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  • dude93
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    A few questions/ponderings:

    • Which actors have switched from one category to the other for the same show, and have won or at least been nominated in both categories (a few of the West Wing actors if I’m not mistaken, yes)?
    • Any actors who have switched from category to category (supporting to lead or vice versa) based on the size of their character’s role in the particular season of the show… and have won multiple times?
    • Actors who have switched strategically from one category to another with the aim of getting nominated and/or winning in another category (e.g. didn’t Kaley Cuoco switch from lead to supporting with the hope of being nominated this year – did she go lead for all the other seasons?)
    • Also why didn’t all of the Cheers cast submit for the same categories if the show boasted really a type of ensemble company? I mean, if Ted Danson, Shelley Long and Kirstie Alley went for lead, while others went supporting, why didn’t Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer go lead for at least the first couple of seasons of Friends? I think they would’ve had a shot at being nominated in those leading categories in the mid-90’s…
    • I know the category placement discussion with Modern Family is an age-old discussion at this stage, but without dragging up that conversation again, it’s interesting that, in watching Ed O’Neill’s interview online for the Archive of American Television, he states that he never thought much about a best supporting actor award, and that he feels it doesn’t make sense that all of the MF cast submit as supporting, as they’re not supporting anyone (usually a supporting actor supports their lead or their ‘starring’ actor, i.e. Seinfeld, Frasier, etc.)… I personally think it would’ve made equal sense for all of them to submit as leads and perhaps for the children to submit for supporting… They are all leads on the show as opposed to all supporting actors (leads still support each other too). I mean why didn’t all of the Desperate Housewives ladies submit as supporting actresses as opposed to leads if their roles were all considered the same sizes (as evidenced by all of the lead actress nominations in 2005)?

    I realize I rambled a bit, but this is all so interesting to me, if anyone has any thoughts, I’d like to hear! 

     

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    Icky
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    I can see why some wish Aniston and Schwimmer had gone lead in the first few seasons, but the comparison to Cheers is off. Sam and Diane were dominant from the beginning with the supporting players got a couple of spotlight episodes every season. The Rachel-Ross stretch of the show they didn’t fill up as much screen time in as many episodes as people remember. Rachel and Ross were never as consistently in the forefront as Sam and Diane.

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