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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    #353001

    Of course, you’ve got your episodes like “Whitecaps” that are clear slam-dunk winners, but every once in a while there are episodes that are just as great or nearly as great that are submitted, seem like they should obviously win, and yet, bupkus. So instead of a “Whitecaps,” some people end up with a bunch of empty “Suitcase”s.

    What were the best ever LOSING submissions?

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    eastwest
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    #353003

    Gabriel Byrne’s two nominations should’ve been wins and Ricky Gervais last year are my main ones. People who have lost to amazing competition are Bryan Cranston (“Crawl Space”) and Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss.

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    Actriz
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    #353004

    I don’t know how many people side with me on this one, but Tina Fey’s “The Tuxedo Begins” in 2012 was easily her best submission during the show’s run.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    #353005

    One heartbreaker was Terry O’Quinn for “Walkabout” from “Lost.” Of course, his loss was kind of his own fault. That was when supporting actors had to submit two episodes, and instead of submitting the other slam-dunk episode that was all about him, “Deus Ex Machina,” he went with “The Moth,” which wasn’t even his story.

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    DominicCobb
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    #353006

    Don’t know many submissions off the top of my head, so I’ll have to come back with more, but, since I watched it recently, I will have to say the entire cast of Mad Men. Pretty much all of their submissions were perfectly chosen. Hamm especially seemed to have a winning submission every year. 

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    Carlo
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    #353007

    Immediatly to my mind: 

    Jon Hamm – Mad Men, “The Suitcase” 

    Lisa Kudrow – Friends, “The Hundreth” & “The One Where Everybody Finds Out” 

     

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    Bradley Weir
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    #353008

    A couple of Mad Men ones. Jon Hamm (and Elisabeth Moss for that matter) for “The Suitcase is the obvious one. January Jones for “The Gypsy and The Hobo”.

    I think Dinklage was drastically unlucky to be up against Aaron Paul because “The Laws of Gods and Men” was stunning.

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    Andrew Eng
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    #353009

    My top 5

    2002-Kiefer Sutherland, 24 (Day 1 11:00pm-12:00am)
    2008-Michael Emerson, Lost (The Shape of Things to Come)
    2010-Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights (East of Dillon)
    2011-Julia Stiles, Dexter (In the Beginning) 
    2014-Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (The Laws of Gods and Men)

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    2009-Jimmy Smits, Dexter (Go Your Own Way)
    2010-Terry O’Quinn, Lost (The Substitute)
    2010-Julie Bowen, Modern Family (My Funky Valentine)
    2011-Timothy Olyphant, Justified (Reckoning)
    2013-Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad (Say My Name)
     

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    Gabriel
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    #353010

    Steve Carell’s “Goodbye Michael” comes immediately to mind; it was practically made to win him the Emmy. Poehler’s “Win, Lose, or Draw” is another great submission that also bafflingly didn’t win. No one was better than either of those two in their respective categories.

    Also, Larry David’s “Opening Night” (the season 4 finale). He sings, he dances, he does an impromptu stand up routine, he pretty much does everything. An absolute whopper of a tape that should have easily won him the Emmy.

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    montana82
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    #353011

    2001 was a big year for what was thought to be slam dunk submissions losing:

    Lorraine Bracco, Employee of the Monrh
    Martin Sheen, Two Cathedrals
    Jane Kaczmarek, Flashback
    Debra Messing, forget the name but it was also a flashback episode.  Most thought it was between her and Kaczmarek.

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    CanadianFan
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    #353012

    I thought Gervais had the perfect amount of comedy and drama last year, but apparently the drama ended up costing him votes.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    #353013

    I’m still kinda surprised by the performances that Julia Louis-Dreyfus beat the last two years. Amy Poehler in “Emergency Response”/”Leslie and Ben” was perfect. And though I’m not an especially big fan of “Mike and Molly,” Melissa McCarthy in “Mind Over Molly” was the class of the field in terms of submissions last year.

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    BTN
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    #353014

    Candace Bergen “Ass Fat Jungle” Boston Legal!

    William Shatner “son of the defender” Boston legal

    Holland Taylor “a sympathetic crotch to CRy on” two and a half men

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    KyleBailey
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    #353015

    I don’t know how many people side with me on this one, but Tina Fey’s “The Tuxedo Begins” in 2012 was easily her best submission during the show’s run.

    I agree with this! I think that was also the same year as Laura Linney’s masterful work on The Big C

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    Tonbone
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    #353016

    Frances Conroy for the Pilot of Six Feet Under and Michael C. Hall for “A Private Life” the first year of Six Feet Under
     Martin Sheen West Wing 2001 Two Cathedrals really should have won instead of Jim Gandalfini
     Steve Carell in 2007 “Business School” (Although I think Ricky Gervais was much better in Extras)
     Rainn Wilson for the Office in 2008 for MONEY
    Larry David in 2010 SEINFELD
    John Slattery Mad Men 2011 or 2008 Hands & Knees & The Lost Weekend
    Amy Poehler in 2011 2012 & 2013

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