Three-quarters of Gold Derby readers believe “Feud” costars Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon should both campaign in the top race for Best Lead Actress in a TV Movie/Mini at the Emmys, according to poll results. That supports the stars’ and FX network’s current strategy even though it means that one or both actresses will therefore lose.
Or worse – the FX costars could end up suffering the same outcome that occurred at the Oscars to the film actresses who Lange and Sarandon portray in “Feud.” At the 1962 academy derby, when Joan Crawford (portrayed in “Feud” by Lange) and Bette Davis (Sarandon) competed for their roles in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”, Crawford got skunked – she wasn’t even nominated. Davis made the cut, but she lost to Anne Bancroft (“The Miracle Worker”), whose Oscar statuette was accepted by a grandstanding Crawford when Bancroft couldn’t attend the ceremony.
As noted by many posters in our forum discussion, the opposite could end up happening at the Emmys. Lange’s performance as Crawford is a bigger and more emotionally flashy role than Sarandon’s Davis. Indeed, Lange – a three-time past Emmy champ for “American Horror Story” and “Grey Gardens” – is not only guaranteed of an Emmy nomination, she’s heavily favored to win the category with 14-to-5 odds, according to Gold Derby’s official racetrack odds.
Sarandon (who’s never won an Emmy despite four nominations) certainly looks good for a nomination since she’s currently ranked second, but 24% of our poll respondents believe she should drop down to the supporting race. Competition in lead is fierce. “Big Little Lies” costars Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are likely nominees, too. Ditto, Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”) and Carrie Coon (“Fargo”). That doesn’t leave any room in the category for serious rivals Oprah Winfrey (“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”), recent Oscar and Emmy champ Viola Davis (“Custody”) and others. Could Sarandon – egads – end up out in the Emmy cold?
It’s curious to note that both Sarandon and Lange are Oscar winners, but Lange has the upper hand there, too. She’s triumphed twice (“Tootsie,” “Blue Sky”) compared to one win for Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”).
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