July 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm #253917
Please help me to compile lists of examples of when actors won Emmys for episodes involving these two factors:
1.) When alcohol (drunk scene) or substance abuse (pills, heavier stuff) or rehab played key roles in the episodes that won for their actors. For example, wasn’t Sheldon drunk in “Pants Alternative” eppy that won Parsons the first Emmy? As I recall, Kirstie Alley’s eppy involved her going to AA. Ditto Helen Mirren in an eppy of “Prime Suspect” that she won (which one?). Didn’t Murphy Brown attend a AA meeting in one of Bergen’s many wins? How many of Denis Franz’s eppys was his sobriety a big plot point? Wasn’t Ted Danson in Sexual Compulsives Anonymous in his Cheers win? Was Aaron Paul battling his addiction in his Emmy winning eppy of “BB”? I’m looking for a list of these kinds of examples so we can see how strong that factor is this year when weighing Edie Falco’s submission.
2.) Multiple personality/ dual roles are common at Daytime Emmys, of course (Erika Slezak, etc.), but what about primetime? What are examples of stars winning for us seeing them portray other roles? Alec Baldwin switched characters and went into his jive rant a few years ago and won for ’30 Rock’ (what eppy was that?). I’m wondering if this may be a big boost to Tina Fey this year since we see her portraying two roles…..
Let’s do a list of both of these factors and I’ll build photo galleries around both topics. Those will be fun …. tx, DerbyitesJuly 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm #253919
Toni Collette is the most obvious example of the multiple-personality role winning, since her character had the disorder and the show was based around it.
You should also add suicide and/or death scenes to this list. Last year, Margo Martindale’s character died and she won. This year especially death is a rampant theme among characters, with Giancarlo Esposito, Jared Harris, Kathryn Joosten all dying on their shows (and Joosten in real life as well).July 28, 2012 at 9:46 pm #253920
great point, Trent — let’s call it “Dying for an Emmy” — let’s generate that list tooJuly 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm #253921
Kirstey Alley did not go to AA in her winning submission from Cheers in 1991. She does get drunk and she briefly sings.
Lindsay Wagner played 2 characters in her winning submission from The Bionic Woman in 1977.
Sharon Gless’ Emmy award winning submission from Cagney & Lacey in 1987 of “Turn, Turn, Turn” dealt with her alcoholism.July 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm #253922
My favourite dual performance is John Lithgow’s 3rd Rock from the Sun win in 1997 for the episode “See Dick Continue to Run” where he played his evil replacement as well as the regular Dick Soloman trapped in the basement. Really baity stuff, but also in my opinion a great funny performance.
For Tony Shaloub’s 2nd win he was on medication which got his character to act differently. It wasn’t substance abuse (he was using them as perscribed from memory) but is was affecting his actions and behaviours. Episode was called “Mr. Monk Takes his Medicine”.
Eric Stonestreet also played the clown “Fizbo” in his winning episode.
Did Jean Smart get drunk in her Samantha Who? winning episode?July 28, 2012 at 11:12 pm #253923
Zeljko Ivanek also made a dramatic exit in his tape under ‘dying for an Emmy’ category.July 29, 2012 at 2:03 am #253924
2011: Melissa McCarthy (“First Date”) – She acts crazy after taking too much medicine for a cold.
2010: Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie (“Pilot”) – Substance Abuse
2010: Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory (“The Pants Alternative”) – Drunk Scene
2009: Toni Collette – United States of Tara (“Pilot”) – Multiple Personalities
2008: Cynthia Nixon – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (“Alternative”) – Multiple Personalities
2005: Kate Burton – Grey’s Anatomy – Althzeimers Disease (NOMINATED ONLY)July 29, 2012 at 4:33 am #253925
Aaron Paul only plays a recovering addict and doesn’t fall off until the very end of his winning episode. It literally plays no part in the story other than a cool shot before he goes to kill the dealers. Which is thirty seconds and it doesn’t effect the character or the performance. The act was all that mattered so the narrative only played a part.July 29, 2012 at 9:27 am #253926
Lead Actress in a comedy has become about so many things that the classic trends will just not work like they used to. It’s a category that has developed new trends like no other category at the Emmys.
In no way should Tina Fey loose this year while playing sort of dual roles so perfectly. That’s the most hilarious, funny and difficult performance in that category and yet, she will loose. Why? Because she’s old in Emmy years. She already won, she’s not overdue, she’s in her sixth season, and she has zero buzz. All those things matter before the tape.
Yes last year it worked for Melissa McCarthy, but was it really the trend of being under the influence? Or was it more about buzz, first seasons and Bridesmaids?
Yes Edie Falco goes at it again, not under the influence this time, but in rehab. But will it work? No. It’s not funny, she already won, she has no buzz, nobody cares about the tape.
This trend is soooo not for Lead Actress, that for Lead Actor it worked twice in three years. Parsons won while drunk in a repeat win. And before that, Baldwin won for dual roles in another repeat win. This after they both lost their first nominations when they didn’t have the best tape. So unlike Lead Actress nobody cared about debut seasons, first nominations, buzz, overdue people and so on, the tape played a huge part in their wins and so did the classic trend…and then everything else.July 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm #253927
Joe Pantoliano died on his reel on The Sopranos and won in 2003, as did Drea DeMatteo the following year.
and dual roles and substance abuse work at the Daytime Emmys as well:
David Canary won 5 Daytime Emmys for playing twin brothers, and Martha Byrne won a Daytime Emmy in 2001 for playing twins, and 2001 was the first and only year in which the Lead Acting winners played twins
Anthony Geary won this year for an alcoholism storyline on General Hospital (as did the show for Drama Series), and Maura West in 2010 won for an intervention episode for ATWTJuly 30, 2012 at 6:46 am #253928
Debra Monk won the 1999 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for playing Andy Sipowicz’s alcoholic ex-wife on NYPD Blue. Patricia Clarkson won twice in the same category for her role as the drug addicted sister of Ruth Fisher on Six Feet Under.July 30, 2012 at 10:46 am #253929
Also Shirley Jones pulled a surprise nomination a couple years ago for playing an alcoholic in The Cleaner.