Big Fish, Smaller Pond
It occurred to me that at this year’s Emmys, all five of the nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series could be past Academy Award nominees. Newcomers (at least in this category) Shohreh Aghdashloo (24), Candice Bergen (Boston Legal) and Glenn Close (The Shield) could join previous nominees Stockard Channing (The West Wing) and Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under).
I haven’t done the research, but I’ll assume that would be a prestigious first for a regular series category at The Emmys (in 2003 there were three Oscar nominees in this category, with Lena Olin up against Channing and Griffiths for her one season stint on Alias).
Anyway, it’s conceivable, though not too likely. Personally I think any one of the newcomers has a better shot at a nomination this year than Channing, and Griffiths may set her sights on the Lead category once again, but it’s an intriguing possibility nonetheless.
[Late Update: Since I refuse to watch any CBS dramas, I forgot that Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen could be a darkhorse contender for her work on Joan of Arcadia as well.]