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  • jf123
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    I feel like people never really settled on whether or not it was fraud that Moss was in lead for the majority of Mad Men’s run. Did she belong there?

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    Hunter-ish
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    Jon Hamm was the lead. She was the female lead, but not the actual lead. But it was never MAJOR fraud. I’d compare her to Robin Wright in House of Cards.

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    Riley
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    Supporting every season, although lead might have been acceptable for the first and fourth.

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    FadeIntercut
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    All the non-Jon Hamm actors were supporting in every season. Elisabeth Moss probably would have won at least once if they had done it this way.

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    All that matters is that there were multiple years when she was the best performance in general, and should of won regardless of category placement.

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    Marco B.
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    Mad Men was about Don Draper. Every other character was supporting.

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    Icky
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    As much as people hate on January Jones (and understandably so) she was definitely lead in the first three seasons and deserved nominations those three years. In those early seasons she was as much a lead as Falco ever was, though their performances were never comparable.

    Moss being a lead can be argued especially for the first and fourth seasons and perhaps sevenA. Taken in its entirety she was definitely overall the female lead of the series. But there’s not a season I wouldn’t have placed her in supporting. She did have the most consistent character, gave the most consistent performance and had the most interesting arc of the show.

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    Sasha
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    In first three seasons January Jones was the female lead of the show and should have won at least once (especially for season two). She’s one of the worst actresses ever but somehow she was perfect as Betty Draper. Moss should have gone supporting from the beginning and also won at least once. Women were so much better than men on that show.

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    Andrew Carden
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    Lead for Season 1, Supporting the rest, similar to Lorraine Bracco on The Sopranos.

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    Robert Russaw
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    I always felt that she bordered on both throughout the Mad Men years, but both she and January Jones could have contended for Lead the first three years. After that, it seems as if Moss was made to be the sole lead female on the show.

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    Atypical
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    I’m fine with Moss being considered as Lead. Jones would have benefited the most from a Supporting placement.

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    probablyROB
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    I never really cared one way or another. It just annoyed me she never won for that role. I think season by season it fluctuates but if you look at everything as a whole now that it is finished she was definitely the female lead of the show.

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    eastwest
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    Female lead when you consider the series as a whole.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    I watched the whole show again about two months ago. I definitely understood why they all lost until Hamm got his sort of pity overdue Emmy. The women in particular don’t really have THE episode with the exception of The Suitcase. I could’ve placed them all as supporting from the start. I think there was a time when Moss was a logical lead but then she didn’t have the tape.

    I believe Jones and Moss could’ve had screentimes like, say, Edie Falco, but they never had that type of material to actually win over bigger leads. So a supporting placement could’ve worked much better. Christina Hendricks probably missed at least one nomination to Jones in that case, but then it would’ve been the other way around.

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