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  • Tom O’Neil
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    Are we making the scary mistake of underestimating Kerry Washington or Michelle Dockery?

    We know what suckers Emmy voters are for speeches. Well, Kerry has TWO in her “Fluffer” eppy.

    Normally prim and stoic Dockery really lets loose in hers as we watch her deal with the death of dear Matthew. Curiously, Dockery, Margulies and Danes are all dealing with the tragic, sudden deaths of their lovers in their Emmy episodes. (Ain’t that weird?) Yeah, Margulies is damn good — and Danes is even more expressive — but Dockery’s submission comes as a big surprise. Compare her eppy to Margulies, who just moons and cries over the death of Will for an hour. Dockery WAILS in addition to doing all that mooning and she even does something MORE. We see her become transformed in the end as she suddenly snaps out of it and rises to the challenge to save Downton.

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    Yes, Dockery should definitely be higher on our lists not just because of her episode, but because of how much the academy still likes the show.

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    Ryan Lapierre
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    I think both of them can win. After Robin Wright submitted poorly anyone can take this except for Caplan. I have Danes winning for now. But Dockery really submitted nicely. And Washington is overdue for this role.

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    montana82
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    It’s funny you mention this Tom. Just yesterday I started a thread pointing out that Danes, Marguiles, and Dockery’s episodes all deal with the female losing their man.  I put forward the notion that they all could split the vote leading to an upset. 

    I actually think Lizzy Caplan’s performance could be the one that stands out as a result.

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    nkb325
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    I definitely think they can win, I actually have Washington in first (probably crazy but i’ve talked myself into it).

    1. Like Tom said she’s got speeches, and good ones, and we saw that help Daniels upset last year.
    2. As opposed to most of her other competitors her show is still on the upswing in nominations.
    3. Danes’s show faced a major backlash and Marguiles didn’t even get in last year, and Wright’s submission hurts her, especially if voters were at all aware of her frontrunner status, the episode will probably leave them disappointed.
    4. After Wright, Washington is one of the closest things this category has to a movie star
    5. With her competitors all being on such dour and dark shows (some of them as pointed out even having similar submissions), Scandal being more fun and exciting might be seen as a welcome break from all the depressing episodes viewers have had to watch. Apple in a bag of oranges sometimes helps
    6. Voters have obviously shown they don’t have a problem rewarding actors on this show, or even soaps in general (Grey’s Anatomy won multiple acting awards as well), and the show is just as hot as ever
    7. It never hurts to have your win make history 

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    KyleBailey
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    Kerry Washington is the dark horse definitly. Many times watching Scandal this season I was just riveted but Washington’s performance. Just trown back in my seat at how amazing she was. If it wasn’t for Margulies, Washington would be the most deserving winner. Yes it is soapy but that’s what makes the show fun and pulls you in. 

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    halosandhorns
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    Washington’s episode reel has Emmy all over it. Her choice last year was less of a showcase and we see how that turned out. After what Wright submitted. Washington really does have a serious chance.

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    Reiza Rinah Ray
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    Robin Wright did not submit poorly.

    All the same episodes were the same.

    No actress changes expressions in their episodes or films (except if you’re Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange, Emma Thompson, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain or Frances Conroy or some other actress, oh, Marion Cotillard).

    All are the same:

    Claire Danes with the same performance since Season 1
    Michelle Dockery with the same performance since Season 1(from sad to happy in this one though)
    Kerry Washington changed a bit, though
    Lizzy Caplan changes as well
    Robin Wright changes
    Julianna Margulies with the same thing (crying added) 

    It is just sweet nothing but up to what people THINK is a good performance (you better thank that writer)! 

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    Icky
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    ^ I don’t know if I just haven’t paid much attention to you before, but I’m just noticing that your posts annoying and nonscensical. I don’t know if it’s a language divide or something, but it’s something you need to know and take care of. 

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    Kerry will never win. if her show wasn’t a fluff soap she would stand a chance, but sadly…

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    SaraR
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    I think Kerry Washington had a much better chance last year. There was a storyline within the media that supported a win for her, Scandal was bigger than ever, and I think her Emmy tape was pretty Emmy-friendly in that it suppressed what a lot of “snobbier” voters would not like about Scandal.

    This year, I feel like the opposite is true. Scandal is still big but the consensus among critics seemed to be that it suffered a poor season. I think the soapiness will turn a lot of voters off. She has speeches, yes, but I don’t think that cancels out everything else going in that episode that is bizarre and stupid. If empathy and sympathy are something voters care about, Olivia Pope is a lot more sympathetic in “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” than in “The Fluffer.”

    Michelle Dockery’s tape is the only one I haven’t watched, so I can’t comment on it.

    It’s funny you mention this Tom. Just yesterday I
    started a thread pointing out that Danes, Marguiles, and Dockery’s
    episodes all deal with the female losing their man.  I put forward the
    notion that they all could split the vote leading to an upset. 

    I actually think Lizzy Caplan’s performance could be the one that stands out as a result.

    I thought vote-splitting was not possible with preferential ballots.

    If anyone is the dark horse, I’d say it’s Lizzy Caplan with MoS airing right now. I think all the #1 or #2 votes Kerry Washington or Robin Wright may get will be canceled out by the #6 votes they get because of their tapes.

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    Definitely. Just not Claire Danes again please! She is good, but it is time for a new winner here. 

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    TomHardys
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    I’m sticking with Caplan until the very end. Female voters will recognize the feminism actions of Virginia Johnson (sticking up for herself, being independent and open-minded about sex) and overall it’s a very consistent performance.

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    Here we go again denigrating Scandal as a soap opera when
    actually most of the dramas are soap operas in some form or another with sometimes silly and bizarre storylines.


    Mad Men – period soap set in the advertising world


    Homeland – CIA based soap – silly espionage story lines with
    big name actors


    Downtown Abbey – costume soap with weepy story line


    Game of Thrones – fantasy soap with lots of nudity and
    violence and dragons


    The Good Wife – legal/family soap – legal side is ridiculous
    as no top tier law firm operates that way


    True Detective – what was the point of the story?  I’m still confused.  Big name actors carried this show.


    Breaking Bad – “realistic” story about an ordinary man
    turned drug dealer


    Masters of Sex – period soap based on sexual study


    None of these shows are documentary type shows and all go
    for the melodrama to keep the audience interested in viewing. I watch all these shows for what they are without being a snob.


    The best episode submission tapes are Danes and Washington
    which have Emmy bait material. Danes may win again but Washington could upset.
    Caplan is a dark horse but I think too new to voters.


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    I’m also rooting for Caplan – its off-topic, but I just need to know – if the show wins for Caplan and the expected wins for Allison Janney and Beau Bridges, will Masters of Sex be the first drama series in a while/ever to win three acting awards but be snubbed in all other major categories? 

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