"Sex and the City," Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon are all real winners. Back when TV viewers were hot for "Sex," the series swept so many showbiz awards that we must now wonder: How will the new film version do at the Oscars?
TV series "Sex and the City" had its best luck striking awards gold at, of course, the Golden Globes, where voters track the hottest trends in Hollywood. Given the timing of those kudos, six seasons of the TV series were eligible over seven years. "Sex" won three of its six nominations for best comedy series (2000, 2001, 2002), while star Sarah Jessica Parker went four for seven in the race for best lead comedy actress (2000, 2001, 2002 ,2004).
Parker's costars didn't have the same good luck because of increased competition. At the Globes, supporting stars of comedy and drama series are combined into one category. Nonetheless, Cattrall won one of her four Globe TV nods (2003), Nixon went 0 for 4, and Davis lost her sole nomination.
At the Emmy Awards, the show won only one of its six bids for best comedy series (2001), while Parker lost five consecutive battles for best actress up until her final Emmy derby.
That's when — OK, I confess here and now — I conducted one of my rare Emmy interventions. Normally, I don't get involved in award races as a matter of policy, but back in 2004, when the superstar of one of TV's most celebrated series faced her final season, Emmyless, I could not stand witnessing the tragedy anymore and so I advised her on strategy.
It was quite obvious that Parker was afflicted with a serious case of the Susan Lucci Disease. She kept picking lousy episode samples to give to Emmy judges. In 2004, when I heard that Parker planned to submit "The Post-It Always Sticks Twice," I knew she'd lose again. As terrific as her performance in that episode was — and, indeed, it was — her character, Carrie Bradshaw, was too whiny, unsympathetic, downright annoying. There was no way Sarah could win with that.
The cure for what ailed her: I told Sarah to submit part two of the series finale. She gave me a bit of a fight at first, noting that she'd be asking judges — many of whom are not regular viewers of a TV series they're weighing — to join a story midway through, but I prevailed on her, she caved and she ended up winning, of course.
Gold Derby, by the way, also helped Cynthia Nixon win during her final season, but that was because our forums moderator Chris "Boomer" Beachum recommended a different strategy of episode submission from the one she had planned. Cattrall never sought our advice and — ah, well, too bad —she lost five consecutive Emmy bids.
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