Laurie Metcalf has not won the Triple Crown of Acting yet, but she could become the sixth person to complete a calendar-year collection of Triple Crown nominations if she gets shortlisted at the Emmys next month.
Fresh off an Oscar nomination for “Lady Bird” and a second straight Tony on Sunday, for “Three Tall Women,” Metcalf is back in the Emmy race in two categories: Best Comedy Supporting Actress for “Roseanne” and Best Comedy Guest Actress for “The Big Bang Theory.” Despite “Roseanne”’s dramatic downfall, Metalf, who won three Emmys for the show in the ‘90s, remains in fourth place in our supporting odds. She’s just sitting out in seventh place in guest.
The first person to get Oscar, Tony and Emmy nominations in the same year was Bob Fosse in 1973 — and he won all of them for “Cabaret” (directing Oscar), “Pippin” (directing and choreography Tonys) and “Liza with a Z” (directing, choreography and variety special Emmys).
None of the other four have swept. In 1978, Jason Robards won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “Julia” and earned a Tony nomination for “A Touch of the Poet” and an Emmy nomination for “Washington: Behind Closed Doors.”
In 1984, Glenn Close won the Best Actress in a Play Tony for “The Real Thing,” but came up short in her Oscar and Emmy bids for “The Big Chill” and “Something About Amelia,” respectively.
Nineteen years later, Paul Newman received his final Oscar nomination, for “Road to Perdition,” and Tony and Emmy nominations for productions of “Our Town.” He didn’t win any of them.
The most recent calendar-year Triple Crown nominee was Alan Alda, who also went home empty-handed in 2005 after contending at the Oscars for “The Aviator,” at the Tonys for “Glengarry Glen Ross” and at the Emmys for “The West Wing.”
Since Metcalf already won the Tony, she obviously wouldn’t go 0-3 this year, but, assuming she gets into either Emmy category, don’t rule her out for a win. Her Tony victory was an upset, as Denise Gough (“Angels in America”) was favored to win Best Featured Actress in a Play. But you can’t discount any possible sympathy votes Metcalf might’ve received in the wake of the “Roseanne” scandal (voting ended 10 days after the show was canceled) and her Oscar loss for an acclaimed performance. Plus, Laurie Metcalf is a beloved queen. Never forget, she got three Emmy nominations two years ago for “Big Bang,” “Horace and Pete” and “Getting On.”
Do you Metcalf will get the Triple Crown nomination trifecta this year?
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