- Published on Saturday, July 21 2012
- Written by Brianna Kassorla
The 2012 Emmy nominations were released yesterday (July 19), and among some of the least surprising news was Kathryn Joosten’s nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in "Desperate Housewives". It's a role she has been nominated for three times previously, though as a Guest Actress, and she has actually won it twice. So, this is nothing new; however, the circumstances in this year's nomination are quite bittersweet. Most of you know that Kathryn passed away in June from lung cancer, making her nomination a posthumous one, and though rare, it is not the first time an actor or actress has been recognized after their death.
Joining Kathryn in the small club are popular names such as James Dean, who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in not one but two films, East of Eden and Giant, in 1956 following his death in September of 1955. Sydney Pollack was nominated in the category of Best Picture for his film, The Reader, after his death in 2008. Popular Australian actor Peter Finch was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar in 1977 for his 1976 film, Network. Farrah Fawcett received her fourth Emmy nomination posthumously for producing her documentary simply titled Farrah’s Story, which was released the same year as her death in 2009. The most well-known posthumous nomination is probably Heath Ledger for his work as The Joker in The Dark Night, released in 2008; he actually took home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor that year. Nominating actors and actresses posthumously is a great way to give credit where credit is deserved. Just because someone is no longer here with us doesn’t mean his or her talents should go unnoticed.
Kathryn Joosten was a great asset to the "Desperate Housewives" cast and was a joy to watch on screen, and we are very happy that she has received yet another well-deserved nomination!
- Brianna Kassorla, YH Staff