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    Bebe
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    Queen Blanchett should be locked for winning. She has several scenes that have sealed the deal: the slapping herself, the smoking monologue, the confessional scene. She’s brilliant.

    I’m also not one of those Sarah Paulson stans (she does give great performances), but wow, she should absolutely be winning supporting actress with this episode. It felt like this episodes was made to give her another Emmy. This is coming from someone who feels the entire supporting cast should be nominated (unfortunately, that won’t happen).

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    Cate has like an Emmy scene each episode lol

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    zkrons
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    I decided to watch this show because I love American politics, Margo Martindale, and Cate Blanchett. Throughout the first seven episodes, I was amazed by how much the show delivered and Blanchett, Martindale, Byrne, and (to a lesser extent due to limited screen time) Ullman and Aduba all shined. I even came to appreciate Slattery’s performance, which seemed like nothing at the beginning.

    However, never in the first seven episodes did Paulson stand out to me. But her performance in “Houston” was other-worldly. I absolutely loved The People vs. OJ and felt that Paulson killed it & deserved her Emmy, and, while the acting felt at the same caliber, I cannot help but reflect how different yet equally amazing her acting in “Houston” was. While Byrne and Martindale were more consistent, I think Paulson’s performance in “Houston” makes her more deserving for the Emmy. Also, echoing others’ sentiments, the episode was incredible overall, and I am so excited (but also super sad) for next week.

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    The supporting actresses in this are giving me a headache to predict. Each of them has such distinct pros and cons.

    ADUBA
    Pros: Right at the top of half of ballots. Early focus episode – part of the launch weekend which (presumably) the more people watched than later weeks. Some critics loved her.
    Cons: In her focus episode much less than the others – shares attention not only with Blanchett but also Byrne and Martindale. Has barely featured outside of her episode.

    BYRNE
    Pros: Playing the most recognisable name. A lot of passionate support. Second billing – not alphabetical with the rest. A significant presence in many episodes not just one. Has the first focus episode of the supporting actresses. Appears early in half of ballots.
    Cons: Some critics were not enamoured. A much more passive presence than the others. Losing focus as the series goes on.

    MARTINDALE
    Pros: Emmy favourite. A big presence in multiple episodes before her own – allows it to seem like she’s growing in importance as you watch. A loud, showy role. In every episode.
    Cons: Middle of the alphabet – no advantage. Focus episode so some may not see it and merely judge her on her performance up until then. Probably the least mentioned by critics.

    PAULSON
    Pros: Emmy favourite. Right by Blanchett’s side throughout the series so helps to keep her in constant sphere of awareness. In every episode. HUGE focus episode that she shares with no other storylines – the only one to be given this. Big acclaim on this episode when it aired – also the most praised so far. Arguably undeniable if it is seen.
    Cons: Not playing a famous face. Some critics didn’t mention. Voters who give up on the series will not see her big episode. Middle of the alphabet

    ULLMAN
    Pros: Beloved veteran. Early focus episode. Playing a very famous figure. Big loud performance. Comic relief. The most talked about supporting performer in reviews for the show. Will be the first contender from the show for those who get Z-A ballots.
    Cons: Whilst she continues to feature, she doesn’t get anything substantial at all outside of her focus episode. That episode is also in the middle of the season – potentially forgettable. Is she someone that the new academy is especially aware of/cares about?

    I’d say I feel confident in Byrne and that’s it. It’s a crapshoot after that. Paulson is probably second but I am very nervous about how many people are actually watching the whole thing. If she gets in, she can win.

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    Paulson is a lock. There’s no way she doesn’t at least get a nomination. She’s popular, likable, an Emmy favorite, the episode is a lot of people’s favorites, and she has an undeniable performance.

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    Paulson is a lock. There’s no way she doesn’t at least get a nomination. She’s popular, likable, an Emmy favorite, the episode is a lot of people’s favorites, and she has an undeniable performance.

    How can she be a lock when there is no guarantee voters will get to her episode?

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    Wow. I began as a super fan of this show. But that enthusiasm has dwindled. I thought “Alice” was cringey and emphasized the show’s worst instincts.

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    I’m with forwardswill here. Byrne is definitely the biggest lock of the supporting cast. Paulson is most likely getting in but in no way she’s a lock. I also wouldn’t call her undeniable. I call someone undeniable when their work throughout the season/miniseries was phenomenal and/or consistent. She only has ‘Houston’. I still think Mrs. America girls are going to split votes and someone else will win.

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    I think Paulson is potentially undeniable by September just not right now. She’s the only one who can overcome votesplitting I think.

    Wow. I began as a super fan of this show. But that enthusiasm has dwindled. I thought “Alice” was cringey and emphasized the show’s worst instincts.

    Interesting because I’m almost exactly the opposite. I have enjoyed this show since the start but “Alice” was the first time I felt it finally climbed fully out of basic biopic territory.

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    Paulson deserves to win, but I see her and Byrne as equivalent to Penelope Cruz and Judith Light in 2018. What’s worse, Ullman will probably steal some votes as well (assuming she gets in).

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    I guess that it is subjective, but Merritt Wever so deserved that win and the Mrs. America actresses are so much better than The Assassination of Gianni Versace‘s.

    Paulson has the finale too.  Voting is not for over a month.  There is plenty of time for voters to finish the show before voting.  What will people remember over a month from now?  More likely the last two episodes than the first two.  Paulson also only needs to come sixth to get the nomination and she might achieve that on name alone.

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    I don’t think this role would even be offered to Sarah Paulson without the character having this episode. I knew she would have a major role even though she wasn’t playing a feminist icon like Byrne and Ullman. She is now, deservedly, the leading roles of Ryan Murphy productions.

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    Might just be, but I still prefer Byrne to Paulson here. She’s been fantastic throughout the entire series, whereas Paulson has only gotten material to shine the past episode. I think Paulson would have to blow me away in the finale to dethrone Byrne as my personal winner this year.

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    I prefer quite a few of the other supporting contenders to Paulson. I’m actually surprised by the reception to Paulson’s episode on here. The episode was fine, but bar the last scenes one of the weaker ones for me. Paulson was good but I think Byrne, Ullman, Graynor have been better across the season or in their respective focus episodes. I also think that, whilst their performances aren’t exactly compatible due to differences in screen time, Kayli Carter was more standout in a few of the scenes where it was her and Paulson.

     

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    I saw the episode last night and I think it was one of the most fun of the whole series. I couldn’t stop laughing. I agree that I would love to see more indicators in the previous episodes about the shift that Sarah Paulson‘s character was going to take but I love the complexity that her role began to have from now. But I think Sarah was outstanding as always and I’m sure she’s going to at least be nominated this year. I like the direction and the editing.
    Also I think this is the episode where I felt more the relevance and importance of Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne characters. Everyone else seems to be a startrucked by them and in Phyllis now she has security people and is more of a politician.

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