For the first six of seven seasons of “The Good Wife,” Christine Baranski earned Emmy Award nominations for her performance as Diane Lockhart and submitted some of her series best work, such as episodes “Alienation of Affection” and “The Last Call,” to Emmy voters. Now that CBS Studios has officially confirmed that Baranski will compete in the Best Drama Actress category for spinoff “The Good Fight,” Baranski may need to select one of the premiere season’s episodes to submit, should she land a nom. Which episode of “The Good Fight” do YOU think best showcases Baranski? Participate in our poll below.
Among the 10 episodes of the first season of “The Good Fight,” which aired its season finale on CBS All Access on April 16, Baranski has two clear standouts in the series premiere “Inauguration,” and the season finale “Chaos.”
In the pilot episode (which is always a good option to submit for Emmy consideration as it doesn’t require the voters to have any prior knowledge), Diane announces her retirement and plans to buy a villa in the south of France when she finds out that she’s a victim of a Ponzi scheme and has lost her retirement savings. Ousted from the firm she created, Baranski plays Diane’s anger, desperation, and ultimate resilience brilliantly and has numerous standout scenes opposite Diane’s estranged husband Kurt (Gary Cole) and one of her new firm’s named partners, Adrian (Delroy Lindo).
Similarly, Baranski runs the emotional gamut in the season finale. While trying to defend an informant who brought her firm a warning about an impending cyberattack on Chicago’s power grid, Diane hears that Kurt has been injured in a carjacking and rushes to visit him in the hospital. Their tearful exchange when she finds out that he’ll recover is one of Baranski’s best scenes of the season. Back on the case, Diane reaches a tense detente with alt-right provocateur Felix Staples (John Cameron Mitchell) in order to unmask the cyberterrorist and has an emotional conversation with Adrian reflecting on the state of the nation and the role of law.
Before Baranski makes a decision on her best episode to send to Emmy voters, she’ll have to earn a nomination in a category she hasn’t yet competed in. According to Gold Derby’s current odds that combine the Emmy predictions of all of the site’s users, Baranski has an excellent shot at a nomination, just behind Claire Foy (“The Crown”), Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Keri Russell (“The Americans”), Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”) and Claire Danes (“Homeland”).
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