Why do awards shows keep overlooking Marin Hinkle as the mother of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’?

Amazon Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” took the awards derby by storm last year, winning top Emmys, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards for the 1950s-set comedy series. While much of the main cast were rewarded with nominations — Rachel Brosnahan as the titular Miriam “Midge” Maisel, Alex Borstein as manager Susie Myerson and Tony Shalhoub as father Abe Weissman — one person continues to be overlooked: Marin Hinkle as mother Rose Weissman. So what gives?

Hinkle has been acting for more than 20 years, starring in everything from “Once and Again” to “Two and a Half Men.” But it’s her role as Rose that’s finally put her on the awards map. This year Hinkle is nominated along with the rest of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” cast at the SAG Awards, a category it’s predicted to win. The other nominated comedy ensembles are “GLOW,” “The Kominsky Method,” “Barry” and “Atlanta.”

One of the reasons why Hinkle may have been overlooked for individual nominations thus far is because she faces strong competition from co-star Borstein. In this era of Peak TV, it’s getting more and more uncommon to see two contenders from the same show nominated in the same category. Borstein just won the Emmy for Best Comedy Supporting Actress and now has been singled out at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards for her wild and over-the-top character Susie.

Hinkle’s Rose, conversely, is more subtle and low-key, two characteristics that awards voters typically don’t go for. Just look at the recent history of Best Comedy Supporting Actress at the Emmys, where Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), Allison Janney (“Mom”), Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) and Jane Lynch (“Glee”) all won for their eccentric, boisterous performances. One notable exception that bodes well for Hinkle’s chances is Merritt Wever, who prevailed for playing the quiet and unassuming Zoey Barkow in “Nurse Jackie.”

In Season 2 of “Mrs. Maisel,” Rose has a midlife crisis of sorts and, after growing bored with her life in New York City, moves to Paris on a whim. It’s a standout storyline for Hinkle as she becomes the main focus for the first time and even gets to flex her acting muscles by speaking in French. Hinkle’s chemistry with Brosnahan and Shalhoub has never been stronger than in the scenes when Rose’s family tries to convince her to snap out of her stupor and return home. Hey, Emmy voters: Are you watching?

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