Cloquet native Jessica Lange nabs Emmy nom for 'American Horror Story: Asylum'


Minnesota native Jessica Lange is getting another chance to add to a major statuette to her trophy case.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Lange was nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Primetime Emmy Award Thursday for the FX series "American Horror Story: Asylum."

Because "American Horror Story" is anthology series with a dramatically different storyline every season, it is considered a miniseries rather than a traditional drama series.

Lange stars as Sister Jude in "American Horror Story: Asylum," a nun with a troubled past who rules over an insane asylum with an iron fist, only to become a resident there herself.

Lange won in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie category last year for the first season of "American Horror Story."

The Cloquet-born Lange faces some pretty stiff competition in this year's lead actress category. Also up for the award are Laura Linney for Showtime's "The Big C: Hereafter," Helen Mirren for HBO's "Phil Spector," Sigourney Weaver for USA's "Political Animals" and Elizabeth Moss for Sundance Channel's "Top of the Lake."

"American Horror Story: Asylum" is also up for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and leads all competitors with 17 nominations. Sarah Paulson also earned a nomination for the show in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category, and James Cromwell and Zachary Quinto were each nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor.

The first season of "American Horror Story" also earned Lange a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. She was also nominated for SAG Award for "American Horror Story: Asylum" earlier this year.

Lange's previous honors also include an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for "Grey Gardens" in 2009, and nominations in the same category for "Normal" in 2003 and "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1996.

The actress, 64, has also been nominated for six Oscars, and won for Best Supporting Actress for "Tootsie" in 1983 and "Blue Sky" in 1995.

The 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sept. 22 on CBS.

See Lange perform "The Name Game" in a fantasy sequence from "American Horror Story: Asylum," below.

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