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Monday, September 16, 2013

2013 Emmy Week: Best Supporting Actresses



- Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart (The Good Wife)
- Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody (Homeland)
- Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen (Game Of Thrones)
- Anna Gunn as Skylar White (Breaking Bad)
- Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris (Mad Men)
- Dame Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley (Downton Abbey)

SURPRISED SHE'S NOT NOMINATED: Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma (The Good Wife)

SHOULD BE NOMINATED: Kate Mara as Zoe Barnes (House Of Cards)


- I truly thought that Emilia Clarke would get snubbed this year, but she delightfully was the first actor other than Peter Dinklage to get an acting nomination for the HBO epic. The Klahessi story line was one of the very best from Season 3 of Game of Thrones, and Clarke has morphed into a wonderful and powerful actress.

- I said it before, and I'll say it again, Anna Gunn deserved to have gotten nominated for this little scene alone:

Gunn was excellent during Season 5.1 of Breaking Bad, and for the first time in a long time, she made me feel sorry and pity for Skylar White.

- I'm conflicted on the Morena Baccarin and Christina Hendricks nominations. While I did enjoy their performances, and I'm not as angry about their nomination as I am about some of their male counterparts, nothing they did really shined either. Hendrick's Joannie was barely in this past season of Mad Men and Season 2 of Homeland was so bad (mainly because of the Nicholas Brody / Carrie Matthison relationship), that I can't decide if I really like Baccarin's performance or not. But like Clarke, she did go topless this past season, and I guess that's a plus.

- While I have never liked Downton Abbey, I have always enjoyed Dame Maggie Smith's character and performance. She is the one actor from Downton Abbey who's nomination I don't have a problem with.

- I don't watch The Good Wife because I am not a middle aged, white, housewife, so who really knows if Christine Baranski was good or not. However, she's a really good actress so I don't doubt this nomination. What I do know, is that Baranski didn't have as horrible of a plot line as Panjabi's Kalinda did, so that's good.

WHO WILL WIN: Dame Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)



I will say that I think it's close between Gunn and Clarke, and as much as I've (for the most part) always hated Skylar, yet always loved Khalessi, I think for JUST the past 12 months alone, I give the slightest edge to Anna Gunn.



- Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah-Fowler (The Big Bang Theory)
- Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy (Modern Family)
- Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer (Veep)
- Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney (30 Rock)
- Jane Lynch as Sue Slyvester (Glee)
- Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (Modern Family)
- Merritt Weaver as Zoey Barkow (Nurse Jackie)

SURPRISED SHE'S NOT NOMINATED: Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth (Arrested Development)

SHOULD BE NOMINATED: Jenna Fischer as Pam Halpert (The Office)


- As good as Julie Bowen and Sophia Vergara are on Modern Family, what makes them better than Sarah Hyland (Haley Dunphy) and Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy)? I would have liked to see Hyland nominated this year. I also wouldn't have minded if the Emmys pulled an Eric Stonestreet and not nominated Bowen to make way for other nominees. Although unlike their male equivalent, there's no true snubs here and not even close to being as deep.

Jane Krakowski has always been good on 30 Rock, and it's nice to see that she's nominated for the show's final season.

- Like Krakowski, Jane Lynch was also not nominated last year, as it looked like the bloom fell off of the Glee rose. But unlike Krakowski, it would have been nice if the bloom stayed off. Like any Ryan Murphy produced television show, Glee is just ridiculous and unwatchable at this point.

- Alan Sepinwall tells me that Merritt Weaver was spectacular during last season of Nurse Jackie, and is the clear cut best choice out of these seven names. I really enjoyed her guest work on New Girl as Schmidt's new/old girlfriend Elizabeth, so I trust Alan.

- I never liked nor enjoyed Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory, so it should be no surprise that I'm not a fan of Mayim Bialik's Amy Farrash-Fowler, the Sheldon female equivalent. However, America LOVES Sheldon, so it should be no surprise they love her as well.

- HBO comedies have just gone under my radar. (Sorry Veep and Girls!), however, if what the zeitgeist says about how good Veep has been this past season and how good Anna Chlumsky has been on it, she probably deserves to win it this year.

WHO WILL WIN: Julie Bowen (Modern Family)

WHO SHOULD WIN (ACTUAL NOMINEES): Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)



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