The romantic drama “Me Before You” opens on June 3. “Game of Thrones” breakout star Emilia Clarke plays the caretaker of a recently paralyzed man (Sam Claflin). Based on the acclaimed 2012 novel by Jojo Moyes, we won’t know how the film will fare at the Oscars until the end of the year. But could it be an advantage for Clarke in the Emmy race this summer?
Clarke has been nominated twice for Best Drama Supporting Actress at the Emmys for her role as Daenerys Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, on HBO’s epic fantasy series. She lost to Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”) in 2013 and to Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) in 2015. But having a film open the summer voters are casting their ballots could be a boon for Clarke this time around, especially if it proves to be a hit.
In past years, other stars have capitalized on big screen success with small-screen statues. Helen Hunt won both Oscar and Emmy in 1998, for “As Good as It Gets” and “Mad About You,” respectively. Katherine Heigl had a big-screen summer hit in 2007 with “Knocked Up,” and then pulled off an upset to win an Emmy for “Grey’s Anatomy” a few months later. And Melissa McCarthy won Best Comedy Actress for “Mike and Molly” in 2011 on the heels of her big-screen breakthrough, “Bridesmaids.”
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