Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) lost the Best Supporting Actress Oscar to Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”), but could both walk away winners at the Emmys. Janney will be contending in Best Comedy Actress for “Mom,” while that loss could fuel Metcalf to an Emmy win for the “Roseanne” revival.
Metcalf enjoyed some of the best reviews of her career for her affecting, complex turn in “Lady Bird” and thoroughly dominated the critics awards the first half of the season. It was so beloved that many were still hoping for and predicting an Oscar upset until the very end despite Janney’s steamrolling precursor run. If any Emmy voter still feels like she was robbed, this could sort of double as a consolation prize.
While the original “Roseanne” didn’t do too hot overall with Emmy voters, Metcalf was an Emmy darling, three-peating in Best Comedy Supporting Actress for her performance as Jackie Harris from 1992 to ’94. A fourth win would tie her with category leaders Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”) and Doris Roberts (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), both of whom won their first three Emmys in a row before adding a fourth later.
Metcalf is currently ranked fourth in our early Emmy odds, trailing two-time reigning champ Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), two-time winner Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”) and Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).
Metcalf has also been on the Emmy radar in a big way recently. In 2016, she received three nominations for her lead performance on “Getting On,” and her guest spots on “The Big Bang Theory” and “Horace and Pete.”
The “Roseanne” revival premieres Tuesday, March 27 at 8/7c with a one-hour episode on ABC.
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