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Dianne Wiest pulls off a shrewd Emmy win for 'In Treatment'

September 21, 2008 |  6:33 pm

Sure, it may seem like no surprise that Dianne Wiest just won best supporting drama actress for HBO's "In Treatment," considering she's a two-time Oscar champ in the supporting race too: "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994) and "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986).

However, many Emmy gurus discounted her chances because of the episode of "In Treatment" she chose to submit to judges. It's the one where she takes on therapist Gabriel Byrne as a psychiatric patient again for the first time in 10 years.

It's mostly just verbal sparring between them with no emotional fireworks. Our forum posters who are fans of the show were hugely disappointed she didn't submit a much more flashy episode choice she had from later in the season.

Dianne Wiest couldn't attend the Emmys tonight as she is appearing on Broadway in the revival of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons." While that show is generating lots of ink for the appearance of Katie Holmes in her Rialto debut, Wiest and John Lithgow are the stage vets who make this one worth attending.

This is Wiest's third Emmy nod after a 1997 win (guest actress in a drama series, "Avonlea") and a 1998 loss (supporting actress in a mini or movie, "The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn").

Credit: Dianne Wiest in HBO's "In Treatment." Courtesy HBO.