×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Co-Stars Compete in Lead Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series Category

In the fifth episode of the FX limited series “Feud,” aptly titled “And the Winner Is … (The Oscars of 1963),” bitter rivals Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) go head-to-head at the Oscars. Never mind that Crawford wasn’t even nominated: She manages to steal the night by offering to accept the golden statue on behalf of the other lead actress nominees.

And now Lange and Sarandon find themselves nominated against each other in probably the most competitive category of the year: lead actress in a limited series or TV movie. But don’t draw any parallels to the actresses they played on screen; Lange assures us there are no real-life similarities. “I was so happy the day I saw the nominations and realized the six main actors in the piece were all nominated,” Lange says, referring not only to her and Sarandon, but also their supporting cast of Judy Davis, Jackie Hoffman, Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci. Lange spoke to Variety shortly after noms were announced. “It’s absolutely great and says a lot about the quality of writing and the actors that were attracted to it and the work that was done. I thought it was fabulous.”

In particular, she relished being with Sarandon, whom she had known over the years but never worked with. “It was a great experience,” she says. “We kind of approach things in a similar way. There was just an ease. We both kind of fell into these characters and these roles. It was just a joy to come to work every day.”

Previously, Lange disproved the idea that actors in the same show will split a vote when she won Emmys over co-stars in 2009 for “Grey Gardens” and 2012 and 2014 for “American Horror Story.” But that was when voters used a preferential ballot; as of last year, the ballot has changed so voters just pick one person to vote for, instead of ranking them.

But this particular category is a tough call; consider the actresses who weren’t nominated, including Bryce Dallas Howard and Oprah Winfrey. Instead, four Oscar winners are nominated — Lange, Sarandon, and “Big Little Lies” stars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. They’re facing off against previous Emmy winner Felicity Huffman, who won lead actress in a comedy in 2005 competing against her “Desperate Housewives” co-stars Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross. Rounding out the category is first-time nominee Carrie Coon for her work in FX’s “Fargo.”

Coon is thrilled to be included in the lineup and knows she’s up against some heavyweights. “I keep joking I’m just going to buy some silk pajamas and watch the Emmys in my bed because … come on!” she says with a laugh. “But I’m just happy to be considered and I’m just happy to have gotten the job.”

Coon has been building an impressive resume for a few years now, since her Tony nomination for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” She followed that with a breakthrough role in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and a powerful performance on the HBO series “The Leftovers.”

Then came “Fargo” and Coon admits she’s still in shock. “These roles are all such incredible honors,” she says. “As actors, we just want to make a living. I just happened to be totally spoiled.”

The quality of performances have a lot to do with the roles being offered. As Nicole Kidman said in a Variety interview, “It’s also awesome that now there are more opportunities. A decade ago, there wasn’t enough work, right? Because it was just very much film, and then you would go to television as another resort. But now, it’s all mixed in together, and you have exquisite performances and storytelling in many different mediums. I love that.”

Agrees Lange: “This is where the quality work is being done. It’s astonishing.”
And whatever happens come the big night, Coon says it’s truly exciting to find herself amongst this list of “heavy hitters.” She adds, “I’ve met Jessica Lange and the other ladies I hope to meet on Emmy night. It’s pretty unbelievably to be among them, frankly. It hasn’t really sunk in. They’re incredible. Not just as actors, but as people.”

More TV

  • Wendy Williams Sober Living House

    Wendy Williams Reveals She's Been Staying in a Sober-Living House

    Wendy Williams, during an emotional monologue on her talk show on Tuesday, revealed through tears that she has been staying at a sober-living house. “So you know me for being a very open and truthful person,” she began the segment on “The Wendy Williams Show,” fighting through tears. “And I’ve got more to the story [...]

  • Hong Kong Industry Executives Seek Clarity

    FilMart: Hong Kong Industry Executives Plead for Clarity on Mainland Chinese Tax Policies

    At a time of heightened scrutiny of tax affairs in China’s entertainment sector, even industry veterans in Hong Kong are struggling to figure out how to operate in the new financial environment and pleading for more clarity from the Chinese government. Hong Kong produces about 60 films a year, three-quarters of which are typically co-productions [...]

  • Michael Jackson R Kelly

    'Leaving Neverland,' 'Surviving R. Kelly' Composers on How They Scored Sexual Abuse Docs

    How do you put music to child sexual abuse — especially if the accused predators are musical icons? That’s the challenge composers Chad Hobson and Nathan Matthew David faced as they scored HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” and Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly,” respectively. The documentaries are built around interviews with the alleged victims of Michael Jackson (two [...]

  • Canadian Animation Shop Guru Studio Makes

    Canadian Animation Shop Guru Studio Makes Moves in China

    Guru Studio, an award-winning Canadian animation studio, is exploring the possibility of opening an office in Hong Kong or mainland China. The Toronto-based company is keen to get a slice of China’s animation market, which has been growing quickly. Related Nicole Kidman on Working With Meryl Streep on 'Big Little Lies': 'She Is the Queen' [...]

  • Viacom HQ LA

    Viacom Goes to War With AT&T Over DirecTV Carriage Deal

    Viacom has declared war against AT&T, blasting the telco giant on several fronts as the companies wrestle over a carriage renewal deal that is vital to Viacom’s long-term financial health. As of today, Viacom has begun running crawls and promo spots on its channels warning viewers that Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV and other channels [...]

  • Maureen FitzPatrick Rob Silverstein

    Rob Silverstein Out as 'Access Hollywood' Executive Producer After 20 Years

    Rob Silverstein, exec producer of NBC’s entertainment newsmagazine “Access Hollywood” and its spinoffs, is leaving the syndication franchise after 20 years at the helm. He’ll be replaced by “Hot Bench” alumnus Maureen FitzPatrick. Silverstein’s departure was announced Tuesday morning at a staff meeting for “Access” producers. Silverstein was also exec producer of the hourlong talk [...]

  • '9-1-1' Billboard Vandalized With Anti-Beto O'Rourke

    '9-1-1' Billboard Vandalized With Anti-Beto O'Rourke Message

    A billboard for the Fox procedural “9-1-1” on Pico Blvd., adjacent to the studio lot, has been vandalized with an anti-Beto O’Rourke message, Variety has learned. The imagery was put up by a politically conservative man who goes by ‘Sabo.’ The promotional art for the series featured on the billboard shows a car wreck sticking out [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content