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  • Gone_Guy
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    EDITED AND UPDATED ON JULY 19 (FOCUS ON McDORMAND AND SPACEY, TAKING OUT MARCIA GAY HARDEN):

    I know it’s hip these days for everyone in the biz to go after EGOT, but I think a high honor, at least for actors, is the Triple Crown of Acting. That is, Oscar, Emmy, and Tony wins in competitive acting categories. In-fact, only two EGOT-recipients received their EOT for acting (Helen Hayes and Rita Moreno). A total of 20 recipients have earned this distinction and I listed them below. I also listed the performers who are an Emmy win away from Triple Crown of Acting. 

    Helen Mirren was the 20th recipient into this elite group when she won her Tony last month. Before her, the last one to join the club, Christopher Plummer, was four years ago when he won his Oscar.

    Frances McDormand, and Kevin Spacey could be the 21st and 22nd recipients into this category if they win on Emmy night. They are also nominated as producers (Spacey in Drama Series, McDormand in Limited Series), but even if they win there and still lose in their acting category, it won’t put them in the Triple Crown of Acting Club. (Sort of like Anne Bancroft. She won an Emmy in 1970, but it wasn’t an acting category. However, she officially joined the club in 1999.)

    I predict it will only be Frances McDormand. She will win, despite a massively competitive category containing career-best performances from Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Honourable Woman”) and Queen Latifah (“Bessie”), not to mention the final performance in “AHS” for Jessica Lange. She’ll be walking away with two Emmys, as I also predict “Olive Kitteridge” is a lock for Limited Series.

    Kevin Spacey is probably Jon Hamm’s biggest competition (although, watch out for Kyle Chander, who will likely submit “Part 12”). Spacey is coming into the race as the Globe and SAG champ. But as we have seen before, that doesn’t equal Emmy victory.  In this category alone, Hugh Laurie (“House”) came in as the Globe and SAG champ in 2007 but lost to James Spader (“Boston Legal”), who won his third Emmy. In 2010, Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”) came in as the Globe and SAG champ, but lost to Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), who won his third consecutive Emmy. Speaking of Cranston, he came into the race last year as the Globe and SAG champ, and won his fourth and final Emmy for “Breaking Bad.” Despite three previous Emmy wins, he had never entered the race as the Globe and SAG champ. This bodes well for Kevin Spacey.

    If anything is wrong or off with any of the stats below, please let me know! 

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    KEVIN SPACEY

    TONY
    ★
    1991 Featured Actor in a Play, “Lost in Yonkers”

    OSCAR (2)
    ★
    1995 Actor in a Supporting Role, “The Usual
    Suspects”
    ★
    1999 Actor in a Leading Role, “American Beauty”

    EMMY
    … pending: 2015 Lead Actor in a Drama Series, “House of Cards”

    6 previous Emmy nominations:
    – 2008 Made-for-TV Movie, “Bernard and Doris” (lost to “Recount”)
    – 2008 Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “Recount” (lost to Paul
    Giamatti, “John Adams”)
    – 2013 Drama Series, “House of Cards” (lost to “Breaking Bad”)
    – 2013 Lead Actor in a Drama Series (lost to Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”)
    – 2014 Drama Series, “House of Cards” (lost to “Breaking Bad”)
    – 2014 Lead Actor in a Drama Series (lost to Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”)

    FRANCES McDORMAND

    OSCAR
    ★
    1996 Actress in a Leading Role, “Fargo”

    TONY
    ★
    2011 Actress in a Play, “Good People”

    EMMY
    … pending: 2015 Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Made-for-TV
    Movie, “Olive Kitteridge”

    Previous Emmy nomination
    – 1997 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special, “Hidden in
    America” (lost to Diana Rigg, “Rebecca”)

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    Total of 20 Performers – 11 Actresses, 9 Actors – With the Triple Crown of
    Acting: 

    HELEN HAYES

    OSCAR (2)
    ★
    1931 Actress in a Leading Role, “The Sin of
    Madelon Claudet”
    ★
    1970 Actress in a Supporting Role, “Airport”

    TONY (2)
    ★
    1947 Actress in a Play, “Happy Birthday”
    ★
    1958 Actress in a Play, “Time Remembered”

    EMMY
    ★
    1953 Best Actress, “Battle Hymn (Medallion
    Theatre)”

    THOMAS MITCHELL

    OSCAR
    ★
    1939 Actor in a Supporting Role, “Stagecoach”

    TONY
    ★
    1953 Actor in a Musical, “Hazel Flagg”

    EMMY
    ★
    1953 Best Actor (project unknown)

    INGRID BERGMAN

    OSCAR (3)
    ★
    1944 Actress in a Leading Role, “Gaslight”
    ★
    1956 Actress in a Leading Role, “Anastasia”
    ★
    1974 Actress in a Supporting Role, “Murder on the Orient Express”

    TONY
    ★
    1947 Actress in a Play, “Joan of Lorraine”

    EMMY (2)
    ★
    1960 Single Performance by an Actress (Lead or
    Support), “The Turn of the Screw (Startime)”
    ★
    1982 Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Special, “A Woman Called Golda”
    [Posthumously. Died three weeks before the ceremony.]

    SHIRLEY BOOTH

    TONY (3)
    ★
    1949 Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic), “Goodbye, My Fancy”
    ★
    1950 Actress in a Play, “Come Back, Little Sheba”
    ★
    1953 Actress in a Play, “The Time of the Cuckoo”

    OSCAR
    ★
    1952 Actress in a Leading Role, “Come Back,
    Little Sheba”

    EMMY (2)
    ★
    1962 Continued Performance by an Actress in a
    Series (Lead), “Hazel”
    ★
    1963 Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead), “Hazel”

    MELVYN DOUGLAS

    TONY
    ★
    1960 Actor in a Play, “The Best Man” 

    OSCAR (2)
    ★
    1963 Actor in a Supporting Role, “Hud”
    ★ 1979 Actor in a Supporting Role, “Being There”

    EMMY
    ★
    1968 Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, “Do Not Go Gentle Into
    That Good Night”

    PAUL SCOFIELD

    TONY
    ★
    1962 Actor in a Play, “A Man for All Seasons”

    OSCAR
    ★
    1966 Actor in a Leading Role, “A Man for All Seasons”

    EMMY
    ★
    1969 Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, “Male of the Species”

    JACK ALBERTSON

    TONY
    ★
    1965 Featured Actor in a Play, “The Subject Was Roses”

    OSCAR
    ★
    1968 Actor in a Supporting Role, “The Subject Was Roses”

    EMMY (2)
    ★
    1975 Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Variety or
    Music Series, “Cher”
    ★
    1976 Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, “Chico and the Man”

    RITA MORENO

    OSCAR
    ★
    1961 Actress in a Supporting Role, “West Side
    Story”

    TONY
    ★
    1975 Featured Actress in a Play, “The Ritz”

    EMMY (2)
    ★
    1977 Continuing or Single Performance by a
    Supporting Actress in a Variety or Music Series, “The Muppet Show”
    ★
    1978 Lead Actress for a Single Appearance in a Comedy or Drama Series, “The
    Rockford Files”

    MAUREEN STAPLETON

    TONY (2)
    ★
    1951 Featured Actress in a Play, “The Rose Tattoo”
    ★
    1971 Actress in a Play, “The Gingerbread Lady”

    EMMY
    ★
    1968 Single Performance by an Actress in a
    Leading Role in a Drama, “Among the Paths to Eden”

    OSCAR
    ★
    1981 Actress in a Supporting Role, “Reds”

    JASON ROBARDS

    TONY
    ★
    1959 Actor in a Play, “The Disenchanted”

    OSCAR (2)
    ★
    1976 Actor in a Supporting Role, “All the President’s Men”
    ★
    1977 Actor in a Supporting Role, “Julia”

    EMMY
    ★
    1988 Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special, “Inherit the Wind”

    JESSICA TANDY

    TONY (2)
    ★ 1978
    Actress in a Play, “The Gin Game”
    ★
    1983 Actress in a Play, “Foxfire”

    EMMY
    ★
    1988 Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special,
    “Foxfire”

    OSCAR
    ★
    1989 Actress in a Leading Role, “Driving Miss
    Daisy”

    JEREMY IRONS

    TONY
    ★ 1984
    Actor in a Play, “The Real Thing”

    OSCAR
    ★
    1990 Actor in a Leading Role, “Reversal of Fortune”

    EMMY (3)
    ★
    1997 Voiceover Performance, “The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th
    Century”
    ★
    2006 Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “Elizabeth I”
    ★
    2014 Narrator, “Big Cat Week”

    ANNE BANCROFT

    TONY (2)
    ★
    1958 Featured Actress in a Play, “Two for the Seesaw”
    ★
    1960 Actress in a Play, “The Miracle Worker”

    OSCAR
    ★
    1962 Actress in a Leading Role, “The Miracle
    Worker”

    EMMY (2)
    ★
    1970 Outstanding Variety or Music Program –
    Variety and Popular Music, “Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man”
    ★
    1999 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “Deep
    in My Heart”

    VANESSA REDGRAVE

    OSCAR
    ★
    1977 Actress in a Supporting Role, “Julia”

    EMMY (2)
    ★
    1981 Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a
    Special, “Playing for Time”
    ★
    2000 Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “If These Walls
    Could Talk 2”

    TONY
    ★
    2003 Actress in a Play, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”

    MAGGIE SMITH

    OSCAR (2)
    ★
    1969 Actress in a Leading Role, “The Prime of
    Miss Jean Brodie”
    ★
    1978 Actress in a Supporting Role, “California Suite”

    TONY
    ★
    1990 Actress in a Play, “Lettice and Lovage”

    EMMY (3)
    ★
    2003 Lead Actress in a Miniseries or
    Made-for-TV Movie, “My House in Umbria”
    ★
    2011 Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “Downton Abbey”
    ★
    2012 Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, “Downton Abbey”

    AL PACINO

    TONY (2)
    ★
    1969 Featured Actor in a Play, “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?”
    ★
    1977 Actor in a Play, “The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel”

    OSCAR
    ★
    1992 Actor in a Leading Role, “Scent of a Woman”

    EMMY (2)
    ★
    2004 Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “Angels in America”
    ★
    2010 Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “You Don’t Know Jack”

    GEOFFREY RUSH

    OSCAR
    ★
    1996 Actor in a Leading Role, “Shine”

    EMMY
    ★
    2005 Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “The Life and Death of
    Peter Sellers”

    TONY
    ★
    2009 Actor in a Play, “Exit the King”

    ELLEN BURSTYN

    OSCAR
    ★
    1974 Actress in a Leading Role, “Alice Doesn’t
    Live Here Anymore”

    TONY
    ★
    1975 Actress in a Play, “Same Time, Next Year”

    EMMY (2)
    ★
    2009 Guest Actress in a Drama Series, “Law
    & Order: SVU”
    ★
    2013 Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “Political
    Animals”

    CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER

    TONY (2)
    ★
    1974 Actor in a Musical, “Cyrano”
    ★
    1997 Actor in a Play, “Barrymore”

    EMMY (2)
    ★
    1977 Lead Actor in a Limited Series, “Arthur Hailey’s the Moonchangers”
    ★
    1994 Voiceover Performance, “Madeline”

    OSCAR
    ★
    2011 Actor in a Supporting Role, “Beginners”

    HELEN MIRREN

    EMMY (4)
    ★
    1996 Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special, “Prime Suspect: The Scent of
    Darkness”
    ★
    1999 Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “The Passion of Ayn
    Rand”
    ★ 2006
    Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “Elizabeth I”
    ★
    2007 Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “Prime Suspect: The
    Final Act”

    OSCAR
    ★
    2006 Actress in a Leading Role, “The Queen”

    TONY
    ★ 2015
    Actress in a Play, “The Audience”

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    An EMMY Away From Being a Triple Crown of Acting Recipient:

    JOEL GREY

    TONY
    ★
    1967 Featured Actor in a Musical, “Cabaret”

    OSCAR
    ★
    1972 Actor in a Supporting Role, “Cabaret”

    EMMY

    Previous Emmy nomination
    – 1993 Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, “Brooklyn Bridge” (lost to David
    Clennon, “Dream On”)

    KEVIN KLINE

    TONY (2)
    ★
    1978 Featured Actor in a Musical, “On the Twentieth Century”
    ★
    1981 Actor in a Musical, “The Pirates of Penzance”

    OSCAR
    ★
    1988 Actor in a Supporting Role, “A Fish Called Wanda”

    EMMY

    Previous Emmy nomination
    – 2009 Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “Cyrando de Bergerac
    (Great Performances)” (lost to Brendan Gleeson, “Into the Storm”)

    MERCEDES RUEHL

    OSCAR
    ★
    1991 Actress in a Supporting Role, “The Fisher King”

    TONY
    ★
    1991 Actress in a Play, “Lost in Yonkers”

    EMMY

    DAME JUDI DENCH

    OSCAR
    ★
    1998 Actress in a Supporting Role, “Shakespeare in Love”

    TONY
    ★
    1999 Actress in a Play, “Amy’s View”

    EMMY

    3 previous Emmy nominations:
    – 2001 Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “The Last of the
    Blonde Bombshells” (lost to Judy Davis, “Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows”)
    – 2008 Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “Cranford” (lost to
    Laura Linney, “John Adams”)
    – 2010 Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “Return to Cranford”
    (lost to Claire Danes, “Temple Grandin”)

    ALAN ARKIN

    TONY
    ★
    1963 Featured Actor in a Play, “Enter Laughing”

    OSCAR
    ★
    2006 Actor in a Supporting Role, “Little Miss Sunshine”

    EMMY

    4 previous Emmy nominations:
    – 1967 Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama, “The Love
    Song of Barney Kempinski (ABC Stage 67)” (lost to Peter Ustinov, “Barefoot in
    Athens”)
    – 1987 Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special, “Escape from Sobibor” (lost to
    James Woods, “Promise”)
    – 1997 Guest Actor in a Drama Series, “Chicago Hope” (lost to Pruitt Taylor
    Vince, “Murder One”)
    – 2003 Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “The Pentagon
    Papers” (lost to Ben Gazzara, “Hysterical Blindness”)

    MARCIA GAY HARDEN

    OSCAR
    ★ 2000 Actress in a Supporting Role, “Pollock”

    TONY
    ★ 2009 Actress in a Play, “God of Carnage”

    EMMY
    … 

    2 previous Emmy nominations:
    – 2007 Guest Actress in a Drama Series, “Law & Order: SVU” (lost to Leslie Caron, “Law & Order: SVU”)
    – 2009 Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie, “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler” (lost to Shohreh Aghdashloo, “House of Saddam”)


    DENZEL WASHINGTON

    OSCAR (2)
    ★
    1989 Actor in a Supporting Role, “Glory”
    ★
    2001 Actor in a Leading Role, “Training Day”

    TONY
    ★
    2010 Actor in a Play, “Fences”

    EMMY

    2 previous Emmy nominations (non-performance):
    – 1995 Informational Special, “Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream” (lost to a tie
    between “One Survivor Remembers” and “Taxicab Confessions”)
    – 2001 Nonfiction Special, “Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon
    Parks” (lost to “Scottsboro: An American Tragedy”)



    CATHERINE ZETA-JONES

    OSCAR
    ★
    2002 Actress in a Supporting Role, “Chicago”

    TONY
    ★
    2010 Actress in a Musical, “A Little Night Music”

    EMMY

    EDDIE REDMAYNE

    TONY
    ★
    2010 Featured Actor in a Play, “Red”

    OSCAR
    ★
    2014 Actor in a Leading Role, “The Theory of Everything”

    EMMY
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    eastwest
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    #353041

    Frances. She’s winning an Emmy. The question is will it be one or two. I think it’ll be two.

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    KyleBailey
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    I think Frances is the most likely one. She’s still got Maggie on her heels but I think she’ll get it. Great list! 

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    FilmGuy619
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    I think McDormand and Spacey will win. McDormand did win the SAG as did Spacey. Sure some will speculate that Spacey will lose to Jon Hamm because Mad Men is ending, but remember that Steve Carell was nominated throughout his run for The Office and never won.

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    eric123
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    If McDormand doesn’t win……

    But I think Spacey also has a shot. Right now it looks like it’s basically going to be between him and Jon Hamm, so we’ll see. But is Harden even on anyone’s radar right now? 

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    KyleBailey
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    Harden is one of my possible guest actress nominees. After her snub for The Newsroom last year and the facy Cicely will get in with How to Get Away With Murder, I don’t have faith it will happen 

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    Rooney Moore
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    It’s funny that none of this 3 legends hadn’t have a single Golden Globe back in January.
    Spacey finally got his due this year, McDormand still hasn’t won, and Harden hasn’t even managed to garner a single nom yet!

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    Gone_Guy
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    Looks like Marcia Gay Harden won’t have a chance to become a Triple Crown of Acting recipient, at least for her season 1 work on “How to Get Away with Murder.” Perhaps she’ll get in Drama Lead Actress next year, as she is the lead on an upcoming CBS drama, “Code Black.” 

    That leaves Kevin Spacey and Frances McDormand potentially following Helen Mirren’s recent Triple Crown induction on Tony night.  

    I will be stunned and so disappointed if McDormand loses.  

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    Jaqen H’ghar
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    Frances McDormand is now the 21st performer to be inducted into the club of the Triple Crown of Acting. Helen Mirren became the 20th earlier this year at the Tonys.

    Kevin Spacey is now 0/8 at the Emmys (but 0/4 for performance) and still needs a win to go with his Tony and two Oscars.

    Viola Davis needs an Oscar to join the club, as she has two Tonys and now an Emmy.

    Although Cicely Tyson lost this year, she already has 3 Emmys and a Tony. She, like her HTGAWM costar, only needs an Oscar.

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    I think Spacey has to, by default, be the frontrunner for Lead Actor in a Drama next year at the Emmys. Either way, it won’t be long until he joins this group. 

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