September 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm #303116
Connie Britton had 2 nominations for Friday Night Lights in the lead actress category in a Drama Series. But she lost both against Kyra Sedgwick and Julianna Margulies. Do you think she could have won in the supporting category just like Anna Gunn won Supporting this year?
Do you think being the wife of coach Taylor made her a lead on Friday Night Lights?September 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm #303118
Wife characters have often been pushed to supporting, as was the case for Gunn. What pushes Britton to lead, IMO, is that her character got her own storylines and focus apart from Coach Taylor. Tami’s existence on the show was never solely as Coach’s wife. She was a mother to her daughters, and a guidance counselor/surrogate parent to many of the students at the high school. Both provided juicy storylines that didn’t involve Coach much. I understand why she went supporting in 2008 and 2009, thinking that the competition wouldn’t be as intense, but she didn’t make it then. If she went supporting in 2010 and 2011, I don’t know if she would’ve won. Maybe in 2010 since none of the actual six nominees had a great tape. In 2011, Margo Martindale was winning that Emmy, period. I do think Britton probably finished #2 or #3 that year, given Chandler and Katims’s wins in Lead Actor and Writing for “Always”, the very episode she submitted as well.September 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm #303119
One that disappointed me was Evangeline Lilly’s continued submission in lead for Lost. She was very much portrayed as the female lead of the show in the media and she got a Golden Globe nomination for it, but the media was also not used to such an ensemble show. She was only truly the lead for a couple of episodes each year and even only appeared in thirteen of the final season’s eighteen episodes. She certainly earned at least one Emmy nomination with her performance, especially if the category is going to be nominating Elisabeth Moss and Michelle Dockery this year. She probably would not have been nominated in supporting, but she did make the top ten a couple of times in lead and given that she was never nominated as a lead, her chances could not have been worse.September 25, 2013 at 8:48 pm #303120
Against Archie Panjabi? Maybe? (Although, Panjabi’s win was so unexpected that I feel like she would have won anyway)
Against Margo Martindale? Definitely not. Martindale had a showy role and A LOT of support.
But I’m glad she competed in Lead because she is a lead.September 25, 2013 at 9:45 pm #303121
tami taylor is one of my favorite female character ever, so strong and independent. my kind of woman! I would prefer her getting one lead nomination than 5 supporting emmy wins. Tami was not a supporting character, she was a lead and was in front and center along with coach taylor. Their relationship was one of the best relationships put in tv, imo. Although i would have loved for connie to have won an emmy, to me it would have felt cheap in a way if it was in supporting.
As much as i like Kyra Sedgwick and Julianna Margulies, i would have voted for connie both times. But i am bias because i loved FNL.September 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm #303122
hard to say, she was lead definetely , but on one or other season she could’ve been competitive in supporting, she should’ve had at least one emmy for that show.September 26, 2013 at 5:08 am #303123
She never had episodes that she dominated in the ways that Edie Falco, January Jones or even Elisabeth Moss have had. For me she’s supporting with the exception of season two, where she had beefed up screen time and an emotional arc. The show had a large ensemble. Her screen time was scattered throughout. She gave a mostly quiet performance. Supporting was where she belonged. She was so magnetic that her presence felt greater than it actually was. Unfortunately, even if she had gone supporting her chances in seasons four and five wouldn’t have been great. Britton had her best tapes in the first couple of seasons. She would’ve had a shot however if she was in supporting in 2010 and submitted “Stay”.
Evangeline Lilly never deserved a lead or supporting acting nomination BTW.September 26, 2013 at 8:04 am #303124
No. She was the famle lead on the show.September 26, 2013 at 8:21 am #303125
I don’t like the argument that just because someone’s the female lead means they should go lead. Should a series with a female at the center always place whatever male has the most screen time in lead? People like January Jones (seasons 1-3) and Edie Falco (seasons 1-6a) had at least couple of episodes every season where much of the story was told from their perspective. Britton didn’t have any episodes like that at all in the final three seasons. Also, the nature of FNL is much different than The Sopranos or Mad Men. Those two shows shifted focus from episode to episode, giving certain characters dominate screen time here and there. FNL is always working with three or four substantial plots every installments. Britton was sorta the heart of the show, so I don’t mind her going lead, but a definite lead she was not. She wasn’t even as much of a lead as the borderline performances many have argued about.September 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm #303127
I wouldn’t have minded seeing Evangeline Lily nominated, in either lead or supporting. On the one hand, Matthew Fox really is the only lead, but she kinda dominated season 1 too, so she could have submitted in either that year, and I wouldn’t have cared. For me, her best seasons were one and three. I’m not saying she’s the best actress ever or anything, but she was pretty damn good for someone who never acted before LOST.
Good to know she made a few top 10s.September 26, 2013 at 2:13 pm #303128
She was passable and had some good moments, but neither her acting nor the writing for the character demanded she be nominated. A nomination wouldn’t have offended. She probably deserved a slot over one or two of the people that got in over her, but I can’t imagine any non Lost fanboy thinking her being overlooked was a legit Emmy crime.September 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm #303129
Yeah, I can agree with that. For me, the only real Emmy crime regarding the LOST cast was Elizabeth Mitchell not being nominated (and winning) for season 3. That one still stings.September 26, 2013 at 3:23 pm #303130
Neither Britton nor Mitchell even made the supporting actress top ten that year. They should have been the frontrunners. It was such BS.September 26, 2013 at 3:37 pm #303131
If Lilly had been nominated in 2010 in supporting, she might have wiped the floor with the competition. She had twice the screen time of any of the nominees and a crying scene.
Hey, remember when the Emmys used to nominate good guest performances like Henry Ian Cusick? Now, we just get Robert Morse.
My sister asked me recently what show she should watch and I told her Friday Night Lights. She marathoned the whole thing in a few weeks and loved it. She said that Eric Taylor is a horrible husband though and she did not find Kyle Chandler particularly outstanding in the finale over other episodes. I watched the pilot. It showed potential and it makes a solid directing nominee.