Why Olivia Colman and Regina King Have Become ‘Awards Catnip’ (Column)
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A few years ago I started brainstorming names for a list of TV MVPs - the stars who had managed to jump from hit show to hit show without having a clunker in the pile. There weren't many of them - frankly, the only name that came to mind was Ted Danson, who even managed to make "Becker" a hit.
But I recently met two stars on the Kudos front who rightly rose to catnip. Regina King and Olivia Colman have been doing great work for decades and are now at a stage in their careers where only their presence increases work. Sometimes they are stars, sometimes they support players, sometimes they are just guests - but no matter what happens as soon as they appear, you know it will be good.
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This applies to both television and film, and the Hollywood Awards Industrial Complex has caught up with this fact. Both King and Colman have become almost certain in recent years, which led to this year's Emmys, which are both headed by two different leading actresses.
King won the Oscar and Golden Globe Awards in 2019 as a supporting actress for the feature film "If Beale Street Could Talk" and in 2015 and 2016 the supporting actress Emmys (for "American Crime") won the leading limited series / TV film actress Emmy in 2018 (for "Seven Seconds"). Now she is an Emmy front-runner in the lead actress / TV movie actress category, which is the turn of HBO's "Watchmen" as Angela Abar, a Tulsa cop, also known as Sister Night.
"Regina is thermodynamic," says Damon Lindelof, the inventor of "Watchmen". “Emotions come from her in waves. You can almost see it like the heat distortion over a fire. It is also a paradox, somehow able to be the most powerful person in the room and at the same time the rawest and most vulnerable. It will tear your head off. She'll cry in your arms. The most impressive thing is that I have never seen such control of control. You never know what pitch she will throw, but the only chance you ever have is if she wants to. "
When I told Lindelof that this column was about two female actors who immediately make something a must - regardless of what it is - he added with a wink: “Sometimes people say an actor is so good that you watch them reading the phone book. I just set up a limited series "AAA Auto to Melvin Zyrmeyer" for HBO Max, and Regina does just that. You know you're curious. "
Colman won the Oscar and Golden Globe for the film "The Favorite" in 2019 and won the globe on television earlier this year as a drama actress for "The Crown". Last year she was nominated for a supporting actress Emmy thanks to "Fleabag", and this year she is a leader for "The Crown".
Thanks to the nature of British short-term television, Colman has appeared almost everywhere - especially in recent years, from drama ("The Night Manager" and "Broadchurch") to comedic (including "Fleabag" and "Fleabag" flowers ") .
When Peter Morgan took over the role of Queen Elizabeth from Claire Foy in "The Crown", he said Colman was "the only name on this list".
As Morgan told Vogue, "Olivia's talent is something like Mozart's in" Amadeus "because it is absolutely virtuoso and effortless - and the rest of us just look like Salieri."
As I said, catnip awards. And if there is a club for it, I hope that people like Meryl Streep are on the doorstep and let King and Colman in.
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