Angela Lansbury could bag an Emmy for her role in Heidi Thomas's 'Little Women'
While Lansbury has been nominated for an Emmy many times before, she never actually took the award home
The Emmy Awards have been consistently overlooking Angela Lansbury who has been put off the winner's list about 18 times. However, with her spirited portrayal of Aunt March in BBC1's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic coming-of-age novel 'Little Women', the veteran actress might finally be called to receive the award.
Alcott's classic has been adapted several times. The first adaptation was a silent film in the late 1910's and the most recent one was Sony Pictures' adaptation in 2013. The latest one stars Willa Fitzgerald, Maya Hawke, Annes Elwy and Kathryn Newton as the four March sisters and will be directed by Heidi Thomas, the award-winning creator of 'Call the Midwife'.
While the 1994 movie adaptation won several awards including the Kansas City Film Critics Circle award for the best actress (which went to Winona Ryder for her role as Jo March), this adaptation could be the call for Lansbury.
Meanwhile, Angela Lansbury is stealing the show as the strong-headed, adamant aunt who loves her nieces just as much as she dominates them. She doesn't miss a chance to call them the perfect recipe for a headache.
Although Lansbury confesses to having never read Alcott's book — she's only read Heidi's script — she feels a strong connection with the second of the March sisters Jo March. Both share a past where they have felt the absence of the father and hence fell in love with men much older in age.
However, the Tony Award winner, who was crowned the best actress for her roles in Blithe Spirit, Gypsy and Dear World, will probably step off the silver screen after her role in Heidi Thomas's adaptation of 'Little Women'.
While Lansbury has been nominated for an Emmy many times, she never took the award home. This time, however, she stands in the fourth place behind Laura Dern (Twin Peaks), Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) and Nicole Kidman (Top of the Lake: China Girl). Experts Tom O'Neil (founder of Gold Derby) and TV Guide's Matt Roush are predicting her victory at this year's Emmys.