The Hollywood Foreign Press is shaking up the acting races this year. The organization that hosts the annual Golden Globe Awards announced this week that Natalie Portman, star of “Vox Lux,” will campaign in Lead Actress rather than Supporting. Gold Derby reported this story earlier this week.
Category changes at the Golden Globes are not unheard of, but they are fairly rare. Usually the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press consider nominees based on the category submissions from the studios. But there have been numerous questions for months about whether Portman should compete in the Supporting or Lead category. Neon, the distributor for the film, submitted her in the supporting race.
“Vox Lux” tells the story of Celeste, a girl who channels her grief after a teenage trauma into a thriving pop music career. Raffey Cassidy plays teenage Celeste in the first half of the film. After it transitions to her adulthood, Portman takes over the role and Cassidy then plays Celeste’s teenage daughter.
It is unclear what this category shift will do for Portman’s other awards campaigns. Regardless of the HFPA decision, SAG and Oscar can still nominate her in the Supporting Actress category.
Natalie Portman won an Academy Award for Best Actress with “Black Swan” in 2010. She was also nominated for “Jackie” in 2017, and for Supporting Actress with “Closer” in 2005. She also has four Golden Globe nominations, winning for both “Closer” and “Black Swan,” with additional nods for “Anywhere But Here” and “Jackie.”
The Golden Globe nominations will be announced on December 6.