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.
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.
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.