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Believe or not, only one member of one of the main Star Trek TV casts has ever won an acting Emmy Award. On Monday Star Trek Voyager’s Captain Janeway is hoping to change that. TrekMovie takes a look at what Kate Mulgrew is saying ahead of the big day along with what the early buzz is on her chances. We also have news on how Cosmos faired at the Creative Arts Emmys, predictions for Cumberbatch and a look back at Trek actors history with the Emmmys.
2014 Emmys: Will Kate Win?
It only took Captain Janeway seven years to get her crew home from the Delta Quadrant, but it’s taken Kate Mulgrw 40 years on television to get an Emmy nomination. Unless you’ve been stuck in the Delta Quadrant yourself, you know that Kate is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Russian den mother, Galina “Red” Reznikov, in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.
Kate has been in the news more than usual, such as her recent interview in Vogue, where she promises to wear “something deep blue and queenlike” to the ceremony this Monday. In the recent interview (below) with Gold Derby, she says – for a “woman of a certain age” that getting a role as meaty as Red is its own award:
Kate Mulgrew July 31 Gold Derby Q&A
Based on pre-Emmy buz, opinion on Kate’s chances is divided. Her biggest competition is from Allison Janney in Mom, who TV Guide says will probably win, but doesn’t rule Kate out. However, The Wire and the LA Times agree Mulgrew both should and will win. Entertainment Weekly and E! disagree on both counts. The Washington Post says she should, but probably won’t.
Variety is 50/50. Mulgrew actually shared the 2014 Critics Choice TV Best Supporting Actress award with Janey.
Cosmos (but not Braga) Wins At Creative Arts Emmys + Cumberbatch May Go 0 for 3
The Creative Arts Emmys Ceremony was held last week where former Trek writer/producer Brannon Braga was nominated for two awards for his work on Cosmos (directing and producing), but he didn’t win. The show did pick up four awards at the event (for Sound Editing, Music Composition, Main Title Theme, and Writing). But Cosmos did win best documentary series at the Critics Choice Awards, so he hasn’t left the summer empty handed.
On Monday Benedict Cumberbatch (aka John Harrison aka Khan from Star Trek Into Darkness) is also up for his role as the title character in Sherlock (his third nomination in a row). Cumberbatch’s Emmy nomination is much lower profile than Kate’s – Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie – so not as many in the press are weighing in on this race, but those who do predict he’ll lose to Billy Bob Thornton (E!) or Mark Ruffalo (Boston Globe).
Earlier this year, Tim Russ won a Pacific Southwest Emmy for producing commercials for the FBI, so hopefully that portends well for his former captain.
Will Kate join Bill?
If Mulgrew takes home the trophy, it would make only the second time that one of the main Star Trek TV cast actors has won a Primetime Emmy (for acting). The first is William Shatner, who won twice – both wins for Denny Crane (one for The Practice and one for Boston Legal). Scott Bakula got four nominations for Quantum Leap. René Auberjonois has three nominations for different roles. Robert Picardo got one for The Wonder Years. LeVar Burton was nominated for playing Kunte Kinte in Roots (He lost, but don’t worry about him – he got 12 wins as both producer and host for Reading Rainbow out of 24 total noms).
William Shatner wins second Emmy in 2005
In a miscarriage of justice that could inspire the fieriest Picard speech, Patrick Stewart has never won an Emmy. He does have four nominations, but none of them for Jean Luc Picard. The only Trek actor in a Trek role to ever get a nomination is Leonard Nimoy: three times for Spock, but no wins.
If Mulgrew wins, one hopes they welcome her on stage with the Voyager theme…which incidentally won the Emmy for best main title theme music in 1995.
TrekMovie will have an article on Monday reporting on how things go for Benedict and Kate, along with any images and videos available from the event.