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August 17, 2015 at 9:37 pm #358181
In one of the most competitive races in Emmy history, we now know all of the episode submissions for Best Drama Actress. Who will win this category? Watch the episodes listed below and give your analysis and predictions.
BEST DRAMA ACTRESS:
Claire Danes, “Homeland” – episode “From A to B and Back Again”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder” – episode “Freakin’ Whack-a-Mole”
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire” – episode “Pilot”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black” – episode “Certain Agony of the Battlefield”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men” – episode “Person to Person”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards” – episode “Chapter 32”August 17, 2015 at 10:01 pm #358183
Robin Wright Robin Wright!!!August 17, 2015 at 10:11 pm #358184
Are you guys planning on recording your video analysis and predictions this year? So far your youtube channel is only interviewsAugust 17, 2015 at 10:13 pm #358185
I think Viola Davis and Robin Wright obviously have the best tapes in this line up. I really want Davis to win, but I’m not getting my hopes up too much. I think Robin Wright will take this.August 17, 2015 at 11:57 pm #358187
Wow, I’ve never wanted 4 people to tie, but that would be amazing if Wright, Davis, Henson and Maslany could share it… That said here’s how I think they would be ranked.
1. Robin Wright (my fave actually picked the right tape and now I think she can squeak thru and just barely beat Davis)
2. Viola Davis
3. Tatiana Maslany
4. Taraji P. Henson
5. Clare Danes
6. Elizabeth MossAugust 18, 2015 at 12:03 am #358188
Something tells me that they will give it to Claire Danes again.Viola Davis should win based on submission.August 18, 2015 at 12:35 am #358189
I know a lot of people on the site were going for Taraji, but she reminds of Kerry Washington all over again. I don’t see her winning.August 18, 2015 at 2:18 am #358191
I’m still here rooting for Taraji. I don’t see Wright winning with episode submission only. The rules have changed and buzz just isn’t there. If Taraji doesn’t win, I’d be happy to see Maslany take it. The only reason I’d be a little sour about Viola winning is because I’d want Taraji to be the one to make history.August 18, 2015 at 2:47 am #358192
So many women I want to win but choosing only one is quite difficult. Danes and Wright are the ones I would be fine not even being in the conversation. Then there’s Davis who will I like I just can’t support her for a win because of the other three who I almost would call for a tie. Maslany finally got nominated and her winning would be glorious. Moss has been just as great if not better at times then Hamm four nearly a decade on Mad Men and including her stellar work on Top of the Lake she would be a worthy winner (P.S. for all those who think Moss belongs in supporting you are mistaken because while is the lead she’s the female lead). Finally there’s Henson who is finally given a role she truly deserves and while watching the show there was nothing else as great as Henson. I hate to use the phrase “it’s her time” but it’s Henson’s time to get a big award and it’s time for an actress of color to win this category. Sure Davis winning too would be great but if I’m going by who deserves to win it’s Henson.August 18, 2015 at 3:23 am #358193
Claire Danes has been clever with her tape choice. Redux would have split the voters much more because of the development towards the end of the episode. Danes is the visual focus of her episode, with the verbal performance from Patinkin, her reaction is the focus on screen, and she is brilliant in it. My personal winner.
Viola Davis gets to show two different sides to her in her episode. The no-nonsense lawyer in court, ripping the hell out of the Senator on the stand. All the way to the wife doing whatever she can to clear her husband, and the phone call at the end of the episode. In terms of sheer range within the episode, Davis could have this in the bag.
Taraji going for the Pilot episode is wise. She injects the fun into the show when she arrives, and gets the best lines. For me though, it doesn’t feel a dramatic enough performance for her to challenge the win. If she does win, then it will be for the phenomenon that Empire quickly has become, and what she has made Cookie become, rather than for having the best episode.
Robin Wright has done herself a HUGE favour. A great episode for Claire. She gets the raw emotion when talking one on one in the cell with Corrigan. Then the realisation of the events that have taken place in the cell because of Claire, and the guilt stemming from this. And then the speech with Frank and Petrov either side of her. A great rage of passion coming from her, and Emmy bait if ever I saw. Then at the end, back to the intensity of Claire and Frank. ‘I never should have made you President,’ – a killer final line for a great episode for Wright. If this does come down to a classic case of best episode wins, then Wright should be up on that stage on Emmy night. Damn, I want to go and watch this episode again now!!
Elisabeth Moss didn’t have a huge choice, and it was probably down to two episode – Person to Person or Lost Horizon. In the finale, she gets the phone call with Don; the moment Peggy & Stan finally got together, which was nice; and her lunch with Joan. It’s all nice, crowd pleasing scenes in one way or another. Not winning material, but great to see that voters have recognised her brilliant performance one last time.
I haven’t watched any of Season 3 of Orphan Black, but I fail to see how Maslany is going to go from missing the first two seasons to winning on her first nod in the third, especially given the episodes on offer by the other actresses in this category.
My Personal Ranks: My Actual Predicted Outcome:
1. Claire Danes – Homeland 1. Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder
2. Robin Wright – House of Cards 2. Robin Wright – House of Cards
3. Viola Davis – How To Get Away With Murder 3. Claire Danes – Homeland
4. Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men 4. Taraji P Henson – Empire
5. Taraji P Henson – Empire 5. Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men
6. Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black 6. Tatiana Maslany – Orphan BlackAugust 18, 2015 at 3:29 am #358194
Wasn’t this discussed like billion times already? Okay, nevermind… I want Tatiana to win and imo she has the best tape. But you know all of them have best tapes in opinion of their fans. It depends on the voters what they decide. Will they vote for their friends, the ones with the most buzz or they actually watch the tapes. And stop with this ‘making history’ nonsense. We had that with Oscars and we all know how it ended. Poor Halle. You want Viola or Taraji win, that’s fine. But make it about them being good performers not some ‘making history’ bs. I’m sure they would love to win based on merit and not because of their skin color.August 18, 2015 at 4:23 am #358195
^Taraji has a winning episode. Her performance throughout the season was groundbreaking. She has the buzz. Cookie is iconic. She deserves to win. This is her time. She WILL make history.August 18, 2015 at 5:12 am #358196
Taraji’s performance over the season was great, but it wasn’t anything groundbreaking.