Emmy-Nominated Movie Stars Pulling Double Duty: The Women

Jane Fonda, "Newsroom"Jane Fonda ("The Newsroom" and "The Butler"): Like Al Pacino, Fonda is another powerhouse who should be content with her Oscars. To be fair, though, she hasn't had one since 1978 (in fact, her 1984 Emmy win for Lead Actress in a Miniseries is newer). Now she has a shot with her nomination for Guest Actress in a Drama series, for her role in "The Newsroom." The Aaron Sorkin vehicle has been hammered for its preachiness, but among the undisputed highlights has been Fonda.

The actress admits that her real-life role — as a former wife of media mogul Ted Turner — helped inform her performance. "I know what [a newsroom] looks like," she said to the Huffington Post in 2012. "I know what it feels like — it doesn't intimidate me. So, it did help. Even though my character is not like Ted — or like Rupert. It's somewhere in between."

Highly anticipated, just for the sheer political irony, is the star-studded film "The Butler," in which the notorious liberal plays Nancy Reagan. And as for the backlash and boycotts about the casting, Fonda told the Hollywood Reporter, "I might not have always agreed with Nancy Reagan, but I admire her, and I'd never try to insert my views when playing her." And protesters should "get a life."

Here's a trailer from what's being dubbed an Oscar contender.


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