On Thursday, July 10, actress Mindy Kaling and television host Carson Daly announced several of the Emmy nominees, and it was quickly evident that there was a theme among them: many were movie stars before they were TV stars. From actors and actresses who had smaller film roles to those who won Oscars, we rounded up the most notable crossover stars of the 2014 Emmy nominees. Next
‘American Horror Story: Coven’
Four of the ladies from “American Horror Story: Coven” made a transition from the big to small screen. Jessica Lange, nominated for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, kicked off her career with 1976’s “King Kong,” and 1979’s “All That Jazz.”
Angela Bassett, second from left, was nominated for Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. Bassett worked in TV in her early career before finding film success with “Boyz n the Hood” (1991), “Malcolm X” (1992), and “Waiting to Exhale” (1995).
Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie nominee Sarah Paulson, third from left, has flexed between film and TV with movies such as “The Other Sister” (1999), “What Women Want” (2000), “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (2011).
Last, but definitely not least: Kathy Bates, who earned a Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie nod, is an Academy Award-winning actress (Best Actress, “Misery”). She was nominated for two others in 1999 (“Primary Colors”) and 2003 (“About Schmidt”). Next
Steve Buscemi, who picked up a Guest Actor in a Comedy nod (“Portlandia”), is no stranger to Emmy nominations. The “Boardwalk Empire” star was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Nucky Thompson in the HBO show in 2011 and 2012. Before he signed on for the TV role, Buscemi earned a slew of awards and nominations for his role in the 2001 film “Ghost World,” including an AFI Award nomination. He also starred in the Oscar-winning film “Fargo” (1996) as Carl Showalter. Next
‘Burton and Taylor’
Helena Bonham Carter’s portrayal of Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in “Burton and Taylor” earned her a 2014 Emmy nomination (Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie), but she’s also been nominated for a pair of Oscars (“The King’s Speech,” “The Wings of the Dove”). Bonham Carter has had roles in recent blockbusters including four of the “Harry Potter” films (she played the awful Bellatrix Lestrange) and “Les Miserables.” Next
‘Dancing on the Edge’
Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor was nominated for a 2014 Emmy (Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie) for his role in the Starz series “Dancing on the Edge.” Ejiofor starred in the 2013 biopic “12 Years a Slave,” which won a trio of Academy Awards earlier this year. Next
Dame Maggie Smith, seventh from right, and Paul Giamatti each earned an Emmy nod for their respective roles in the PBS drama, “Downton Abbey.” Smith was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Violet Crawley for the fourth year in a row. She won the award in 2011 and 2012. She has also taken home a pair of Academy Awards (“California Suite,” “The Prime of Miss Jean Brode”), and a 1987 Golden Globe for the film “A Room with a View” (Actress in a Supporting Role).
“Sideways” actor Giamatti, who was nominated for his portrayal of Harold Levinson in the period show, has been nominated for a 2005 Oscar (“Cinderella Man”), among other film awards.
From the Shire of “The Hobbit” to the Emmys, Martin Freeman (left) was nominated for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his “Fargo” performance as Lester Nygaard. An English actor, Freeman played the role of Bilbo Baggins in two “Hobbit” films.
Billy Bob Thornton starred in acclaimed films like “Monster’s Ball,” “Sling Blade,” and “Bad Santa” before taking on the role of Lorne Malvo in “Fargo,” which earned him a Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Emmy nom.
“Orange County” and “King Kong” actor Colin Hanks picked up an Emmy nod (Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie) for his role in “Fargo” as Gus Grimly. Next
‘Game of Thrones’
Lena Headey may be most recognizable as Cersei Lanniser in “Game of Thrones,” but she’s also had roles in films like “300” and “The Purge.” Headey scored her first Emmy nomination (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series) this year for “Thrones.”
Peter Dinklage was nominated for several film awards for his 2003 film “The Station Agent” before taking on “Thrones” as Tyrion Lannister. Dinklage took home the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama in 2011 for the role, the same category that he has been nominated for the past four years. He was also nominated for a 2012 Golden Globe for “GoT” (Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series). Next
‘House of Cards’
With a pair of film heavyweights at its forefront, its no wonder “House of Cards” has become such a hot commodity. Kevin Spacey has a pair of Academy Awards under his belt for “American Beauty” (1999) and “The Usual Suspects” (1995). His wife on the Netflix show, Robin Wright, was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Jenny in “Forrest Gump” (1994). Next
‘House of Lies’
“House of Lies,” not to be confused with “House of Cards,” is Showtime’s Golden Globe-winning hit starring Academy Award nominee (“Hotel Rwanda”) Don Cheadle, who found career success on the big screen. Cheadle has starred in films such as “Crash” (2004) and “Reign Over Me” (2007), and had roles in “Bulworth” (1998) and “Traffic” (2000). Next
Idris Elba has been in everything from the horror thriller “28 Weeks Later” (2007) to “Pacific Rim” (2013) as well as a pair of “Thor” films. His role in the BBC’s “Luther” as titular character John Luther earned him a 2014 Emmy nod (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie), a category that he’s been in before (2012, 2011). He won a 2012 Golden Globe (Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie) for the role. Next
Actor Jeff Daniels, center, won the 2013 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his role in "The Newsroom," and he’s nominated in the same category this year, but Will McAvoy was Daniels’ first major television role. In the past, the Golden Globe nominee has starred in films like “Dumb & Dumber” (1994) and “The Squid and the Whale” (2005). Next
‘The Normal Heart’
Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina, and Mark Ruffalo may not be names you’d typically associate with television, but they were each nominated for Emmys for their parts in the HBO TV movie, “The Normal Heart.” Roberts is a one-time Oscar winner (“Erin Brockovich”) and four-time nominee, Molina starred as Dr. Otto Octavius in 2004’s “Spider-Man 2,” and Ruffalo was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011 for “The Kids are All Right.”
Roberts was nominated for Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, Molina was nominated for Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, and Ruffalo was nominated for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. Next
‘Orange is the New Black’
Natasha Lyonne may have started acting on “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” back in the ‘80s, but she became a recognizable film actress thanks to roles in the “American Pie” (1999) films. Lyonne is nominated for Guest Actress in a Comedy for her character, Nicky Nichols, in “Orange is the New Black.” Next
Jon Voight (left) was catapulted into the Hollywood stratosphere with Academy Award-nominated film roles in “Midnight Cowboy” and “Coming Home” (he won Best Actor for the latter in 1978). He dabbled in TV movies throughout his career before becoming a series regular on “24” in 2009 and on “Lone Star” in 2010.
Voight picked up a 2014 Emmy nomination (Supporting Actor in a Drama) for his role as Mickey in the Showtime drama “Ray Donovan,” the same role that earned him a 2014 Golden Globe (Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series). Next
Fans of Kerry Washington may have made the connection that she played Chenille in the 2001 dance-romance flick “Save the Last Dance,” but that’s not the only film on her resume. Washington played Della Bea Robinson in “Ray” (2004) and Broomhilda von Shaft in “Django Unchained” (2012). Washington picked up her second consecutive Outstanding Lead Actress, Drama Emmy nomination for the perfectly styled Olivia Pope in “Scandal.” Next
William H. Macy and Joan Cusack have been in the acting game for years and both picked up Emmy nominations for their roles in “Shameless.” Macy, who was nominated for Lead Actor in a Comedy, was also nominated for an Oscar for his role in “Fargo” (1996). Cusack, who picked up a nod for Guest Actress in a Comedy, was nominated for two Oscars (“Working Girl,” “In & Out”). Next
Benedict Cumberbatch’s name has been splashed across headlines since the actor arrived in Boston to film the movie based on “Black Mass,” but it was his role in “Sherlock” that earned him a Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Emmy nomination for the third straight year. Before “Sherlock,” Cumberbatch acted in dramas such as “Atonement” (2007) and “The Other Boleyn Girl” (2008). Next
‘Return to Zero’
Minnie Driver may be best known in these parts for her role as Skylar in “Good Will Hunting” (1997), but she’s also been in movies like 1996’s “Sleepers” to 2004’s “The Phantom of the Opera.” Driver was nominated for a 2014 Emmy (Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie) for her role in “Return to Zero,” a Lifetime movie. Next
‘The Trip to Bountiful’
Cicely Tyson’s career spans more than 60 years, starting with a role in the 1951 TV series “Frontiers of Faith,” and includes a 1973 Academy Award nomination (Best Actress in a Leading Role, “Sounder”). Tyson portrayed Mrs. Watts in the 2014 Lifetime movie “The Trip to Bountiful,” based on the play of the same name, which earned her an Emmy nomination (Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie). Next
Both Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey (right) were nominated for Emmys for their roles in the HBO series “True Detective.” The pair worked primarily in film throughout their careers. McConaughey won an Oscar for his 2013 film “Dallas Buyers Club” earlier this year, and Harrelson has twice been an Academy Award nominee (“The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “The Messenger”). Back to the beginning
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