The Tony Awards just toasted the best productions and performers of the past Broadway season, and in a few weeks two of the big winners there — Tony Shalhoub and Laurie Metcalf — may find themselves feted with nominations for Emmy Awards, too.
Shalhoub, who is a strong contender at the Emmys for the Amazon comedy series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” took home his first Tony Award his leading role in the musical “The Band’s Visit.” Metcalf, who is in the running at the Emmys for reprising her award-winning role on the reboot of sitcom “Roseanne,” claimed her second consecutive Tony this year for her brilliant performance in Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women.”
According to Gold Derby’s current combined odds, Shalhoub is on the cusp of a nomination for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series behind Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”), Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Louie Anderson (“Baskets”), Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”), last year’s victor Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”), and Marc Maron (“GLOW”). He has a strong track record at the Emmys, receiving eight nominations for his starring role on “Monk,” one for each season of the series, and winning three times (2003, 2005-06). Of Gold Derby’s 18 Emmy experts, 11 expect Shalhoub will earn a nomination, and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) picks him to win.
While the TV Academy clearly admires Shalhoub, his victory at the Tony Awards puts the actor back into the spotlight at a crucial moment in the Emmy race. Voters who may not have watched “Mrs. Maisel” recently, as it first became available to stream back in November 2017, got a powerful reminder of Shalhoub on the Tonys. They not only saw him deliver a heartfelt and emotional Tony acceptance speech, but also got a reminder of his presence on “Mrs. Maisel” as his television daughter Rachel Brosnahan introduced the performance by “The Band’s Visit” featuring Shalhoub on the Tony telecast.
Metcalf is on sturdier ground for an Emmy nomination than Shalhoub despite the inauspicious demise of the reboot of “Roseanne.” She currently ranks fourth in Gold Derby’s combined odds for a nomination in Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, trailing last year’s champion Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”), and Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”). Twelve of Gold Derby’s 18 Emmy experts similarly predict Metcalf will land an Emmy nomination, though none peg her to win at this moment in the race.
These strong odds in light of the controversy that enveloped the sitcom and its namesake star illustrates just how much the Hollywood community adores Metcalf. The actress has earned 10 nominations over the course of her career, winning three for the original run of “Roseanne” (1992-94) and, most recently, received a staggering three nominations in 2016 for “The Big Bang Theory,” “Horace and Pete,” and “Getting On.” With this strong track record at the Emmys, plus her recent Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Academy Award nominations for her performance in Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” Metcalf certainly looks like a solid contender for a nomination and even a potential win. Her second consecutive Tony Awards victory and her gracious speech should only bolster those odds.
Should they win Emmys this year as well, they’d join an elite group of individuals who have won both in a single year. In the past 69 years, only three performers have achieved this feat. Michael Moriarty accomplished this first when in 1974 he won the Best Actor in a Play Tony for “Find Your Way Home” and two Emmy Awards for “The Glass Menagerie” for Supporting Actor in a Drama and Supporting Actor of the Year. Four years later, Barnard Hughes pulled off the same double act, winning the 1978 Best Actor in a Play Tony for “Da” and then the Emmy for Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series for “Lou Grant.” In 2014, Neil Patrick Harris won the Tony for Leading Actor in a Musical for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and then took home the Emmy in the Outstanding Special Class Program category as the host of the prior year’s Tonys ceremony.
When Daytime Emmy Award wins are factored into the calculation, Nathan Lane joins the ranks, and he alone can boast pulling off this rare triumph twice. In 1996, Lane won his first Tony for Lead Actor in a Musical for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and also picked up a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for “Timon & Pumbaa.” Five years later in 2001, Lane won his second Tony in the same category for “The Producers” and won the Performer in an Animated Program Emmy again, this time for “Teacher’s Pet.”
Coincidentally, Lane won his third Tony Award this past Sunday for his performance in “Angels in America” and, like Shalhoub and Metcalf, finds himself on the Primetime Emmy ballot as well. Lane contends for nominations in Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for “Modern Family,” a role for which he has received three previous Emmy bids (2011, 2013-14), as well as Guest Actor in a Drama Series for “The Blacklist.” Despite his Tony victory and his numerous Emmy bids in the past, Lane looks unlikely to reap bids in either category and finds himself currently ranked 19th in Gold Derby’s combined odds for both performances.
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