It’s been three months since Allison Janney won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “I, Tonya” and in another three months, she could find herself holding another gold statuette: the Best Comedy Actress Emmy for “Mom.”
As she’s been all season, the seven-time Emmy winner is in second place in our combined odds to take the prize, behind Golden Globe champ Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”). After two supporting victories for “Mom,” Janney, like she did with “The West Wing,” moved to the lead category last year, losing to Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), who’s sitting this year out. If Janney does win her eighth Emmy this year, she will tie Louis-Dreyfus and Cloris Leachman as the Emmys’ most decorated performers.
The Oscar afterglow should theoretically help her, but recent Oscar champs haven’t been able to duplicate their winning ways on the Emmy stage. Matthew McConaughey took home the Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013) and was heavily favored to win Best Drama Actor for “True Detective,” but lost to Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad”’s final season. (He probably would’ve won the Emmy had “True Detective” competed in the limited series categories.) Last year, Viola Davis finally won her Oscar for “Fences,” but couldn’t win her second Emmy for “How to Get Away with Murder.” Unlike McConaughey, however, eventual winner Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) was the favorite, not Davis.
If Janney does pull off the Oscar-Emmy double, she’ll be the fourth person to accept both. Liza Minnelli first did it, winning the Best Actress Oscar for “Cabaret” (1972) and as a producer on Best Variety Special Emmy champ “Liza with a ‘Z’” in 1973. In 1998, Helen Hunt claimed the Best Actress Oscar for “As Good as It Gets” (1997) and the third of her four straight Best Comedy Actress Emmys for “Mad About You.” Helen Mirren is the most recent, taking the Best Actress Oscar for “The Queen” (2006) and Best Limited Series/TV Movie Actress for “Prime Suspect: The Final Act” in 2007. (George C. Scott also won both in 1971 for his performances in “Patton” and the TV film “The Price,” but he refused the Oscar.)
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