Emmys — who needs ’em? Though “The Office” won Best Comedy Series from the television academy in 2006, Steve Carell never won Best Comedy Actor for playing bumbling manager Michael Scott, and John Krasinski was never even nominated for Best Comedy Supporting Actor as sensitive salesman Jim Halpert. But they’ve both moved on to bigger and better things. This year Carell and Krasinski could reunite at the Oscars and trade in the TV academy for the motion picture academy.
Carell has already made an impression at the Oscars. He earned a Best Actor nomination for going against type as homicidal millionaire John du Pont in “Foxcatcher” (2014). This year he has a few chances for additional kudos. He stars in “Beautiful Boy” as real-life writer David Sheff, whose son struggles with drug addiction. He also appears in “Welcome to Marwen” as a man recovering from a brutal assault with help from a unique art installation. And he has a supporting role in “Vice,” in which he plays Donald Rumsfeld and reunites with his “Big Short” director Adam McKay.
Meanwhile, Krasinski could earn multiple nominations for just one movie. He directed, co-wrote and starred in the horror film “A Quiet Place.” It’s not too common for horror films to be nominated for top Oscars, with a few major exceptions (most recently “Get Out”), but “A Quiet Place” was a sleeper hit with $338 million grossed worldwide against a $17 million budget. And it earned some of the year’s best reviews. This is Krasinski’s third film as a director, following “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men” (2009) and “The Hollars” (2016), but this is by far his best received.
So will the Oscars embrace Carell and Krasinski after the Emmys took them for granted?
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