Yes, Regina King can still win Emmy despite ‘American Crime’ cancellation — Just ask Kristin Chenoweth

When Kristin Chenoweth won an Emmy in 2009 for the cancelled ABC comedy “Pushing Daisies,” she infamously joked at the podium, “I’m unemployed now, so I’d like to be on ‘Mad Men.'” (Watch the video below.) Chenoweth’s triumph was hardly the first time someone prevailed at the Emmys for a cancelled TV show, and that’s the one potential bright spot for “American Crime” fans who are devastated by the show’s cancellation. That means Regina King is still very much in the Emmy race for her role as selfless social worker Kimara Walters in the show’s third season.

King is a two-time Emmy champ for ABC’s limited series “American Crime,” taking home the Best Supporting Actress prize in 2015 for playing Aliyah Shadeed, the ultra-religious sister of a crime suspect, and again last year for her role as Terri LaCroix, the stubborn mother of a private school student. In fact, of “American Crime’s” 14 Emmy nominations so far, King’s victories are the only two wins for the departing anthology series.

Gold Derby’s forum posters have been buzzing about what the cancellation of “American Crime” means for its Emmy chances, not just for Regina King but also for the entire cast: Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Lili Taylor, Sandra Oh, Cherry Jones, Ana Mulvoy Ten, Mickaelle Bizet, Benito Martinez, Connor Jessup and Richard Cabral. Read some of our readers’ comments below, and then be sure to join the discussion with your own thoughts.

AayaanUpadhyaya: “I can’t help but wonder if the effects of a show getting cancelled are more prevalent when the entire academy votes for a winner and when it’s NOT based on episode submissions.”

BenitoDelicias: “John Goodman won for ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.’ It wasn’t his show and he wasn’t a regular. But it was an acting Emmy win after the show was cancelled.”

Andrew Carden: “Decent chance I’m missing someone but I know Tyne Daly (‘Christy’), Blythe Danner (‘Huff’), Mary Alice (‘I’ll Fly Away’), Chad Lowe (‘Life Goes On’), Kathy Baker and Ray Walston (‘Picket Fences’), Judd Hirsch, Carol Kane and Christopher Lloyd (‘Taxi’).”

Riley: “Andre Braugher (‘Thief’) and Ellen Burstyn (‘Political Animals’).”

rlk: “Richard Kiley won Best Actor in 1988 for the drama ‘A Year in the Life,’ and I recall he used his acceptance speech to criticize network executives for the cancellation.”

Emmyfan: “Tyne Daly won for ‘Cagney & Lacy’ – Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1988, John Ritter won Best Actor in a Comedy Series for ‘Three’s Company’ in 1984.”

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