Barrymore, Lange deny row over Emmy nomination for Grey Gardens

April 25th, 2009 - 5:16 pm ICT by ANI  

New York, April 25 (ANI): Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange have trashed reports of a spat over the forthcoming Emmy Awards nominations for their work in Grey Gardens.

The two stars had been rumoured to have had their differences over who had the claim to the Best Actress nomination.

HBO chiefs were said to have pitched in for Barrymore, leaving Lange to court the Best Supporting actress category - allegedly leading to a row between the two actresses.

But Lange refused the compromise, according to a source.

“Her immediate reaction was that she’s won two Oscars, and that she has equal screen time to Barrymore,” the New York Post quoted an insider as saying.

“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,” the insider added.

Finally, HBO decided that both would run for the lead category.

A spokeswoman for HBO said: “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.”

Lange’s rep also added: “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 screentime and made the call.” (ANI)

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