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Actors' Emmy Race Competition Stiffen: Lead & Supporting Categories Combined

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 31, 2012 at 1:46PM

The primetime Emmy Awards have amended their longform acting category to combine both lead and supporting performances into one category. Instead of five nominations each for both lead and supporting roles in the actors' and actress' competitions, a total of six men and six women will be singled out for their work in a TV miniseries. This change will not effect this year's contenders, but will go into effect in 2013.
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Kate Winslet & Guy Pearce at 2011 Emmys
Kate Winslet & Guy Pearce at 2011 Emmys

The primetime Emmy Awards have amended their longform acting category to combine both lead and supporting performances into one category. Instead of five nominations each for both lead and supporting roles in the actors' and actress' competitions, a total of six men and six women will be singled out for their work in a TV miniseries. This change will not effect this year's contenders, but will go into effect in 2013.

This is an odd way to make an increasingly competitive field even more fierce. Many of our best actors are heading to TV where the juicier roles are. This year's pool of competing actors and actresses will include the likes of Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Idris Elba, Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris, Clive Owen, Dominic West, Bill Nighy, Jessica Lange, Julianne Moore, Emily Watson, Nicole Kidman, Patricia Clarkson and Rachel Weisz.

The 2011 winners were Kate Winslet (Lead, "Mildred Pierce"), Barry Pepper (Lead, "The Kennedys"), Guy Pearce (Supporting, "Mildred Pierce"), and Maggie Smith (Supporting, "Downton Abbey"). [Variety]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.