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  • darioc
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    #247320

    Damages has earned 19 nominations in its 3 years of eligibility, earning more acting nominations every year (3 the 1st season, 4th the 2nd season, and 5 the 3rd season).

    With the popularity never increasing, do you think emmy voters will still shower the shower with nominations?

    Based on predictions, Glenn Close seems to be the only safe bet for a nomination.

    Rose Byrne had a stellar year last year at the movies and John Goodman always shines in his performances.

     Does anyone else hope Damages will be nominated for Best Drama Series?

    I have to see the 4th season in its entirety, but the one episode i did see showed me that Damages has not lost the great storytelling that lured me in as a viewer in the first place…thought?

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    Morgan Henard
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    Season 4 was released on DVD yesterday and I’m watching this weekend. I haven’t seen any of it yet because I don’t have DirecTV, but I am very much looking forward to the full use of language and sexual content both of which are necessary for a series like this.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed that it’s good enough to be showered with nominations. I’m particularly rooting for Rose Byrne. She was pretty much unknown when cast and has gone toe-to-toe with Close since episode 1. It was Boomer who revealed that Close has in her contract that no one would be placed in Lead with her. If this wasn’t the case, I’m sure Byrne would have been nominated with her this entire time. 

    John Goodman has always been able to garner nominations but never the win (with the exception of Studio 60 of course). It’s gonna be great seeing him opposite Close. 

    To hope that this will get in Drama Series is massive wishful thinking, even though I would do a cartwheel if it happened. Mad Men has never been my cup of tea (yet I watch because of the Emmy’s love for it), but I will always say that season 1 of Damages was far superior to it and should have won. Unfortunately, I think that’s the closest Damages ever came and will ever come to winning top honors. Not even Breaking Bad (season 2), Dexter (season 4) or Boardwalk Empire (season 1) could stop Mad Men.

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    darioc
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    Season 4 was released on DVD yesterday and I’m watching this weekend. I haven’t seen any of it yet because I don’t have DirecTV, but I am very much looking forward to the full use of language and sexual content both of which are necessary for a series like this.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed that it’s good enough to be showered with nominations. I’m particularly rooting for Rose Byrne. She was pretty much unknown when cast and has gone toe-to-toe with Close since episode 1. It was Boomer who revealed that Close has in her contract that no one would be placed in Lead with her. If this wasn’t the case, I’m sure Byrne would have been nominated with her this entire time. 

    John Goodman has always been able to garner nominations but never the win (with the exception of Studio 60 of course). It’s gonna be great seeing him opposite Close. 

    To hope that this will get in Drama Series is massive wishful thinking, even though I would do a cartwheel if it happened. Mad Men has never been my cup of tea (yet I watch because of the Emmy’s love for it), but I will always say that season 1 of Damages was far superior to it and should have won. Unfortunately, I think that’s the closest Damages ever came and will ever come to winning top honors. Not even Breaking Bad (season 2), Dexter (season 4) or Boardwalk Empire (season 1) could stop Mad Men.

    Very true about Mad Men. I wish Downton Abbey was not moved to the Drama categories because then Damages would have a shot  (albeit a small one) at a Drama Series nomination…but I’m still rooting for it!

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    Morgan Henard
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    Very true about Mad Men. I wish Downton Abbey was not moved to the Drama categories because then Damages would have a shot  (albeit a small one) at a Drama Series nomination…but I’m still rooting for it!

    SO not trying to rain on your parade (because I’m in the same parade as you when it comes to Damages) but even if there was no Downton, Abbey I wouldn’t see it getting in.

    Likely Drama Series nominees:

    Breaking Bad
    Game of Thrones
    Homeland
    Mad Men
    —–
    Boardwalk Empire
    Downton, Abbey
    The Good Wife
    —–
    Boss
    Dexter
    House
    Justified 
    —–
    Damages
    The Killing
    Smash
    —–
    Hell on Wheels
    Shameless
    Sons of Anarchy 
    The Walking Dead
    —–
    The Closer
    Grey’s Anatomy

    If there were 20 nominees, those would be the 20. Haha. But, realistically, I don’t even see Damages falling in the top 20. Pretty sad considering it was the true best drama series of the 2007-2008 television season.

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    G.Penn
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    Are people paying attention to Glenn Close. I think she could win fairly easily with the season finale. She gets several great scenes, but the argument with Ellen on the pier and the final shot of her looking at the paper are really great.

    At this point I think the nomination will be her biggest hurdle. But even though her network is small and she doesn’t have the buzz she’s had previous years for her performance, I think the fact that she’s Glenn Close and that she was a recent Oscar-nominee will help her along. If she’s nominated, and submits the season finale, I can see her besting the other actresses in her category for a third win. Who are the other ladies that will be nominees with episodes that strong?

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Claire Danes is her biggest problem.

    And since she won twice for a show that hasn’t had any type of buzz this year (unless it goes very well for them in season 5 that airs right when the nominations are announced and voting begins) she won’t be a favorite.

    I agree that she does things on this show that nobody really does elsewhere on television and she always submits perfectly and will likely go with the finale, but there are some strong contenders like Danes out there. 

    All this asuming she actually gets nominated which might not even happen. Same for Rose Byrne who I would love to see win for this show. Good thing she still has two shots at it. 

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    Close is actually the least deserving cast member of last season. Yet she’s the one with the best shot at a nomination, coming fresh from an Oscar nomination and, well, being Glenn Close.
    However, to me Byrne, Goodman, Baker and especially Messina have all done superior work to her. Best case scenario would be if all got in and an additional Drama Series nod, but that’s indeed wishful thinking.
    If I could chose one for a definate nomination, it would be Messina. He gave such an impressive performance, which has been my favorite performance of anyone durinng this TV season until Claire Danes came around.

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    I’m shocked people have forgotten about Damages. I mean, maybe voters have to. But season 4 was just as good as anything else the show has done. My one complaint about the season was that it had Ellen and Patty act as almost supporting players to the main plot. Most of their scenes were just “what did they do now?”: just reacting to what was going on with Goodman, Byrne, and Messina.

    That being said, the show really got it back to Patty vs. Ellen in the last couple of episodes, and Close and Byrne were as good as ever. I’d be extremely disappointed if they both didn’t grab Emmy noms again this season.  After a “just ok” season 1, she has been incredible ever since, and has proven herself to be one of the most versatile actresses around with great performances in Get Him To The Greek (she was hilarious), Bridesmaids (so underrated in playing a likeable villain), Insidious, and X-Men: First Class.

    Can’t wait for season 5 which I think will be the ultimate Ellen and Patty showdown. The final season could be Byrne’s Emmy triumph finally. 

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    Close is actually the least deserving cast member of last season. Yet she’s the one with the best shot at a nomination, coming fresh from an Oscar nomination and, well, being Glenn Close.
    However, to me Byrne, Goodman, Baker and especially Messina have all done superior work to her. Best case scenario would be if all got in and an additional Drama Series nod, but that’s indeed wishful thinking.
    If I could chose one for a definate nomination, it would be Messina. He gave such an impressive performance, which has been my favorite performance of anyone durinng this TV season until Claire Danes came around.

    Honestly, I’d probably agree with this statement. The entire cast was on fire this season, particularly Bryne who really became equal with Patty in many ways. I thought Messina finnally got a role that allowed him to show himself off as an actor and not just “the nice guy boyfriend.” I also thought Baker was in such a differnt role from what he usually does that it was pretty exciting for me to watch. I’d never expected to see him in an action(ish) role like this one.

    But even if Close wasn’t the best on the show all season long I still think she is still one of the strongest Lead Drama Actresses on television based on some of the work she is doing (whcih can get pretty complex). More imporatantly though, I think she has the best single tape of the entire Damages crew.

    On another note for others, what is Claire Danes’ likely tape? Since I haven’t watched “Homeland” yet, I want to see how she stacks up tape wise to Close.

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    Also, I watched the Pilot, the first season finale, and second season finale after watching the 4th season finale today. I think Rose Byrne has grown so much as an actress. Really from the pilot to now (she was miles better in the second season finale), she shows real skill and is even effective in more subtle moments that I don’t think she could have done well with earlier on. I can’t help but think that working across from such an adult cast (Close mainly, but also Ivanek, Danson, and Scott) has really trained her to be a great actress. It has to be better than just playing the girlfriend to Channing Tatum in a romantic comedy that other great young actresses are forced to play.

    I’m really excited for Whatever Bryne briings in the 5th season, but also for whatever she does next.

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    I agree that she does things on this show that nobody really does elsewhere on television and she always submits perfectly and will likely go with the finale, but there are some strong contenders like Danes out there.

    “Always submits perfectly”?  You must not remember the third season when for some reason, Close, Byrne and Lily Tomlin all submitted the season premiere, even though it was none’s best or second-best tape.

    On another note for others, what is Claire Danes’
    likely tape? Since I haven’t watched “Homeland” yet, I want to see how
    she stacks up tape wise to Close.

    Tom asked Danes two months ago
    and she said that she had no idea what she would submit, but was
    particularly fond of “The Weekend”.

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    Choice Chayawat
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    To me, Glenn Close remained as captivating as ever. She didn’t have fierce, tantrums-throwing moments a la typical Patty Hewes, but she was still subtle and quietly powerful throughout. The way she looked daggers at someone was always spot on. Rose Byrne has come so far since season 1, however, I felt her material was the weakest of all. The stars of the season were the three men. Dylan Baker and Chris Messina were MVPs while John Goodman had a weak start but kept getting stronger as the season progressed.

    Among the cast, Glenn Close has the best shot at a nomination, but I don’t see her winning even if Claire Danes somehow screws up her submission. John Goodman has a better shot than Dylan Baker in a very crowded supporting actor race and Rose Byrne is on the verge of getting in, but I don’t think she will make it. For guest actor, Chris Messina has submitted the season finale instead of season premiere where he had a couple of very baity scenes with screentime of a leading actor, so his chance is slimmer now.

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    I just finished watching the season yesterday, and I also hope they do well with nominations, thought I don’t expect them to.  I don’t think it’s quite as bad as Morgan laid out, but I do think Damages is in 10th place in terms of a Drama Series nomination.  And when a show feels that far off the radar, I don’t know what to expect for nominations.  I would love to see Close, Byrne, Baker and Messina all nominated, as I thought all four of them were great.  I think it was probably more because of the character, but I really couldn’t get into Goodman’s performance here.  Howard Erikson’s wholesome villain routine just kept making me think that the character, and the performance, just didn’t compare to Arthur Frobisher and Ted Danson’s performance.  (Man, what a great season of television that first season was.) 

    I still cannot believe that Close, Byrne and Tomlin all submitted Your Secrets Are Safe from season three.  Yikes. 

    But I do think that Glenn Close and Rose Byrne are high-profile enough stars to be competitive for nominations, even if voters aren’t thinking much about the show.  I have loved Rose Byrne and Ellen Parsons since the first episode of Damages.  It would be so great to see her win an Emmy for this show, though I don’t think she has much shot at that this year.  The previews for the soon-to-start fifth season look really exciting. 

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    Amazon Prime has all the seasons up for free, so I began watching the series a couple weeks ago. I’m already halfway through season 4. Such a good show. I don’t know if Damages deserves much this season (besides Close and maybe Messina), but that remains to be seen. Maybe the rest of the season will convince me otherwise.But, wow, I’ve really enjoyed this show. Close and Byrne are just an amazing female duo. I can’t understand why this show did so bad in FX. The 1st season was pure gold, and the others have stacked up nicely. 

    I too can’t believe Byrne and Close and Tomlin submitted that episode for their season 3 submission. Did that not want to win? I can understand Close who had already won twice, but why would Byrne submit an episode where she only has like 2 significant scenes. And don’t get me started on Tomlin. She could have won that year if she had submitted the finale (actually, all 3 of them should have submitted the finale).

    Does anyone else think Tate Donovan’s also been snubbed while he was on. I certainly think he deserved a nomination in season 3 over Martin Short. Once again, the voters pick the most popular name, not the best performance. Also, Tom was my favorite character. I miss him on the show. My other favorite character was Ray Fiske so…go figure!

    I still prefer TGW, but now I understand why Damages has been such an Emmy favorite the last 3 years. And I’m looking forward to the finale. (Five seasons is enough for a show like this…)

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    GoMe91, it took me a while to really get into the fourth season, I think for me personally just because I’ve seen all I care to see of Afghanistan-related plots.  But I felt like once things really got going in the second half of the season, I was totally on board.

    (I also loved Ray Fiske.  So glad Zeljko Ivanek won that Emmy.)

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