Trio of 2024 Oscar winners poised to set Emmy record (2024)

Matthew Stewart

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Before the 2024 Oscars ceremony took place, three of the four eventual acting winners had already filmed TV performances that now put them in contention for the upcoming Emmys. If Emma Stone, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Robert Downey Jr. all end up achieving TV academy recognition this year, they will set a record as the first set of three concurrent acting Oscar recipients to appear on the same year’s Emmy ballot.

Randolph, who scored an Oscar in March for her supporting turn in “The Holdovers,” is seeking her first career Emmy notice for reprising her comedic guest role of Detective Donna Williams during the third season of Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building.” According to Gold Derby’s odds, she comfortably ranks as her show’s strongest guest acting candidate, even outpacing first season nominee Jane Lynch.

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Having just won her second Best Actress Oscar for “Poor Things” against “Killers of the Flower Moon” star and current dual Emmy hopeful Lily Gladstone (“Under the Bridge” and “Reservation Dogs”), Stone is now generally predicted to land her first Emmy bid for her dramatic lead performance on Showtime’s “The Curse.” Included among her expected challengers are Best Actress Oscar champ Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line,” 2006; “The Morning Show”) and nominee Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake,” 2005; “The Crown”).

Downey, whose first Oscar came for his work in Best Picture winner “Oppenheimer,” has unwaveringly ranked atop our Best TV Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actor list since our Emmy predictions center opened in early February. His portrayal of four distinct antagonists on HBO’s “The Sympathizer” constitutes his first series regular stint since leaving the cast of “Ally McBeal” over two decades ago. In 2001, he received a supporting Emmy nomination for that comedy series but ultimately lost to his own cast mate, Peter MacNicol.

At this point, only three performers have ever won Oscars and then Emmys in a single year. The first (and only male) instance involved George C. Scott, whose 1971 TV victory for “The Price” (Best Single Performance by an Actor) occurred 24 days after he won Best Actor for the film “Patton.” He has since been followed by Helen Hunt (1998 – Best Actress Oscar: “As Good As It Gets”; Best Comedy Actress Emmy: “Mad About You”) and Helen Mirren (2007 – Best Actress Oscar: “The Queen”; Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress Emmy: “Prime Suspect: The Final Act”).

An additional 14 actors and 16 actresses have come up short on Emmy bids that were immediately preceded by Oscar wins. The first man and woman to reach that unfortunate distinction were Jose Ferrer (1951) and Eva Marie Saint (1955), while the latest were Anthony Hopkins and Daniel Kaluuya (both 2021) and Laura Dern (2020).

Hopkins and Kaluuya also stand as the only pair of male, same-year acting Oscar winners to both immediately pick up Emmy nominations. Regardless of gender and factoring in both primetime and daytime Emmys, the only other duos who have done so are Hunt and Robin Williams (1998), Mirren and Forest Whitaker (2007), Olivia Colman and Mahershala Ali (2019), and Dern and Brad Pitt (2020).

If the 2024 trio simultaneously achieve Emmy nominations, Stone will have the best chance of winning from a historical standpoint, given that no supporting Oscar recipient has ever triumphed at the same year’s TV awards and 23% of all doubly nominated leads have.

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