A Golden Globe snub, but her deadly talents will out
The announcement of this year’s Golden Globes nominations marks the arrival of awards season in earnest. Lady Gaga earned a best actress nod, though anyone who saw her in the video for Telephone (featuring Beyoncé), to give it its full and proper title, will know that her unrivalled delivery of lines like “Once you kill a cow, you gotta make a burger” meant this was inevitable.
It is looking like a promising few months for Queen Olivia Colman, too, whose ability to be both grotesque and heartbreaking in The Favourite surely makes her as much of a dead cert as it’s possible to be. But on the subject of the week’s big headline-making awards ceremony furore: yes, Jodie Comer was robbed.
Killing Eve picked up muchdeserved nominations for best television series – drama and for Sandra Oh, who will also host, as best actress in a television series – drama. (I love the ceremonies that combine film and TV, and divide comedy and drama, because the categories are so florid.) Comer, however, was inexplicably left out.
There are always snubs, obviously, and getting furious about what has been passed over is all part of the fun. On the film front, the shunning of Widows feels like a particularly egregious blind spot, and the fact that The Good Fight is nowhere to be seen is a crime. But what more did Comer have to do to get on the list? As Villanelle, she plays a Russian assassin who climbs up drainpipes and flips over a child’s ice cream while masquerading as any given different nationality of hired killer as and when the job calls for it.
She is deadpan funny and deadly serious. She is a character who is never quite what she seems, therefore as an actor, she is playing an actor so good at acting that it’s not supposed to be detectible. The only way
I can make that fathomable is to assume it’s like working behind the bar on New Year’s Eve, and is essentially a case for double time.
Also, she makes a psychopath sympathetic, so that despite all of her murderous tendencies, you end up rooting for her anyway. “How do you make people care about psychopaths is a question we asked early on. And the answer is, cast Jodie Comer,” said showrunner Phoebe Waller-Bridge in a 15-minute documentary about the making of the show.
Still, another season of Killing Eve is on its way, so there’s always next year. And if not, perhaps Villanelle can be sent round to do some subtle persuading.
Jodie Comer as the psychopathic Villanelle. Sid Gentle Films/Robert Viglasky