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  • Sócrates Ochoa
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    I’m catching up on True Detective and I’m almost finished, loved the show, great acting, directing, writing and greatness all over the place. Obviously the most of the praise is for McCounaghey which is impressive but I must say that for me Woody Harrelson it’s been the MVP of the series so far.

    I know that MM’s role is showier and that, but I’m just as equally if not more impressed with Harrelson’s performance. I know is more subdued, more subtile, but he’s incredible. Even I find his character more human and simpathetic. Many people said that he should picked Haunted Houses as his tape, but in The Locked Room he’s really good, he has two money scenes: the one with his wife and the one when goes crazy drunk to his mistresse’s house, but I could even say he has a third one! That look on his face when he discovers that Rust was mowing his lawn while he was gone is priceless and he delivers just perfectly.

    I know all the praise, and maybe all the awards are head over heals for MM, but it’s a shame that Harrelson plays the bridesmaid when he’s doing an equally impressive job. That being said, could he pull off a win like Barry Pepper for The Kennedys? I know is not the same category, but is kind of a similar scenario, we all had our money on Greg Kinnear as the possible leading man of The Kennedys to win just as many of us think that MM has a better chance to win for True Detective. My number one pick is still Bryan Cranston, but I would LOVE so much if Harrelson upsets this…so much that I’m terrible tempted to move him to #1. What do you everybody else think?

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    I was thinking about that. He’s my second choice after Jeff Daniels. I know people might think I’m going crazy to predict those two as frontrunners. But every year there’s one crazy outcome at the Emmys. Last year it was supporting comedy actress. This year I have feeling it’s gonna be lead drama actor.

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    Cranston has the best tape, but despite what uber Cranston heads think it’s not a great tape, and of course he’s won several times. McConaughey made a minor mistake with his submission, but he does have the support from Harrelson’s tape and of course the buzz to back him up. Daniels has a tape somewhat comparable to his submission last year. Spacey still has the name rec and a passable enough tape. With that being said it’s pretty much up for grabs. Last year I could at least break down the category to Lewis vs Cranston vs Daniels. I don’t feel safe flicking off three contenders this year. Hamm is the only one I can say nu-uh to. So, Harrelson winning wouldn’t be comparable to Pepper, who was a legitmate out of no where victor, and it’s always difficult to compare categories where the tape system comes into play with categories where it doesn’t. 

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    I think Harrelson’s character Marty comes off as totally unlikeable in his episode beating up that guy 

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    I never bought likability as a factor in this category, especially if you’re playing an antihero. His tape however does lack range and sentimentality. 

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    Actually, I think McConaughey’s submission of Form and Void also helps Harrelson. He is so sympathetic in that episode. When he breaks down when the family comes to visit him and later, when he comforts Rust, I think that’s the best, most beautiful acting I’ve ever seen Woody do. In all fairness, both should win. I love Cranston, but he has received the award 3 times before and, frankly, I always feel that any very good actor (which Cranston is) could have pulled off Walter White. The character is so original and so well-written. Rust and Marty were much more difficult characters with much more problematical dialogue to sell.

    By the way, the lead actor discussion advertised on the homepage.. doesn’t work. It comes up “This video is private.” 

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    I was thinking about that. He’s my second choice after Jeff Daniels. I know people might think I’m going crazy to predict those two as frontrunners. But every year there’s one crazy outcome at the Emmys. Last year it was supporting comedy actress. This year I have feeling it’s gonna be lead drama actor.

    Well sure, but also, last year it WAS lead drama actor.

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    Actually, I think McConaughey’s submission of Form and Void also helps Harrelson. He is so sympathetic in that episode. When he breaks down when the family comes to visit him and later, when he comforts Rust, I think that’s the best, most beautiful acting I’ve ever seen Woody do. In all fairness, both should win. I love Cranston, but he has received the award 3 times before and, frankly, I always feel that any very good actor (which Cranston is) could have pulled off Walter White. The character is so original and so well-written. Rust and Marty were much more difficult characters with much more problematical dialogue to sell.

    By the way, the lead actor discussion advertised on the homepage.. doesn’t work. It comes up “This video is private.” 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6YfJZ9hxLQ Cranston is the only actor who can play Walter White because he was on an episode of “The X-files” and the starred on “Malcolm for 7 years and made us laugh and Breaking Bad that made us scared and made us laugh and he is a rare actor who can do both! The character of Walter White had to be both likeable at times and also menacing at times and I do not think that is easy to pull off at all. Do you?? His acting on the show proved he has real acting chops that got better as the show went on!  

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    Well, I just watched thw whole thing. Am I the only who sees nothing THAT great in MM’s submission? I mean, besides the monologue in the end, that didn’t find it that great either, I didn’t impress me as much as Harrelson did.

    On a side note, as the series in general, it is good, the first 5 episodes are just epic, but it fall a little bit in the end. I know Pizzolato’s main focus were Rust and Marty, more than the serial killer, but I couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed with the ending. I see why HBO, smartly only submitted the first 6 episodes on Drama Series, not that the final 2 were bad, but I felt they were more straightforward and not as compelling.

    So, in best actor I think I might go with Cranston, who arguably has the best tape and the best performance, but something’s telling me that Harrelson could pull of an upset.  I think MM’s tape also helps him (as you said, it shows a more sympathetic side of Marty), and as also were said in some of the slugfests, Woody Harrelson is quite respected and beloved among TV celebrities, and if they think that have passed too many years since his Cheers win, they may want to reward him this year. Let’s be honest, MM is a contender because industry buzz, Oscar winner and all that outside factors, but performance and tape-wise, I think his role in True Detective is a bit overrated, Harrelson is IMO much more deserving than him, and Cranston more deserving than both.

     

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    Anybody else get a little thrown off with the use of “MM” haha? Keep mixing up “Mad Men” and Matthew McConaughey…

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    McConaughey’s tape isn’t the best he could’ve gone for, but it’s solid enough to give him the win even if there are baitier or better submissions from other actors, because external factors like the acclaim and success and his recent Oscar win and career makeover will also play a factor. I don’t think Woody would be much of a threat to him. He doesn’t have the buzz and year McConaughey had, and his character doesn’t stand out as much (even if the acting itself is excellent). If someone beats McConaughey it will be either Cranston (best tape, BB farewell) or Daniels (baity tape, last year’s winner). But I don’t think they’ll give Cranston a fourth, so right now I’m torn between McConaughey and Daniels. I don’t know if Spacey will win for this show, since not only it has been quite a while since fourth-wall breaking character got a performer an Emmy, but also, really, he could’ve won based on name alone last year and failed to do so. His submission this year isn’t that much better really, and this year might be even more competitive than last time. And at this point, I don’t think Hamm will ever win an Emmy for Don Draper, especially not with the underwhelming submission he has this time.

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