With her riveting performance as mean mama Floyd Gerhardt on the second instalment of FX's anthology "Fargo," Jean Smart establishes herself firmly as the frontrunner for the Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress at next year's Emmys. This prequel to last year's Emmy-winning edition debuted Monday to rave reviews, with many of them making mention of Smart who plays a tough-as-nails boss of a crime family wreaking havoc in the icy Midwest. Indeed, she delivers such a slam-dunk awardworthy performance that she should start practicing her acceptance speech now.
Remember, Emmy loves villains, especially devilish dames like Glenn Close in "Damages," Jessica Lange in "American Horror Story" and Margo Martindale in both "Justified" and "The Americans."
And this mommie dearest and her family of thugs and halfwits (played by Michael Hogan, Jeffrey Donovan, Kieran Culkin and Angus Sampson) are the perfect antagonists to Patrick Wilson's honorable police officer Lou Solverson (who, for those paying attention, was played by Keith Carradine in the show's first season set 25 years later in Bemidji, Minnesota).
The TV academy loves Smart. She has won three of her seven Emmy bids: Best Comedy Guest Actress (for "Frasier" in 1999 and 2000) and recently for Best Comedy Supporting Actress in 2007 for "Samantha Who?". She also contended three times for Best Drama Guest Actress ("24," "The District," "Harry's Law") and once for Best Drama Supporting Actress (also for "24," a rare feat of being nominated for the same role in different categories).
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Photo: Angus Sampson and Jean Smart in "Fargo" Credit: FX.
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