Now that she’s got the Oscar in the bag for “I, Tonya,” Allison Janney is halfway to a rare double: winning an Oscar and an Emmy in the same year. The seven-time Emmy champ, who was back on the set of her sitcom “Mom” on Monday with her new friend in tow, would be the fourth person to accept the awards in a calendar year.
Liza Minnelli first accomplished it, winning the Best Actress Oscar for “Cabaret” and as a producer on Best Variety Special Emmy champ “Liza with a ‘Z’ in 1973. Twenty-five years later, Helen Hunt claimed Best Actress for “As Good as It Gets” at the Oscars and the third of her four straight Best Comedy Actress for “Mad About You.” Helen Mirren was the most recent to win the combo, taking the Best Actress Oscar for “The Queen” and Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actress for “Prime Suspect: The Final Act” in 2007. (George C. Scott also won both in 1971 for his performances in “Patton” and the TV film “The Price,” but he refused the Oscar.)
Matthew McConaughey and Viola Davis both fell short of the Oscar-Emmy double in recent years. They took home Oscars for “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013) and “Fences” (2016), respectively, but their Oscar afterglow wasn’t enough to help them cross the finish line at the Emmys for “True Detective” and “How to Get Away with Murder”; they lost to Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad”’s final season and Elisabeth Moss for “The Handmaid’s Tale”’s breakout first season.
After two wins in supporting for “Mom,” Janney, like she did with “The West Wing,” moved up to the lead comedy category last year, losing to Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”). The six-time defending champion, Louis-Dreyfus is sitting out this year due to her breast cancer treatment, so it’s open season for Janney and the rest of the contenders. In our early Emmy odds, Janney is in second behind Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice champ Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).
If Janney grabs her eighth Emmy this year, she will tie Louis-Dreyfus and Cloris Leachman as the Emmys’ most decorated performers. She would also have wins in five of the six actress categories for regular series, after prevailing twice each in drama supporting and drama lead for “The West Wing” and once in drama guest for “Masters of Sex.”
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