November 19, 2013 at 4:46 am #305917
So I watched both tapes and Bryan Cranston acted circles around Lewis with that powerhouse tape that was Crawl Space. Am I the only one who thinks this way? Let’s talk about both performances and/or the other nominees that could have been potential winners.November 19, 2013 at 6:47 am #305919
I feel like while Cranston had the bestter the tape, the Emmy love for Homeland was unstoppable that year and Lewis, while equally as great in season one, went along for the ride.November 19, 2013 at 7:21 am #305920
Lewis deserved his win. “Marine One” is a slightly better episode of television than “Crawl Space”, which is one of the best episodes of BB but has a dismissable first act and depends greatly on the momentum of the previous episode. Lewis submitted one of the best Emmy tapes ever. Cranston gave a bigger performance (one that’s almost hammy) but it lacked range and an arc, and the episode is difficult to sink your teeth into without the benefit of watching the rest of the season. Lewis won because of his tape not because of Homeland hype.
I made it clear at the time that I thought Lewis had a few sketchy moments in season one of Homeland, and Cranston was worthy of winning based on a more consistent season of work. But based on tape Lewis was the more deserving and not particularly surprising victor.November 19, 2013 at 7:44 am #305921
Bryan Cranston was a little bit better, but Damian Lewis deserved the win. This year, I have no idea what people we’re fussing over with Q&A.November 19, 2013 at 7:46 am #305922
I’ve noticed a lot of people on here don’t like Damian Lewis, but he was amazing in that season one finale.The intensity in his eyes as Dana spoke to him on the phone was incredible acting, and for me that scene is what won him the Emmy.November 19, 2013 at 8:33 am #305923
Lewis was the worst winner in quite some time.
I think he’s overrated, not underrated, around here, esp for his earlier work.November 19, 2013 at 8:45 am #305924
^ You sure do love the word “overrated”. Some people around her really like the dude. Some passionately don’t. That doesn’t mean he’s overrated. ‘Divisive’ is the work you’re looking for. His work in “Q&A” was overrated however. I always believed Danes of the star of that installment.
Lewis benefited greatly from playing a mysterious character in season one. The sympathetic, tragic arc his character traveled in that season also made him look better. I was always critical of his work, though I admitted that he had some outstanding moments in season one, and the power and craft behind his performance and arc in “Marine One” was too good to ignore. I still perfer his tightly wound work there over Cranston hamming it up in “Crawl Space”, which was fine as it was. But if Cranston wasn’t such an Emmy fav more people would have seen how much more Emmy appealing Lewis’ tape was.November 19, 2013 at 9:45 am #305925
Crawl Space was a bit overrated tape. I think Cranston had an overall stronger tape in Say My Name that should have won him another Emmy.November 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm #305926
In terms of quality Cranston eats him. He is much better and while i like Homeland and i think that Lewis should have his 2 nominations, ne should never win for that role.Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantNovember 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm #305927
I believe that Cranston had the best tape in the category that year, but Lewis’ win was deserved. While Cranston gives a brilliant performance in “Crawl Space”, he doesn’t really get the fireworks until 10 minutes before the episode ends. Lewis, however, gets your attention immediately with the confession scene at the beginning of the episode and never lets go of it. Also, the scenes that he is not in are all about him.November 19, 2013 at 4:24 pm #305928
In my opinion, “Q&A” should have won Damian Lewis second straight Emmy.November 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm #305929
I can understand why Lewis won, but I thought that Cranston had the better tape. I had Lewis in a strong second, but to me, Cranston’s performance in Crawl Space was completely epic!November 19, 2013 at 7:18 pm #305930
If I was a voter, I would have chosen Cranston. I know “Marine One” is clearly a powerful tape, but I would vote based on work over the entire season, taking the tape as a guideline. And Lewis was at times laughably bad. Cranston had the range I’d look for, and the last two acts of “Crawl Space” were incredible television, going to a place few shows or films go to. It was truly horrifying, and the writers pushed that further in “Tohajiilee” this season. Cranston was a master at line delivery for this show. Something tells me, despite the outcome last year, he would say today the same thing his character tells Skyler at the end of season four: “I won.”November 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm #305931
I’m not saying that Damian Lewis didn’t deserve it at all, I’m just saying that in my opinion Bryan deserved it more.November 20, 2013 at 6:17 pm #305932
Cranston had the better episode. I know voters demand arcs, but doesn’t mean we should. Not all writing should be about tidy storytelling. I think the (intentional) randomness of the first act in Crawl Space does not make it a lesser episode in any form. If anything, it makes me appreciate more. I have always said BB doesn’t get the credit it deserves for deconstructing typical thriller writting. Crawl Space is a great example of this. No way does the episode feel like it’s heading to that direction, but it simply does, like something that was supposed to be just a bump becomes huge, it’s just inevitable and sudden and things starting falling apart out of nowhere, and that takes a lot of guts and confidence to pull off, and that episode sure does. I don’t need tight writing all the time (every time fans talk about tight writing in BB I wonder if they watched the show as me, because I see it differently and love it because of that), and it always kind of annoys me a bit this criticism of the messy writing in BB. It’s intentionally messy in structure, and it’s all the better for it.
In performances, even though I think Lewis did a great job in that ep (his best work in the show), Cranston absolutely owns that last act. The laugh in the crawl space is incredible. And Cranston really did tap into the right maniac mode there. He deserved to win, but I’m fine with Lewis winning.
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