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BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jim Carter - Downton Abbey Brendan Coyle - Downton Abbey Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones Giancarlo Esposito - Breaking Bad Jared Harris - Mad Men Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad
BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Christine Baranski - The Good Wife Joanne Frogatt - Downton Abbey Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad Christina Hendricks - Mad Men Archie Panjabi - The Good Wife Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Boomer, as always, thanks for forwarding these requests to us. I think it helps remind us just how many influential people frequent these message boards on a weekly basis, particularly during awards season.
I can help out immediately with Breaking Bad suggestions.
Aaron Paul gave some great performances this season, particularly in a heart-wrenching monologue in the episode "Problem Dog." But no performance of his quite hit me in the gut like his work in "End Times." The scene between Paul and Bryan Cranston, with the former hurling accusations and pointing a gun at the anti-hero's face, was possibly the best dramatic two-person scene of the season in terms of sheer energy and ferocity. He knocks it out of the park, and Paul, who seems to prefer tapes that show more than one emotion (hence his choice of "Half Measures" over "One Minute") gets plenty to work with when a child very near to him is verging on death.
Giancarlo Esposito is a frontrunner to win his category, and it has nothing to do with his tape selection. The character he has created is one of television's most notable villains, and Gus Fring will continue to haunt Breaking Bad late into the fifth season. However, the episode that happens to give him the most screentime also happens to be the one that makes him the most sympathetic to the audience: "Hermanos." Gus Fring is usually a character known for his stoic features, his lack of emotion and facial expression. But in this episode, a prominent flashback shows us a flightier, more anxious Gus, and we watch as his closest friend is gunned down right in front of him. Essentially, he's playing two separate characters - the cool calculating sociopath and the nervous, quaking entrepreneur - which is something that the other nominees won't have the benefit of.
Anna Gunn finally gets a nomination, and we can't let it go to waste. She has several tapes to choose from. In one (Bullet Points), she and Bryan Cranston spend nearly ten minutes of screentime "rehearsing" how they will come clean to their extended family that Walter White is addicted to gambling... a fiction that she, as a creative writer, has scripted out dialogue for. The whole scene is like a great two-hander play, and it highlights Gunn's theater experience tremendously. On the other hand, she has her moments in Cornered that could gain the the attention of voters, as she begins the episode running in fear from the husband she doesn't recognize and ends it with the realization that it is her, not him, that has to protect the family from the trouble he's caused. I would recommend Bullet Points for its comic timing, but Cornered gives Gunn some real "moments." I'll say Cornered.
Peter Dinklage's only choice is Blackwater. The trouble with his character, Tyrion Lannister, is that the season-long material is great, but there is not enough great stuff collected onto a single episode to call it a tape. But with this episode, Dinklage gets to have a surprising number of moments in the sun (ironic considering how dark the episode was shot), including a rousing "Let's go kill them!" war speech. As far as I'm concerned, any other choice would be a very tough sell.
Commission & Fees is such a given as an Emmy tape that, if Jared Harris does not choose it, he's out of the race. It is this episode that put him on the radar for this Supporting Actor race in the first place. And as such, it should be the one to give him a great shot at the trophy as well.
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones ("Blackwater") Accept no substitutes, this is the episode for Dinklage. Unlike most GoT episodes, which contain multiple storylines, this episode focuses in on one location, where the epic battle of the season is taking place. Thus, the story is relatively more contained, and gives Dinklage, who has had the most screentime of any actor this year on the show, much more to do than in other episodes. His crowning moment is near the middle section, where the king has abandoned his troops, and Tyrion (Dinklage's character) is forced to rally the troops in defense of the city. He proceeds to give a rousing battle speech, and Dinklage is so impactul during this moment, he gets you to stand up and cheer and root for him by the time he's finished, showing the completion of his character arc from a cynical and witty observer to a leader of men. And the end of the episode makes Dinklage look like he may or may not have died, which tugs at the heartstrings. This episode is sort of similar to his winning episode last year called "Baelor", in which one very powerful scene got him the win (his confession about his experiences with women and the first love of his life), in addition to some other good scenes. If Dinklage wants to repeat his win, he should pick this episode.
Emmy 2013 FYC: Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones; Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter; Katheryn Winnick, Vikings
Christina Hendrics has at least three amazing episodes, but I believe she should choose "The Other Woman". the episode and Hendrics' storyline is about treatment of women as sexual objects and this is a very powerfull message to send. Hendricks is perfect in every scene without making everything to0 false and dramatic but keeping the sense of what a horrible treeatment she recieved!
BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jim Carter - Downton Abbey - (I dont watchthe Show) Brendan Coyle - Downton Abbey (I dont watchthe Show) Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones - EPISODE ''Blackwater'' Giancarlo Esposito - Breaking Bad - EPISODE ''Hermanos'' Jared Harris - Mad Men - EPISODE ''Commissions and Fees'' Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad - EPISODE ''Problem Dog''
BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Christine Baranski - The Good Wife (I dont watchthe Show) Joanne Frogatt - Downton Abbey (I dont watchthe Show) Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad - EPISODE ''Cornered'' Christina Hendricks - Mad Men - EPISODE ''Mystery Date'' or ''The Other Woman'' Archie Panjabi - The Good Wife (I dont watchthe Show) Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey (I dont watchthe Show)
BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jim Carter - Downton Abbey (""Episode Eight) Brendan Coyle - Downton Abbey ("Episode Seven") Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones ("Blackwater") Giancarlo Esposito - Breaking Bad ("Hermanos") Jared Harris - Mad Men ("Commissions and Fees") Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad ("End Times")
BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Christine Baranski - The Good Wife ("Alienation of Affection") Joanne Frogatt - Downton Abbey ("Episode Seven") Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad ("Cornered") Christina Hendricks - Mad Men ("The Other Women") Archie Panjabi - The Good Wife ("Bitcoin for Dummies") Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey ("Christmas Special")
BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jim Carter - "Episode 1" Brendan Coyle - "Episode 6" Peter Dinklage - "Blackwater" Giancarlo Esposito - "Hermanos" Jared Harris - "Commissions and Fees" or bust Aaron Paul - "End Times"
BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Christine Baranski - "Alienation of Affection" Joanne Frogatt - "Episode 6" Anna Gunn - "Cornered" Christina Hendricks - "The Other Woman" or "Mystery Date" Archie Panjabi - "The Dream Team" Maggie Smith - "Episode 7"
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Jared Harris would be a fool not to submit "Commissions and Fees". That confrontation with Jon Hamm was amazeballs, and there was the very dark humor with him trying to carbon monoxide himself and the Jaguar not starting. There's impact to spare in that episode.
Christina Hendricks has her big impact scene in "Mystery Date", but I still think she should go with "The Other Woman". More screentime (the episode basically centers on her). It's a little risky since it's heavy on subtlety in her acting, but Supporting Actress in a Drama has been a weird crapshoot many recent years anyway.
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Christina Hendricks - "The Other Woman" Anna Gunn - "Cornered" Archie Panjabi - what episode was it that the drug dealer threatened Kalinda and she went to the FBI agent's house and told her to please stop? That's Panjabi's submission. Or the finale.
Christine Baranski - I love her on this show, but I can't think of a slamdunk standout episode for her.
Aaron Paul has a tough choice between "Problem Dog" and "End Times". I'd have to go with "Problem Dog". That monologue was just so incredible.