“If they’re paying attention at all, then this should be a slam dunk for Judith Light,” proclaims Gold Derby contributor Tony Ruiz about the Emmy race for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress. “On [her episode submission ‘A Random Killing’] alone, she would win.” Ruiz recently joined fellow contributors Charles Bright, Riley Chow, Amanda Spears and me to discuss the category. Could it be more competitive than Ruiz thinks? Watch our entire slugfest above.
Light contends for her appearance in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” the second season of FX’s anthology series “American Crime Story.” She competes against her co-star Penelope Cruz, as well as Sara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar“), Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”), Merritt Wever (“Godless”), and Letitia Wright (“Black Mirror”).
Currently our racetrack odds give Oscar winner Cruz the advantage with first-place odds of 10/11. Light, a three-time Primetime Emmy nominee and two-time Tony winner, is close behind in second with 11/4 odds. But Spears believes we should watch out for third-ranked contender Wever, who famously upset in the Comedy Supporting Actress category for “Nurse Jackie” in 2013. “She’s such a scene-stealer,” Spears explains. “It really proves she’s a star because you miss her when she’s gone.”
Bright is siding with Ruiz and predicting Light to upset. While he believes Cruz “does a very good job of capturing” fashion designer Donatella Versace, “there’s no dynamite scene for her.” Light, on the other hand, “has that, and she just seizes every single moment she has on there.”
Chow thinks vote-splitting could hurt Cruz and Light’s chances, swinging the prize to Wever. As a rabble-rousing feminist standing up to the patriarchy in the Old West, Wever plays “the quintessential ‘Godless’ character,” says Chow. “If people like ‘Godless,’ and they like its original contributions to television, she’s really the embodiment of that.”
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