What do Kenneth Branagh and Kiefer Sutherland have in common?
Kenneth Branagh ("Wallander: One Step Behind") and Kiefer Sutherland ("24: Redemption") are the only winners of acting Emmys among the 11 performers competing in the lead acting races for miniseries and movies.
Kenneth Branagh won the first of his previous three nods in this race for "Conspiracy" in 2001; he lost for "Shackleton" in 2002 and "Warm Springs" in 2005. And Kiefer Sutherland won on his fifth consecutive lead actor in a drama series bid for "24" in 2006.
Ian McKellen ("King Lear") is a three-time Emmy also-ran having lost two supporting actor in a movie or mini-series races – "And the Band Played On" (1994) and "Rasputin" (1996) – as well as his guest actor in a comedy series bid for "Extras" in 2007.
None of the five women contending in the lead actress in movie or miniseries race has won an acting Emmy. One of the two Oscar winners in the race – Shirley MacLaine ("Coco Chanel") – won one of her five variety special Emmy nods in the 1970s and 1980s ("Gypsy in My Soul").
The other – two-time Oscar champ Jessica Lange ("Grey Gardens") – has lost this race twice: first to Helen Mirren ("Prime Suspect 4") in 1996 when she contended for "A Streetcar Named Desire" and then to Maggie Smith ("My House in Umbria") when she was nominated for "Normal" in 2003.
Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver ("Prayers for Bobby") competed in this race in 1998 for "Snow White: A Tale of Terror" losing to Ellen Barkin for "Before Women Had Wings."
Chandra Wilson ("Accidental Friendship") has never competed in this Emmy race, though she has contended unsuccessfully for the past three years in the supporting actress in a drama series category for her work on "Grey's Anatomy." She is nominated in that race again this year.
Rounding out the roster is Lange's "Grey Gardens" co-star Drew Barrymore who was a producing nominee in 2000 for the animated program "Olive, the Other Reindeer."
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