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  • Sab227
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    Which episode of American Horror Story: Asylum do you guys think is Sarah Paulson’s winning episode. Personally I think it is Madness Ends especially the final scene with her and Dylan McDermott. I currently have Paulson at number one in my predicitions to win the Emmy for her category.

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    Morgan Henard
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    Well, Miniseries nominees don’t submit an episode but rather the entire body of work. If Paulson did have to submit an Emmy, however, I would definitely say “Madness Ends” as well, especially if AHS was in Series and Paulson had been nominated in Supp. Actress. The only drawback would be a warranted response of, “Wait a minute. What about this performance is Supporting??”

    Really rooting for this win, solidly in third behind Laura Dern and Anna Gunn, right in front of Jane Krakowski. 

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    Nate
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    Yeah, see, to me this illustrates the major problem with Sarah Paulson’s nomination.

    If Emmy voters start watching American Horror Story: Asylum and stop part way through (which I suspect), they may wonder what’s so great about Paulson’s quieter performance. If Emmy voters make it through all of American Horror Story: Asylum (which I doubt), they’ll see the evolution of Paulson’s character from supporting to lead. If voters had a sample episode from the latter part of the season to watch, they’d see what a great leading performance she ultimately gave. I would also say that the final episode of the season, Madness Ends, would be a great submission for her, if submissions were allowed, and I’d argue trumps any other performance on the series this season.

    I maintain that Lange, Paulson, and Peters were all leads throughout the season, in which Lange and Paulson were particularly pronounced co-leads, with Lange’s performance more of the focus earlier on and Paulson’s becoming more important later on. I am very curious if Paulson can pull off the win, but I see how the structure of submitting AHS performances in these categories in this way can work against then even more than they can work for them.

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