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  • Tom O’Neil
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    ‘Billions’ seems to be the perfect Made-for-Emmys Show. It’s busting with snob appeal (crucial), it’s upscale ($$$), critically acclaimed, well regarded across Hollywood and it stars past Emmy faves Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti.

    Is it just like “The Americans”? — that is, a show that just takes a few years to catch on with voters? Is the getting-to-know-you period finally over?

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    Riley
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    It has only been snubbed once. I would watch out for Maggie Siff. If she was seventh last year, she starts in third position this year because Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey are out. It is not uncommon for Showtime performances to break through for second seasons (Maura Tierney, Liev Schreiber, Mandy Patinkin).

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    jf123
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    critically acclaimed

    The first season has a 69 on Metacritic, and the second one only has a 67. I wouldn’t describe it as critically acclaimed.

    But, I am surprised by the lack of love it got last year in the awards circuit. I would have thought Giamatti would have picked up a couple Best Actor noms.

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    I could see it  getting a few nominations. Damien Lewis has to be close. I have a feeling they like the show (prestigious show on prestigious channel that got snubbed season 1 only because there are better shows) and he had a great season. I see him ahead of Giamatti.

    Asia Kate Dillon is a wild card for supporting actor. A) she was great. B) politics C) she’s had coverage behind her D) she’s on Showtime.

    I could easily see it getting a writing or directing nomination for “frog time”. First of all, it was the show’s best episode by far. It was superb. We saw last year “Ray Donovan” (another Showtime show) get a directing nomination for a highlight episode by a relatively unknown director. Same as this episode. I don’t know if it was submitted but if it was I will predict it for directing.

    Maggie Siff is the only other major possibility imo

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    Atypical
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    The second season was excellent, so it more than deserves its Emmy breakthrough that it should have had last season. Once lead actor drama starts to erode support with Chandler, Spacey, Malek, etc., I think voters will make room for Giamatti and Lewis. Siff is always a possibility in supporting actress with all of those slots up for grabs and her industry goodwill with “Mad Men.” I’ve written at length of how stellar Asia Kate Dillon was here, and if the stars align, then who knows? Supporting actress would have been the easier placement than supporting actor, but I’ll respect they’s decision there for what it stands for symbolically. That placement also would have opened the door up for both DeMunn and Shenkman. David Strathairn has plenty of potential in guest actor drama. I’d say the same for the perennial standout James Wolk (another “Mad Men” connection! Literally just realized that now.), but that would only be wishful thinking. I’d never expect a Drama Series bite, unfortunately.

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    I was burned hard last season by predicting both Lewis and Giamatti so I’m very cautious about this one.

    Surprised it didn’t catch on at Globes either.

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    Bee
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    Unless they pull a Ray Donovan, fuck no. And this isn’t acclaimed at all.

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    Justmimusicmon
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    Nah, don’t think it will happen.

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    I am fairly confident that “Golden Frog Time” will break through in the directing race.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Maggie Siff was in Mad Men a million years ago (2008) and then once in 2015. If she has any goodwill it’ll be for Sons of Anarchy (which she left in 2013, so maybe not even that). But I’ll take a nomination for her even if I don’t watch the show. Also, James Wolk an Emmy nominee? Please YES!.

    Are you people making me watch this show with these comments? I thought this whole Asia Kate Dillon thing was just annoying unnecessary buzz that would lead nowhere, but she was great on Orange this season, I wanted to check out Billions anyway, now I think I will.

    As for the main question, ummm, NO. And what acclaim are we talking about?

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    Atypical
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    Emmy voters don’t know of “Sons of Anarchy”‘s existence. My point stands that more voters would know of Maggie Siff from “Mad Men” instead.

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    The horse is dead. Stop beating it.

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