The primetime Emmy Awards have amended their longform acting category to combine both lead and supporting performances into one category. Instead of five nominations each for both lead and supporting roles in the actors’ and actress’ competitions, a total of six men and six women will be singled out for their work in a TV miniseries. This change will not effect this year’s contenders, but will go into effect in 2013.
This is an odd way to make an increasingly competitive field even more fierce. Many of our best actors are heading to TV where the juicier roles are. This year’s pool of competing actors and actresses will include the likes of Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Idris Elba, Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris, Clive Owen, Dominic West, Bill Nighy, Jessica Lange, Julianne Moore, Emily Watson, Nicole Kidman, Patricia Clarkson and Rachel Weisz.
The 2011 winners were Kate Winslet (Lead, “Mildred Pierce”), Barry Pepper (Lead, “The Kennedys”), Guy Pearce (Supporting, “Mildred Pierce”), and Maggie Smith (Supporting, “Downton Abbey”). [Variety]