Cicely Tyson and Viola Davis have faced off numerous times on “How to Get Away with Murder” — and now they’ll do it at the Emmys. Tyson received her third Best Drama Guest Actress nomination for “Murder,” while her TV daughter Davis received her first in the category for her appearance on “Scandal.”
Two co-stars being nominated against each other for different shows is not out of the ordinary, but Tyson and Davis’ duel is notable because they are up for playing the same characters they play on “Murder.” Tyson returned in the Season 4 premiere as Ophelia Harkness, who finally agrees to go to a nursing at the behest of her daughter Annalise Keating (Davis). In March, Davis brought her no-nonsense Annalise to “Scandal” for the “Scandal”-“Murder” crossover.
Davis and “Scandal” star Kerry Washington were both submitted in lead and guest for their own shows and their guest appearances on each other’s. A two-time nominee, Washington hasn’t been nominated since 2014, so she was a longshot, especially in lead. Davis, however, won in 2015 — becoming the first black drama lead actress winner — and was nominated the last two years. The depth of the lead field this year had us forecasting a snub, which happened, but clearly voters have enough love for Davis to check off her name in guest. (Also ironic that “Scandal”’s final Emmy nomination ever is for an Emmy-winning star of another Shondaland show.)
Now can either mother or daughter win? Tyson lost in 2015 to Margo Martindale (“The Americans”) and last year to Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), but she is a 93-year-old legend. If tapes still mattered, Davis has the benefit of appearing in her “Scandal” episode and Tyson’s episode. Our early odds have Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”) out in front, followed by Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Davis, Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Tyson and Kelly Jenrette (“The Handmaid’s Tale”).
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