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  • Rich Landry
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    Now a days, actors in film move to television on a regular basis but those actors primarily known for their television work don’t seem to make the leap very often. Sometimes when they do they score Oscar nominations and for some a bigger career in movies. Some examples that come to my mind are:

    Mary Tyler Moore
    James Garner
    Felicity Huffman
    George Clooney 
    Steve Carell
    Woody Harrelson
    Melissa McCarthy 
     
    My question is who would you like to see from television make the leap to film and score an Oscar nomination?

    I would love to see the following get that chance:

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus 
    Gillian Anderson
    Lisa Kudrow
    Michael C. Hall
    Ty Burrell
    Aaron Paul 

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    Milk Money
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    Don’t forget Goldie Hawn and Helen Hunt.

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    24Emmy
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    ^ and Sally Field

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    KyleBailey
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    Kristen Wiig is on her way to do it for sure. One of these days the Academy will welcome her for her versatile performances in all genres. Allison Janney as well. Crazy she hasn’t been recognized yet. 

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    Riley
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    Kristen Wiig is an Oscar nominee for writing.

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    KyleBailey
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    Yeah I know but I mean for an acting nomination 

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    Nashmic
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    Claire Danes have it all on TV awards (Emmy,Globes,SAG) I would like her to have an Oscar too. 

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    Tom
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    I agree with the above mention of Allison Janney. She has had some great film roles (The Help, Juno, The Hours, American Beauty) but I feel that she has always been overshadowed as her role isn’t the biggest showcase. Given a larger role where she can outshine her co-stars she will get in for sure and I hope that it’s soon.

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    Anonymous
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    Allison Janney will one day get the role of a lifetime. She will come down and ravage any one who tries to come in her way!!!!!! Then she will probably not win an Emmy for a while because people will realize “Oh she wins a lot”

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    OnTheAisle
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    Here are some other TV stars who parlayed their careers into Oscar nominations

    Jackie Gleason was already a TV legend for The Honeymooners before his sole Oscar nomination in 1961 for The Hustler.

    Ryan O’Neal had just completed five years on the TV series Peyton Place when he was nominated in 1970 for Love Story.

    All time Emmy champ Cloris Leachman was a regular on The Mary Tyler Moore Show when she won the 1971 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Last Picture Show.

    Diahann Carroll followed her landmark TV series Julia with a 1974 Best Actress nomination for Claudine.

    John Travolta was a TV sensation in Welcome Back, Kotter and the TV movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble just before his first Best Actor nomination for Saturday Night Fever in 1977.

    Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita played Arnold for many years on the popular sit com Happy Days before his 1984 Best Supporting Actor nomination for The Karate Kid.

    Prior to his movie stardom and an Oscar win for Wall Street, Michael Douglas was the sidekick to Oscar winner Karl Malden on the hit TV cop drama The Streets of San Francisco.

    First achieving success on television as the space alien Mork on Mork & Mindy, the late Robin Williams earned mutliple Oscar nominations in his career.

    Two time Oscar winner Denzel Washington first won acclaim on his lengthy run on the TV drama St. Elsewhere.

    Another two time Oscar winner Tom Hanks began his career as a TV star. He played Kip and Buffy Wilson on Bosom Buddies.

    Martin Landau starred in a few TV series, most notably for his mutliple Emmy nominated work in Mission: Impossible, before earning two Oscar nominations and a 1994 Best Supporting Actor win for Ed Wood.

    In 1976, Nick Nolte created a stir in the TV miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man which catapulted him to movie stardom and subsequently three Oscar nominations.

    Johnny Depp moved from his success as the star of TV series 21 Jump Street to the movies and two Best Actor nominations.

    Prior to winning the Oscar for Ray, Jamie Foxx spent many years as a TV star on In Living Color and subsequently The Jamie Foxx Show.

     

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