We’ve come a long way since Capeside. The WB’s teen soap opera “Dawson’s Creek” never got the time of day from the Emmys, but it made stars of its actors, so much so that several of them have shows in contention 20 years later. Could Michelle Williams, James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson all get their first nominations this summer?
Williams is probably the most likely of the three to earn a bid, and she’s arguably the show’s most successful alum. After playing the troubled Jen Lindley on “Dawson’s Creek” she embarked on a movie career that has resulted in four Oscar nominations so far, for “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Blue Valentine” (2010), “My Week with Marilyn” (2011) and “Manchester by the Sea” (2016). Now she’s a likely contender for Best Movie/Limited Actress for playing real-life dancer Gwen Verdon in FX’s miniseries “Fosse/Verdon.” According to the combined predictions of over 1,000 Gold Derby users, Williams ranks third in the category with odds of 9/2, but she could rise once the show airs.
The erstwhile Dawson himself, Van Der Beek, is also an Emmy hopeful for his work on FX. He could be nominated for Best Drama Supporting Actor as Trump Tower executive Matt Bromley in the groundbreaking “Pose.” He hasn’t been singled out by awards groups yet for this performance, but “Pose” recently earned Best Drama Series bids from the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, so the show will be on voters’ radar.
Also competing for Best Drama Supporting Actor is Jackson, who was formerly known as Pacey Witter on the “Creek.” He played Cole Lockhart for the last four seasons on Showtime’s “The Affair,” but he may be the biggest long shot of the three since that series has never been widely embraced by the television academy. However, Jackson’s co-star Maura Tierney earned a nomination in 2016, so a bid for Jackson isn’t outside the realm of possibility.
Perhaps we’ll even see a fourth “Dawson’s Creek” alum in the Emmy mix this year. Busy Philipps wasn’t one of the original cast members, but she was a series regular for the last two seasons, and she’s now a contender for her new talk show “Busy Tonight” on E! If only Katie Holmes were back on TV for this awards cycle so the entire main cast of the show could come full circle — maybe she could squeeze in a Netflix comedy special or “Game of Thrones” cameo under the wire.
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