Laura Dern won her first Emmy last year for Best Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actress for “Big Little Lies” and she might not have to wait long for a second: She is currently our odds-on favorite to defend her crown with “Twin Peaks.” If she pulls it off, Dern would be the category’s first back-to-back winner for different programs.
Since the award is for short-run shows or TV films, naturally, there is not a whole lot of repeat champs. Only five people have won the category twice — one fewer than the amount of Best Comedy Actress Emmys Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won for “Veep.” Only one of those five, Regina King, won it back-to-back, but she did so for the same show, “American Crime,” albeit for different characters.
The other two-time champs are Colleen Dewhurst (“Between Two Women,” 1986; “Those She Left Behind,” 1989), Mare Winningham (“Amber Waves,” 1980; “George Wallace,” 1998), Jane Alexander (“Playing for Time,” 1981; “Warm Springs,” 2005) and Judy Davis (“Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story,” 1995; “The Starter Wife,” 2007).
Dern has 4/1 odds to take the prize for her eye-popping performance as Diane Evans, Agent Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) heretofore unseen secretary and confidante to whom he dictated taped messages on the original “Twin Peaks.” Interestingly, since King’s victories came in 2015 and 2016, should Dern win, we could have two straight back-to-back winners. And with the proliferation of limited and anthology series, we could be in a new era of multiple champs ruling this category.
If Dern doesn’t triumph here, she may have another shot with her upcoming HBO film “The Tale” in lead race, where she’s in third place with 13/2 odds.
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