Thandie Newton may not have been the most buzzed-about actress before the premiere of HBO's Westworld, but she has now become one of the standout performers on all of television.
Newton plays Maeve Millay in Westworld, a host (a.k.a. android) who gradually gains critical thought and tries to escape the Westworld amusement park. Newton's bold performance has been raved about through most of the show's recently-ended first season, and now, she is seeing major support in Hollywood.
The actress was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television on Monday. She was then nominated at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. Both nominations come after Newton won the Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series this past Sunday.
Newton now has the possibility of sweeping the major awards groups in the first season of her show - a very rare feat. Her competition at the Golden Globes is Olivia Colman from AMC's The Night Manager, Lena Headey from HBO's Game of Thrones, and Chrissy Metz and Mandy Moore from NBC's This Is Us. Golden Globe voters love to award new shows and while Metz and Moore are certainly on a hot new show, there's a potential for them to split the vote, leading to a Newton win.
Then for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Newton is up against Claire Foy from Netflix's The Crown, Millie Bobby Brown and Winona Ryder from Netflix's Stranger Things and Robin Wright from Netflix's House of Cards. The SAG voting body tends to award veteran actors over newbies, so Foy and Brown are probably out. Wright has yet to win a SAG Award for House of Cards, and Ryder wasn't necessarily the best thing about Stranger Things, so Newton could very well win there too.
Next up would be the Primetime Emmys. If Newton is submitted in Supporting Actress, she would be entering a barren field, with five of the last year's six nominees not eligible to return. Could Newton carry her buzz from late 2016 into an Emmy victory next September? It's certainly possible.
The Golden Globes will air live Sunday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC, while the SAG Awards will air live Sunday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on TNT and TBS.