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July 22, 2019 at 3:05 am #1202989388
Streep was outlandishly good in this episode and kind of sadly she may have just ripped the Emmy firmly from Laura Dern now. The complexity and detail she displayed in Mary Louise’s time on the stand was something that I doubt will be seen on television again for a long time. I mean, despite quite disliking the character I was nearly reduced to tears when she spoke about the accident.
As for the episode, they closed up each arc quite nicely even if this was not a match for the first season finale. I loved Madeline and Ed’s scenes. They felt so delicately realistic. Scott and Witherspoon deserve many plaudits.
For the season as a whole, I have what I think is quite a controversial opinion. I would say that with the exception of Kidman’s arc in the first season, this season has been better on almost every front. Funnier, more entertaining and with far more lived-in characterisations. In spite of Vallee’s interference I hope Andrea Arnold gets a directing nod, because regardless of the editing, she brought an even bigger A-game out of these performers than the first season and juggled the many storylines with such nuance.
In terms of the Emmys, we are very early on but right now here’s what I’d want:
Drama Series – nomination
Drama Actress (Witherspoon) – win
Drama Actress (Kidman) – nomination
Drama Supporting Actor (Scott) – nomination
Drama Supporting Actress (Dern) – win
Drama Supporting Actress (Streep) – win
Drama Supporting Actress (Woodley) – nomination
(Yes I know I have both Dern and Streep winning in my dream world but it’s so difficult because Dern has been better, mostly due to material, across the season but what Streep did in the finale and, to a lesser extent, the premiere was better than anybody)
Overall: Screw the doubters. I want season three.July 22, 2019 at 4:10 am #1202989424
Haven’t started the finale yet cause I had something to do but it’s a good thing that some of y’all are finally realising the atrocity that is Nepotism Kravitz.
If she happens to be nominated over Woodley oh I’ll start a riot against Emmys.July 22, 2019 at 4:27 am #1202989435This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.July 22, 2019 at 4:59 am #1202989458
Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep
Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern
Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott
Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Adam Scott
I think SAG won’t be eager to nominate all the ladies since they’re gonna hand them Ensemble so maybe Dern manages too to get nominated alongside Kidman and Streep.July 22, 2019 at 6:23 am #1202989549
I do not like this Zoe Kravitz slander, she remained great during the whole season despite the limited material of only being in an hospital.
I think the show could end there, but they definitely opened up a door for a possible s3: Celeste losing her kids because she admitted to be complicit of a crime, Bonnie’s trial maybe, Ed not trusting Madeline again because of this. It feels a little redundant but whatever, I’ll watch regardless, I just love this ensemble so much.
Regarding awards, I think Streep did enough in this episode to pass over Dern and avoid vote splitting.July 22, 2019 at 6:48 am #1202989570
Meryl Streep (winner), Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon nominees.
Meryl Streep (winner), Nicole Kidman (winner), Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern nominees.
Meryl Streep (winner), Nicole Kidman (winner), Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, Denis O’Hare nominees.
I don’t really see Adam Scott happening. And they cost O’Hare his Emmy by having him in 4 episodes, if he was in one less episode he’d be the frontrunner for that Guest Actor Emmy.July 22, 2019 at 6:54 am #1202989578
Hmm, only Carrie Mathison & Midge Maisel have been multiple time actress Globe roles this decade. But it’s possible I supposeJuly 22, 2019 at 7:03 am #1202989595This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.July 22, 2019 at 7:07 am #1202989605
Robin Weigert should be even more frustrated than Denis O’Hare that she missed the guest eligibility with one episode. Emmy voters love to do make-up noms in those categories and first seasons’ therapy scenes were the show’s acting selling point which led to Kidman&Skarsgard sweeping.July 22, 2019 at 7:10 am #1202989609
I think Streep’s tape will definitely be the finale. Also, if she wins the globes but Kidman doesn’t, she could win SAG and therefore the Emmy. I don’t see Emmy voters stopping her sweep if she has previously won Globes, SAG and CC.
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