Kyra Sedgwick (‘Ten Days in the Valley’): Return to awards glory for TV’s former ‘Closer’?

Kyra Sedgwick won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on TNT’s “The Closer,” a character she inhabited for seven years. After saying goodbye to “The Closer” in 2012, Sedgwick stayed busy with films like “The Edge of Seventeen” and a recurring gig on TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” But now she’s back in the awards spotlight thanks to her complex role as Jane Sadler, a showrunner whose daughter goes missing in ABC’s new drama “Ten Days in the Valley.”

While the race for Best TV Drama Actress at the 2018 Golden Globes looks to be a battle between Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Claire Foy (“The Crown”), don’t count out Sedgwick just yet. She was nominated six consecutive times (2006-2011) for “The Closer,” which is quite a feat considering the Globes’ tendency for dropping contenders in favor of whatever’s shiny and new. Sedgwick prevailed at the 2007 ceremony, taking down high-profile contenders like Patricia Arquette (“Medium”), Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”), Evangeline Lilly (“Lost”) and Ellen Pompeo (“Grey’s Anatomy”).

Sedgwick’s Emmy story for “The Closer” is a bit different. She was only nominated five times (2006-2010), but didn’t prevail until her final bid thanks to a knock-out episode submission, “Maternal Instincts.” Emmy pundits agreed that her episode was the strongest that year, but still thought Julianna Margulies would take the prize for the blockbuster debut season of “The Good Wife.” Sedgwick beat Margulies in a huge upset, and was strangely never nominated again. The other nominees in 2010 were Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”), Glenn Close (“Damages”), Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) and January Jones (“Mad Men”).

While TV critics are mixed on “Ten Days in the Valley” — it has a 63 score on Metacritic — they all agree on one thing: Sedgwick steals the show. If awards voters are paying attention, then Sedgwick could be hearing her name called at various kudocasts as awards season heats up. Here’s a sampling of what critics have to say about Sedgwick’s performance in “Ten Days in the Valley”:

Steve Greene (IndieWire): “Even when her character is pulled in eight different psychological directions, Sedgwick makes each of those personality variables make sense, even if the show has trouble connecting them into a cohesive character.”

Hank Stuever (Washington Post): “It’s an instantly engrossing show, made more tense by Sedgwick’s all-in performance of a woman losing a precarious grip on things.”

Brian Tallerico (RogerEbert.com): “It’s well-made enough that I could see anyone who got into stuff like ‘Secrets & Lies’ engaging with it. And Sedgwick is always solid.”

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