No one on the television side had a better January than Claire Foy on Netflix’s “The Crown.” Foy, who portrays the young Queen Elizabeth II at the beginning of her reign, has been on an awards roll picking up Best Drama Actress at both the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. You’d think that would make her the frontrunner at this year’s Emmy Awards, but not so fast! Surprisingly, since the SAG Awards first began handing out awards in 1995, only four women have won the Globe, SAG and Emmy in the same awards cycle on the drama side.
The only four ladies to accomplish the Globe/SAG/Emmy trifecta the same year for drama series are Gillian Anderson for “The X-Files” in 1997, Edie Falco for “The Sopranos” in 2003, Jessica Lange for “American Horror Story: Murder House” in 2012 (keep in mind that “AHS” currently competes in the Drama categories at SAG), and Claire Danes for “Homeland” in 2013.
While only four women have accomplished the clean sweep, many have come close. For Falco’s first at-bat for “The Sopranos” in 2000 she won both the Globe and SAG Award, but lost the Emmy to Sela Ward (“Once and Again”). Frances Conroy also seemed unbeatable after winning both precursors for “Six Feet Under” in 2004 but the show did not air new episodes and she was ineligible at the Emmys (Alison Janney would win the Emmy for “The West Wing”). Sandra Oh won the SAG Award for Best Drama Actress after winning the catch-all Best TV Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes in 2006, but lost the Emmy to Blythe Danner (“Huff”). Lastly, Juliana Margulies returned to television in “The Good Wife” in 2010 and took home the Golden Globe and SAG Award, but famously lost the Emmy to Kyra Sedgwick (‘The Closer”) on her fifth nomination.
Just getting into the Best Drama Actress category could be tough for Foy at the Emmys. Last year’s Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) and fellow nominees Danes, Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”) and Robin Wright (“House of Cards”) are all eligible to return. That means for Foy to get a chance to win the Golden Globe, SAG Award and Emmy she’s going to have to bump out one of last year’s nominees. But who? Vote in our poll below.
If Foy can get nominated things might be looking up for her as the Emmys have recently changed from a ranked voting system to a plurality vote. Helping her out even more is that two years ago the Emmys did away with panels who judged the sample episodes and now allow anyone who voted for nominations to select the winners. Should Foy be able to pull off the clean sweep she would be the first British Actress to do so and have bragging rights over Wright as the first Best Drama Actress winner from a Netflix drama.
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