One of the many additions to “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s” Emmy nomination tally was Marin Hinkle, who earned her career-first bid in the Best Comedy Supporting Actress category. The veteran performer, who rose to prominence with a recurring role on “Two and a Half Men,” won her first Screen Actors Guild Award prize earlier this year as part of the show’s ensemble. She plays Rose Weissman, a 1950s Manhattan housewife whose daughter (Rachel Brosnahan) is trying her hand at stand-up comedy, much to her chagrin.
For her Emmy submission, Hinkle has chosen the Season 2 opener “Simone.” In this installment, an unhappy Rose abandons her home and moves to Paris, causing her daughter, Midge, and husband, Abe (Tony Shalhoub), to go find her. But she’s excited by her new bohemian lifestyle, and Abe decides to stay behind with her for an extended stay.
Can Hinkle win for this episode? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons:
Everybody got a little bit more to do in “Maisel’s” second season, and that’s especially true for Hinkle, who broke out from the complacent housewife role to find new, more radical shades. There’s a tenderness to Rose’s voyage to Paris, a desperation to find something more out of life than just marriage, and the actress is brilliant at creating a great sense of empathy in her.
With her roles on “Two and a Half Men,” “Speechless,” “Madame Secretary” and “Once and Again,” Hinkle is the kind of long-working character actress Emmy voters love to reward once they break through with a primo project.
After winning eight Emmys last year, including Best Comedy Series, “Maisel” exploded in nominations for its second season, amassing 20 total bids. Should the show go on a winning streak once again, Hinkle could get carried along in a sweep…
… if she can beat her co-star, that is. Fellow “Maisel” actress Alex Borstein won this prize last year for playing Midge’s agent, Susie, and is back again for more. Though Borstein could win again, she could just as easily split the vote with Hinkle, throwing the prize to previous champ Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), previous nominee Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”), Olivia Colman (“Fleabag”) and Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”) or first-time contenders Sian Clifford (“Fleabag”) and Sarah Goldberg (“Barry”). Either way, Hinkle has a tough hill to climb.
Speaking of her co-star, Hinkle’s work is a little more subtle when compared to Borstein’s broad strokes, which voters tend to reward in the comedy categories.
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