‘Watchmen’s’ Regina King looking to make Emmy history as the queen of the limited categories

Before Regina King won her Oscar for “If Beale Street Could Talk” (2018), she took home three Emmys in four years. She could make it four in six years in September if she nabs Best Limited/TV Movie Actress for “Watchmen,” and if she does, she’d also carve out her own slice of Emmy history as the first actress have two wins each in the lead and supporting limited categories.

King prevailed in this category in 2018 for “Seven Seconds.” The star also has double statuettes in supporting, going back to back for the anthology series “American Crime” in 2015 and ’16.

At the moment, King is one of five women to have won the supporting category a record two times, alongside Jane Alexander, Judy Davis, Colleen Dewhurst and Mare Winningham. King is the only one to do so consecutively. All of the other four have been nominated in lead, but only Davis has ever won there, garnering the prize in 2001 for “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows” on her fifth of seven bids in the category.

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The lead category has seen far more multiple champs — 12, including four-time winner Helen Mirren — but none have had equal or greater success in supporting. Of the 12, eight have been nominated in supporting, and of those eight, two have won, just once each: Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story,” 2012) and Gena Rowlands (“Hysterical Blindness,” 2003). Lange and Rowlands are two of the nine women who’ve triumphed in lead twice, a group that King could join to make an even 10. The other seven are Judith Anderson, Ingrid Bergman, Julie Harris, Holly Hunter, Geraldine Page, Meryl Streep and Joanne Woodward. Patty Duke and Laura Linney are three-time champs.

King has led our lead actress odds the entire season so far for her cool, badass Detective Angela Abar, aka Sister Night. She’s already pocketed a Critics’ Choice Award — in the drama actress category, as the HBO series competed as a drama during the winter awards. And given her Emmy success in the last five years — three wins in four bids — you’d be a fool to underestimate her.

But hot on her heels in second place is Cate Blanchett for “Mrs. America.” The two-time Oscar winner is seeking her first Emmy for her portrayal of Phyllis Schlafly, the anti-ERA conservative activist whose efforts continue to cast a long shadow on politics today. Blanchett has received raves for her performance, and the series, which dropped its first three episodes on FX on Hulu last week, is airing at the perfect time right before voting.

Rounding out our top six are two pairs of co-stars: “Unbelievable’s” Merritt Wever and Kaitlyn Dever, and “Little Fires Everywhere’s” Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

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