“Killing Eve” made a killing with Tuesday’s Primetime Emmy Awards nominations with nine total. Two of those are for Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer in Best Drama Actress, marking the first time since 2002 that a show produced double nominations in the category.
Oh, who last year became the first nominee of Asian descent in the category, and Comer are up against Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Laura Linney (“Ozark”) and Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”).
The last duo to make the cut were Frances Conroy and Rachel Griffiths from “Six Feet Under.” They lost to Allison Janney, who upgraded to lead that year after back-to-back wins in supporting for “The West Wing.” For the three years before that, “The Sopranos” co-stars Edie Falco and Lorraine Bracco competed against each other in lead, with the former winning twice in 1999 and 2001.
Co-star nominees in Best Drama Actress used to be very common back when there weren’t literally 500 shows on the air. “ER’s” Julianna Margulies and Sherry Stringfield were shortlisted in 1997, while Sela Ward triumphed over her “Sisters” co-star Swoosie Kurtz in 1994. The ‘80s had a slew of pairings, thanks to “Cagney & Lacey” (Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless) and “L.A. Law” (Susan Dey and Jill Eikenberry). Others include “Dallas” (Barbara Bel Geddes and Linda Gray), “Hill Street Blues” (Barbara Babcock and Veronica Hamel), “Family” (Kristy MacNichol and Sada Thompson) and “The Rockford Files” (Lauren Bacall and Mariette Hartley) after the category was standardized to five slots.
Since “This Is Us” stars Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia got into Best Drama Actor for the third year in a row, this is also the first time since 2002 that both drama lead categories featured co-star nominees. “Six Feet Under” also fielded two actor nominees then: Michael C. Hall and Peter Krause, who lost to Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”).
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