‘Feud’s Jackie Hoffman Has a Hilarious Plan For The Emmys Inspired By Joan Crawford — VIDEO
Jackie Hoffman's turn in Feud as Joan Crawford’s confidant, Mamacita, has earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, and her new video for Variety should earn a spot in each and every viewer’s heart. In the clip, the Feud actor posts up on a quintessentially ’60s telephone seat, flips through her contact book, and gives her fellow Emmy nominees a ring. After offering up a few pleasantries, she presents the person on the other end with a plan: If they win the award but are unable to attend the ceremony, Hoffman will happily receive the Emmy on their behalf.
The short is a funny and brilliant tribute to the gambit that Crawford put into effect half a century ago when she was not up for an accolade at the 35th Academy Awards, but her What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? co-star Bette Davis was nominated for Best Actress.
Hoffman told Variety,
“After receiving my Emmy nomination last month, a lightbulb went off in my substance clogged head. I thought about the tragedy and desperation of Joan’s act. After all, this is a business of desperation. And of course Jessica [Lange] played it perfectly. This act of ‘stop at nothing chutzpah’ was a perfect opportunity to take something so tragic and turn it into comedy.”
So, Hoffman created a video for Variety in which she “calls” the other actors in her category and offers to accept the Emmy for them. You know, like Lange did in the FX miniseries, Feud. And, you know, like Crawford did in real life before the 1963 Oscars.
Come for the Joan Crawford homage, stay for the shout-out to Grease 2.
If Hoffman shows up to the 2017 Emmys in head-to-toe silver, it's probably safe to assume the other nominees took her up on her proposal.