April 20 is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 255 days remaining until the end of the year.
1535 – The appearance of sun dogs over Stockholm, Sweden, inspired the painting Vädersolstavlan, the oldest colour depiction of the city.
1818 – Four days after the Court of King’s Bench in England upheld a murder suspect’s right to trial by battle in Ashford v Thornton, the plaintiff declined to fight, allowing the defendant to go free.
1968 – British Member of Parliament Enoch Powell made his controversial “Rivers of Blood” speech in opposition to immigration and anti-discrimination legislation, resulting in his removal from the Shadow Cabinet.
1978 – Soviet fighters shot at Korean Air Lines Flight 902 after it violated Soviet airspace, forcing it to make an emergency landing due to damage.
2008 – American Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first woman to win an IndyCar auto race.
Star Trek’s George Takei turns 81
American Horror Story’s Jessica Lange turns 69
Actor Shemar Moore turns 48
Playboy’s Carmen Electra turns 46
Victoria Secret Model Miranda Kerr turns 35
People are calling this Emmy race “one of the closest ever”, but my Emmy source (that spilled this delicious blind item) has sent me a cheeky little email stating otherwise.
‘It’s not as close as anybody thinks it will be,’ he says. ‘[name omitted] is cert to win. [gender omitted] hasn’t won before, so [they’ll] get it.’
So, tell me, Gossipers:
Who is our winner?
What is our race?
Nicole Kidman & Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series
Blind Item Posting: 24/07/17
The Story: Nicole Kidman vs Jessica Lange Closest Emmy Race In Years
Popular Guesses: Nicole Kidman / Jessica Lange
Nicole Kidman vs Jessica Lange was called the closest Emmy race of the year by GoldDerby and The Gossip Life’s very own, Scott, but my Emmy source contacted me almost two months ago to tell me the blind item above.
Kidman ended up lifting the Emmy last night, beating Lange, Susan Sarandon, Carrie Coon and co-star Reese Witherspoon, even though she initially trailed Lange in the predictions for the award.
It’s Kidman’s first ever Emmy Award after 2 previous nominations. Lange is an Emmy favourite and has won 3 in the last 10 years.
The Primetime Emmy Awards take place on September 17, 2017, but the analysis and estimations of the award show are already well underway with GoldDerby selecting the likely nominees and likely winners on their predictions site.
Netflix’s The Crown is fully expected to win Best Drama Series while Veep is the favourite for comedy, but it’s the acting categories where the stakes get higher and a lot more competitive.
According to the experts on GoldDerby, Best Drama Actress is a three way battle between Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaiden’s Tale, The American’s Keri Russell and The Crown’s Claire Foy. Moss is the likely winning although Foy has supporters on her side too.
It’s the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie where the category is absolutely staked, though with FX’s Feud fighting it out with HBO’s Big Little Lies.
Jessica Lange, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Susan Sarandon all compete for the prestigious award with Lange having a slight advantage (10 GoldDerby supporters) going into the nominations announcement.
Kidman is by far the closest competition, trailing Lange narrowly with 9 GoldDerby supporters. With Kidman’s co-star Reese Witherspoon also being in with a shout, GoldDerby speculate Witherspoon could split the votes and cost her Aussie friend, but admit Sarandon could do the same to her Feud co-star Lange.
Lange has been richly awarded by the Emmys in the past, winning 3 in the past 8 years. Kidman, Sarandon and Witherspoon have yet to win a single Emmy despite several nominations between. GoldDerby speculate that could serve Kidman well with Emmy members deciding Lange has already won enough.
Primetime Emmy nominations are announced July 13.