History was made at last night’s Oscars: it was the first time ever that all four acting categories went to television stars.
Rami Malek (USA’s Mr. Robot), Olivia Colman (Netflix’s The Crown), Mahersala Ali (Netflix’s Luke Cage/HBO’s True Detective), and Regina King (ABC’s American Crime/Netflix’s Seven Seconds) won in their perspective categories and possibly signaling a big shift in the perspective about television: that TV is now just as good movies.
In addition to their Oscar wins, King and Malek both have Emmys for their television roles. Malek won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy in 2015. King has been nominated for four consecutive Emmys in the last four years for playing four separate characters, winning in 2015 and 2016 (American Crime) and 2018 (Seven Seconds).
Olivia Colman is an Emmy nominee for 2016 her role in AMC’s The Night Manager (ironically losing to Regina King!) in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category. Colman will be seen next in Netflix’s The Crown taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth II, a role that just won Claire Foy an Emmy in 2018.
Mahershala Ali is currently starring in the third season of HBO’s True Detective, a role that will certainly get him an Emmy nomination this year. Ali has one prior Emmy nomination for his guest role on House of Cards in 2016.