Laurie Metcalf and Allison Janney are both one notch away from completing the Triple Crown of acting — that is, winning an Oscar, Emmy and Tony — but who might get there first? As a refresher, Metcalf has prevailed at both the Emmys and Tonys, while Janney is an Emmy favorite who just won her first Oscar. Give us your thoughts on this hot topic down in the comments section.
At last year’s Tony Awards, it looked like Metcalf and Janney would be going head-to-head for Best Lead Actress in a Play. Janney was starring in a revival of John Guare’s 1990 Tony-winning play, “Six Degrees of Separation” where she was taking on a role that was originated on stage by her “The West Wing” co-star, Stockard Channing. Channing received a Tony nomination for her performance in the original production as well as an Oscar nomination when she reprised it in the 1993 film adaptation. Metcalf was starring in Lucas Hnath’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” where she was also taking on a classic role, though it was actually in a sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play, “A Doll’s House.” Yet, Janney was somehow overlooked by the nominating committee while Metcalf went on to win the Tony, thus she only needed an Oscar to complete her Triple Crown in Acting.
At this year’s Academy Awards, Janney and Metcalf actually did go head-to-head for Best Supporting Actress as they were both competing there for the very first time. Metcalf looked like an early frontrunner with all the critics’ prizes she received for her performance in Greta Gerwig’s sole directorial debut, “Lady Bird”. Yet, Janney started to pick up some steam with wins at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, SAG and BAFTA Awards for her performance as LaVona Fay Golden in “I, Tonya”. In the end, Janney won the Oscar, so now she only needs a Tony to complete her Triple Crown in Acting.
While Laurie Metcalf has appeared in several films before such as “Desperately Seeking Susan” (1985), “Uncle Buck” (1989), “JFK” (1991), and “Leaving Las Vegas” (1995), she’s been more committed to theater and television in recent years. As she can currently be seen on Broadway in Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women”, she will also be seen back on the small screen at the end of the month, reprising her Emmy-winning role as Jackie Harris in the upcoming revival of “Roseanne.” Maybe her Oscar nominated turn in “Lady Bird” will lead her to more film roles.
Allison Janney, on the other hand, has been more committed to film and television in recent years (including her current Emmy-winning turn on “Mom”). To date, she’s appeared in four Broadway productions, two of them earned her Tony nominations (“A View From the Bridge”, 1998; “9 to 5: The Musical”, 2009), though no wins yet.