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  • MrAmerica
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    To me, Finn Wittrock’s performance as Dandy Mott in American Horror Story: Freak Show is one for the record books. It is a show stopping performance on every level; a powerhouse! This should be a lock!

    Now, I will admit, I know nothing of Bill Murray’s performance in ‘Olive Kitteridge.’ I also know that the Academy doesn’t like new talent (especially when they are flawless-looking male actors), but now that he has received the nomination, WHY OH WHY is he still not the favorite? I’m especially curious to hear from people who have seen AHS: FS who are still predicting Bill Murray. Let’s talk about this!  

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    Rooney Moore
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    Bil Murray might have given the most boring and flattest performance I’ve seen in TV last year. That’s saying something.

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    Jalal Haddad
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    Being relatively unknown might hurt Wittrock but he delivers The best (and loudest) performance throughout every episode as opposed to Murray who doesn’t appear until the very end of Olive Kitteridge. seeing as voters are asked to watch the whole miniseries as opposed to an edited tape this could really hurt Murray and help Wittrock.

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    Atypical
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    It’s a wonder that Finn Wittrock was even nominated TBH. This isn’t the kind of performance that the category usually notices, and it’s become a go-to place for veteran/career acknowledgment instead of rewarding upcoming talent. That’s a perfect place for Bill Murray to be in for a miniseries that voters clearly adored. Many will want to see a Bill Murray speech just for the hell of it, and we are talking about a comedy legend here. I can’t think of a win that would mirror Wittrock’s. This is really a category where they “slap the stud,” see Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Scott Bakula. Colin Hanks, Hugh Dancy, Jim Parsons, and Clifton Collins, Jr. in this past decade alone. I’m not saying that all of these men were frontrunners (just poor robbed Matt Bomer), but you pretty much knew that a veteran was going to eclipse them, and that’s pretty much what happened. The popular voting could change things, and “American Horror Story: Freak Show” is a nominations frontrunner in a franchise that has won at least one acting award for every installment. I’ve seen all six of these performances (yay!), and my favorites were Wittrock and Michael Kenneth Williams. Damian Lewis had a few strong moments, but Mark Rylance dominated most of “Wolf Hall.” I’d guess that voters would vote for Denis O’Hare over Finn Wittrock based on name recognition and overall work in the entire series. O’Hare had more to do here than on “Coven,” for example, but I was expecting Michael Chiklis to be included instead. And then there’s Richard Cabral, whom I’m baffled even made this cut. I thought it was pretty clear that Elvis Nolasco was the supporting actor of note in the awful “American Crime,” though I’m still furious that Anton Lesser and Jonathan Pryce weren’t nodded for “Wolf Hall,” or that Cory Michael Smith had to submit himself for “Olive Kitteridge” b/c HBO didn’t give a shit about him and thought more of John Gallagher Jr.’s miscasting (which ended up being a big ole waste of money, go figure). Ugh to this category this year! Bill Murray’s going to win his Emmy fairly easily, I think. There are worse injustices out there than this happening.

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    jf123
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    It’s a wonder that Finn Wittrock was even nominated TBH. This isn’t the kind of performance that the category usually notices, and it’s become a go-to place for veteran/career acknowledgment instead of rewarding upcoming talent. That’s a perfect place for Bill Murray to be in for a miniseries that voters clearly adored. Many will want to see a Bill Murray speech just for the hell of it, and we are talking about a comedy legend here. I can’t think of a win that would mirror Wittrock’s. This is really a category where they “slap the stud,” see Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Scott Bakula. Colin Hanks, Hugh Dancy, Jim Parsons, and Clifton Collins, Jr. in this past decade alone. I’m not saying that all of these men were frontrunners (just poor robbed Matt Bomer), but you pretty much knew that a veteran was going to eclipse them, and that’s pretty much what happened. The popular voting could change things, and “American Horror Story: Freak Show” is a nominations frontrunner in a franchise that has won at least one acting award for every installment. I’ve seen all six of these performances (yay!), and my favorites were Wittrock and Michael Kenneth Williams. Damian Lewis had a few strong moments, but Mark Rylance dominated most of “Wolf Hall.” I’d guess that voters would vote for Denis O’Hare over Finn Wittrock based on name recognition and overall work in the entire series. O’Hare had more to do here than on “Coven,” for example, but I was expecting Michael Chiklis to be included instead. And then there’s Richard Cabral, whom I’m baffled even made this cut. I thought it was pretty clear that Elvis Nolasco was the supporting actor of note in the awful “American Crime,” though I’m still furious that Anton Lesser and Jonathan Pryce weren’t nodded for “Wolf Hall,” or that Cory Michael Smith had to submit himself for “Olive Kitteridge” b/c HBO didn’t give a shit about him and thought more of John Gallagher Jr.’s miscasting (which ended up being a big ole waste of money, go figure). Ugh to this category this year! Bill Murray’s going to win his Emmy fairly easily, I think. There are worse injustices out there than this happening.

    Jim Parsons is a stud? 

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    Atypical
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    [quote=”Atypical”]

    It’s a wonder that Finn Wittrock was even nominated TBH. This isn’t the kind of performance that the category usually notices, and it’s become a go-to place for veteran/career acknowledgment instead of rewarding upcoming talent. That’s a perfect place for Bill Murray to be in for a miniseries that voters clearly adored. Many will want to see a Bill Murray speech just for the hell of it, and we are talking about a comedy legend here. I can’t think of a win that would mirror Wittrock’s. This is really a category where they “slap the stud,” see Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Scott Bakula. Colin Hanks, Hugh Dancy, Jim Parsons, and Clifton Collins, Jr. in this past decade alone. I’m not saying that all of these men were frontrunners (just poor robbed Matt Bomer), but you pretty much knew that a veteran was going to eclipse them, and that’s pretty much what happened. The popular voting could change things, and “American Horror Story: Freak Show” is a nominations frontrunner in a franchise that has won at least one acting award for every installment. I’ve seen all six of these performances (yay!), and my favorites were Wittrock and Michael Kenneth Williams. Damian Lewis had a few strong moments, but Mark Rylance dominated most of “Wolf Hall.” I’d guess that voters would vote for Denis O’Hare over Finn Wittrock based on name recognition and overall work in the entire series. O’Hare had more to do here than on “Coven,” for example, but I was expecting Michael Chiklis to be included instead. And then there’s Richard Cabral, whom I’m baffled even made this cut. I thought it was pretty clear that Elvis Nolasco was the supporting actor of note in the awful “American Crime,” though I’m still furious that Anton Lesser and Jonathan Pryce weren’t nodded for “Wolf Hall,” or that Cory Michael Smith had to submit himself for “Olive Kitteridge” b/c HBO didn’t give a shit about him and thought more of John Gallagher Jr.’s miscasting (which ended up being a big ole waste of money, go figure). Ugh to this category this year! Bill Murray’s going to win his Emmy fairly easily, I think. There are worse injustices out there than this happening.

    Jim Parsons is a stud? 
    [/quote]

    That was part of a larger point about younger actors losing out to older actors in this category. You knew what the hell I meant.

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    It’s a wonder that Finn Wittrock was even nominated TBH. This isn’t the kind of performance that the category usually notices, and it’s become a go-to place for veteran/career acknowledgment instead of rewarding upcoming talent. That’s a perfect place for Bill Murray to be in for a miniseries that voters clearly adored. Many will want to see a Bill Murray speech just for the hell of it, and we are talking about a comedy legend here. I can’t think of a win that would mirror Wittrock’s. This is really a category where they “slap the stud,” see Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Scott Bakula. Colin Hanks, Hugh Dancy, Jim Parsons, and Clifton Collins, Jr. in this past decade alone. I’m not saying that all of these men were frontrunners (just poor robbed Matt Bomer), but you pretty much knew that a veteran was going to eclipse them, and that’s pretty much what happened. The popular voting could change things, and “American Horror Story: Freak Show” is a nominations frontrunner in a franchise that has won at least one acting award for every installment. I’ve seen all six of these performances (yay!), and my favorites were Wittrock and Michael Kenneth Williams. Damian Lewis had a few strong moments, but Mark Rylance dominated most of “Wolf Hall.” I’d guess that voters would vote for Denis O’Hare over Finn Wittrock based on name recognition and overall work in the entire series. O’Hare had more to do here than on “Coven,” for example, but I was expecting Michael Chiklis to be included instead. And then there’s Richard Cabral, whom I’m baffled even made this cut. I thought it was pretty clear that Elvis Nolasco was the supporting actor of note in the awful “American Crime,” though I’m still furious that Anton Lesser and Jonathan Pryce weren’t nodded for “Wolf Hall,” or that Cory Michael Smith had to submit himself for “Olive Kitteridge” b/c HBO didn’t give a shit about him and thought more of John Gallagher Jr.’s miscasting (which ended up being a big ole waste of money, go figure). Ugh to this category this year! Bill Murray’s going to win his Emmy fairly easily, I think. There are worse injustices out there than this happening.

    Because voters watch and like “American Horror Story” and he gave one of the best TV performances of all time in “Freak Show”.

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    Atypical
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    If you bothered to read all of what I wrote, I said that my favorites in the lineup were Wittrock and Williams. That bolded line is about me personally being surprised that voters would remember a performance like Wittrock’s, b/c normally it wouldn’t be something they would nominate.

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    jf123
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    [quote=”joef123″]

    [quote=”Atypical”]

    It’s a wonder that Finn Wittrock was even nominated TBH. This isn’t the kind of performance that the category usually notices, and it’s become a go-to place for veteran/career acknowledgment instead of rewarding upcoming talent. That’s a perfect place for Bill Murray to be in for a miniseries that voters clearly adored. Many will want to see a Bill Murray speech just for the hell of it, and we are talking about a comedy legend here. I can’t think of a win that would mirror Wittrock’s. This is really a category where they “slap the stud,” see Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Scott Bakula. Colin Hanks, Hugh Dancy, Jim Parsons, and Clifton Collins, Jr. in this past decade alone. I’m not saying that all of these men were frontrunners (just poor robbed Matt Bomer), but you pretty much knew that a veteran was going to eclipse them, and that’s pretty much what happened. The popular voting could change things, and “American Horror Story: Freak Show” is a nominations frontrunner in a franchise that has won at least one acting award for every installment. I’ve seen all six of these performances (yay!), and my favorites were Wittrock and Michael Kenneth Williams. Damian Lewis had a few strong moments, but Mark Rylance dominated most of “Wolf Hall.” I’d guess that voters would vote for Denis O’Hare over Finn Wittrock based on name recognition and overall work in the entire series. O’Hare had more to do here than on “Coven,” for example, but I was expecting Michael Chiklis to be included instead. And then there’s Richard Cabral, whom I’m baffled even made this cut. I thought it was pretty clear that Elvis Nolasco was the supporting actor of note in the awful “American Crime,” though I’m still furious that Anton Lesser and Jonathan Pryce weren’t nodded for “Wolf Hall,” or that Cory Michael Smith had to submit himself for “Olive Kitteridge” b/c HBO didn’t give a shit about him and thought more of John Gallagher Jr.’s miscasting (which ended up being a big ole waste of money, go figure). Ugh to this category this year! Bill Murray’s going to win his Emmy fairly easily, I think. There are worse injustices out there than this happening.

    Jim Parsons is a stud? 
    [/quote]

    That was part of a larger point about younger actors losing out to older actors in this category. You knew what the hell I meant.
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    Sorry, I actually thought you meant it like that 

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    Riley
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    Atypical nailed it in that first post.

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    BrandoObsession
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    I remember seeing Wittock on stage a few years ago in ‘Death of a Salesman’ with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield. He, along with Linda Emond, were fantastic in it and were obviously overshadowed in the press by their more famous costars. But I remember, in between Hoffman’s greatest stage performance and Garfield attractiveness, that Wittock held his own in the show and wished he’d get more exposure. At the time, I thought it would’ve been in the theater world given the attention the show got, but surprised me to see him get such a juicy part and this kind of award recognition.  

    Saying that, yeah… I doubt Murray will lose. This category is made for vets like Murray to be in the spotlight. 

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    If you bothered to read all of what I wrote, I said that my favorites in the lineup were Wittrock and Williams. That bolded line is about me personally being surprised that voters would remember a performance like Wittrock’s, b/c normally it wouldn’t be something they would nominate.

    I did. Also, they don’t have trends lately. They nominate random people and shows all around.

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    Tavish
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    In 1994 Alan Alda, Richard Gere, Ian McKellen (“And the Band Played On”), Matthew Broderick (“A Life in the Theatre”) lost to young Michael A. Goorjian (“David’s Mother”). But that’s really exception in the miniseries category. And surprisingly that was one of the most subtle performances I have seen on TV. Goorjian was so real in the role of autistic boy, that you couldn’t believe that was just the very good play. I think in this category it’s a rare case when quality won in the first place.

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    Macbeth
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    If either Bill Murray or Finn Wittrock win, I will be over the moon

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    You are either delusional or a 16 year old if you think Wittrock gave one of the best performances of all time. He gave an ok performance on a fairly abysmal season of AHS. 

    Atypicle hit it right on the head. I just did the math, and the average age of the last 10 winners in this category is 59. The youngest winner in the last 10 years was last year’s winner Martin Freeman at 42 who edged out supposed frontrunner Matt Bomer.  

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