m. Sunday on NBC.