Olivia Colman and Regina King both left Sunday’s Oscars with a little gold man in tow, with the former earning Best Actress for “The Favourite” and the latter taking Best Supporting Actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk.” But only one of them could win — and did — when they dueled at the Emmys more than two years ago.
In 2016, the two were nominated for Best Limited Series/TV Movie Supporting Actress for “American Crime” (King) and “The Night Manager” (Colman). They were up against two other Oscar champs, Kathy Bates (“American Horror Story: Hotel”) and Melissa Leo (“All the Way”), and Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Hotel”) and Jean Smart (“Fargo”). Smart was the odds-on favorite, but King walked off with the statuette (watch below).
King has become an Emmy queen as of late. That was her second straight upset in the category for “American Crime,” and she was nominated again the following year for the late ABC anthology series, but lost to Laura Dern (“Big Little Lies”). And, of course, she shocked again last September with her lead win for “Seven Seconds.”
This was Colman’s first Emmy nomination, and she would go on to win the Golden Globe for “The Night Manager,” but was a no-show at the ceremony. King was not nominated in that race.
Colman and King could’ve been Oscar rivals this season. While King is indisputably a supporting player in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Colman could’ve campaigned in either category as “The Favourite” boasts three leads of nearly equal screen time between her, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. Many felt Colman, with her delicious tragicomic turn as Queen Anne, would’ve run the table had she gone supporting, but Fox Searchlight rolled the dice with her in lead, opening the door for King to become the supporting actress frontrunner. King maintained her frontrunner status despite her Screen Actors Guild Awards and BAFTA snubs, but Colman had to pull off a King-at-the-Emmys-esque upset to defeat overwhelming favorite Glenn Close (“The Wife”) for the Best Actress Oscar.
And don’t worry, Colman could get her Emmy this year. In fact, all four of the current acting Oscar champs could have Emmys by mid-September. Best Actor winner Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) already has a Best Drama Actor Emmy for “Mr. Robot,” which he received the same year of King and Colman’s showdown. And this year, Best Supporting Actor champ Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) is in the running with “True Detective,” while Colman might have three opportunities to bag Emmy gold between “The Crown,” “Fleabag” and “Les Miserables,” pending “The Crown”‘s release date. She’s currently predicted to win for “The Crown.”
In the near future, you can check out how our experts rank this year’s Emmy contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Emmy predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on July 16.