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  • Tom O’Neil
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    #319892

    SHOCKERS

    Kyle Chandler over Jon Hamm’s “The Suitcase” 
    Clearly Jennifer Garner had the best episode the first year of Alias, but somehow lost to Alison Janey who had about 11 minutes of screen time in her eppy “WW”

    Julia Louis Dreyfuss won Lead Actress in 2006 for “Supertramp” over terrif submissions by Jane Kaczmarek and Lisa Kudrow

    When Felicity Huffman (weak eppy) beat Marcia Cross (great eppy) because Cross’ eppy also had a great Huffman scene. Housewives was THE hot show that helped them all.

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    Melissa McCarthy took down Laura Linney (The Big C) and Amy Poehler (Parks & Rec) who had vastly superior episodes due to Bridesmaids’ box office success and Oscar buzz in 2011.

    Kiefer Sutherland defeated much better submissions in 2006 from Peter Kraus (Six Feet Under) and Martin Sheen (The West Wing) when he was swept up in 24’s Best Drama Series run.

    Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) took down Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) in 2012, even though Hendricks had the phenomenal “The Other Women” because everyone loves Maggie Smith.

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    Kevin Groome
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    Julianna Margulies clearly had the best episode submission in 2010 when Kyra Sedgwick surprisingly beat her.  I also think that Steve Carell had the best episode submissions in 2006 when he lost to Tony Shalhoub and in 2012 when he lost to Jim Parsons. I’d be interested to see what people think about Angela Lansbury and her episode submissions. Why did she win so many globes but never an Emmy? 

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    Riley
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    What did Margulies do in “Threesome”?  “Maternal Instincts” was a great submission.

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    Chris Beachum
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    Margulies absolutely did not have the best submission for her first season. In fact, many of us (and I mean many) said she was going to stricty win on momentum of a hot first-year series and that Sedgwick had a far superior episode. It was a real boost to Emmy credibility that year when judges actually chose Sedgwick.

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    Ashkan
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    I agree, Julianna Margulies submitted an average episode to voters. She probably submitted it becuase she was weepy for a little bit. To put it in perspective, The Good Wife’s first season had 23 episodes, and she probably had 14 choices better than Threesome. Personally, I thought January Jones’ The Gypsy and the Hobo was the best episode, but Kyra Sedgewich was a fine winner and I’m glad she won for The Closer.

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    Directors too!! I’d vote Michelle MacLaren (the best director on television—she’s miles better than Game of Thrones’ go-to action helmers) last year for Breaking Bad (Gliding Over All) over David Fincher’s House of Cards pilot every time. Also, I wonder what you guys think of Martin Scorsese’s win for Boardwalk. Funny how he was popular enough to win an Emmy on his first try (I think) and took 30+ years to win the Oscar, which is way more in his wheelhouse (cinema).

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    BenitoDelicias
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    How quickly people forget….Merrit Wever last year. And I L O V E Zoe, but common, that was Krakowski’s Emmy.

    Yeah, Margulies for her first season wasn’t the best. That was Sedgewicks Emmy and I’ve never seen anything from that show beyond her submissions. In case people think it was just fanboys or something.

    Agree on McCarthy when it comes to Linney, when it comes to Poehler, sadly McCarthy had the better under the influence episode.

     

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    P.S. Many people aren’t picking stars here for their examples. A star is a star is a star is a star. ; ). Stars are household names.

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    Robert Russaw
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    Julianna Margulies clearly had the best episode submission in 2010 when Kyra Sedgwick surprisingly beat her.  I also think that Steve Carell had the best episode submissions in 2006 when he lost to Tony Shalhoub and in 2012 when he lost to Jim Parsons. I’d be interested to see what people think about Angela Lansbury and her episode submissions. Why did she win so many globes but never an Emmy? 

    I think Shalhoub was the rightful winner for his episode submissions, but Carell did deserve to win for “Goodbye, Toby” and especially “Goodbye, Michael.”    Although I think Margulies was superb the first season of The Good Wife, Kyra Sedgwick deserved her Emmy for “Maternal Instincts.”   I remember thinking that if Sedgwick submitted that episode after watching it, then she would win the Emmy.

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    Morgan Henard
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    Also, I wonder what you guys think of Martin Scorsese’s win for Boardwalk. Funny how he was popular enough to win an Emmy on his first try (I think) and took 30+ years to win the Oscar, which is way more in his wheelhouse (cinema).

    Fun fact: He won an Oscar on his eighth nomination, just like his Emmy. Sort of. The year he won, he was a triple-nominee, and it was his sixth, seventh and eighth nominations.
    1. 1995 – Cultural Program – Eric Clapton: Nothing But the Blues: An In the Spotlight Special
    2. 2004 – Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or Special – AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert De Niro
    3. 2004 – Nonfiction Series – The Soul of a Man
    4. 2006 – Directing for a Nonfiction Program – American Masters: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
    5. 2006 – Nonfiction Series – American Masters
    6. 2011 – Directing for a Nonfiction Program – A Letter to Elia
    ***7. 2011 – Directing for a Drama Series – Boardwalk Empire (“Pilot”)
    8. 2011 – Drama Series – Boardwalk Empire
    ***9. 2012 – Directing for a Nonfiction Program – George Harrison: Living in the Material World
    ***10. 2012 – Nonfiction Special – George Harrison: Living in the Material World
    11. 2012 – Drama Series – Boardwalk Empire

    He may have been the biggest name the year he won his first Emmy, but it was also the best directed episode of the nominees. I can’t say that about David Fincher winning for the pilot to Houe of Cards. Like you, I think Michelle MacLaren should have won, no contest. If Spacey and/or the Series had won their categories (not to mention the biggest acting snub of the year, Corey Stoll), I would give the win more credibility instead of blaming it on name-checking. But it’s not the worst thing in the world when David Fincher wins an award for directing anything.   

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    Melissa McCarthy took down Laura Linney (The Big C) and Amy Poehler (Parks & Rec) who had vastly superior episodes due to Bridesmaids’ box office success and Oscar buzz in 2011.

     

    Don’t forget about Martha Plimpton. She had imo the best tape that year.

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    [quote=”Ashkan89″]Melissa McCarthy took down Laura Linney (The Big C) and Amy Poehler (Parks & Rec) who had vastly superior episodes due to Bridesmaids’ box office success and Oscar buzz in 2011.

     

    Don’t forget about Martha Plimpton. She had imo the best tape that year.

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    She also had a good tape. Poehler’s Flu Season, Linney in The Big C’s Pilot, and Plimpton’s Say Cheese were all better than McCarthy’s episode. 

    Random question: Lea Michele was a hilarious tour de force in the Pilot of Glee. If she had submitted the pilot instead of Sectionals (where she sings a great song BUT this is not the Tonys), is there even a chance she could have taken down Edie Falco? She was pure hilarity in the pilot, but she also showed decent range and had awesome screentime. Considering Glee got 19 nominations, could she have emerged as an alternative and won?

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    This might be controversial, but Aaron Paul’s 1st win in 2010 with Half Measures. IMO, Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson had better tapes with The Substitute and Dr. Linus, respectively. Paul’s tape the year before (Peekaboo) was much better, but he had to face Emerson’s Dead is Dead (which finally got the latter a deserved win). 

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    When Bryan Cranston won his third emmy for “Full Measure” while Michael C. Hall had a better tape with “The Getaway”.

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