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  • Amanda Spears
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    This episode of Bloodline ended with an epic showdown between brothers played by Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn. By far the best episode of the freshman series so it was an obvious choice that they would both submit this for Emmy judging. Whic got me to thinking is it possible that one would overshadow the other? Is it possible that their main competition could be their co-star?

    If it does turn out this way I could see Mendelsohn overshadowing Chandler. Chandler’s, performance comes down to that last desperate scene between the two. Where Mendelsohn has that big scene prior where he confronts his whole family channeling a classic Shakesperean villain. I could also see a scenario where voters go to view this episode for Chandler and are so amazed by Mendelsohn’s performance they vote for him. 

    Who’s more likely to win Chandler or Mendelsohn? 

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    CanadianFan
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    Under the old system, Chandler would pose a bigger threat because Banks has the ultimate Emmy tape, and Chandler’s competition is either going to win this year due to star-power (Spacey) or nostalgia (Hamm), and not due to great material in their specific episode. Of course, Odenkirk would be a much bigger threat under last year’s rules as well.

    I do think Mendelsohn is better in the episode, and much better over the course of the season. He’s also a lead, but whatever.  

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I was in the minority on this show in that I thought Kyle Chandler was the real standout for the season. Don’t get me wrong, Ben Mendelsohn is fantastic, but the different moral shadings we get from Chandler compared to where last we saw him (“Friday Night Lights”) were a revelation to me in that great back half of the season.

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    Emmys2011
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    I think both of them will win. The sure have the best episodes of their respective categories. It all depends on wether Chandler´s (better) tape can hold up to Hamm´s buzz.

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    AMG
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    I’m not sure either will win. My personal preference between the two would be for Mendelsohn. But for me, the stand out performer from Bloodline is Linda Cardellini.

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    Tonbone
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    It is a bit weird that the two of them are the only nominations for the show completely, having said that I feel like on a drama series if a character dies typically (but sadly not always) that actor will win I.E Drea De Matteo The Sopranos, Zeljivko Ivanek Damages Margo Martindale, but I’m not sure the character killing a character someone has won before but it was electrifying seeing Kyle Chandler in that episode. 

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    CanadianFan
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    #359935

    Walter White sort of killed someone when he won for S2 of ‘Breaking Bad’.

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    Bradley Weir
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    Mendelsohn was the standout, but WOW Chandler was great too. If Jon Hamm wasn’t overdue, I would be 100% backing Chandler (and I’m a huge Saul Goodman fan)

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    Andrew Eng
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    I was in the minority on this show in that I thought Kyle Chandler was the real standout for the season. Don’t get me wrong, Ben Mendelsohn is fantastic, but the different moral shadings we get from Chandler compared to where last we saw him (“Friday Night Lights”) were a revelation to me in that great back half of the season.

    100% agree. Coming into Bloodline, I wasn’t sure if Chandler could completely shake off his Friday Night Lights persona. By the end of the season, any trace of Coach Taylor was gone and was replaced by a much darker character. Not many actors can change their persona so effecitvely after having an iconic role, which makes Chandler’s achievement that much more remarkable.  

    As for the OP’s question, I think Chandler’s got a better shot than Mendelsohn. The former gets to show more range than the latter in Part 12, and the final scene belongs to Chandler. In addition, the empathy factor is with Chandler as Mendelsohn is pretty much the undisupted villain in the episode. Above all, Chandler’s performance is one I still vividly remember from the episode. That doesn’t diminish Mendelsohn in any way, only that his performance in the episode wasn’t the main highlight. 

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    FrozenBarbie
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    By the end of the season, any trace of Coach Taylor was gone and was replaced by a much darker character. Not many actors can change their persona so effecitvely after having an iconic role, which makes Chandler’s achievement that much more remarkable.  

    I never watched FNL, so I’m not in a position to compare the two, but the one that comes immediately to my mind, is Michael C Hall. His Dexter had zero trace of David Fisher in it. I thought that was pretty remarkable. There may be others, but that one stands out to me. 

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