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  • Marcus James Dixon
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    Didn’t Anna Gunn submit herself in Lead one year, but only after she dropped back down to Supporting did she receive an Emmy nomination? What are some other examples like this, where someone made a category switch and it worked out with a nom or even a win?

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    jf123
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    Allison Janney (The West Wing) She won two in supporting then two in lead
    Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry (Friends) Both of them (along with the rest of the cast) submitted in the supporting category for the first seven seasons, then in the 8th went to lead. Both where nominated for the 8th season, and LeBlanc continued to be nominated until the show ended.
    Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) (95% sure on this one) Submitted in supporting for the first couple seasons, then at some point went to Lead, and was nominated for the fourth and fifth seasons
    Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) Won in supporting and then after Sheen left went to Lead and won. Both are especially weird considering the show was almost panned throughout its 12 year run
    Elizabeth Moss and January Jones (Mad Men) For the first couple seasons each of them kept on switching from Lead to Supporting (only time they submitted in the same category was in s4, but Jones wasn’t nominated). Jones was lead in for first, third and fourth, and got nominated for third. Then was in supporting for all the other seasons but failed to get nominated. Moss was in lead in seasons 2, 4-7. And was in supporting for 1 and 3. She got nominated for every season except for 1 and 7a.

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    Riley
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    There have been plenty of snubbed supporting people who got in when they dropped down to guest, but it is much harder to transition the other way. Uzo Aduba and Christian Clemenson come to mind as the rare cases.

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    Carol Kane won Best Actress in a Comedy for Taxi and then dropped to supporting the following year and won again.

    Kristy McNichol won for two of three nominations as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Family. For her fourth and final nomination from the show, she was nominated as lead.

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    Elizabeth Moss and January Jones (Mad Men) For the first couple seasons each of them kept on switching from Lead to Supporting (only time they submitted in the same category was in s4, but Jones wasn’t nominated). Jones was lead in for first, third and fourth, and got nominated for third. Then was in supporting for all the other seasons but failed to get nominated. Moss was in lead in seasons 2, 4-7. And was in supporting for 1 and 3. She got nominated for every season except for 1 and 7a.

    Was Jones submitted as a lead actress in season 2? I remember people being upset that Moss was nominated over her when she had her best season ever.

    Patricia Wettig in thirtysomething was nominated in supporting in 1988, and in lead in 1990 and 1991. All those nominations resulted in wins. So what happened in 1989? Was she lead or supporting and how come she was snubbed?

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    Riley
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    Jones was supporting for first and lead for second. Those snubs were criminal.

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    Julianna Margulies was Supporting for ER at first but then she got 4 more nominations as lead.

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    No, Moss didn’t “keep on switching.” She only went supporting for S3, when she didn’t even have much of a tape by supporting standards.

    She chose poorly for her S1 Lead submission back when there were semifinalists with The Hobo Code.

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    Riley
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    Yeah, reports of her switching were exaggerated throughout the show’s run. People speculated every year if she would go supporting, but she only did once out of eight times.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Lorraine Bracco was snubbed after being nominated in lead three times for The Sopranos. When her character became less important to the show and she finally dropped to supporting (something she could’ve done even from the start, and would’ve easily won), she was nominated again.

    Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under) was nominated as Lead for seasons 1 and 2 (both seasons qualified for the same Emmy year) then when her character was no longer a lead on the show, she got her second consecutive nomination.

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    I adored Bracco but I’m not sure campaigning her in Supporting from the get-go, at a time when Holland Taylor and Allison Janney were taking those Emmys, would’ve done her many favors. She totally should’ve been able to beat Falco in “Second Opinion” with “Employee of the Month.”

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (1974) – Another Maureen McGovern Disaster

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    BenitoDelicias
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    I’m thinking Employee of the Month could’ve beaten people in supporting.

    Alan Cumming also switched. Nominated first as Guest then went supporting when it was clear he was no longer a guest on The Good Wife. He got his second consecutive nomination, three years snubbed, then nominated again.

    I recall Tracy Morgan being submitted as Lead for 30 Rock’s first season. I might be mistaken. If that’s the case, he eventually got his only nomination (two years later, season 3) once he dropped to supporting. As supporting, he had very strong tapes with Tracy Does Conan and The C Word from season 1.

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    The most recent example that came to mind was both Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson for American Horror Story

    Lange won Supporting for the first season and was in lead for the second, third and fourth season. Winning lead for the third.

    Paulson also received supporting noms for the second and fourth seasons and a lead nomination for the third season

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