#MICHIGANCONNECTION: Jeff Daniels may become part of a very exclusive group of Emmy winners

American actor, musician and playwright Jeff Daniels has very good odds of being accepted into a very exclusive club of actors.

Daniels  is currently earning Emmy buzz for his performances in two recent limited series.   As well as a Best Movie/Mini Actor candidate for Hulu’s “The Looming Tower,” Daniels is a Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor contender for Netflix’s “Godless.”

Making his film debut in Ragtime (1981), Daniels’s film credits include Terms of Endearment (1983), Arachnophobia (1990), Gettysburg (1993), Speed (1994), 101 Dalmatians (1996), Fly Away Home (1996), Pleasantville (1998), The Hours (2002), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), The Lookout (2007), Infamous (2009), Looper (2012), Steve Jobs (2015), and The Martian (2015).

He received Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor for his performances in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Something Wild (1986) and The Squid and the Whale (2005).

Daniels’ work outside the film industry has received similar acclaim and accolades as to his work on screen. He has received a number of award nominations for his work on stage, including Tony Award nominations for Best Actor for his roles in the plays God of Carnage and Blackbird

From 2012 to 2014, Daniels starred as Will McAvoy in the HBOpolitical drama series The Newsroom, for which he won the 2013Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Should Daniels win both awards it wouldn’t be the first time this has happened in the same year.

This Exclusive Emmy Club
Cloris Leachman, who holds the record for most Emmy wins ever at nine, won two of those trophies in 1975 for her guest appearances on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and the variety show “Cher.”

James Earl Jones (“Gabriel’s Fire” and “Heatwave”), Shirley Knight (“NYPD Blue” and “Indictment: The McMartin Trial”) and Colleen Dewhurst (“Murphy Brown” and “Those She Left Behind”) have also accomplished this rare feat.

In 2002 Stockard Channing won the Best Drama Supporting Actress award for her regular role on “The West Wing” and also took home the trophy for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for “The Matthew Shepard Story.”

A change in voting procedure may complicate this though
A recent change in the voting process may make things tougher to win two awards in the same year.   Whereas before only those who were on the famed blue-ribbon panels for each category could vote,  the voting process is now opened  to all acting members. Logically,  it was easier to win twice when voters didn’t know they were voting for the same person in two different categories.

 


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