Evan Rachel Wood just won one major award, and she’s in the running for another.
It started Sunday night with the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles – in which the Raleigh native won best actress in a drama series for her work on the HBO series “Westworld.”
Then came Monday morning’s announcement that Wood had also been nominated for a Golden Globe for the role. She’s up for best performance by an actress in a television drama series, alongside Winona Ryder and Keri Russell, among others.
Wood was traveling Monday and could not be reached. But her father, local thespian kingpin Ira David Wood III, was just as much the proud papa as you’d expect.
“I told her, ‘You may have to expand your mantlepiece this year,’” the elder Wood said. “This was not unexpected because I really, really had good feelings about it. I just think this is going to be her year.”
Evan Rachel Wood has been earning plaudits for her “Westworld” performance as theme-park robot Dolores Abernathy since the show debuted in October – and not just from critics. Earlier this month, Wood’s co-star Anthony Hopkins published a rave on Twitter, telling Wood, “you have brought (Dolores) to life. You are spectacular.”
Now 29 years old, Wood did her earliest onstage acting in productions at Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park. Her first leading film role was at age 9, with Kevin Bacon in 1998’s “Digging to China.” She earned her first Golden Globe nomination while still a teenager, for the 2003 film “Thirteen.”
Since then, Wood has been in movies including 2008’s Oscar-nominated “The Wrestler” opposite Mickey Rourke and the 2007 Beatles musical “Across the Universe.” But “Westworld” is shaping up as her breakthrough.
Along with giving thanks to her family and the show’s crew, Wood said in her Critics’ Choice acceptance speech that playing Dolores “gave me a strength I didn’t know I had.” It also gave her a golden opportunity to work opposite the Oscar-winning Hopkins.
“She called me the day she finished her first scene with Sir Anthony – who she gets to call Tony,” her father said. “‘Dad,’ she said, ‘he’s just on a whole other plane. When the director said “Cut,” I just had to take a walk on the backlot. It was such an honor.’”
The Golden Globes will be presented Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.