Last year, Nicole Kidman beat her friend and “Big Little Lies” co-star and co-producer Reese Witherspoon for the Emmy. This year, she could defeat a pal again — but not just any ol’ buddy: her best friend Naomi Watts.
The Aussies are both in the running for Best Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actress; Kidman is currently in third place in our odds for “Top of the Lake: China Girl,” while Watts is just outside the lineup at seventh for “Twin Peaks: The Return.”
Since Watts’ breakthrough in 2001’s “Mulholland Drive,” the besties, who met on the 1991 film “Flirting,” have only been nominated against each other once for a major televised award: at the Critics’ Choice Awards for 2003’s “21 Grams” (Watts) and “Cold Mountain” (Kidman). They’ve had lots of close calls: 2001 was also the year of “Moulin Rouge!,” which earned Kidman her first Oscar nomination. Watts received her first Oscar nomination for “21 Grams,” but Kidman was snubbed for “Cold Mountain.” Kidman did make the Golden Globes cut that year, but Watts missed that lineup despite an expanded field of six nominees. Watts then made the SAG shortlist without Kidman. And while they were in different categories, the duo attended many events together during the 2012-13 season, when Watts got her second Best Actress Oscar nomination for “The Impossible” and Kidman was campaigning in supporting for “The Paperboy.”
They could’ve been on the “Big Little Lies” trail together last year — Watts told “The Guardian” last summer that she and Kidman had discussed doing the HBO series together. She did not reveal what part she would’ve played, but since Witherspoon had been involved with the project from the beginning with Kidman, we’re going to assume it was Renata, for which Laura Dern won the supporting Emmy. Oh, and who’s one of their biggest competition this year? Dern, for “Twin Peaks.”
This would also be the first Emmy nomination for Watts, who could’ve had one on her resume if “Mulholland Drive” had been picked up as a series as originally intended, but maybe it’s meant to be this way. One thing’s for sure: You can count on some adorable Instagrams if they both get in.
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