For most of its history, the Emmys would give away awards to basically any big movie star or film director who happened to have “slummed it” on the small screen that year. If a category featured a name actor or a noted filmmaker, you could pretty much guarantee that person would walk away with the gold trophy at the end of the night. But with TV steadily attracting some of Hollywood’s best and brightest, the Emmys just can’t seem to keep those big names away.
Now it’s not a question of whether the big name will win -- it’s a question of which big name will win. For evidence of this, you need only look at the Lead Actor and Directing categories this year.
The various Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy categories were filled with recognizable nominees like Michael Douglas (“Behind the Candelabra”), Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”), Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), Matt Damon (“Behind the Candelabra”), Al Pacino (“Phil Spector”), Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”), and Benedict Cumberbatch (“Parade’s End”). Each one has carried his own feature film and wouldn’t seem terribly out of place in the Best Actor Oscar category. Heck, two-time Oscar winner Spacey actually lost in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series category to Jeff Daniels! The Emmys have raised the bar considerably.Read More »from Movie A-listers win big at 2013 Emmys