Was Sally Field the first actor to cross over from TV and win an Oscar?

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  • RobertPius
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    Who else has done it? (both before and since?) Helen Hunt was still on TV which is probably a really rare thing to have happen. (What about nominees who didn’t win also….)

     

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    Tyjet
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    I couldn’t tell you if she was the first, but I imagine loads have done it since. Don’t most actors start out on TV these days? Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence both started out on TV, so that’s at least another two to add to the list from this year alone 😛

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    Logan
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    Art Carney did it prior to Field (and I think there are probably more famous examples before him).

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    Morgan Henard
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    This would be a fun list to compile. Immediately Helen Hunt came to mind. 

    Even include those who were nominated and didn’t win:
    – Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People
    – Alan Alda, The Aviator 

    Random sidebar: Looking forward to the day when I can add Claire Danes to the list. Television has started her career (My So-Called Life), resurrected her career (Temple Grandin), and given her one of the best roles ever written for a woman on television (Homeland). But…Oscar awaits. 

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    Scottferguson
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    Goldie Hawn might have been the first mainly famous from TV actor to win.
    Cloris Leachman was on Mary Tyler Moore when she won, both before Art Carney. 

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    Scottferguson
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    Meryl Streep of course broke out with her role in Holocaust before getting significant film attention.

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    SaraR
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    George Clooney?

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    Halo_Insider
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    Hilary Swank was hired as a recurring character in Beverly Hills, 90210, was promised she would remain a cast member for 2 years, got fired after a few months because of middling reception to her character, cried about the rejection (thinking, “If I’m not good enough for 90210, I’m not good enough for anything”)… then won an Oscar for her part in Boys Don’t Cry.

    If anything, it was the firing that gave her time to audition for the part. 

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    Also there were Felicity Huffman and Melissa McCarthy, although they did not win. 

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I think a list that would be ALOT smaller is how many actors won or were nominated for an Oscar while they were starring on television series?

    Felicity Huffman was on Desperate Housewives when she was nominated for Transamerica.
    Melissa McCarthy was on Mike & Molly when she was nominated for Bridesmaids.
    Helen Hunt was on Mad About You when she won for As Good As It Gets.
    Cloris Leachman was on the Mary Tyler Moore Show when she won for The Last Picture Show.

    Those are the only four I can think of.

    It’s interesting that, to my best memory, only women have been nominated or won an Oscar while currently starring on a television series.

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    Baby Clyde
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    I think Red Buttons is probably the earliest.

    He had his own show on TV in the 50’s before he won his Oscar and was far better known to TV audiences than he was film ones.

    Eve Marie Saint also did lots iof TV before she appeared in On The Waterfront.

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    Scottferguson
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    I think a list that would be ALOT smaller is how many actors won or were nominated for an Oscar while they were starring on television series?

    Felicity Huffman was on Desperate Housewives when she was nominated for Transamerica.
    Melissa McCarthy was on Mike & Molly when she was nominated for Bridesmaids.
    Helen Hunt was on Mad About You when she won for As Good As It Gets.
    Cloris Leachman was on the Mary Tyler Moore Show when she won for The Last Picture Show.

    Those are the only four I can think of.

    It’s interesting that, to my best memory, only women have been nominated or won an Oscar while currently starring on a television series.

    Melissa Leo was on Treme when she won.

    With cable shows, likely many more cases in recent years (if one includes nominees who didn’t win).   

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    Logan
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    ^Yeah, and one could include Glenn Close (Damages).

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    simali
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    Mo’nique had her talk show when she won

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    babypook
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    Well, he hasnt won an acting Oscar but I’m giving props to Clint Eastwood, since no mention of him so far,, who has four Oscars since  his Rawhide days.

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