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  • Tony Ruiz
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    With the benefit of the passage of time, what past Emmy wins simply make ZERO sense to you, particularly based on the submitted episode?

    Here are some of mine:

    Alec Baldwin’s first Emmy win for 30 Rock
    He literally does NOTHING in the episode except for one scene which came off as kind of racist to me.

    Jon Cryer’s Supporting Actor Win for Two and a Half Men
    His episode, “Sir Lancelot’s LItterbox” is ridiculously weak. He’s barely in the episode, and does almost nothing in it. And when you look at the superior submissions of Rainn Wilson and Neil Patrick Harris, this one is particularly confusing.

    What are some of your head scratchers??? Be honest and BRUTAL!

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    CanadianFan
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    David Fincher’s ho-hum directing for ‘House of Cards’ beating Michelle MacLaren’s “Gliding Over All” (‘Breaking Bad’).

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    Andrew Carden
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    Wow, Baldwin’s first Emmy win is one of my all-time favorites in that category…it was his second victory that was kind of a head-scratcher to me.

    Candice Bergen’s final two wins for Murphy Brown
    Jeff Daniels winning for The Newsroom
    Edie Falco beating Lorraine Bracco for The Sopranos’ third season
    Patricia Heaton’s second win
    Katherine Heigl’s win
    Jaime Pressly’s win for My Name Is Earl (an obvious make-up win for her losing the first time)
    James Spader winning for The Practice/Boston Legal
    Eric Stonestreet’s two wins

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (1961) – Sorry, Holly Golightly…

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    David Fincher’s ho-hum directing for ‘House of Cards’ beating Michelle MacLaren’s “Gliding Over All” (‘Breaking Bad’).

    He won because he’s David Fincher.

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    David Buchanan
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    James Spader winning for The Practice/Boston Legal

    I can’t speak for The Practice, but if you watched his two submissions from Boston Legal, then you know why he won. Two spotlights with long, dramatic monologues about the death penalty and euthanasia, respectively. Regardless of your thoughts on the show and Spader as an actor (I love him, personally, and Boston Legal) those episodes are undeniable Emmy bait.

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    OnTheAisle
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    In the earliest Emmy races for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Eve Arden in Our Miss Brooks, Loretta Young in The Loretta Young Show and Nanette Fabray in Caeser’s Hour each besting the incomparable Lucille Ball in the classic I Love Lucy.

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    leothescorpio
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    Margo Martindale last year and Merrit Weaver a few years ago.

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    BamaEd
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    Probably Patricia Arquette’s win in 2005 for season 1 of Medium over Glenn Close, Mariska Hargitay (the year after the awkward Allison Janney come up on stage with me moment and for a true big Emmy bait episode), Frances Conroy, and Jennifer Garner. Medium was never a big Emmy show, just Arquette. Shocking.

    I am still shocked that Laura Linney won her 3rd Emmy beating out Phylicia Rashad’s Tony winning Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun or even Dame Judi Dench for Cranford. Actually that one kind of rankles me.

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    montana82
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    Archie Panjabi. No flashy scenes, not well known, the type of performance that usually never wins here.

    Blythe Danner’s 2nd win for HUFF. She did next to next for an entire episode and most of her 2nd episode but had one little scene at the end. She must have had a lot of her friends on the panel that year.

    Judy Garland Life with My Shadows losing Best Movie to Anne Frank. Look I know you had the Holocaust factor going on her but Life With My Shadows produced arguably 2 of the finest performances in a TV movie in the last 20 years. It should have won for that reason alone.

    Candice Bergen winning in 1990 over Delta Burke’s They Shoot Fat Women Don’t They.

    Jane Curtain’s 2nd win for Kate and Allie in 1985. Come on. Claire Huxtable should have won for her ICONIC and ground breaking role in that Cosby sweep.

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    Andrew Carden
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    Danner’s second win for Huff was indeed a shocker but, in hindsight, she did have one fantastic scene in her episode, so we should’ve known she’d at least be a contender for the upset.

    As for Me and My Shadows, I think the consensus was Davis and Blanchard were significantly better than the film itself.

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (1961) – Sorry, Holly Golightly…

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    GusCruz
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    Peter Dinklage last year.
    Margo Martindale last year.
    Melissa McCarthy.
    Jeff Daniels.
    Tony Shalhoub’s last win.

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    dj
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    Dinklage over Banks/Mendelsohn last year
    Martindale last year
    Fincher over MacLaren in 2013
    Jeff Daniels
    Jon Cryer
    Game of Thrones winning writing last year

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    Teridax
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    Disney’s Mickey Mouse SOMEHOW winning 6 freaking Emmys when classic Animated Tv shows like American Dad, Danny Phantom, Kim Possible, currently Steven Universe and Rick and Morty, and Spongebob Squarepants (the latter of which has been nominated 8 times but shockingly never taken home the gold, even for its earlier seasons which remain great and iconic to this day) have never won a single Emmy, even as a special “Individual Achievement Award” from those judging panels.

    Think of it like this:

    Disney’s Mickey Mouse has won for its silly little 3-minute shorts 6 Emmys.

    Avatar: The Last Airbender won only 1. “Head explodes Scanners-style here” ;P >:O

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    Teridax
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    And yes, I know Disney’s Mickey Mouse thankfully didn’t win last year, with long overdue Adventure Time finally winning Best Animated Program.

    Last year specifically, I get Peter Dinklage winning as an I.O.U. for his courtoom tirade for which he lost the Emmy the previous year, and Emmy voters wanting the show to sweep, thinking it should take home an acting award.

    Jon Stewart winning over John Oliver? Hey, a goodbye hugs a goodbye hug, and I get that, no matter how undeserving in the present it may actually be.

    I will NEVER understand Margo Martindale winning for her 2-minute Americans cameo, a show I’ve always found pretentious and grossly overrated, to be hideously blunt, and that all the cameo was was her drinking coffee and talking with Frank Langella. Nothing explosive or showing ANY kind of range, like say her fellow nominees Rachel Brosnahan and Cicely Tyson for example. Just plain talk. With this win, she became the new Ellen Burstyn of the Emmys, who got nominated for a 14-second cameo in an HBO movie.

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    Lord Freddy Blackfyre
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    The Practice winning Drama Series in 1999 over the first season of The Sopranos and whoever stole Nancy Marchant Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series that year (I know the name of the winner but that should be erased from the Emmy history books).

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