December 20, 2014 at 6:45 pm #340116
What are some notable performances that you find Emmy-worthy but lack the big moments or showcases sometimes needed to claim the trophy?
A recent example (of a performance that actually won) would be Archie Panjabi in The Good Wife. Merritt Weaver would be yet another.
A current example for me is Niecy Nash on “Getting On.” She’s turning in arguably her best work yet, but lacks any big moments for a nomination or win. She also is shortchanged by the amount of episodes per season but that’s another discussion.December 20, 2014 at 10:50 pm #340118
Tony Shalhoud “Monk” 2003 “Mr. Monk goes on an Airplane” I don’t remember any big memorable over-the-top scenes just the character being very likeable.December 21, 2014 at 3:59 am #340119
What comes to my mind right now:
Debra Winger & Amy Ryan for the third season of In Treatment.
Aden Young & Adelaide Clemens for the first and second season of Rectify.
Juliet Rylance for the first season of The Knick.
Olivia Williams for the first season of Manhattan.
Stephen Rea for the first season of The Honourable Woman.
Tcheky Karyo for the first season of The Missing.
December 21, 2014 at 4:21 am #340120
I think sitcom actors usually have no big moments. There were some exceptions like Debra Messing Emmy-winning submission, Jackie and Roseanne’s dad passing away and the aftermath of that and perhaps some scenes of Sheldon Cooper’s vulnerability and self-realization (and many more) but in this form they are there to mantain and keep the rhythm and make the jokes funny which can be even harder than the greatest drama.December 21, 2014 at 8:32 am #340121
Ten come to mind off the bat:
1)Michael Chiklis in AHS: Freak Show (he has had no big moments yet and thats sad since he quiet yet powerful perofrmance of Dell is awesome)
2)Rob James Collier in Downton Abbey
3)Don Cheadle in House of Lies
4)Richard Madden in GOT
5)Conleth Hill in GOT
6)Kit Harrington in GOT
7) Gale Gordon in The Lucy Show (I know very old school but trust me he was comic gold in the first season)
8) Ruth Wilson in the Affair
9)Dominic West in the Affair
10)Emma Roberts in AHS: Coven (She had one big moment and that was that)December 21, 2014 at 4:59 pm #340122
Wright fits perfectly in this categoryDecember 21, 2014 at 5:14 pm #340123
Completely agree with your thoughts on Niecy Nash!
Laila Robbins on Homeland
Karla Souza on How to Get Away with Murder
Olivia Munn on The Newsroom (she’s really an interesting and comedic character on a dramatic show)
Mimi Kennedy on Mom
Neil Flynn on The Middle
Ciara Bravo on Red Band SocietyDecember 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm #340124
Robbins is wonderfull in Homeland, it is like the most perfect and made for emmys performance, but lacks that big explosive moment, perfect example.December 21, 2014 at 10:39 pm #340125
Christine Baranski never gets a show-off showcase episode of The Good Wife, but would be a worthy winner almost any yearDecember 22, 2014 at 4:52 am #340126
Mandy Patinkin in Homeland. Until this season, he hadn’t had that story/episode/scene to say to voters LOOK AT ME!!December 22, 2014 at 9:32 am #340127
You can’t put Mandy Patinkin in this category this season. He has at least 3 episodes in the middle of Homeland’s 4th season he could submit for his Emmy win. I hope he finally wins this year – he’s been STELLAR!
I agree with Laila Robbins (Homeland) – quietly controlled, wonderful acting. I hope she gets a nomination.
My other picks:
Aiden Young, Rectify
Adelaide Spencer, Rectify
Niecy Nash, Getting On
Ruth Wilson and Dominic West, The Affair (subtle performances I hope get more nominations than just GGs!)
My opinion on American Horror Story is that none of the actors have quiet and subtle performances on that show. Everyone is so over-the-top, mostly in a good way (Jessica Lange)December 23, 2014 at 8:35 am #340128
Well, there have been some breathtaking if overlooked performances I had the opportunity to watch and enjoy.
Regarding the lack of big scenes I totally agree on Laila Robins’ subtly controlled Ambassador Boyd and I really hope the producers don’t drop her. (Same goes for Tracy Letts!)
There are three underrated performers I have been rooting for ever since I saw them in their respective roles (Spoilers):
Ruth Wilson for her coldly calculated turn on Luther. I love(d) the show but was sad to see her missing for the better part of both season 2 and 3. There have hardly been any “big” scenes involving her character but it was just the look on Wilson’s face she brilliantly captured the terrifying insanity this lady was driven by with.
Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys for their amazing performances on The Americans. There has much been said about those but I have one scene in mind that completely blew me away… In “Behind the Red Door” they share a rather short but very effective scene in the kitchen with Russell’s Elizabeth trying to get to know her husband’s alter ego Clark and making advances to a sort of role play affair. I know Russell and Rhys have enough big and action packed scenes on the show to be seen but to me it’s those small situations that both the writers and the actors know to execute extraordinarily that make this show so compelling.
Some others are:
Nick Searcy – Justified, the already mentioned Olivia Munn – Newsroom, Julianne Nicholson and Annaleigh Ashford – Masters of Sex, Molly Parker – House of Cards.December 26, 2014 at 3:35 pm #340129
Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys for their amazing performances on The Americans. There has much been said about those but I have one scene in mind that completely blew me away… In “Behind the Red Door” they share a rather short but very effective scene in the kitchen with Russell’s Elizabeth trying to get to know her husband’s alter ego Clark and making advances to a sort of role play affair. I know Russell and Rhys have enough big and action packed scenes on the show to be seen but to me it’s those small situations that both the writers and the actors know to execute extraordinarily that make this show so compelling.December 27, 2014 at 2:06 pm #340130
Most of the best ones, to be honest.