That sound you hear is hundreds of awards prognosticators feverishly updating their Emmy predictions, as HBO has exclusively revealed to Gold Derby that “Big Little Lies” star Shailene Woodley will compete in the Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress race — not in the lead category. If she’s nominated for playing new neighbor Jane Chapman, Woodley will now be given the option to choose one episode to submit to Emmy judges for awards consideration, whereas lead nominees must submit the entire production. That could prove beneficial to the young actress, as she has several stand-out hours from the program’s seven episodes. Vote for Woodley’s best potential Emmy submission in our poll below.
When we posted HBO’s category placements of the key Emmy contenders last week, Woodley’s decision was still being finalized. By campaigning for supporting, that takes Woodley out of the logjam of lead actresses, which includes Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon from her own show. There’s also Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon from “Feud: Bette and Joan,” Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”), Carrie Coon (“Fargo”), Viola Davis (“Custody”) and Oprah Winfrey (“Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”), just to name some. In fact, the eventual list of snubbed stars in the lead actress race could easily make up their own category any other year.
Woodley’s new competition in the Movie/Mini Supporting Actress category includes fellow “Big Little Lies” stars Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz, two-time reigning champ Regina King (“American Crime”), Michelle Pfeiffer (“The Wizard of Lies”), Judy Davis, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jackie Hoffman (“Feud: Bette and Joan”), and Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson and Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Roanoke”), with many others nipping at their heels.
HBO also confirmed to Gold Derby that four supporting men will be submitted on the Emmy ballot for “Big Little Lies”: Jeffrey Nordling, Adam Scott, Alexander Skarsgard and James Tupper. After voting in our poll with your choice about which episode of “Big Little Lies” Woodley should submit to Emmy judges, be sure to sound off in the comments section below.
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