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  • nahborghi
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    #356532

    BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

    Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory” – episode “The Prom Equivalency”

    Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” – episode “Valentine’s Day 4: Twisted Sister”

    Anna Chlumsky, “Veep” – episode “Convention”

    Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent” – episode “Rollin'”

    Allison Janney, “Mom” – episode “Dropped Soap and a Big Guy on a Throne”

    Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” – episode “Kimmy Gets a Job”

    Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” – episode “Host: Taraji P. Henson”

    Niecy Nash, “Getting On” – episode “7th Annual Christmas Card Competition”

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    nahborghi
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    Okay, here we go:

    Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory:  3 minutes of screentime, no big scenes, nothing. It has a sweet moment with Sheldon, but the focus isn’t on Amy, they don’t allow her to react to the “I love you”. What the hell was Warner thinking? There’s nothing even worth to comment. Is this the best they could come up with? Makes me wonder if there wasn’t more worthy actress to fill up this eight spot.
     

    Julie Bowen – Modern Family: She is good in this episode. The whole Julianna roleplay is tiring after its fourth(?) appearance, but it’s a good showing for Bowen, who shows the ability to play something a little more loose than Claire Dunphy’s uptight paranoid tendencies. Still, there’s nothing new to the performance, and it feels so fractured in the episode that it’s hard for me to care for it. I still think “Connection Lost” would’ve been an more interesting choice for Bowen. 

    Anna Chlumsky – Veep: I might be biased. I like the show, I like Chlumsky and admire her evolution since the beggining of the show. This makes me want to root for her. But I tried to be as objective as I could, watching it back to back episodes and paying attention to every shot the actress might be in. She brought something to the scene everytime she appeared, and her burst out scene stuck with me the most. Yes, there is a dramatic turn in the end of the big scene, but you honestly cannot say it’s not laugh out loud funny to hear the uptight Amy saying “And I don’t know my left butt cheek from my right butt cheek but I believe I should listen to both buttcheeks and fart it up my asshole mouth!” I also like the body work Chlumsky does, it’s something that struck me upon rewatches. It’s a totally different kind of physical acting than the one demonstrated by Janney, and honestly, it’s more effective in my opinion. She disappears after leaving Selina’s team and never comes back, which is off puting, and it’s the only let down of an otherwise great submission.

    Gabby Hoffmann – Transparent: I didn’t remember how little of Ali we see in “Rollin'”. It’s one of her funniest moments, but she doesn’t appear much. I’d like to see more of the high threesome, it was too brief and it would’ve brought a lot of humor to the episode. Her scenes in the car with the driver are outstanding, she really captures the whole “lost in my middle-20’s” vibe that the show gives her, and I appreciate her nomination over what it would’ve been a name check for Judith Light. I still think that, out of the whole cast, Amy Landecker was the standout of the season, but her role was dramatic, so I understand the reasoning of going with Hoffmann. I wish she would’ve submitted an episode where she had more scenes, though. This might be her funniest showcase, but it’s not enough to warrant a win.

     Allison Janney – Mom: I was underwhelmed by this. I stopped watching Mom somewhere in the middle of season 1, but I remember seeing an unstopabble Janney in pretty much every episode. The one she submitted last year was not the best imo, but it was very good, broad and hammy, yes, but deserving of a win. Watching her episode, it’s clear that her co-lead status hasn’t changed, which bugs me because she has the entire episode for herself, she’s the main focus of the episode’s storyline, and she should be going head to head with JLD and Kudrow and Schumer, not with the other people in this category. But anyway. She does what she can with the material she’s given, but it’s not the tour de fource that people seems to think. Her physical commedy is nothing new; I was particularly bugged that the episode doesn’t seem to have an ending, so it leaves you hanging. The opening scene is good, but the rest of it is so… forced. Too hammy for my taste.

    Jane Krakowski – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: This is the most infuriating one. The nomination should’ve been the hard part. She could’ve won with “Kimmy Goes to a Party”. She could’ve taken down everyone in this category. But instead, she goes with an okay episode, that doesn’t feature much of Jaqueline. Sure, it could’ve been worse – I feared that she’d go with her flashback episode, that is both polemic and ofensive in my view -, and she hasn’t “Robin Wright’ed” her submission like some people have said. It’s possibly her second-best choice. It contains some of the best Kimmy-Jaqueline scenes of the season (this dynamic is one of the best things about the show so thumbs up!) and gives her some range and simpathy with the crying scene. You feel bad for this weirdo. And she does have some amazing one-liners that made me laugh harder than most of other nominee’s entire episodes have. So there’s that.

    Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live: I haven’t watched a single episode from this season, so I don’t know if this is a one-episode thing or if McKinnon has truly dominated the season, but what works in this episode is the fact that she’s never away for too long. She’s in most of the sketches, and she’s the MVP of all of the ones she’s featured. The horrible court one only works when she steps up as the mom. I love the Clinton cold opening, it’s one of my favorite impressions of her, and Darren as Bill only makes it 10x better. Then there’s the great Jane Lynch impression! Spot on. If only there was some Justin Bieber in it, and it would’ve been perfect. I’ve said it before, but I feel like Kate is this decade’s Amy Poehler, an outstanding player that has a bright future ahead of her. But when has an actress from SNL won an Emmy in this category? 

    Niece Nash – Getting On: While being extremely likeable on her tape, there’s not much in there. I thought the other supporting lady shines brighter in this sample, with the whole catheter thing, and the handrail stuff. This episode, and role for that matter, reminds me a lot of Merritt Wever in Nurse Jackie. In fact, the submission is very close to Wever’s winning one. Sympathetic, quiet, subtle. I don’t see such a upset happening in a year where everybody votes for everything, and that’s why she’s ranked so low in my eyes. But it’s a very sympathetic character in a pool of dysfunctional weirdos, and in that way she stands out from the rest of the category, so that might do the trick for some people.
     

    My personal choice:
    1- Chlumsky, 2- McKinnon, 3- Krakowski, 4- Janney, 5- Bowen, 6- Hoffmann, 7- Nash, 8- Bialik

    My prediction:
    1- Chlumsky, 2- Janney, 3- Bowen, 4- Hoffman, 5- Krakowsk, 6- McKinnon, 7- Nash, 8- Bialik 

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    seabel
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    Janney wins.

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    BTN
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    For Bialik I think speechlessness or hyperventilating is a reaction. I disagree on that point. But overall I would have never expected Bialik to be the last major nomination for bbt. She doesn’t really get showcases or anything. She’s just good.

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    Carlo
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    eight nominees and not a great submission…suddenly a weak categoey.

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    jf123
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    eight nominees and not a great submission…suddenly a weak categoey.

    What are you talking about? Janney and Chlumsky have great submissions 

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    Deniz Sisman
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    It’s pretty ironic. Bowen’s submission is better showcase for Burrell and Burrell’s is better showcase for Bowen.

    I used to think the exact opposite, but I think actors shouldn’t be allowed to submit episodes for themselves. Clearly, they can’t be objective about it at all. They go with the one they liked most or the one includes a scene, they most enjoyed. And this formula rarely works.

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    montana82
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    [quote=”Charles84″]

    eight nominees and not a great submission…suddenly a weak categoey.

    What are you talking about? Janney and Chlumsky have great submissions 
    [/quote]

    I thought they were fine.  Wasn’t doing back flips for them though.

     

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    Gabriel
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    Chlumsky I love her comic timing and delivery, but there’s not enough there to warrant a win for me. She had a brief outburst and that was pretty much it. It was funny, but I don’t understand how she’s being seen as the alternate to Janney.
    Janney
    – Ridiculously overrated. Her performance is nothing special, and I just don’t understand the praise. But it’s ALLISON JANNEY!!!1!! so of course she’s going to win.
    Krakowski – Always excellent, and while her episode wasn’t her best showcase it’s still great in and of itself.
    Nash – She has a nice presence on her show and is quite funny. I like her performance a lot. I feel like she could win in a Wever kind of way.
    Hoffmann – Great actress and performance but I don’t think her episode will appeal to voters.
    Bowen – I’m so over Bowen’s performance. There’s nothing special about her submission, either. Blah!
    McKinnon – she’s phenomenal and her submission shows off her talent a big way, but it’s a variety sketch show, so I don’t think she’ll win, especially if the powerhouse that is Wiig never won.
    Bialik – I watched her two minutes and it’s the most nothing performance ever. How she keeps getting nominations is beyond me. But I feel bad for her because she always looks so disappointed when she loses.

    Prediction.
    1. Janney
    2. Chlumsky
    3. Krakowski
    4. Bowen
    5. Hoffmann
    6. Nash
    7. McKinnon
    8. Bialik

    Personal reference:
    1. Krakowski
    2. Hoffmann
    3. McKinnon
    4. Nash
    5. Chlumsky
    6. Bowen
    7. Janney
    8. Bialik

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    Carlo
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    [quote=”joef123″]

    [quote=”Charles84″]

    eight nominees and not a great submission…suddenly a weak categoey.

    What are you talking about? Janney and Chlumsky have great submissions  [/quote]

    I thought they were fine.  Wasn’t doing back flips for them though.

      [/quote]

    They are the best episodes in a weak field, but they are far from being Emmy whorthy.. 

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    TomHardys
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    Bialik shouldn’t even be there in the first place… 

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    David Buchanan
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    Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory:  3 minutes of screentime, no big scenes, nothing. It has a sweet moment with Sheldon, but the focus isn’t on Amy, they don’t allow her to react to the “I love you”. What the hell was Warner thinking? There’s nothing even worth to comment. Is this the best they could come up with? Makes me wonder if there wasn’t more worthy actress to fill up this eight spot.

    There were plenty of more worthy actresses, like perennially-overlooked Eden Sher! 

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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