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    I like Byrne a lot more than Paulson.

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    I don’t know much about their screentime, but Hahn and Leo have VERY baity roles in the book. I don’t know if they will be able to win when it feels like it’s going to be the Ruffalo show through and through, but I am keeping them on my list. Also, if IKTMIT does take off, keep your eyes on the guy who plays the step-father. He’s not a super famous character actor, but the role is extremely awardsy and sometimes the Emmy’s go for quality and not just star power.

    As for this show, I would love to see Byrne win. I’m sure Paulson is great in her big episode and I would love to see her have another Emmy, but Rose is great, a sly backbone to the series, and deserves an Emmy. Aduba is also great and would be a good winner, but I am being a bit biased in rooting for her considering she has two already.

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    “Shirley” – so this was supposedly Aduba’s episode by I couldn’t help but think she was completely outshone by Martindale, Byrne and Paulson, who all got far more interesting material to work with. Especially the latter who did some truly beautiful work in the scene where Alice attempted to address the use of racist language within STOP ERA. Blanchett continues to be great also and Ullman is hysterical.

    It’s interesting that you find the one episode ‘led’ by a black character (and actor) to be an episode where the writers grant better material to at least 3 other people. That would indicate the show not understanding or tackling intersectional issues as much as it ought to. I personally found Aduba to be the standout though.

    For Your Consideration:

    Carrie Coon, ‘The Gilded Age’ (no I haven’t seen it, but we have no choice but to stan anyway)

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    Yup, although I think it’s more in the tackling then the understanding as I think they were aiming for the right thing

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    Aiming but missed. I saw a Variety review of the episode with the rationale that it was somehow intentional:
    “Shirley Chisholm is ultimately sidelined by a system run by white men and enabled by white women. Even the structure of the episode reflects that.”

    To me that’s just weak. There was ample opportunity to construct the episode in a more comprehensive, nuanced way.

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    Carrie Coon, ‘The Gilded Age’ (no I haven’t seen it, but we have no choice but to stan anyway)

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    I thought Shirley was the best episode of what we have seen of the series thus far, specifically with how resonant her story was given the amount of women contenders that were part of the primary process this election cycle. But upon reflection, I did yearn for more. I dont know if it’s Blanchett’s outsized performance that overshadows the story, so perhaps that is where the credit lies with how looming her figure is, but I also took onus with how they portrayed the racism involved within the ERA. The confrontation with the Louisiana delegation felt like Schlafly’s capitulation was an incidental act of racism, when it’s easy to see from Schlafly’s own history that she steeped her rhetoric in racist coded language.

    From the first two episodes, I thought Tripplehorn, who was mentioned prior by others and am in agreement with, to me was the standout supporting performance that most surprised me. That Tripplehorn would serve as the foil to Schlafly. My worry is that much like how Margot Robbie’s composite, but still fictional, character in Bombshell was the convenient foil for the story, that Paulson’s Alice (whose performance is still great), who is also fictional I believe, will be functioning in the same way as the series progresses. It’s too convenient of an out, in my opinion. But we shall see if it plays out in that manner.

    Nevertheless, I am very much enjoying this thus far and wish we had access to the whole series at drop so I could binge this in full.

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    I have finally seen all three episodes and I absolutely adore this show. I wasn’t sure how I felt after “Phyllis” because I didn’t feel like it was an extraordinary outing, but the following two episodes won me over very quickly. What really stands out to me is the excellent pacing and how thoroughly energetic it is! Shows like this one could have easily been stuffy and stale, but this one really has such great energy. It helps that the episodes are just over 40 minutes, which is so refreshing to see with many other “prestige” shows on TV featuring episodes that are between 50 and 60 minutes long. The music choices are exceptional.

    The cast, whew. Where to begin? Cate Blanchett is electric as Phyllis Schlafly and never misses a beat. She’s just so perfect in this role and humanizes this woman without ever making her sympathetic, which is exactly what she needed to do. It’s painful to watch her storyline because those people are just all despicable. Sarah Paulson has a tough role to play, but she’s really doing a great job and I can’t wait to see her character-centric installment. Well, the rest: Rose Byrne, Margo Martindale, Uzo Aduba and Tracey Ullman – they’re just all exceptional. Aduba has a phenomenal episode with “Shirley,” while, as already mentioned, Byrne excels with her calm and subtle turn in “Gloria” (though she has that one GREAT moment in “Shirley” too). Martindale is invariably great and has lots to do in “Shirley,” in particular. Ullman is chewing the scenery, but deliciously so. The supporting actress race is going to a BLOODBATH.

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    I will say more once I’ve finished the third episode, but I came here to say that Rose Byrne blew me away in the second episode. I see people easily labelling her performance as a nothing-performance as it isn’t ostentatiously showy, but my God her presence is magnetic. And that scene in which she subtly mouths off at Martindale’s character is terrific.

    Yeah, Byrne completely transformed. Her mind is working as you might imagine Gloria Steinem’s did. She is winning.

    watch I May Destroy You

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    Blanchett is desperate for an Emmy, isn’t she? This performance of hers is nothing special, especially coming from her. Not that Regina King decided to give a different performance for once. I personally honestly don’t care who wins their category. Judging by their competition in Reese Witherspoon getting namechecked or Kerry Washington delivering some of the best Razzie worthy stuff I’ve seen on TV in a while, they’ll be default passable winners. I’d like to see Dever who gave soul to her heartbreaking performance win the trophy or Wever who gave a masterclass in subtle acting. The latter’s performance will be studied in acting schools. As of the rest of the cast, Martindale plays another shouty Martindale character, in other words herself for the billionth time in her career and I bet she’s getting nominated. Byrne, nothing but limited actress. There’s no need for Paulson to be in every FX show, thanks. I’m excited for Aduba. The only classy one in this cast.

    So this is full of a lot of opinions that I think are completely ridiculous, but I only want to respond to the bolded.

    I don’t see how Blanchett choosing this role reflects any thirst… It’s her first TV role and she is very politically involved. Her career choices reflect the exact opposite of thirst.

    I’ve said it many times on this board, but what exactly do you think people do at drama school? Performances aren’t studied lmao acting is.

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    Why do people assume anytime an actor plays a somewhat baity role that they’re dying for awards? How about looking at it from a different angle – Blanchett may have very well wanted to get this story told, especially considering how timely the subject matter is. These are the stories that should be portrayed on TV, film, etc. because of the conversations they start and because they force us to look in the mirror and realize that some of these issues still exist today.

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    Also what is the problem with actors wanting to be awarded? She will deserve her win cause she is an amazing actress and is killing it in the show, no one ever says “Oh I bet mark ruffalo wants an emmy”… I don’t even find CB to be an awards craver, if she was she would have brought many of the plays she did in australia to broadway and would have been a tony winner by now

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    People are way more critical of women taking awards bait-y roles. It’s rare that you hear of a man being “desperate for an Oscar/Emmy” but virtually every actress who takes a role in a biopic is immediately insanely thirsty for gold. Blanchett already has two Oscars, I doubt an Emmy is keeping her awake at night. This is the first high-profile TV project she’s done… ever. I agree with the person who brought up Ruffalo, he’s playing twins in a family drama and no one’s calling him desperate or thirsty. This point of view is frankly exhausting and more than a little sexist.

    Eh, I disagree. I’ve seen on forums a lot of people calling out men for being just as thirsty. I’m sure there will be Ruffalo comments as well when his show airs. I don’t think this is a case of it only being centered towards actresses and not actor.

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    I haven’t watched the show yet, but in regards to the thirsty conversation, a baity role does not equate to being thirsty for Emmys. Of course actors want complex roles. Take Byrne playing Gloria Steinem (from what I’ve heard) or Foy/Colman playing Queen Elizabeth. These are textbook baity, excellent roles, but they are not portraying them/written in a way that they are screaming in your face EMMY PLEASE. Rebecca Pearson, on the other hand, is on paper just a widower and mother, nothing crazy baity about it, but This is Us has given Mandy Moore (who I really like) scenes that are essentially her begging for recognition. THAT is thirsty, and I don’t blame Moore, I blame producers.

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