According to Page Six, HBO execs have been pushing Drew to put herself in the running for Best Actress in A Movie or Miniseries category. HBO wants her co-star Jessica Lange to be in the Supporting Actress category, which she doesn’t agree with.
A source tells them, "Her immediate reaction was that she's won two Oscars, and that she has equal screen time to Barrymore. She felt she wasn't a supporting character in the film, and that it'd be dishonest and a manipulation of votes. She didn't want a part of it."
After weeks of going back and forth, HBO has decided to allow Barrymore and Lange to go head-to-head in the lead actress category. The Page Six insider says, "Now we have a scenario where either Lange will go home empty-handed, or neither will win. It's unfortunate."
Both Drew and Jessica deny the tension. Lange’s rep says, "Prior to the decision being made, there was lots of discussion between Drew, the studio and Jessica. Obviously people wanted a scenario where everyone was happy. At the end of the day, HBO was the one who looked at the screen time and made the call."
HBO is also saying they had nothing to do with the Emmy decision. The network issued a statement saying, "HBO would never presume to dictate which category an actor chooses for award submissions. We do engage in a dialogue with actors and filmmakers to facilitate the process, but the actor's decision is always final."
The roles were pretty similar in size, so we understand that both would want to be in the running for Best Actress. But who do you think would win? Drew or Jessica?