Best Actress TV Movie or Mini

Jan 19, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Judy Davis, Jessica Lange, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith and Meryl Streep: This year’s lineup for best actress in a TV movie or miniseries is pure platinum.
Every one of the actresses has a crowded shelf of awards, many of them Golden Globes. Judy Davis, who is up for her role as first lady Nancy Reagan in Showtime’s “The Reagans,” took home a Globe in the same category in 2002 for her portrayal of the title character in ABC’s “Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows.”
In HBO’s “Normal,” Jessica Lange plays the challenging role of the wife of a man who desires a sex change. Ms. Lange first won the Globe in 1977 for her role in the motion picture remake of “King Kong” and has scored multiple nominations since then, most recently in 1998 for the feature film “A Thousand Acres.” She last won a Globe in this category in 1996 for her role in the TV movie “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
Helen Mirren has the distinction of being up for two Golden Globes this year-one for her role in the theatrical film “Calendar Girls” and the other in this category for her role in Showtime’s “Tennessee Williams’ The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone.”
Two-time Oscar winner Maggie Smith received her first Golden Globe nomination in 1964 for her work in the movie “The V.I.P.s” and has since won twice, in 1987 for her supporting work in the film “A Room With a View,” and in 1979 for a leading role in the motion picture “California Suite.” Her role as English novelist Emily Delahunty in HBO’s “My House in Umbria” is a nuanced portrayal of a complex woman with a haunting past.
HBO’s “Angels in America” earned recognition in this category with the nomination of Meryl Streep, who has previously won four feature-film Golden Globes for her work in “Adaptation,” “Sophie’s Choice,” “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” and “Kramer vs. Kramer.” In “Angels,” Ms. Streep played three roles: a male rabbi, convicted Cold War spy Ethel Rosenberg and a Midwestern Mormon mother.