Claire Foy ended her Best Drama Actress Emmy speech for “The Crown” by dedicating her win to “the next cast, the next generation,” which includes Olivia Colman, who is filling her shoes as Queen Elizabeth II on Season 3 of the Netflix series. But that’s not the only queen Colman is playing: She stars in “The Favourite” as Queen Anne, which has already earned her Oscar buzz. Could Colman get halfway to an EGOT next year with two royally good portrayals?
Fans will see the three-time BAFTA winner first in “The Favourite,” which opens Nov. 23. Yorgos Lanthimos’ quirky period piece focuses on Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) and her cousin Abigail Masham‘s (Emma Stone) rivalry to become Queen Anne’s court favourite. Colman’s turn as the frail, temperamental monarch already earned her a Best Actress prize at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month. It’s unclear if she’ll be submitted in lead or supporting (Venice doesn’t have supporting awards), but she’s currently in third place in our Best Actress combined odds, with three Experts picking her for the win. If Colman goes supporting, she could find herself up against Foy, who plays Janet Shearon, Neil Armstrong‘s wife, in Damien Chazelle‘s “First Man.” Foy is in third place in our supporting odds.
Once Oscar is out of the way, Colman can set her sights on Emmy. Seasons 3 and 4 of “The Crown,” which takes place in the 1960s and ’70s, are currently in production, with Season 3 scheduled to drop in 2019. It’s safe to assume it will arrive before the May 31 Emmy deadline; Netflix would be foolish to skip a cycle after “The Crown” just won two major Emmys, Best Drama Actress and Best Drama Directing for Stephen Daldry. And if you thought Foy won a stacked Best Drama Actress race, next year’s could be even more brutal with “Big Little Lies”‘ Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon shifting to drama, Julia Roberts (“Homecoming”) in contention, and Robin Wright back for the Kevin Spacey-less final season of “House of Cards.”
But even without those heavy hitters, it’s not easy to do the Oscar-Emmy double. In recent years, Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “True Detective”), Viola Davis (“Fences,” “How to Get Away with Murder”) and Allison Janney (“I, Tonya,” “Mom”) just this year won the Oscar but lost the Emmy. The last performer to earn both in the same year was Helen Mirren in 2007, when she won the Emmy for “Prime Suspect: The Final Act” and the Oscar for “The Queen” as, of course, Queen Elizabeth II.
Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Oscar contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own Oscar predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on January 22.