Julianne Nicholson won her first Emmy at the 73rd Annual Emmy Awards on Sunday and accepted the trophy for her work as Lori Ross on the limited HBO Max series Mare of Easttown.
Easttown follows Mare (Emmy nominee Kate Winslet), a small town detective investigating the murder of a young girl. Lori is Mare’s close friend and confidante, and despite their crumbling lives, the two friends try to hold on to their longstanding friendship. The series is directed by Craig Zobel and written by Brad Ingelsby.
Nicholson plays with Jean Smart and Evan Peters. All of them were nominated for their roles tonight and Peters has already won.
During her speech, Nicholson praised Winslet for convincing her to take a risk to be part of the series.
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“If you hadn’t called and asked if I wanted to come to Philly, I would probably have read the first two episodes, thought, ‘Nah, the priest did it,’ and would have stayed home. So I owe it to you, ”she said, looking at Winslet in the audience.
Nicholson went on to see how Winslet’s leadership got her through difficult times on set when the series was filmed during the pandemic. “It turns out you’re good at running an entire production,” she said. “You have led us all every step of the way with such care, intelligence and love.”
Nicholson’s performance beat nominees Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton), Phillipa Soo (Hamilton), Smart, Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit) and Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision).
In total, Mare of Easttown received 16 Emmy nominations, and the Nicholson win makes it three for the series, along with Peters. Received a statue at the Creative Arts Emmys for outstanding production design for a narrative contemporary program (an hour or more) ‘Tonight Won Best Supporting Actor.
The 73rd annual Emmy Awards are celebrated in person, with Cedric The Entertainer as host.