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Oscar-winning actors to Emmy winners and reversed

Remembering Robin Williams with his Hollywood Walk of Fame star and Oscar statuette souvenior.
Remembering Robin Williams with his Hollywood Walk of Fame star and Oscar statuette souvenior.
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They may not be EGOT recipients at this time. Yet, a number of actors have won the coveted Oscar in the past, and then won an Emmy recently. That has certainly been the case with many Emmy winners in the past few years. Mostly they’ve won in the category of TV movie or miniseries on a cable channel such as HBO. There are those who won as a narrator or making a guest appearance or the lead/supporting actor in a television series.

On the flipside, some actors are listed as first winning an Emmy, and then an Oscar later in their careers. You’ll also get to know several Oscar-winning actors nominated for an Emmy at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. One actor in particular is nominated for the first time, not only in acting, but as executive producer for a TV series.

Oscars to Emmys (Winning Emmys in the 2010s):

Al Pacino (2004, 2010) - His “Scent of a Woman” lead to two Emmy wins for a miniseries and TV movie by HBO; “Angels in America,” and as Jack Kevorkian, the doctor who assisted suicides for patients in “You Don’t Know Jack.”

Kate Winslet (2011) - It was for her role as the titled character, HBO’s miniseries “Mildred Pierce.” This is an adaption from the novel and 1945 film starring Joan Crawford.

Meryl Streep (2011) -”Kramer vs. Kramer” with Dustin Hoffman, then segueing with Al Pacino by winning for “Angels in America” on HBO in a leading role.

Jessica Lange (2009, 2012, 2014) - This “Tootsie” was one of Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ cousins in “Grey Gardens,” and a supporting actress win for “American Horror Story” in 2012. and "American Horror Story:Coven" for outstanding actress in a leading role.

Maggie Smith (2003, 2011, 2012) - At least the last two wins in “Downton Abbey” she was the proverbial “no show.” Her earlier Emmy win was for the TV movie “My House in Umbria.”

Melissa Leo (2012) - Going from the family/sports drama “The Fighter” in her Oscar win to a guest comedy stint on “Louie.”

Kathy Bates (2012, 2014) - “Misery” does love company when Bates appeared in the comedy series “Two and a Half Men” as a guest actress. "American Horror Story: Coven" for her supporting role in a miniseries/movie.

Michael Douglas (2013) - From “Wall Street” to Liberace, Douglas delivered a flawless performance as the Las Vegas showman and gay lover to Scott Thorson, in HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra.”

Ellen Burstyn (2008, 2013) - First it was a guest actress in a drama series win for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Now more recently Burstyn received an Emmy in a supporting role on “Political Animals.”

Jeremy Irons (2006, 2014) - At the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys, Irons won for outstanding narrator in Nat Geo’s “Game of Lions.” Prior to that, Jeremy won for “Elizabeth I,” an HBO miniseries about the virgin queen.

Emmys to Oscars:

Robin Williams - In 1987 and 1988 Robin won two consecutive Emmys for outstanding individual performance in a variety special or music program: “Carol, Carl, Whoopi, and Robin,” and “ABC Presents: A Royal Gala.” He will receive a special “In Memoriam” at the 2014 Emmy Awards.

Meryl Streep - Before anyone knew of Meryl, she appeared in a 1978 miniseries on NBC, in a supporting role, about a German Jewish family during Hitler’s reign of terror.

Halle Berry - 1999 was the year her performance as Dorothy Dandridge in “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge” would eventually give her a historic Oscar win.

Tommy Lee Jones - His starring role as Gary Gilmore, the first to be executed after the ban on the death penalty was lifted in 1976. He received his Emmy in 1982.

Sally Field - The idea of multiple personalities or dissociative identity disorder was completely unknown, until Sally’s breakthrough performance in the TV movie “Sybil” from 1977.

Anthony Hopkins - Prior to his epic Oscar win as Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs,” Hopkins’ Emmy win was for his role as Bruno Hauptmann in a TV movie of “The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case” (1976).

Oscar winners nominated for Emmys in 2014

Jane Fonda - She didn’t win for her guest role appearance at the Creative Arts Emmys, though she has won an Emmy in 1984 for “The Dollmaker.”

Matthew McConaughey - 2014 is proving to be McConaughey’s year with his two nominations for lead actor in a drama series for “True Detective” (HBO), and as one of the show’s executive producers.

Kevin Spacey - Starring in a pioneering online streaming series may be a challenge for Vice President Frank Underwood of “House of Cards.” If its other Netflix show, “Orange is the New Black,” proves victorious at this year’s Primetime Emmys, Spacey may have a shot in the future.

Billy Bob Thornton - Based on the film “Fargo,” this miniseries on FX is Thornton’s first Emmy nomination.

Jon Voight - It’s for his supporting role in “Ray Donovan,” yet Jon has been nominated for Emmys in the past. He did win a CableACE Award, the equivalent to an Emmy specifically for cable television. The CableACE eventually merged with the Primetime Emmys.

Maggie Smith - We’ll see if Maggie decides to show up this time for her “Downton Abbey” nomination. She was a "no show" once again.

Kathy Bates - “American Horror Story: Coven” is garnering many Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated actresses, including Bates in her supporting role. Congratulations on her second Emmy Award.

Julia Roberts - She’s actually no stranger to the Emmys being nominated once, in her then boyfriend’s TV series, as a guest role on “Law & Order.” Now it's for her supporting role in HBO’s “The Normal Heart.”

Ellen Burstyn - Back again after her Emmy win last year, this time for the Lifetime Movie Network’s “Flowers in the Attic.”

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