'The Favourite' stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz are battling in the same Golden Globes category — here's who should win

Fox SearchlightRachel Weisz gave an impressive performance in ‘The Favourite.’
  • Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz have both been nominated for Golden Globes for best supporting actress for their roles in “The Favourite”
  • I think Weisz’s role was more subtle and her performance was more impressive than Stone’s, even though Stone certainly deserves her nomination.
  • Overall, I feel Weisz deserves recognition for her role in “The Favourite,” especially since her previous impressive performances that went unrecognised.

The lavish and idiosyncratic period piece “The Favourite” racked up five nominations at the 2019 Golden Globes. Two of those were for best supporting actress and both Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone were nominated. More often than not this competition splits the vote, but sometimes one performer from the film still prevails.

Both of these women deserve nominations for their nuanced performances, but I think Rachel Weisz deserves the Golden Globe and here’s why.

I thought Rachel Weisz’s role was more subtle, making her nomination even more impressive

The favourite fox searchlightFox SearchlightRachel Weisz plays Sarah.

Rachel Weisz plays Sarah, Queen Anne’s closest friend and advisor. As the queen ages, Sarah becomes the true voice of the queen and the most powerful person in the country – maybe even the world. Sarah’s story is about struggling for power but also testing the limits of love. Her performance highlights how every interaction we make is transactional.

You see Sarah fighting to keep her status in every single joke, line, and gesture that Weisz acts. Her moments are not as large as Colman’s or Stone’s but she carries the thematic weight of the movie. Weisz keeps the viewer on their feet. We never know if Sarah is one step ahead or two steps behind. Often, she thinks it is one when it is the other.

Emma Stone’s Abigail goes from rags to riches to rags again as she tries to take Sarah’s place as the queen’s confidant. Her arc is more complex than it sounds, but it pales in comparison to the complexity of relationships and emotions we see through Sarah. Abigail is clever, manipulative, yet more honest about her intentions than anyone else in the court.

Both characters interlock in a battle of wits and allure to win Queen Anne’s favour and both are well-written, but Weisz’s role seems more subtle and difficult to pull off. And, as with every character in “The Favourite,” there is a deeper layer of emotional distress to both leading ladies, but Weisz communicates this better as Sarah than Stone does as Abigail.

Rachel Weisz is currently a bit of an awards’ season underdog, but she shouldn’t be

Rachel WeiszGetty/Jeff SpicerWeisz and Stone have both already won a Golden Globe.

This one has less to do with the performances themselves and more with what I feel the awards represent. I get the sense that Stone has the popular vote while Weisz is an underdog and because of that I think Stone could win the award for the wrong reasons.

Both actresses have one Golden Globe under their respective belts: Weisz won for best supporting actress for “The Constant Gardener” in 2006 and Stone won for best actress in “La La Land” in 2017, which she also won the Oscar for. In recent years, however, Stone has picked up additional Golden Globe nominations for “Birdman,” “Easy A,” “La La Land,” and “Battle of the Sexes.”

Emma Stone gives solid performances in all of these movies, but I feel like she has already been recognised for many of them. To give a Golden Globe, and especially an Academy Award should it come to that, is to honour a legacy. Unrecognised for “About A Boy,” “The Fountain,” or even this year’s great performance in “Disobedience,” Weisz deserves this Golden Globe as recompense for her past two decades of impressive acting.

“The Favourite” will certainly get its well-deserved time in the spotlight at the Golden Globes in 2019. But, when it comes to the best supporting actress award, I think there is no question that this award should be given to Rachel Weisz.

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