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    In an ideal world where this is rightfully a massive player in acting, I’d submit Davis, Lawler and Patel as leads, with everyone else supporting. It’s truly an ensemble show though, and Patel in particular could submit in supporting and I wouldn’t bat an eye.

    I’d give wins to Patel in Lead Actor, Davis in Lead Actress, Wilmot in Supporting Actor, and Deadwyler in Supporting Actress – yes, it should absolutely sweep these categories. There is such vulnerability in all of these performances.

    I’d give further nominations to Lawler in Lead Actress (who gives the best performance by a child I’ve seen in a while), Rizwan in Supporting Actor, and FitzGerald in Supporting Actress. Depending on the level of competition in their respective categories as the TV season develops, Petty and Bernal could also be deserving of nominations despite having a smaller amount of material to work with.

    FYC: Station Eleven in all categories

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    A while back I posted that whilst I was intrigued by the show’s premise I wasn’t in a state to watch it because of the current situation we’re in but having just finished watching the finale I have to say that I absolutely loved this show. My favourite show of the Emmy cycle so far.

    The pilot was quite triggering (and won’t be for everyone) but even then I was just captivated by it in all the best ways with how much it was driven by its characters and how they were dealing with the situation unfolding in front of them as opposed to the dystopic nature of the events. That was something that was actually one of the strengths of the show as a whole. Whilst there are some moments of absolute tension (the climax of the fourth episode for example), the show never spends too much (if any in some episodes) time focusing on society collapsing or the world ending but rather the humanity of the people dealing with the end of the world. It reminded me of The Leftovers in a way. We’re able to connect more with each of these characters emotionally through looking at their backstories pre and post the pandemic or their interactions in the immediate aftermath of it without having to see their trauma. The show had a clever narrative style that paid off in so many different ways tying up every loose character thread on the show, resolving multiple internal and inter-personal conflicts and really making us as viewers feel like we spent time with actual characters rather than archetypes. It should frankly be an example for dramatists in this day and age trying to deal with pandemic related stories in their works, especially those in episodic television.

    It’s hard for me to really pin point a standout in the ensemble because almost everyone in the ensemble stood out! Himesh Patel and Mackenzie Davis delivered the best performances I’ve seen of both of them (which is already saying something with the latter because I’ve never seen a performance of hers where she hasn’t impressed me, whether in an episode of Black Mirror, a sci-movie, a Diablo Cody movie or a romantic comedy). Gael Garcia Bernal was quite good at dealing with such an unlikable character. David Wilmot showed the full extents of growth and development an actor can deal with a characterisation on television even if it was only in the space of a few episodes. Ditto with Caitlin FitzGerald. Nabhaan Rizwan was a really captivating screen presence with a very naturalistic performance. Danielle Deadwyler and Matilda Lawler were both absolutely revelatory. The former really rose above already exemplary material to deliver a performance that frankly was one of the most cathartic I’ve ever seen on television. The latter really dealt with a role that I imagine would be rather complex for most actors of her age imbuing her characterisation with both the innocence and maturity of an 8-10 year old Kirsten. Spectacularly switching between internalising and externalising the character’s emotional state without really missing a beat.

    The show itself is marvellous from a technical standpoint but I won’t delve into that too much in order to avoid this being too prolonged a review. I really thought Hiro Murai’s signature directing style of treading the lines of realism and absurdism that so effortlessly matched Atlanta‘s tone really worked on the episodes he helmed here but really each episode of this show had real directorial flare. Where to even start with Dan Romer’s score?

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    "The Good Fight", "The Other Two" and "Station Eleven" in all categories, Sarah Lancashire ("Julia"), William Jackson Harper ("Love Life") and Luke Kirby ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")

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    I’m three episodes into this and it’s a god damn masterpiece.

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    I’m three episodes into this and it’s a god damn masterpiece.

    Can’t wait to hear what you think when you finish it! It only gets better.

    Where to even start with Dan Romer’s score?

    Doctor Eleven is one of my favorite pieces of music in years. Always gets me so emotional.

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    5 episodes in and I have to agree!

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    Nominated for two Critics Choice Super Awards!

    Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Series

    Best Actress in a Science Fiction/Fantasy Series – Mackenzie Davis

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    Nominated for a Peabody Award

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    Really hoping that Station Eleven can break through at the Emmy unlike it’s spiritual predecessor The Leftovers. I don’t know if the Peabody nomination or a win helps but it can’t hurt I would imagine.

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