If X Had Submitted Episode A, Not B, They’d Have Won!

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  • AMG
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    We all love praising episode selections when they’re great.

    But let’s spare a moment to think about the ‘Could-have-been winners, but they cockblocked themselves by submitting the wrong episode’ nominees from this year and of EMMYS past.

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    AMG
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    Last year, Robin Wright was panned for her episode choice for Lead Drama Actress in House of Cards. 

    Many thought the race was Wright’s to lose. And then she did just that. By submitting Chapter 26, instead of Chapter 17, many believe she virtually personally handed the Emmy over to Julianna Margulies for a second time in her leading role in The Good Wife.  

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    ETPhoneHome
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    There are many, and I’ll add them to this post once I think of them, but the one that always comes to mind for me is Christina Hendricks and The Other Woman. Yes, it was a good episode, but it wasn’t nearly showy enough for the win. Christmas Waltz was her showiest episode that year, and if she had submitted it, she could have absolutely won against the relatively muted submission from Maggie Smith who had just won the year before.

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    ^^ I was gonna say the same thing! The Other Woman was definitely her best, most nuanced, and impressive performance of the season, but we can’t trust the emmy voters to pay attention to any of that. But I actually can’t help but wonder if she might’ve won if she’d submitted Mystery Date. She get’s to have the big screaming fight with her husband and she finally gets to kick him out and tell him off about the rape from way back in season one, a really triumphant moment for the character and a really satisfying one for long-time fans of the series. It’s hard for me wish that she submitted an episode with her less impressive performance, but it was a much bigger performance and maybe it would’ve gotten her the emmy.

     

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    ThiagoGarcia
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    Michael C. Hall in 2011. He should have submitted season 5 premiere “My Bad”. Since Jon Hamm lost with “The Suitcase”, MCH could have beaten Kyle Chandler. 

    I guess he had lost the faith in submissions the year before, when many thought he should have beaten Bryan Cranston with “The Getaway”.

     

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    mmm, i think hendricks would have lost with those choices as well

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    ETPhoneHome
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    ^^ I was gonna say the same thing! The Other Woman was definitely her best, most nuanced, and impressive performance of the season, but we can’t trust the emmy voters to pay attention to any of that. But I actually can’t help but wonder if she might’ve won if she’d submitted Mystery Date. She get’s to have the big screaming fight with her husband and she finally gets to kick him out and tell him off about the rape from way back in season one, a really triumphant moment for the character and a really satisfying one for long-time fans of the series. It’s hard for me wish that she submitted an episode with her less impressive performance, but it was a much bigger performance and maybe it would’ve gotten her the emmy.

     

    Mystery Date is another good choice, I forgot that whole argument was in that episode. I think that was probably her best season overall, so it’s really a shame that she wasn’t able to win.

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    Luan Queiroz
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    Julianna Margulies submitted “Threesome” when maybe she could win for the “Pilot” in 2010.

     

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    Luan Queiroz
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    Maybe not, but I think Christine Baranski had a more competive tape with “Outside the Bubble” than her submission “The Last Call”. But it’s difficult to say that she would dethrone Anna Gunn last year. Sure it would be a more insteresting race. 

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    Tonbone
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    Steve Carell should have submitted “Lecture Circuit” in 2009 and he would have been in #2 on most ballots I think, also Louis C.K. should have submitted the season finale of his show last year “Pamela: parts 2 & 3” instead of the Model which was written but didn’t have that great of a performance from him. 

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    Aaron Paul should’ve submitted “ABQ” in 2009 instead of “Peekaboo”. Granted, he’s got 3 Emmys now so I doubt he regrets the pick. While I still think Michael Emerson would’ve won regardless (and deservingly so), it would’ve been a much closer race. In ABQ, Paul gets to display a wider and showier range of emotions, from the horror of seeing Jane dead, to the despair and grief that Jesse feels because he thinks he is responsible, and finally to the resignation to the idea that he is ultimately a bad guy. 

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