January 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm #310233
I don’t get why Bracco kept getting nominated for The Sopranos – what exactly was so brilliant about her performance on that show? I can understand of course Falco’s multiple noms and wins as Carmella, but I just don’t get the whole Lorraine Bracco love… It’s such a one-dimensional character to me… Any thoughts? Also I wonder why Bracco went lead and not supporting; feels much more like a supporting role, no? (On that note, I often wondered why Falco wasn’t pushed down to supporting for most of the seasons – not that she didn’t deserve her lead Emmys, but for the first season especially when the show was finding its feet, Falco’s role also felt supporting at the best of times.January 27, 2014 at 6:45 pm #310235
I actually think two things hurt Bracco. First, her character was the calming center of the show in the first few years. Gandolfini always had the showier character in their scenes. That’s probably why she seemed like a more one-dimensional character. But if she had gone supporting, which I think she should have, then I think she would have won at least once or twice.January 27, 2014 at 6:58 pm #310236
A few years ago, when I first watched the show, I thought Dr. Melfi was a pretty underwhelming role; and (with the exception of her wonderful performance in Employee of the Month), I didn’t understand Bracco’s Emmy nominations. However, after watching the series a 2nd and 3rd time, I now appreciate what Bracco did (also…I admit, when she appeared pretty sparingly in the last couple of seasons, I missed her). I agree – she was refreshing “calming center” and Bracco played her with some conviction IMO. I think billing Bracco second in the opening credits (above Edie Falco) and making her compete in lead was sort of a mistake. I think if she had competed in supporting, she woulld have won at least once.
Actually, I have question…when did Bracco start submitting in supporting. Was it just for the last season? Or had she made the switch before?January 27, 2014 at 7:50 pm #310238
Had she submitted herself in Supporting, she would most likely have one at least once during the show’s run. The fact that she was in Lead up until the very end was ridiculous, especially considering the work Falco was doing, and rightfully winning for.January 27, 2014 at 7:54 pm #310239
Had she submitted herself as supporting from the beggining, I guess she’d have won for “Employee of the Month”. I never understood why she was considered lead, was this a Rob Lowe kind of situation?January 28, 2014 at 11:30 am #310240
It was my impression that Bracco was going lead because she was probably
a big part of the draw of the show. Her work in Goodfellas is classic,
so Lorraine Bracco in an HBO show about the mob probably felt like such
a great marketing opportunity that it was hard not to push her as the
show’s female lead. Edie Falco certainly was the show’s primary female
character, especially after the first season, when I think Bracco was in
a fair position to consider herself a lead. Putting Bracco in
supporting might have made potential viewers think she had less of a
role on the show and be less interested in watching. The Sopranos also already had Nancy Marchand competing in supporting, and with The Practice, NYPD Blue and ER still going strong and then The West Wing coming in during Sopranos’ second season, it might have felt easier to get Bracco nods in lead than in supporting.
And I also don’t think Dr. Melfi was a one-dimensional character. It’s true she usually did mostly the same things, but there were a lot of subtleties in her scenes with Tony and the little ways she reacted to him that made her feel multi-dimensional and real.January 28, 2014 at 11:44 am #310241
I don’t get out people think Bracco could have won in supporting.
1. Nancy Marchand, who was a powerhouse in the role, couldn’t beat Holland Taylor and Allison Janney in 1999 and 2000. So I don’t think Bracco could have done it.
2. Tyne Daly and Dre Demattao had pretty much unbeatable tape combos in 2003 and 2004. Bracco did nothing in the 2006 season.
3. She had a win worthy scene in 2007 and they voted for Heigl.
Her best shot in supporting was in 2001 but again the Emmys had such a hard on for Allison Janney that it was no sure thing. Janney beat out women with better tapes that year. I think she probably had a better shot in lead that year has Janney got 4 tapes with Channing nominated.
Bracco was a lead int he first season. After that it was a supporting role. She pretty much just got to sit there and listen to Tony vent and look on. I think she was good when she was given stuff to do but for whatever reason that decreased with each season.January 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm #310242
I was rooting hard for Lorraine Bracco to win supporting for “The Blue Comet.” Oh well. Even though she lost out in lead actress, I’m glad that she at least was competitive with “Employee of the Month,” which remains to this day her shining moment on the series.January 28, 2014 at 10:23 pm #310243
I felt both Falco and Bracco were lead in the first two seasons, and I thought Bracco was actually competitive with her submissoin during the second year, “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Ironically, her strongest submission, “Employee of the Month” occurred during the third season, where she was truly a supporting character, but when I watched both her and Falco’s “Second Opinion,” I felt Falco gave the strongest performance, covering several acting ranges- sarcasm, anger, manipulation, i.e., without missing a beat. Bracco did give a great performance in “The Blue Comet,” and she rightfully campaigned in supporting, where I felt she had a shot of winning during the show’s last year.January 28, 2014 at 11:09 pm #310244
Season two was the only time I can with certainty say Bracco was more of a lead than Falco. But really, all the female ensemble belonged in supporting with the exception of Falco in seasons 4, 5 and maybe 6a. Bracco had her moments. But there were also times when her line readings were off-kilter, like she was drunk that day or something. Overall, I prefer Falco, De Matteo and Marchand’s overall work in the series. Though Bracco was apart of some great scenes.
Bracco was the biggest name, an Oscar nominee, when The Sopranos premiered. Also, David Chase has said that he initially envisioned Melfi playing a bigger part of the show. Lead Actress was quite a bit less competitive at that time than supporting. There weren’t many great leading female roles in dramas in the last 90’s/early 00’s. So, her gogin lead all those wasn’t too surprising.February 3, 2014 at 6:52 pm #310245
Bracoo brought a real sense of authority in the room. That’s what was so good about her performance. In that room Mefli was the boss but didn’t act bossy. Why it’s lead is debatable but there was a sense that she owned the scenes with Tony all the time. I think that going supporting she would’ve been overshadowed by Marchand a lot who was a lock to win and everyone was betting on her but Bracco was still a bigger name than Falco.