July 3, 2015 at 10:27 am #352169
A couple of years ago, I put together a photo gallery of actors who had the episodes to win Emmys, but were snubbed completely (or couldn’t submit that episode for whatever reason). I’d love to add some updates to that list, especially from recent years. Here’s the link to the gallery and below the list of who’s already on it (a lot of these were my personal opinions):
Sarah Michelle Gellar, “Buffy” (“The Body”)
Susanna Thompson, “Once and Again” (“Gardenia”)
Dennis Haysbert & Penny Johnson Jerald, “24” (season 1 finale)
Peter Krause, “Six Feet Under” (“I’m Sorry, I’m Lost”)
Lauren Graham, “Gilmore Girls” (“Raincoats and Recipies”)
Kristen Bell, “Veronica Mars” (“A Trip to the Dentist”)
Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights” (“I Think We Should Have Sex”)
Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock” (“Hard Ball”)
Blair Underwood, “In Treatment” (“Alex: Week Six”)
Vincent Kartheiser, “Mad Men” (“New Amsterdam”)
Walton Goggins, “The Shield” (“Family Meeting”)
Katey Sagal, “Sons of Anarchy” (“Balm”)
Zach Gilford, “Friday Night Lights” (“The Son”)
Danny Pudi, “Community” (“Critical Film Studies”)
“Lost” cast (multiple actors and snubs over the years)
Mireille Enos, “The Killing” (“72 Hours”)
I can already think of a couple more who were totally shafted even though they had episodes that could have won: Melissa McBride for “The Walking Dead” (“The Grove”), Eden Sher for “The Middle” (“War of the Hecks” or “The Walk”).
What are some others. If you can, talk about why you think the episode could have won against whatever performance did win that year.July 3, 2015 at 10:34 am #352171
And feel free to add some candidates you think have the episodes to win this year but are underdogs to be nominated — I’d say Lauren Weedman in “Looking for a Plot” (“Looking”) or Aden Young in “Unhinged” (“Rectify”), for instance.July 3, 2015 at 10:39 am #352172
I definitely think that Rue McClanahan had winning tapes with Sick & Tired Part 2 in season 5 of The Golden Girls with her scene in the kitchen.
I also think that Bea Arthur had a winning tape with Goodbye Mr. Gordon in season 7 of The Golden Girls. A lot of range and the impact of the line – “I don’t know, but I”ll ask her tomorrow when I visit her at the hommmmmmmmmmmme.”July 3, 2015 at 10:54 am #352173
How I Met Your Mother’s last season was obviously not good, but Cristin
Milioti’s performance was pitch-perfect, and she would have made for a
heck of an Emmy player with “How Your Mother Met Me” as a submission.
Corey Stoll gave the greatest performance in House of Cards’ first season, and I think he could have done well with “Chapter 11” (or even “Chapter 5”).
Will Arnett and Jessica Walter from Season 4 of Arrested Development, for “Colony Collapse” and “Queen B.”, respectively. Tony Hale had a great tape in “Off the Hook”, but he obviously won for Veep that year, anyway.July 3, 2015 at 10:57 am #352174
Hundreds of snubbed nominees that could have been winners, I’m sure. Naturally, most of the great performances of a given year never stood much chance because of the show they’re on, the actor pedigree, or other factors.
Obviously nobody from The Wire was ever nominated for acting, so you have:
Andre Royo (Late Editions) – Culminating character speech at the end of the series. Big moment his entire arc built toward.
Idris Elba (Middle Ground) – Supporting actor goes lead for his final episode. Reflects on past, freaks out a bunch, lots of dialogue, tragic ending.
Chris Bauer (Bad Dreams) – Everything goes to hell for the big showy part of the season. So many great scenes.
Larry Gilliard Jr. (Sentencing) – The scene in which he is interviewed is the closest the show ever came to bait.
Wendell Pierce (Homecoming) – One of the best speeches on television, also marked as “important”.
Deadwood had plenty of killer submissions:
Powers Boothe (Suffer the Little Children) – Evolving arc throughout the episode with a shockingly dark conclusion that’s essentially a long monologue.
Ian McShane (Mister Wu) – His dialogue and monologues are always award-friendly, and this episode is almost all him.
Molly Parker (True Colors) – Her most prominent dramatic showcase with some very dark scenes with Hearst.
Gerald McRaney (True Colors) – See above.
Mark Moses, Mad Men (Maidenform) – His final few scenes.
Dean Norris, Breaking Bad (Blood Money) – Everything.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones (Kissed by Fire) – The bath scene.
Michael Shannon, Boardwalk Empire (The Pony) – The big freakout scene, but mostly as part of the episode’s storyline.
Ray Wise, Twin Peaks (Arbitrary Law) – Everything, especially the interrogation.
Will Arnett, Arrested Development (Colony Collapse) – Just a solid comedy showcase on him the whole time.
Jay Karnes, The Shield (Dragonchasers) – Excellent stepping into the lead dramatic showcase.
Walton Goggins, The Shield (Postpartum) – Heartbreak, drama, and a contextual turning point.
Leon, Oz (God’s Chillin’) – One of the biggest roles anyone ever got in an hour of this show which is all about actor showcasing.
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Oz (Animal Farm) – Probably the best performance on the show.
Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation (Ron and Tammy) – Or whatever episode, really.
Noah Emmerich, The Americans (Only You) – His best season, and his episode in the limelight.July 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm #352175
Will Arnett would have won for ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ I think had he been nominated. It’s an ublievably funny episode for him with a ton of speeches.July 3, 2015 at 2:26 pm #352176
Moses Gunn, Homicide: Life on the Street (“Three Men and Adena”)
Melora Hardin, The Office (“Dinner Party”)
Denis O’Hare, Law & Order (“Pro Se”)
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Big Love (“Take Me As I Am”)
Forest Whitaker, The Shield (“Kavanaugh”)
Evan Rachel Wood, Once and Again (“The Gay-Straight Alliance”)July 3, 2015 at 4:33 pm #352177
Elisabeth Moss, The Strategy
Waterloo’s also great, but not as focused on her.July 4, 2015 at 4:36 am #352178
Parker Posey, best guest actress in a comedy series for Louie season 3 episode Daddy’s Girlfriend part 2. It was called the best acting on tv by many, and it was acting at its finest.July 4, 2015 at 5:14 am #352179
Five time Emmy winner Carroll O’Connor was snubbed for his finest work. The opening for season two of Archie’s Bunker’s Place (Archie Alone) addressed the death of Edith. Despite the bluster of Archie Bunker, O’Connor was a consummate actor who could beautifully underplay a scene. His depiction of loss, denial and profound grief was masterful. I defy anyone who loves All in the Family to watch Archie clutch his last remaining tanglible evidence of Edith and not shed a tear.July 5, 2015 at 11:22 am #352180
People with great potential submissions get snubbed every year, but not all of them would have won if nominated. There are a number in this thread that I take issue with: Melissa McBride was not beating “Ozymandias”, Lauren Weedman would never beat Allison Janney, Vincent Kartheiser would not have taken down Zeljko Ivanek if not even “The Shape of Things to Come” could have, Dean Norris would not have beaten Aaron Paul, Noah Emmerich and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau do not have winning roles and Elisabeth Moss would not have won either.
Merritt Wever and Tony Hale were really weird winners that could have been taken down by Jessica Walter with “Queen B.” and Will Arnett with “A New Attitude”. Eric Stonestreet probably could have won the last two years with just the Modern Family episodes that had already been submitted by his two to three nominated co-stars.
Jennifer Carpenter could have beaten Archie Panjabi for “Dirty Harry”, which is the Dexter episode after her boyfriend is gunned down in front of her. Chandra Wilson also had the shooting episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
I would like to think that Lena Headey could have won with “Blackwater” over Maggie Smith being Maggie Smith.
How was Blythe Danner? Would Kim Raver have had a shot for the 24 episode that Kiefer Sutherland submitted that year, in which her character’s husband dies?
Would voters have been wowed with Tatiana Maslany’s mutliple characters?
I am not too familiar with all of the competition, so here are some from Lost that would have been at least competitive for the win: lead actor Matthew Fox in 2005 for “White Rabbit”, supporting actress Yunjin Kim in 2005 for “House of the Rising Sun” and “…and Found”, supporting actor Terry O’Quinn in 2006 for “Orientation” and “Lockdown”, supporting actor Harold Perrineau in 2006 for “Adrift” and “Three Minutes”, supporting actor Jorge Garcia in 2006 for “Everybody Hates Hugo” and “Dave”, supporting actress Michelle Rodriguez in 2006 for “Collision” and either “The Other 48 Days” or “Two for the Road”, lead actor Matthew Fox in 2007 for “A Tale of Two Cities”, supporting actress Elizabeth Mitchell in 2007 for “One of Us”, supporting actor Henry Ian Cusick in 2008 for “The Constant”, supporting actress Yunjin Kim in 2008 for “Ji Yeon”, supporting actor Jeremy Davies in 2009 for “The Variable”. Let me know if any of these races were already sealed.July 5, 2015 at 1:57 pm #352181
Melissa McBride will likely be snubbed AGAIN this year, despite giving one of the greatest performances on television. She has several great tapes this year, but I think “Consumed” would be the one to net her the win. It puts her at the center of the story, and delves into the horrors of her past life and her time spent outside the group.
…Of course, I’d give it to her for marching into Terminus like Ellen Ripley in “No Sancutary” and blowing the place to hell.July 5, 2015 at 2:19 pm #352182
I’ve said this on here before, but I really feel like Peter Sarsgaard had an unbeatable tape for The Killing. Well, actually I guess no matter how terrific his performance was, Aaron Paul would have probably won anyway due to riding the wave of BB’s big send-off at the Emmys, but as excellent as Paul was, Sarsgaard’s performance was in a different league, and probably the baitiest potential tape I’ve ever seen in that category. Also.it was more or less a stand-alone episode, so would have played well to voters (kinda like Carrie Coon if she gets in this year, except a million times baitier). Needless to say, he should have been nominated.July 5, 2015 at 2:33 pm #352183
Peter Saargard- The Killing (“Six Minutes”), one of the best performances of 2013
Mireille Einos- The Killing (S2 “72 Hours”, and S3 “Six Minutes”)
Vera Farmiga- Bates Motel (S2 “The Immutable Truth”)July 5, 2015 at 2:43 pm #352184
January Jones, Mad Men (“A Night to Remember”)
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (“The Body” and some other episodes from seasons 2, 3 and 6)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (actually any episode would do the trick)