Last weekend, "Girls" triple threat Lena Dunham made history as the first woman to win the Directors Guild Award for helming an episode of a laffer. And last month, she won two Golden Globes -- TV Comedy Actress and Comedy Series.
This increased attention from other kudos makes it likely that "Girls" will increase its Emmy nominations this year from the five it received last year for its debut season. While Dunham earned four of those for producing, directing, writing and starring in the show, none of her castmates contended.
Which of the trio of featured players on "Girls" is most likely to reap an Emmy bid this year. Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
The most recent episode, “It’s a Shame About Ray”, had our forum posters raving about Jemima Kirke’s performance as Jessa dealing with the end of her insta-marriage to Thomas-John (Chris O’Dowd). Forum poster, Atypical said, “never seen Jemima Kirke better than this” while BamaEd called her performance “brilliant and had tons of range”.
The episode also showcased Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams, with Shoshanna (Mamet) beset by relationship woes and Marine (Williams) continuing to be her own worst enemy.
Each storyline in the episode recalled that of HBO’s other female ensemble comedy set in the Big Apple, the iconic "Sex and the City." The similarities between the shows have been points of discussions.
And the potential increase in Emmy nominations for "Girls" could become another talking point. After receiving only two nominations (actress and series) for its debut season, "SATC" went on to reap nine nods for its sophomore season, including the first of five bids for Kim Catrall.
So which of the supporting ladies of "Girls" could be in Catrall’s position this July?
Of the many criticisms hurled at the show during its first season, the charge of nepotism could become a benefit for these actresses come Emmy season. Name recognition is one of the many things that can benefit an Emmy contender and each of these actresses come from esteemed families whose pedigrees run the gamut from music (Jemima is the daughter of rock drummer Simon Kirke), news (Allsion is the daughter of NBC anchor Brian Williams), and theater (Zosia is the daughter of prolific playwright David Mamet).
Of the three, Mamet’s scene-stealing may have the best shot of being recognized. It is the showiest role of the supporting cast. And, unlike her co-stars, she has been working steadily in film and television since 1994, garnering an eclectic range of performances, including a memorable run on “Mad Men” as Peggy’s (Elisabeth Olson) lesbian friend.
Every actor submits only one sample episode, which will be judged by other actors (ranging from 25 to 75 per category jury) between July 28 and August 14. TV series submit six, which will be split into three pairs to be distributed randomly to about 300 voters. We now have uncovered every single title submitted for the 2014 races. CLICK HERE FOR THE EPISODES
We analyze the pros and cons
of episodes submitted by actors
to Emmy judges
Who submitted well? Click links below to read our in-depth analysis of each actor's episode entry.
DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
Kate Burton ("Scandal")
Jane Fonda ("The Newsroom")
Allison Janney ("Masters of Sex")
Kate Mara ("House of Cards")
Margo Martindale ("The Americans")
Diana Rigg ("Game of Thrones")