Jeff Daniels: Will he earn 2 Emmys this year for ‘The Looming Tower’ and ‘Godless’?

Jeff Daniels could be on the verge of joining an exclusive Emmy club. The actor already has a Best Drama Actor award for his work on “The Newsroom” but this year he could actually add two more to his total. Daniels is currently earning Emmy buzz for his performances in two recent limited series. He’s a Best Movie/Mini Actor candidate for Hulu’s “The Looming Tower” and a Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor contender for Netflix’s “Godless.”

“The Looming Tower” tells the story of the rivalry between the FBI and CIA in the late 1990s and how that may have led to 9/11. “Godless” is a western miniseries for Netflix which casts Daniels as one of its bad guys. See 2018 Emmy odds and rankings.

Should Daniels win both awards it wouldn’t be the first time this has happened in the same year. In 2002 Stockard Channing won the Best Drama Supporting Actress award for her regular role on “The West Wing” and also took home the trophy for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for “The Matthew Shepard Story.” Cloris Leachman, who holds the record for most Emmy wins ever at nine, won two of those trophies in 1975 for her guest appearances on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the variety show “Cher.”

Such esteemed actors as James Earl Jones (“Gabriel’s Fire” and “Heatwave”), Shirley Knight (“NYPD Blue” and “Indictment: The McMartin Trial”) and Colleen Dewhurst (“Murphy Brown” and “Those She Left Behind”) have also accomplished this rare feat.

Daniels and others may have a tougher time winning two awards in the same year nowadays, since the recent change in the voting process opened the voting to all acting members instead of just those who were on the famed blue-ribbon panels for each category. Logic says that it was probably easier to win twice when the voters don’t know they were voting for the same person in two different categories.

Regardless of the outcome Gold Derby will keep readers up to date on Daniels’ progress toward a double nomination and/or win. Also be sure to watch our recent interview with Jeff Daniels.

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on July 12. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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