Aghdashloo up for Emmy.
Aghdashloo is one of five nominees competing for the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. She was nominated for her bewigged role as Sajida, the wife of Saddam Hussein, in the HBO drama "The House of Saddam."
The awards will be televised September 20.
The Emmys are much more numerous than Oscars; there are 101 Emmy categories. While there are five nominees in Aghdashloo's category as there are for most Oscars, there are also three different Best Supporting Actress categories--one for a comedy series, one for a drama series and one for miniseries and movies.
Among the competition Aghdashloo faces is Marcia Gay Harden. Harden and Aghdashloo were both nominees for the 2004 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress --Aghdashloo in "House of Sand and Fog" and Harden in "Mystic River." Neither won that Oscar.
Now both Harden and Aghdashloo have just signed on to work together in a new film, "The No Game."
The movie is about an 18-year-old Jewish woman who discovers that her birth mother is Palestinian. The search for the mother leads her to an aunt, played by Aghdashloo, in Brooklyn. They become close, which cause frictions with the adoptive mother, played by Harden. Shooting for the film is due to begin next month.
Harden seems to keep bumping into Iranians. She is currently on Broadway featured in the four-person play "God of Carnage," which was written by the French-Iranian playwright Yasmina Reza. Harden won a Tony--the Oscar for stagework--for that role.