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First-time Emmy nominees include Oscar, Grammy and Tony champs

July 16, 2009 | 10:30 am

While some performers are Emmy veterans – like "Damages" star Glenn Close, who made it an even dozen nods today –  others, such as her Oscar-winning costar William Hurt, are new to the dance. Hurt – who won the lead actor Oscar in 1985 for "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and picked up a supporting actor in a drama series Emmy nod today –  is not the only Oscar champ in contention for an acting Emmy for the first time this year.

Oscar winners contend for Emmys While 1984 best actress Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine("Terms of Endearment") won one of her five Emmy bids for variety specials in the 1970s and 1980s, her nod today as lead actress in a movie or mini-series for "Coco Chanel" is her first recognition by the TV academy for her acting.

And 1988 supporting actor Oscar champ Kevin Kline("A Fish Called Wanda") earned his first Emmy nod in the category of lead actor in a movie or mini-series for recreating his stage role of "Cyrano de Bergerac" for the PBS series "Great Performances." As Kline is also a two-time Tony Award winner ("On the Twentieth Century," "The Pirates of Penzance"), he would become the 18th performer to win the acting triple crown were he to win his Emmy race.

Six-time Grammy champ Justin Timberlake won a Emmy in 2007 for a song he wrote for "Saturday Night Live" and landed a guest actor comedy nod for hosting that show this season as well as noms for another ditty ("Motherlover") he co-wrote for that late-night laffer and his "I Love Sports" tune from the 2008 Espy Awards.

Five other actors besides Kline who have won the Tony Award are competing for their first Emmy. Both Len Cariou ("Sweeney Todd") and Ken Howard ("Child's Play") contend in the supporting actor in a movie or mini-series category for "Into the Storm" and "Grey Gardens" respectively. Also in that race are newcomers Tom Courtenay and Andy Serkis, both nominated for "Little Dorrit," and five-time Emmy also-ran Bob Newhart ("The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice").

Two-time Tony winner Cherry Jones ("The Heiress," "Doubt") vies for her first Emmy in the supporting actress in a drama series category for her work on "24." Joining her there are two more Emmy newcomers – Rose Byrne ("Damages") and Tony nominee Hope Davis ("In Treatment").

Tony winner Jane Krakowski ("Nine") contends for her first Emmy in the category of supporting actress in a comedy series for "30 Rock." Also new to the Emmys is another nominee in that category, "SNL" veteran Kristen Wiig.

And Tony champ Janet McTeer (A Doll's House") competes for her first Emmy in the supporting actress in a movie or mini-series race for "Into the Storm" against, among others, two Emmy newbies – Oscar nominee Shoreh Aghdashloo ("House of Sand and Fog") for "House of Saddam" and Jeanne Tripplehorn for "Grey Gardens."

But, uh oh, also in that race is Oscar champ Marcia Gay Harden("Pollock"), who just beat McTeer for the lead actress in a play Tony with her performance in "God of Carnage." If she wins here as well for her work in "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler," Harden will have claimed the acting triple crown.

Previous Golden Globe nominees Kevin Bacon ("The River Wild) and Brendan Gleeson("In Bruges")  compete for their first Emmys with their supporting actor in a movie or mini-series noms for "Taking Chance" and "Into the Storm" respectively. Another Globe nominee who earned his first Emmy nod today is Simon Baker ("The Guardian") who contends as lead actor in a drama series for "The Mentalist."

Other series nominees who are newcomers to the acting Emmys are comedy lead actors Jemaine Clement (he had three creative Emmy nods last year for "Flight of the Conchords") and Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"), as well as supporting series players Jack McBrayer and Tracy Morgan from "30 Rock" and Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad"). 

Photo credits: PBS, FX, Lifetime

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