'Outlander': Caitriona Balfe's 4th Golden Globe nomination in a row may lead to her first win
Ever since the Irish actress took on the role of a time-traveling healer, we have been charmed by the character of Claire Fraser - a wise, fierce, nurturing and upfront character
Four time's a charm. Starz's 'Outlander' season 4 has come out stronger than ever and Caitriona Balfe has been nominated for the Best Actress - Television Series Drama award for the fourth year in a row. The Irish actress, who started out as a model opening and closing shows for brands like Chanel, Moschino, Givenchy, Dolce and Gabbana, and Louis Vuitton, ventured into acting with a minor role in the 2006 hit film 'The Devil Wears Prada.'
Years down the line, the 39-year-old actress secured the kind of stardom that blinds anyone who follows Balfe's time-traveling show 'Outlander,' primarily because the character she plays, of a mid-20th-century nurse who travels back in time to the war-torn mid-18th-century Scottish Highlands, is anything but emotionally stirring, making Claire Fraser almost synonymous with the actress herself.
While many may argue recognition for one show is confining, then meet Balfe all over again who does not fall short of persuading you she is the characters she brings to life on the screen, be it Claire Fraser or Diane Lester on 'Money Monster,' starring opposite George Clooney and Julia Roberts.
Ever since her breakout lead role in 2014 with 'Outlander,' her critical acclaim has only soared, with The New York Times calling Balfe "one of the most stunning actresses on television." Her back to back nominations ever since is a proof in itself; she's more than just a pretty face even though she featured in People Magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People in the World' list.
Fans have pointed out that when they read Diana Gabaldon's books, on which 'Outlander' is based, they picturized the heroine to look exactly the way Balfe does - a pale white complexion, so translucent her light eyes shine bright and her curly hair falls on her face when in action. In season 4 we saw Claire with silver streaks and as per the recent prediction by Adawehi, the Native American woman, Claire is bound to be wiser when all her hair turns silver.
As a mother of a 20-year-old something Brianna Fraser, who lives in the 20th century and is separated from her parents by a span of 200 years, the already nurturing and loving Claire has turned out to be a universal figure that a mother, daughter, wife and overall a woman can relate to. Thanks to Balfe and her strong presence in every episode of 'Outlander,' she has been able to color Claire Fraser in many hues.
When Balfe was nominated for the Golden Globes the first time, fans were convinced the blue-eyed Dublin-born actress had fair a chance of nabbing the award, but she lost the title to Taraji P. Henson (Empire) in 2016, Claire Foy (The Crown) in 2017 and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) in 2018.
This time, Balfe will be contending against Elisabeth Moss, Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Julia Roberts (Homecoming) and Keri Russell (The Americans). She may not yet have won the Golden Globes for best actress but she's bagged a fair number of wins for the same category in various other award ceremonies including Saturn Awards for Best Actress on Television in 2015.
Granted, this time the competition is as fierce as it has always been with strong leading ladies nominated for the title, but fans opine that Balfe has a fair chance of winning. The award show organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association may credit the Irish actress for her global appeal reaching a wider audience.
While that's just fans speculating, we cannot rule out what an amazing actress she is and has been, consistently. In 2016, Balfe's 'Faith' episode in season 2 was stirring and gut-wrenching, making fans immediately take to social media to applaud her brilliant performance. The highlight of it all has been her consistency as she's progressed and grown as the actress, we have all come to love and adore.
In the ongoing season, she has only heightened the feistiness of her character in the upcoming episode 6. The synopsis points out how she disconnects her identity as a doctor and a wife. "Jamie and Claire are surprised when Lord John Grey drops in on Fraser's Ridge with an unexpected traveling companion; when Grey takes ill, Claire must reconcile her personal feelings with her duties as a doctor." Just this one synopsis of an upcoming episode gives us a glimpse of what an astounding woman Claire Fraser is.
They are here ❤️💜💙 I’ve been inspired by Claire’s Love, Bravery and Strength and the Brave Strong Love of women everywhere this year. All profits go to @WChildCancer Get yours now https://t.co/mQHQxqgCmu #feelingthelove #spreadthelove pic.twitter.com/HoHbeBhpzx— Caitriona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe) November 19, 2018
Claire Fraser, as the independent, beautiful woman that she is, has Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Hueghan to be the Yin to her Yang. Their time-travel love story is the kind of heartwarming perfect love that makes you suddenly question why you can't time-travel and find love away from the Tinder world. The drama driven by the idea of fate and destiny is magical to viewers, just like Balfe's rendition of Claire.
We are no fortune tellers to predict the winner, but we believe four time's a charm for the actress born on October 4, 1979.
The Golden Globes airs January 6.