The 2016 Tony Awards, honoring the best in Broadway theater, were handed out on Sunday night, June 12. That was just a few hours before Emmy voters started casting their ballots for the season’s best television on June 13, so the event could be especially advantageous for several Tony champ also in the running for TV’s top honor.
Frank Langella won Best Actor in a Play for “The Father.” It was his fourth Tony spanning 41 years — his victory was Best Featured Actor in a Play for “Seascape” (1975). But he has yet to win an Emmy. His only previous nomination was in 1983 for Best Individual Achievement in Informational Programming for “I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind.” This year he has a couple of chances to finally break through with the TV academy: he has standout supporting roles in both FX’s drama series “The Americans” and HBO’s docudrama “All the Way.”
Jessica Lange won Best Actress in a Play for playing the iconic role of Mary Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey into Night.” But she’s no stranger to the Emmys. She’s already a three-time winner, having prevailed as Best Movie/Mini Actress for “Grey Gardens” (2009) and then winning twice more for “American Horror Story” — Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for “Murder House” (2012) and Best Movie/Mini Actress for “Coven” (2014). This year she could contend for her supporting role in Louis C.K.‘s online drama series “Horace and Pete.”
Reed Birney won Best Featured Actor in a Play for “The Human,” and though he’s not a household name, you don’t always need to be to break through at the Emmys. He’s a contender for Best Drama Guest Actor for “House of Cards.” The Netflix political drama won that prize just last year for another veteran character actor, Reg E. Cathey.
James Corden technically didn’t win a Tony on Sunday night, but his stellar performance as Tonys host could give him a big Emmys advantage too. Past emcees have won Emmys for hosting the Tonys, including Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris and Sean Hayes, but even though Corden won’t be eligible for this hosting gig until 2017, he’s on the Emmy ballot this year for both “The Late Late Show” (Variety Talk Series) and “Carpool Karaoke” (Variety Special).
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