“I’m always hoping for a little relief for Carrie,” Claire Danes tells Ellen DeGeneres about her popular “Homeland” character (watch below). On “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week, Danes agreed, “There’s a lot of crying. There’s a lot of reason to cry. I just would like her to play Monopoly with [daughter] Frannie. One game of Monopoly — benign, easy-going, chill. That’s always my little wish for her is some domestic bliss. I think she earned that.”
Danes is a two-time winner in the Best Drama Actress category at the Emmys, and she’s back in contention again for Showtime’s spy series. She’s currently in sixth place to win with 11/2 odds to win, based on Gold Derby’s racetrack odds that combine the predictions of our website Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who did the best at predicting last year’s noms, the All-Star Users who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ nominations, and everyday Users like you.
A third victory in this race for the same character would vault Danes into the company of Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”), Michael Learned (“The Waltons”), Barbara Bain (“Mission: Impossible”) and Kathy Baker (“Picket Fences”), all second to Tyne Daly who won four times for “Cagney & Lacey.”
For the first time this year, Showtime moved “Homeland” out of its fall lineup and into the more Emmy-friendly climate of January to April. While the show has been an awards mainstay since it premiered in 2011, the accolades have dipped in recent years. However, with “Game of Thrones” and “Downton Abbey” both ineligible this year, it looks to be a safe bet to return to the Best Drama Series race.
Other than her back-to-back acting trophies for “Homeland,” for which she’s also a producer, Danes won an Emmy Award as Best Movie/Mini Actress for HBO’s “Temple Grandin” (2010) and earned a nomination as Best Drama Actress for ABC’s cult hit “My So-Called Life” (1994).
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