May 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm #221154
We talk a lot about the plausible and semi-plausible candidates for Emmys, but what actors and shows do you want to give shout-outs who have less than a snowball’s chance in hell of actually getting nominated?
A few of mine:
I think Sasha Roiz and Magda Apanowicz deserve supporting nods for “Caprica,” and the show deserves a Drama Series nod.
Also, though “Louie” has a slim chance at Lead Actor and Comedy Series nods (both deserved), I think it also deserves guest acting nods for Tom Noonan, Amy Landekcer, and Pamela Adlon.May 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm #221156
the show that immediatly came to mind was Bored to Death. Great show that’s different to everything esle on TV. Funny, clever and fun to watch. Danson, Galifinakis and Schwatzmen are all so great.May 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm #221157
Rubicon and James Badge Dale=This was such a supsenseful, well made show (It even had one of the best hours of television this year with “Wayward Sons”) and Dale was the perfect lead.
Bradley Whitford, The Good Guys=I think this was the funniest performance on television this year.
Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck=She never gets the credit she deserves as I think she is as good as Zachary Levi on the show.May 23, 2011 at 6:56 pm #221158
Grace Zabriskie for the final season of “Big Love”. To me, her performance throughout the entire series has been both unconventional and consistent. Her arc in season 5 was heartbreaking, and while I’d be thrilled with nominations for any of the women on the show, she’d make me the happiest. She is the epitome of the dramatic supporting actress, and has several episodes she could submit.
The other is Michael B. Jordan on “Friday Night Lights”. I’ve been watching season 5 only as it re-airs on NBC, so I’m not through with the season yet, but his performance has been very impressive week after week. I never thought that this new crop of “students” could’ve been stronger than the original cast, but it’s shaping up to be the case.May 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm #221159
I’m going to sound very AMC-biased here, which is fine. But for my money, no one deserves a Guest Actor in a Drama Series nomination more than Lennie James in “Walking Dead.” His work in the pilot episode is exactly what a guest spot should be: a powerful, emotional supporting performance that is contained within a single episode. The scene with the rifle was so of the best acting in the entire episode.
And, as Ryan mentioned above, there is “Rubicon.” Sad to see such a smart show cancelled, especially since the writers seemed to know exactly where they were going with the story. I’m also curious how they would have handled the oil spill in Season Two, what the new case would have been, and how the Atlas men’s banishment of Truxton would have driven that side of the plot. Suffice to say, those questions and more will never be answered. But with regard to this show, I think that Michael Slovis, at the very least, deserves a nomination for directing the best episode of the season – “Wayward Sons.”
I’m sure there are other off-the-radar performers and production designers that I’m not giving credit to, but as soon as I remember who they are, I’ll bring them into the conversation too.May 24, 2011 at 12:55 am #221160
Gillian Jacobs on Community deserves some attention.
The only morality in a cruel world is chance.May 24, 2011 at 12:56 am #221161
On the Comedy side, I’m rooting for ‘Louie’ getting some serious recognition, especially Directing, Writing and Series. It’s such an interesting and bold personal show.
On the Drama side, I would love it if ‘Terriers’ got some kind of recognition. It was, for me, the best show of the season after Mad Men and deserves the awards even if it doesn’t have a chance in hell of actually getting a nomination thanks to being already cancelled and one of the lowest rated shows of all time..May 24, 2011 at 2:13 am #221162
Ray Romano on Men of a Certain Age. Not only is Romano an Emmy winner, and was a perennial nominee for Everybody Loves Raymond, but on the merits of his performance alone he should get nominated for Lead Actor. If by some chance he were to sneak into the race this year (which looks totally hopeless), he’s got a potentially winning tape with “The Bad Guy”.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.May 24, 2011 at 3:05 am #221163
I think Eva Longoria deserves a nod for Desperate Housewives. Her work this season has been better than any performance in the history of that show!May 24, 2011 at 3:46 am #221164
Ruth Wilson of “Luther” Superb, utterly captivating performance. She should be in contention in Supporting Actress, Miniseries/TV Movie race. In fact, “Luther” as a whole needs to be in the race. Idris Elba seems to have an outside shot at a nomination, but the Series was so much more. Just a really well done crime drama.
If there was one thing that really blew me away about “The Walking Dead”, it was the performances of it’s two big guest actors, Lennie James and Michael Rooker. James was sensational in “Days Gone Bye”, and he’s the one most people seem to single out. But Rooker was astonishing in “Guts” (I believe that was the episode). It may have just been one scene, but it was a bloody (no pun intended!) good one at that.
As thrilled as I was when Kiefer Sutherland won his Emmy for Lead Actor Drama in 2006, I could help but feel a little disappointed for Denis Leary, who had hands down the best tape that year. All these years later, Leary continues to deliver one of the bravest performances on television, and is all but forgotten. Even when “Rescue Me” falters, Leary remains top notch. He had some superb material last season, during which he FINALLY began to face his own demons while helping his daughter address her own alcoholism. The show has long since wrapped, but I’m dying to see what they deliver for Tommy Gavin in the final episodes.May 24, 2011 at 5:16 am #221165
Robert, I wanted to correct you on one thing: The episode you attributed to Michael Rooker. His character’s introduction was in the episode “Guts,” when the survivors are stuck in the department store. But the episode you referred to is “Tell It to the Frogs,” which opens on him, still hand-cuffed to the roof. He mutters to himself incoherently, and we literally watch as Rooker takes his character through an entire range of emotions, from the subconscious to a pleading prayer to a rebellious damnation. It is the best acting the show has featured yet, and I like that you’ve brought him into the conversation.
I’m actually curious – With guest actors and actresses, does the tape submitted to voters contain the entire episode, or just the scenes featuring the contender? Because if it is the latter, and Rooker is nominated, the man could win the thing. Seriously.May 24, 2011 at 5:19 am #221166
Cast of Cougar Town
Community supporting castMay 24, 2011 at 5:34 am #221167
Josh Zuckerman, 90201 (Guest Actor) – Best thing about the show. Also, robbed of a nomination in the Guest category last year for ‘Desperate Housewives’.May 24, 2011 at 7:55 am #221168
Spenser, guest tapes only include the guest’s scenes.
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