Emmys: 10 'modern-day Susan Luccis' who have yet to win
Susan Lucci couldn’t catch a break. For 18 nonconsecutive years between 1978 and 1998, she was up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the Daytime Emmys for her work on "All My Children" and lost. That’s a hell of a track record, accent on “hell.” Her losing streak ended with a win in 1999 (though losses in 2001 and 2002 twisted the knife), but her many, many strikeouts transformed her into the go-to talking point for anyone who hasn’t won a Primetime Emmy.
“I’m the Susan Lucci of pay cable,” Michael C. Hall told The Huffington Post. It was a sentiment echoed by longtime Daily Show director Chuck O’Neil in a Variety story written by an extremely handsome journalist. Even in Primetime Emmy categories, Lucci is a running joke.
Yet she did win that one time, and no amount of her show “being canceled” can take that away. Her victory, against overwhelming odds, should give hope to this year’s Lucci-inspired contenders -- each poised to transform from future "Jeopardy" answer to future highly specific statue-acquirer.
1979 | War | RSummary: The Vietnam War comes to horrible life in this shocking and unforgettable story of madness and determination. Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall and Marlon Brando provide the major fireworks; Laurence Fishburne and Dennis Hopper add some wild ntoes.Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper
2015 | Drama | NRSummary: See the origins of Marvel's SHIELD and the rise of smart and determinted Peggy Carter in the 1940's-set series that follows the events of Captain America: The First Avenger.Director: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (creators)
Cast: Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Chad Michael Murray
2000 | Family | PGSummary: Animated story of two con men whose dreams of gold seem to come true thanks to a map to the legendary city of El Dorado. When they arrive, however, they find their dishonest ambitions challenged by the unexpected allure of Mayan society.Director: Bibo Bergeron, Will Finn
Cast: Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez
1969 | Western | PGSummary: In late 1890s Wyoming, Butch Cassidy is the affable, clever, talkative leader of the outlaw Hole in the Wall Gang. His closest companion is the laconic dead-shot "Sundance Kid". As the west rapidly becomes civilized, the law finally catches up to Butch, Sundance and their gang. Chased doggedly ...Director: George Roy Hill
Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin
2014 | Romance | RSummary: Overeducated and underemployed, 28 year old Megan is in the throes of a quarterlife crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to think about her future and no one to relate to, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind - while her friends check off m...Director: Lynn Shelton
Cast: Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell, Kaitlyn Dever
2009 | Drama | GSummary: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.Director: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Jason Alexander, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
2010 | Drama | TV-MASummary: Timothy Olyphant is spectacular as a US Maarshall transferred back to his Kentucky home town in this excellent modern western.Director: Graham Yost (creator)
Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Walton Goggins
1971 | Family | GSummary: A reclusive and brilliant chocolatier invites a group of children into his outlandish factory so that he might choose a successor to his position.Director: Mel Stuart
Cast: Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum
1999 | Comedy | RSummary: A high school teacher’s resentment towards a young overachiever leads them both into murky waters during the student council eletctions. Matthew Broderick is just right as the teacher, and Reese Witherspoon got her first star turn as the go-getter student Tracy Flick.Director: Alexander Payne
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein
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