Luca Giliberti is a Contributing Writer, movie and television lover, and an awards fanatic. He earned bragging rights by coming in second at predicting the 2018 Emmy nominations. He jumped up and down when Viola Davis (“HTGAWM”) won her first Emmy, cried tears of happiness when Darren Criss (“Versace”) won his, and shouted “Praise be!” when Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) finally received hers. He will never forgive Oscar voters for denying Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”) Best Lead Actor at the 2018 Oscars – one his all-time favorite performances. Oh, and he’s still waiting for Lena Headey to win that Emmy for “Game of Thrones.” He loves Viola Davis and won’t apologize for wanting her to win every award.
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July 11, 2020 at 4:57 pm #1203581819
I am just going to pretend like I never read that.
Emmys FYC - "Unbelievable" and "The Handmaid's Tale" in all categories; Viola Davis in Best Drama Actress for the final season of "HTGAWM;" "Ozark:" Drama Series, Laura Linney (Best Actress) and Julia Garner (Best Supporting Actress)July 11, 2020 at 4:47 pm #1203581808
I will also add that June’s S3 arc is pretty exhilarating because it’s all about how, when someone’s been a victim of a system as callous as Gilead, they, in a way, become part of it. Not because they want to, let alone support its egregious beliefs, but because they know there’s no possibility of overturning it if you don’t use its own practices against it. And, frankly, because you are driven insane, understandably so (a la Emily). It plays off the whole “keep your enemies closer” concept, because whenever you do that, there’s always a part of you that adapts qualities fron your enemy because you know you can’t outsmart them otherwise. I don’t 100% agree with how June’s arc played out in S3 – there were some moments that just unnecessarily dragged – but on the whole, it was fascinating.
Emmys FYC - "Unbelievable" and "The Handmaid's Tale" in all categories; Viola Davis in Best Drama Actress for the final season of "HTGAWM;" "Ozark:" Drama Series, Laura Linney (Best Actress) and Julia Garner (Best Supporting Actress)July 11, 2020 at 4:24 pm #1203581784
My favorite character is quite honestly Aunt Lydia. Not because I like the actual character – it would be scary if anyone did – but because I find her endlessly fascinating. She’s so layered, so complicated and so brilliantly portrayed by Dowd. I find myself really paying attention to every word she says, because I feel that every word means something in regards to who she is. Sometimes having less screen time ups the significance and importance of when you are indeed onscreen.
Emily, Serena, Joseph and June are probably all next in line. Emily is probably the closest to second, because she, too, is so layered. Bledel is flawless in this role. Serena & June are very flip-floppy, which can be confusing, but they’re fascinating too, especially Serena with her whole backstory and all. Joseph is undoubtedly the most interesting male character on the show! The others can border on uninteresting sometimes, like Nick, who might finally be more important after that reveal!
Oh, and Moira, she’s great as well! The writers need to give Wiley more to do because there’s so much potential with this role. Luke has become very interesting as well, with Fagbenle proving in S3 that he can carry the weight just as well as his more talked about co-stars.
I hate Fred with a passion.
Emmys FYC - "Unbelievable" and "The Handmaid's Tale" in all categories; Viola Davis in Best Drama Actress for the final season of "HTGAWM;" "Ozark:" Drama Series, Laura Linney (Best Actress) and Julia Garner (Best Supporting Actress)July 11, 2020 at 3:39 pm #1203581755
I would say that among the fandom, Yvonne was definitely the standout supp. actress of S3. People loved Dowd too, but Yvonne was just more present throughout. I would vote for both in a heart beat because I think their work is mind-blowingly good. Objectively speaking, I would even say Dowd is the best actress on this show (she is so in control of that chatacter), but there’s more passion for Yvonne ever since S2. I don’t see why voters won’t just check off both (but anyone can surely disagree). But because of the passion argument, I’d put my finger on Yvonne if I had to choose just one (in my predictions).July 11, 2020 at 3:33 pm #1203581753
July 11, 2020 at 3:25 pm #1203581748
- Merritt Wever
- Kaitlyn Dever
- Reese Witherspoon
- Kerry Washington
I think Toni Collette is a complete and utter lock and never thought Janney was getting in. I have said it since the beginning, and I will eat a crow if I’m wrong.
I have mentioned before that even formidable series contenders, like ACS: Versace, WTSU and so on haven’t been able to exceed three in a single acting race. On the limited side, the Normal Heart was the last one to get 4, but that also had more passion than Mrs. America does atm. I am predicting 4 to get in, but I don’t think it’s exceeding that. Collette and Smart are too strong for that.
I also wholeheartedly agree with Riley’s doubts regarding Jackman. I’ve always thought he was on thin ice because of how TV movies perform in the acting races. He could just have the luck of being in a weak(er) category like Laura Dern in 2018, but she was off an Emmy win. The problem with a TV movie is that they make a splash for a week max., and then no one ever talks about them again. Bad Education, while in a way topical, still doesn’t measure up to the relevancy of our 3-4 limited series frontrunners. Not even 9-time nominated Deadwood last year got a single acting nom. I have taken Jackman out for Evans, which, admittedly, might be a decision I end up regretting.July 11, 2020 at 9:48 am #1203581324
If Succession just blows up à la Handmaid’s S2, then I don’t see why Hunter wouldn’t get swept up. That said, I am not predicting it.July 11, 2020 at 9:23 am #1203581296
What I don’t understand is how people think voters will check off Moss and Whitford, but not Strahovski and/or Dowd, when those two gave equally, if not more, buzzed about and acclaimed performances. And on top that, their category has 8 slots.July 11, 2020 at 9:12 am #1203581278
I completely agree that, so far, Snook, Cox and Macfadyen are the standouts. Though honestly, I find the little I have seen from Cherry Jones and Holly Hunter to be equally impressive. They’re so in control of their characters.July 11, 2020 at 7:55 am #1203581117
Personally, I need to see whether Bateman gets in for The Outsider, too, and how that show performs. If the show performs really well, then maybe Bateman’s inclusion doesn’t mean that much in guest actor, but if the show is glaringly blanked in some categories and Bateman manages to get in nonetheless, we might have another Ann Dowd 2017 situation.July 11, 2020 at 7:38 am #1203581074
There is a crucial difference between Oh vs. Comer and Cox vs. Strong in that had you asked most people who they’d choose in the former race, they would have said Comer (which many of us didn’t factor in enough). With Cox and Strong, it’s more split, no? I don’t think anyone would just give Cox the edge because he’s a more seasoned actor; there’s genuine passion for that performance.
I also don’t necessarily see them being no. 1 and 2 when Jason Bateman is right there. I think people underestimate how much he and his performance are beloved.July 11, 2020 at 7:34 am #1203581069
I don’t even think Edgar-Jones is in the top 8. Paul Mescal stole her thunder for that show.July 11, 2020 at 7:20 am #1203581046
Obviously I’ve only seen 6 eps of S2, but I agree with estrelas in that, so far, Strong feels very much like a supporting player to me. I, too, find Cox to be superior. He was so good in Hunting and Tern Haven! But I’ve heard that the finale really is Strong’s vehicle!July 11, 2020 at 5:08 am #1203580971
Does Stateless just dropping on Netflix help Strahovski for THT at all?
I don’t think it’s going to help her for the nomination. Voting started on July 2, while the Stateless didn’t premiere until almost a week later. You have to assume that some voters had already turned in their ballots by then, and even those who hadn’t, may not have seen the show yet. And tbh, even if they have, why do we assume they’ll then automatically check her off for THT? If she gets nominated and voters happen to watch this over the summer, maybe it helps her for the win, but that, too, sounds like a stretch.July 11, 2020 at 3:13 am #1203580947
This is a great thread! Because I’ve honestly asked myself whether I’d check off everyone I liked or really stick with the capital S standouts.