The Globes Pit Julia Roberts & Jennifer Lawrence Against Each Other, Which Is Why They'll Lose
America cooed collectively when America's Sweetheart of the '90s Julia Roberts complimented the new title holder Jennifer Lawrence by saying she's "too cool" to be America's Sweetheart. The notion of these two Hollywood darlings interacting or talking about each other was just too much adorable energy to bear. Enter the 2014 Golden Globes, which pits the two fantastic actresses against each other in the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture category and suddenly, we're greeted with a bit of a conundrum.
The Golden Globes have long been the awards ceremony that, for the most part, rewards actors whose stars shine the brightest — how else could they have rewarded Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp for their work in 2010's The Tourist? Lawrence is arguably the brightest of the five nominees in her category, which you know if you've ever used the internet, but Roberts has a big helping of clout. She's been an A-list actor since the early '90s and she continues to be among the untouchable set of top tier Hollywood stars — we're talking Jolie, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt-caliber folks.
With stars that garner such amorous responses from fans everywhere, do any of the other actresses in those categories stand a chance? Believe it or not, they might.
If the voters from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association vote like we think they will — for America's current and all-time Sweethearts — we won't likely see a victory for either Lawrence or Roberts. It's a matter of ratios.
Let's say a third of the voters automatically vote Sweetheart in this category; that'd be an overwhelming victory were there just one in the bunch. However, with two, it's possible the group that would usually jump for either Lawrence or Roberts instinctively will be split, allowing for another group of voters to sway the victory towards the third most-beloved actress. That could mean a "surprise" victory for one of the other ladies: June Squibb (Nebraska), Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave), or Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine).
With the exception of Hawkins, who won the Globe in 2009 for Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky, Roberts' and Lawrence's fellow nominees are not well-known actresses — also known as the Globes' favorite actresses to give awards. So, in a strange way, having two formidable presences such as Lawrence and Roberts in the same category might just make it more possible for another, less famous actress to emerge victorious.
Of course, there's always the chance the internet will best all logic and Jennifer Lawrence will win Best Supporting Actress, Best Dressed, Best Human, and every other award we can conceivably give her.