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Saturday, September 21, 2013

2013 Emmy Week: Best Actresses



- Connie Britton as Rayna James (Nashville)
- Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison (Homeland)
- Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley (Downton Abbey)
- Vera Farmiga as Norma Louise Bates (Bates Motel)
- Elizabeth Moss as Peggy Olson (Mad Men)
- Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope (Scandal)
- Robin Wright as Claire Underwood (House of Cards)

SURPRISED SHE'S NOT NOMINATED: Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife)

SHOULD BE NOMINATED: Keri Russell (The Americans)


- While Kevin Spacey got (almost) all of the House of Cards hype, that doesn't mean the lack of Robin Wright talk means she doesn't deserve to be here. Au Contraire! Wright was fantastic as the cold, yet surprisingly supportive Ms. Francis Underwood.

- Claire Danes' rookie season on Homeland was just like the show itself- crazy good. However, just like the show's sophomore season, Claire Danes was just plain crazy. It's personally hard for me to separate how bad the story lines of Season 2 of the show was versus the acting itself. With the Emmys, you vote on one particular episode, and not how the acting was for the season as a whole. That sure as hell helps Danes, because her Emmy submitted episode, Q&A, was excellent.

- Part of the reason I couldn't get past Danes' performance, was because I couldn't stand the Carrie Mathison crying/sad face, that she made all the time. However, no one looks like she's going to burst into tears more than Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington. I mean, look at the Scandal poster alone! For that sole reason, I can't get on board the Scandal and Washington train.

- Like Scandal, Downton Abbey is a show that I can't really get on board with, and I have no problem skipping it in favor of shows/seasons I've already seen on Netflix. Nothing Michelle Dockey did in the first few seasons of Downton Abbey made me fawn all over her as an actress, so I can't image she did anything that would make me fawn all over her in this past season of the PBS show.

- Elizabeth Moss is incredible on Mad Men. Always has been, and always will be. Despite Don Draper getting most of the screen time, the show's lead character is Peggy Olson. Another fantastic season of the show, and for Olson herself.

- Vera Farmiga  has proven to be a really, really good and talented actress in things like Up In The Air and The Departed, but there's just no way I had time to watch Bates Motel to truly judge her performance on the A&E show. From the pilot (which is the only episode I've seen) though, she was good.

- I know some people, including the Emmy's, love Mrs. Coach, but I personally couldn't care either way. I haven't actually seen a whole lot of Connie Britton and her acting, but for me- whatever.

WHO WILL WIN: Robin Wright (House of Cards)

I know I shouldn't vote against a previous winner, but Wright is not only a legit movie star, I think House of Cards sweeps up this night, and she'll ride the coattails of Best Drama and Best Actor the way Damian Lewis rode the coattails of Homeland and Danes last year.

WHO SHOULD WIN (ACTUAL NOMINATIONS): Robin Wright or Elizabeth Olson




- Laura Dern as Amy Jellicoe (Enlightened)
- Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath (Girls)
- Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton (Nurse Jackie)
- Tina Fey as Liz Lemon (30 Rock)
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer (Veep)
- Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation)

SURPRISED SHE'S NOT NOMINATED: Zooey Deschanel as Jessica Day (New Girl)



Out of the six shows that produced nominations, I have only seen the two NBC shows: 30 Rock and Parks and Rec. Tina Fey and Amy Peohler are both great, and I'd love to see either of them (or both, Emmy does like this pair!) win. I haven't seen Enlightened or Nurse Jackie because I don't get Showtime. Plus, I'm not a middle aged mother going through a crisis. Therefore, their shows do not relate to me. Sorry Laura Dern and Edie Falco. The HBO comedies on the other hand, I have no excuse for not watching those. I saw the Girls pilot, and I was severely disappointed. Never seen an episode of Veep, should I?

WHO WILL WIN: Tina Fey (30 Rock)

The Emmys LOVE Julia Louis-Dreyfus as she's won an Emmy for her work on Seinfeld, AND The Shitty Adventures of Old Christine, AND Veep. However, this fun fact made me sway in the other direction: Julia Louis-Dreyfus has never won multiple Emmys for playing the same role. Since she won last year, I don't think she repeats this year. Plus, not only is Tina Fey a previous winner (something the Emmys enjoy), I think the final season of 30 Rock makes a big difference in the minds of voters.




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