How did Katherine Heigl win her Emmy?

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    #331079

    I am highly curious on what episode of season 3 she submitted and how it managed to defeat her costars. Personally, I think Heigl’s best work was in season 2. The whole “What about me?!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sjGZbeHtVw scene was the emmy worthy work for me, but she wasn’t even nominated that year. So I’m curious how she managed the nomination and pulled of that shocking win.

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    Riley
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    Did anyone else laugh when she was introduced as “Emmy winner Katherine Heigl” last Monday?

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    vinny
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    She submitted “Time After Time”. I have watched that episode at least a dozen times and I think it was a solid episode but I am still trying to figure out how she beat Rachel Griffiths’ submission or Sandra Oh.

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    nkb325
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    Knocked Up came out in June of that year and was a huge commercial/critical hit. With the emmys happening that September, I think it’s generally assumed that like with Melissa McCarthy, her big movie helped her win.

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    Anonymous
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    Heigl earned it. She was one of the strongest part of the original cast.

    Although it was my Sandra’s Emmy. Sandra Oh should be a two-three-time Emmy-winner by now, alone for her breathtaking performance in “Grey’s Anatomy”. Biggest mistake of the Emmy history that they missed to reward her as Dr. Cristina Yang.

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    nahborghi
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    She had two other tapes to help her, but I can’t think of anyone other than Sandra Oh as the standout actress that year. Oh’s submission was flawless, and her arc in season 3 was so big and flashy that Chandra and Katherine’s tapes should’ve helped her too. Sure, there was strong competition with Lorraine Bracco and Rachel Griffiths… it could be one of those triage things. Between strong competitors gravitating in #1 to #4, Heigl got the more stable votes. But I don’t know… It’s one of those wins where you scratch your head and ask yourself “how?” for a long, long time.

     

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    She was very sympathetic in her episode where she was front and center with Wilson and Knight playing second fiddle to her. Also Chandra Wilson’s submission was about consequences of Izzie’s actions, probably the subtlest work Wilson ever submitted (a good thing in that regard) and gave Heigl even more exposure. In the same time Oh’s submission contained Heigl acting around George’s parents and getting even more sympathy for Izzie as he calls her on Denny’s death. Out of that particular set of “Grey’s” episodes, IMO, Heigl benefits the most.

    “Knocked Up” certainly did help but I don’t know why successful film career only helps women at the Emmys.

    And maybe she was the prettiest out of the line-up which worked for that particular set of voters.

    Those who were passionate about Griffiths or Bracco probably ranked Heigl higher than Oh and Wilson as they were considered more dangerous. I believe that those who were anti-“Desperate Housewives” or pro-Heaton/pro-Kaczmarek in 2005 similarly put Huffman higher than Cross and Hatcher.

    It’s wonderful that Katherine Heigl thanked her co-stars because both were worth it (and because, if I’m right, they helped her win) but she also should have mentioned Shonda Rhimes and the writers that gave the show’s most memorable storylines to Izzie at the time of the show’s peak (late season 2/early season 3). 

    There are much worse wins to hate. Perhaps Katherine really shouldn’t be the one (or the only one) regular to ever win for “Grey’s” but there’s no denying that she had pretty stellar performances throughout her run on the show. In retrospect this win looks perhaps a little bit nasty because of what happened the following year (with KH not submitting and admitting why) and then when she went out after taking a rise. It’s also very telling that she never came back – and even Isaiah Washington did.

    2007 win would look better if she would be deservingly nominated in 2006 and 2009. 

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    Jake
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    Sure, there was strong competition with Lorraine Bracco and Kathy Griffins

    Really?  

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    nahborghi
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    [quote=”nahborghi”]Sure, there was strong competition with Lorraine Bracco and Kathy Griffins

    Really?  [/quote]

    I feel bad for even writing that. Totally mixed up the names. Wow, can you imagine that? Ew, lol.

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    I found it odd at the time but it seems like she was just the most sympathetic and/or most likable of the bunch. This was before everyone hated her, if I recall correctly. On a related note, I’ve been watching The Good Wife from the beginning and I just watched Archie Panjabi’s winning episode and while it’s not particularly strong, her character is oddly captivating and she’s a good-looking actress, which can only help. I think Heigl winning is similar.

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    I’ve always wondered if she didn’t bitch up to her crew how her Emmy career will be…
    Did she really had a shot in next year considering all of her ghost storyline?

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    There’s so much conversation that can be generated around this win.

    It really isn’t the worst win the category has ever had. It was certainly shocking, but when you watch her episode you see that it was a good performance. And she had better work in season two when she couldn’t even land the nomination. Plus this category has an odd history. Blythe Danner deserved her first win for Huff but not her second. Dianne Wiest was stellar in season one of In Treatment but completely botched her submission (and yet, to my satisfaction, still pulled off the win). 

    I’ve always felt badly for her for getting heat by not submitting the next year. I wish more people went that route. She completely said, “I didn’t feel I had the material to warrant an Emmy nomination.” What’s wrong with that? Moreover, Cherry Jones did the same thing by winning for 24 then choosing to not submit the next year. Why didn’t she get heat like Heigl?

    Heigl certainly stepped in it for several years. Her two giant mistakes were talking $#!+ about Judd Apatow/Seth Rogen/Knocked Up then not coming back to finish her arc at Grey’s Anatomy. She has since apologized (many many times, in fact) and publicly reached out to Shonda Rhimes to return and finish out Izzy. I know Rhimes said no, but I feel like it’s owed to the fans to do that. It would make for the greatest closure.  

    In staying on topic, Sandra Oh and Rachel Griffiths had the best submissions. But even today, Emmy just hasn’t ever taken to them beyond the nominations.  

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    I totally agree with you. Its nice that not everyone on the same Heigl-hate-boat. But she did’nt just said ” I didn’t feel I had the material to warrant an Emmy nomination. I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials.” She also added that it was the writers didn’t give her material. And that was the year that writers had stroke if I’m not mistaken.

    Anyway she was totally right. That whole Danny-ghost story was completely ridicoluous and unbearable but I wish she hadn’t said that loudly because this ruined her Emmy chances and sadly her career

    And unlike many, I don’t think she’s that kinda awful and jealous person. You could see clearly that in every award show she was the most supportive part to her cast, whoever the wins she was over the moon

    She has just a bad agency and a bad mother who manipulates her I’m afraid and she should STOP say whatever comes uppermost like her character

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    Nate
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    In hindsight, it was a great submission (“Time After Time” was a great showcase for Heigl to show some of Izzie’s backstory and vulnerability, which didn’t come up that often) and great timing (season 3 of Grey’s Anatomy was the peak of the show’s attention and Knocked Up opening right as voting began probably helped Heigl get nominated and ultimately win). I’m still sorry that Oh and Wilson were dropped from the nominations after season 5, but, the truth is that a show and actors often need heat to help get voters’ attention and Heigl had it all in 2007. Especially to stand out in a large ensemble with mostly evenly distributed screentime. Heigl needed everything to line up for her and, even then, it was still a surprise when she won. In the years since, I’ve refused to hate on Heigl, as I respect her speaking her mind, even when it’s not what others want to hear, and think she’s done solid work in movies and television, even with subpar writing (which I think is fair to say). And I think that both she and Alfre Woodard are doing solid work on State of Affairs right now, which I wish more people were watching (maybe last chance with Monday’s episode, people!).

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    There’s so much conversation that can be generated around this win.

    It really isn’t the worst win the category has ever had. It was certainly shocking, but when you watch her episode you see that it was a good performance. And she had better work in season two when she couldn’t even land the nomination. Plus this category has an odd history. Blythe Danner deserved her first win for Huff but not her second. Dianne Wiest was stellar in season one of In Treatment but completely botched her submission (and yet, to my satisfaction, still pulled off the win). 

    I’ve always felt badly for her for getting heat by not submitting the next year. I wish more people went that route. She completely said, “I didn’t feel I had the material to warrant an Emmy nomination.” What’s wrong with that? Moreover, Cherry Jones did the same thing by winning for 24 then choosing to not submit the next year. Why didn’t she get heat like Heigl?

    Heigl certainly stepped in it for several years. Her two giant mistakes were talking $#!+ about Judd Apatow/Seth Rogen/Knocked Up then not coming back to finish her arc at Grey’s Anatomy. She has since apologized (many many times, in fact) and publicly reached out to Shonda Rhimes to return and finish out Izzy. I know Rhimes said no, but I feel like it’s owed to the fans to do that. It would make for the greatest closure.  

    In staying on topic, Sandra Oh and Rachel Griffiths had the best submissions. But even today, Emmy just hasn’t ever taken to them beyond the nominations.  

    I agree 100%.  100%. 

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