Golden Globes: Weighing the Odds of 6 Breakthrough Stars

9:26 AM 11/28/2018

by Scott Feinberg

'Crazy Rich Asians' star Constance Wu, 'BlacKkKlansman's' John David Washington and four others who have yet to see any love from the Hollywood Foreign Press could crack the Globes nominations this year.

Constance Wu in 'Crazy Rich Asians'; John David Washington in 'BlacKkKlansman'
Constance Wu in 'Crazy Rich Asians'; John David Washington in 'BlacKkKlansman'
Courtesy of Warner Bros.; David Lee/Focus Features

  • John Krasinski

    'A Quiet Place'

    Jonny Cournoyer/Paramount Pictures

    Though a popular actor on TV's The Office, and one who has been good in films, too, he has never received major awards recognition — but that could change now, as he both directed and stars in this acclaimed blockbuster, an elevated horror flick that follows a family trying to outrun monsters with ultrasensitive hearing.

  • Lucas Hedges

    'Ben Is Back' and/or 'Boy Erased'

    Courtesy of LD Ent./Roadside Attractions

    The 21-year-old went through awards season for Manchester by the Sea, picking up an Oscar nom but a Globe snub. This year, voters can pick between his lead turns as an addict (opposite Julia Roberts) in dad Peter's pic Ben Is Back (above) and as a gay conversion therapy patient in Joel Edgerton's Boy Erased.

  • John David Washington

    'BlacKkKlansman'

    David Lee/Focus Features

    Denzel's 34-year-old son has been on the scene for a while (on HBO's Ballers and scoring a Spirit nom Nov. 16 for indie Monsters and Men), but he never had a starring role in a major film until Spike Lee cast him as a detective who infiltrates the KKK, a part in which he shines — plus, the HFPA has a long history of celebrating actors' kids.

  • Yalitza Aparicio

    'Roma'

    Courtesy of Netflix

    The 24-year-old Mexican schoolteacher had never acted before Alfonso Cuaron chose her, at a casting call, to portray a character based on his childhood nanny in his Spanish-language film, which is ineligible for best picture at the Globes (only English-language films can compete) but can be nominated in other categories.

  • Kathryn Hahn

    'Private Life'

    Jojo Whilden/Netflix

    The character actress has been Emmy- and SAG Award- nominated for Amazon's Transparent (as well as a SAG nom for last year's indie Captain Fantastic), but the HFPA has never acknowledged her work. Could that change with her turn in Tamara Jenkins' New York-set dramedy as a woman struggling to conceive a child?

  • Constance Wu

    'Crazy Rich Asians'

    Courtesy of Warner Bros.

    A perennial Critics' Choice nominee for ABC's Fresh off the Boat, the 36-year-old Asian-American is contending for her first major film role, which comes in a groundbreaking rom-com (the film has earned north of $236 million to date) that could easily nab her a spot in the best actress (musical/comedy) race.

    This story first appeared in a November stand-alone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.