Three of the biggest winners from the 2018 Emmys have a shot at winning an Oscar in 2019. Find out who and how good their chances are now!
Nowadays, there’s more crossover than ever between film and television. Shows like Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies boast about their casts brimming with movie stars. Other shows like Stranger Things, Atlanta, Game of Thrones, and more are littered with casts full of actors that move back and forth between TV and movies.
Of those that took home the coveted statue from Monday’s Emmy Awards, there are three winners with the chance of repeating their success at the Oscars in February. It’s not an easy achievement, particularly if it means pushing for two separate projects, but it’s certainly not impossible.
Here are the three to watch as Oscar season gets underway.
Regina King is so monumentally talented and so beloved by the television academy that she won an Emmy (her third Emmy, by the way) for a show that not many people even watched. King won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Seven Seconds, a crime drama set in Jersey City that follows the events that follow after a cop critically injures a young black kid.
Regina King, who took home two Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the same category for her roles on American Crime, is no stranger to the spotlight. She’s been active on both the TV and movie screen since the mid-’80s. Now, she just might have a shot at an Oscar.
After opening to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk is a surefire Oscar contender with a perfect supporting role for Regina King. King plays the mother of the film’s protagonist, Tish — a pregnant and engaged young woman whose fiancé is stuck in jail after being wrongly accused of rape.
Tish works with her mother Sharon to try to prove her fiancé’s innocence, putting them both in increasingly difficult situations. King brings her unique blend of headstrong confidence and comforting empathy to the role. It’s a performance that should easily earn her an Oscar nomination and a potential win.
Claire Foy is having a year, and we’re not just talking about her role as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s The Crown – a performance that just won her an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Claire Foy was also the lead in Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane earlier this year and she is set to be the leading face of The Girl in the Spider’s Web next month. None of these roles, however, are the ones that we expect could earn her an Oscar.
It’s Claire Foy’s role in Damien Chazelle’s First Man, his follow-up to his 2016 film La La Land, that seems poised to push her into Oscar contention. First Man is about NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, but the movie focuses on Neil Armstrong. Using Armstrong’s personal and professional lens through which to follow the events surrounding the moon landing, First Man is an ambitious domestic drama that is much about family and country as it as about a mission to the moon.
Claire Foy plays Neil’s wife, Janet Armstrong, who is hardly pushed to the sidelines of the film. In fact, the movie deals directly with Neil Armstrong’s life at home, chronicling the death of the couple’s daughter, their divorce, and even the house fire that struck their home. Foy gives a commanding performance, one that peaks through at the edges of the trailer that’s now online.
It stands to reason that if Claire Foy can keep up the energy and enthusiasm of her breakout year and her recent Emmy win, her role in First Man could put her at the front of the pack for an Oscar early next year.
Amazon won big last night: Their campaign for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel paid off, delivering the studio wins in several major categories including Best Comedy Series and Best Actress in a Comedy Series, as well as Best Writing and Directing for a Comedy Series.
As streaming sites compete to be taken seriously alongside studios like FX, HBO, NBC, and more, Amazon’s wins last night were a huge accomplishment – particularly their victory in the Comedy Series category. This is an accomplishment that Netflix has only gotten close to a few times.
You can bet that Amazon is weighing their options for their Oscar campaigns, trying to judge what might reap similar returns at the Oscars next year. Looking at their slate for fall releases, they’ve got options.
Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carrell’s addiction drama Beautiful Boy is the kind of sure fire Oscar bait that should fare well come Oscar season, especially for the movie’s lead actors. Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria may be too much for Oscar voters to handle, but it certainly could make a run for nominations in technical categories. Polish director Paweł Pawlikowski, whose previous film Ida won Best Foreign Language film only a few years ago, is back with his newest film Cold War. Amazon will undoubtedly push hard to get the movie nominated.