Just about everyone in Hollywood knows how hard it is to win an award. Winning three for one performance is another thing altogether. That’s what Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) just experienced after adding a Critics’ Choice Award to their respective mantles last weekend, following victories at the Emmys and Golden Globes.
Unlike with film awards, we don’t often see full sweeps on the TV side. Only five actors have pulled off a total sweep of the major TV prizes (Emmy, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Television Critics’ Association Award): Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad,” Claire Danes for “Homeland,” Tina Fey for “30 Rock,” Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife” and Sarah Paulson for “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” For Brosnahan and Criss to win three major awards within four months of each other is a huge accomplishment, speaking to how their performances have connected with critics and the industry alike.
The Critics’ Choice Awards repeated many of the same winners as last week’s Golden Globes. In addition to Brosnahan and Criss, the Globes and Critics agreed on Sandra Oh for “Killing Eve,” Patricia Arquette for “Escape at Dannemora,” Ben Whishaw for “A Very English Scandal” and Patricia Clarkson for “Sharp Objects.” The two Patricias will be competing in the same limited series category at SAG while Oh is nominated in drama. Oh already lost the Emmy for Season 1 of “Killing Eve” but with the show returning for Season 2 within this awards cycle, she could take that long overdue Emmy later this year. Arquette and Oh are more likely to sweep the five major television awards than Clarkson, as no supporting performances have notched all five.
Brosnahan and Criss are also up for Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27, where they clearly have a strong chance of extending their winning streaks. Criss won’t be able to sweep all five television awards considering he already lost the TCA Award last year, and “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” is a limited series so he wouldn’t have the opportunity to win it for a future season.
Meanwhile, Brosnahan is just a SAG Award away from becoming the sixth actor to sweep all five major television prizes. Technically, the actress already had a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award under her belt for Season 1 last year. Even if she doesn’t win another Emmy for Season 2 of “Maisel,” she happens to be hosting “Saturday Night Live” this coming weekend, so she may just add another trophy to her growing collection of hardware.