If Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight”) earns an Emmy nomination for Best Drama Actress this year, a leading 58% of fans who voted in our poll say she should submit the first episode to voters, titled “Inauguration.” Pilots are always great submissions for Emmy consideration as they don’t require the voters to have any prior knowledge of the stories and characters. But in this case, they know Baranski’s determined lawyer Diane Lockhart quite well.
Baranski earned six nominations for Best Drama Supporting Actress (2010-2015) for playing Diane on parent series “The Good Wife” on CBS, and she’s now being submitted for the lead category for the successful CBS All Access spinoff. Since Baranski’s performance was consistent throughout the entire 10-episode run of “The Good Fight,” the results of our Emmy poll are hardly unanimous.
In “Inauguration” Diane announces her retirement and plans to buy a villa in the south of France when she finds out that she’s a victim of a Ponzi scheme and has lost her retirement savings. Ousted from the firm she created, Baranski plays Diane’s anger, desperation, and ultimate resilience brilliantly and has numerous standout scenes opposite Diane’s estranged husband Kurt (Gary Cole) and one of her new firm’s named partners, Adrian (Delroy Lindo).
Also earning a high percentage (38%) of votes from our readers is the season finale, titled “Chaos.” While trying to defend an informant who brought her firm a warning about an impending cyberattack on Chicago’s power grid, Diane hears that Kurt has been injured in a carjacking and rushes to visit him in the hospital. Their tearful exchange when she finds out that he’ll recover is one of Baranski’s best scenes of the season.
Three percent of fans believe that Baranski should submit Episode 6, “Social Media and Its Discontents,” in which Diane battles against alt-right leader Felix Staples (John Cameron Mitchell). And the remaining 1% think that her performance is the most impressive in “First Week,” the second episode in which she officially joins her new law firm. None of the other six episodes earned any votes.
Before Baranski can submit an episode to Emmy voters, she’ll first have to be nominated in the Best Drama Actress category. According to Gold Derby’s current odds that combine the Emmy predictions of experts from major media outlets, Baranski will earn a nomination along with Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”), Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) and Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”).
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