Oscars vs. Emmys: Would Cookie Lyon crush Julianne Moore head-to-head?

These days, the Oscars still get more attention and are still considered more prestigious than the Emmys, even though a lot of big-screen actors, writers and directors have fled to TV and online streaming where there are often more opportunities and more creative freedom.

With the line continuing to blur between film and TV content, I wondered who would really have the upper hand if Oscar winners went head-to-head against some of this year’s Emmy frontrunners.

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Would Julianne Moore (“Still Alice“) stand a chance against the fearsome Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji P. Henson in “Empire“? Would Eddie Redmayne‘s transformation in “The Theory of Everything” hold up against Jeffrey Tambor‘s transformation in “Transparent“? Could J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash“) stare down the equally formidable Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul“).

We asked our forum posters who they think would come out on top. CLICK HERE to join the discussion, and read some of their sample comments below:

JOHN: Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, J.K Simmons and Patricia Arquette would’ve beaten any actor in the [Emmys’] drama category.

MihaeleljkoCrnec: Oh please, Viola Davis or Taraji P. Henson would easily win against Julianne Moore. Their characters are more iconic, more noticed, they are memorable.

ValarMorghulis: Redmayne could win. I think if he had to go against Tambor, he’d lose.

thedemonhog: Something that I have wondered is how the Oscars would play out with the Emmy voters and system. Particularly in Best Actor the last two years, I think that it would have resulted in different winners, namely Benedict Cumberbatch and Leonardo DiCaprio because the Emmys love loud performances and do not care for illnesses so much.

Icky: Moore gave my favorite female performance in film last year. But I’d take [Frances McDormand] or [Maggie Gyllenhaal] over her.

Atypical: “Still Alice” was barely Emmy-worthy, so in telefilm, not being overdue there and having already won for “Game Change,” Julianne Moore would be stomped in an impossible field of Frances McDormand, Jessica Lange, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Queen Latifah.

DS0816: I think the motion pictures, in general, suck nowadays and that running the Oscars is easier than ever before.

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