Pro­fes­sional ri­valry

Co-star face-offs cre­ate a feud across mul­ti­ple cat­e­gories at the Em­mys.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By DANIELLE TURCHIANO

IN the Os­car-themed episode of Feud, Bette Davis and Joan Craw­ford went head-to-head at the 1963 Academy Awards. At the 2017 Em­mys, life will im­i­tate art, as Feud stars Susan Saran­don and Jes­sica Lange are both up for the same award in the same cat­e­gory.

But it’s not just Feud that earned mul­ti­ple act­ing nom­i­na­tions in the same cat­e­gories. Other hit shows, like Big Little Lies and This Is Us and Satur­day Night Live (SNL) also have their stars nom­i­nated be­side each other – an ex­em­plary “first­class prob­lem,” as they say.

Lange and Saran­don are up against one another in the lim­ited se­ries or movie lead ac­tress race along­side co-stars of Big Little Lies, Ni­cole Kid­man and Reese Wither­spoon. Sim­i­larly, in the lim­ited se­ries or movie lead ac­tor race, The Night Of stars John Tur­turro and Riz Ahmed are nom­i­nated against each other.

Ahmed, a dou­ble nom­i­nee also be­ing hon­oured for his guest stint on Girls, is sim­i­larly nom­i­nated along­side fel­low Girls guest star Matthew Rhys in the guest ac­tor in a comedy cat­e­gory.

The sup­port­ing races for the lim­ited se­ries or movie cat­e­gories are also full of re­peated ti­tles with The Night Of cast­mates (Bill Camp and Michael Ken­neth Wil­liams) fac­ing off each other and Feud co-stars (Al­fred Molina and Stan­ley Tucci) for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor, while over in the Sup­port­ing Ac­tress cat­e­gory, Feud (Judy Davis and Jackie Hoff­man) is again dou­bling up against Big Little Lies (Shai­lene Wood­ley and Laura Dern).

This Is Us brought broad­cast back into the game this year, and also brought two of its lead­ing men head-to-head. Both Ster­ling K. Brown and Milo Ven­timiglia are up for Lead Ac­tor In A Drama Se­ries. The se­ries also has three guest ac­tors (De­nis O’Hare, Bryan Tyree Henry, Ger­ald McRaney) nom­i­nated in the same cat­e­gory.

Jane Fonda and Lily Tom­lin are also go­ing to cel­e­brate the night to­gether, as both in­dus­try vets are up for Lead Ac­tress In A Comedy Se­ries for their work on Grace And Frankie.

And then there’s the ma­jor sup­port­ing races. For drama ac­tress, The Hand­maid’s Tale stars Ann Dowd and Samira Wi­ley are both up against each other, while the cat­e­gory for comedy ac­tress is be­ing taken over by Trans­par­ent (Judith Light and Kathryn Hahn) and SNL (Vanessa Bayer, Kate McKin­non and Leslie Jones).

For sup­port­ing ac­tor, Veep stars Tony Hale and Matt Walsh are also both in the same cat­e­gory.

SNL – which topped the nom­i­na­tions, tied with West­world, with 22 noms each – has a slew of stars pit­ted against each other. Be­sides Vanessa Bayer, Kate McKin­non, and Leslie Jones in the sup­port­ing comedy cat­e­gory, hosts Kris­ten Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are both nom­i­nated for guest comedy ac­tress, while Dave Chap­pelle, LinManuel Mi­randa, and Tom Hanks are up for guest comedy ac­tor.

Co-stars be­ing pit­ted against co-stars is hardly un­prece­dented – and could even be seen as an as­set.

For decades, Emmy vot­ing was done by ranking the nom­i­nees, which al­lowed vot­ers to see mul­ti­ple pieces of work per nom­i­nee as they in­evitably ended up in their co-stars’ sub­mis­sions.

Ad­di­tion­ally, co-stars from one show were of­ten ranked to­gether in higher group­ings from vot­ers who pre­ferred that show over the oth­ers on the bal­lot.

In those ways, co-stars be­ing nom­i­nated against each other could ac­tu­ally help their chances of tak­ing the tro­phy.

Mod­ern Fam­ily show­cased this phe­nom­e­non per­haps most fa­mously from 2010-2014, as it boasted mul­ti­ple con­tenders in the sup­port­ing ac­tor cat­e­gories.

With Mod­ern Fam­ily, the male win­ners flip-flopped year to year – in 2010 Eric Ston­estreet topped Ty Bur­rell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson; in 2011, Bur­rell took the tro­phy over all of the other adult males in the cast; in 2012, Ston­estreet was back on top; and in 2014, it was Bur­rell once again, this time op­po­site only Ferguson.

Julie Bowen also took the prize when Sofia Ver­gara was also nom­i­nated in both 2011 and 2012.

The 2017 Em­mys will be only the sec­ond year that vot­ing is com­pleted us­ing the plu­ral­ity method – a method that leads to the po­ten­tial of a vote be­ing split among co-stars from the same pro­gramme, leav­ing room for those lone nom­i­nees to inch up to the top of the list.

Whether this proves to be true among the lim­ited se­ries or movie races still re­mains to be seen, though over­all name recog­ni­tion could still reign most supreme when choos­ing the top pick. – Reuters

— AP

This Is Us co-stars Brown (left) and Ven­timiglia are up for Lead Ac­tor In A Drama Se­ries at the Em­mys.

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