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

Clayton Davis
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UPDATED: Oct. 29, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

Two veteran actresses could be the two frontrunners for the comedy side of the house. If Meryl Streep manages a nomination for Ryan Murphy’s “The Prom,” it would mark her 30th nomination from the HFPA, extending her record as the most nominated person in Globes history. She also holds the record for the most wins with seven. Streep could also share the spotlight with her co-star Jo Ellen Pellman, in a stunning debut that could go the way of Nikki Blonsky’s nomination for “Hairspray.” Michelle Pfeiffer hopes to begin her Oscar run on the right foot with her work in “French Exit” and she’s beloved by the group with six prior nominations and one win for “The Fabulous Baker Boys” in 1989. Emily Blunt and Rashida Jones will also be competitive in this race, with a long way to go until February.

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be deemed or submitted in the drama categories


  1. Michelle Pfeiffer
    "French Exit" (Sony Pictures Classics)

  2. Meryl Streep
    "The Prom" (Netflix)

  3. Rashida Jones
    "On the Rocks" (A24/Apple TV Plus)

  4. Emily Blunt
    "Wild Mountain Thyme" (Bleecker Street)

  5. Jo Ellen Pellman
    "The Prom" (Netflix)


  1. Radha Blank
    "The Forty-Year-Old Version" (Netflix)

  2. Phillippa Soo
    "Hamilton" (Disney Plus)

  3. Jennifer Lopez
    "Marry Me" (Universal Pictures)

  4. Cristin Miliotti
    "Palm Springs" (Hulu/Neon)

  5. Kristin Scott Thomas
    "Military Wives" (Bleecker Street)

  6. Anya Taylor-Joy
    "Emma." (Focus Features)

  7. Anne Hathaway
    "The Witches" (HBO Max)

  8. Tracee Ellis-Ross
    "The High Note" (Focus Features)

  9. Margot Robbie
    "Birds of Prey" (Warner Bros.)

  10. Geraldine Viswanathan
    "The Broken Hearts Gallery" (Sony Pictures Releasing)


  • Camila Cabello, “Cinderella” (Sony Pictures)

  • Mackenzie Davis, “Happiest Season” (Hulu)

  • Judi Dench, “Blithe Spirit” (IFC Films)

  • Beanie Feldstein, “How to Build a Girl” (IFC Films)

  • Keira Knightley, “Misbehaviour” (20th Century Studios)

  • Sunita Mani, “Save Yourselves!” (Bleecker Street)

  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Misbehaviour” (20th Century Studios)

  • Octavia Spencer, “The Witches” (HBO Max)

  • Kristen Stewart, “Happiest Season” (Hulu)

  • Geraldine Viswanathan, “The Broken Hearts Gallery” (Sony Pictures Releasing)

  • Evan Rachel Wood, “Kajillionaire” (Focus Features)

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories

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. Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” holds the record for the most awards won by a single film with seven. Milos Forman’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and Alan Parker’s “Midnight Express” is next in line with six each. Robert Altman’s “Nashville” has the record for most nominations received by a film with 11 while Colin Higgins’ “Foul Play,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part III” and Mike Nichols’ “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” share the record for receiving the most nominations and not winning a single award at seven.

The upcoming 78th Golden Globe Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 28, with an extended eligibility deadline.

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