Reviewing the 2012 Emmy Nominees #17 (Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series)
For the next few weeks, I’ll be reviewing the nominees in the major categories. When it comes to the performers in comedy or drama series, I will be discussing their episode submissionsas well as their performance on the show as a whole. There are some shows I haven’t really watched; so in some situations, the only way I’ll be able to judge a performer is by the submission solely (I’ll make it clear what those shows are.) So be sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly for my picks on who should win…
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Here are the nominees:
Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory (“The Shiny Trinket Maneuver”)
Merrit Wever – Nurse Jackie (“On-Armed Jacks”)
Julie Bowen – Modern Family (“Go Bullfrogs!”)
Kristen Wiig – Saturday Night Live (“Mick Jagger”)
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family (“Tableau Vivant”)
Kathryn Joosten – Desperate Housewives (“Finishing the Hat”)
I do not watch “Nurse Jackie” and “Desperate Housewives” regularly. I watch the others regularly.
Who Should Win: It’s so sweet how Kathryn Joosten got one last nomination. From what I’ve seen, she’s done some really great work on Desperate Housewives, and the series finale is beautiful. But the nomination should be the award. If voters really want to honor the show, they’d give Brenda Strong her first Emmy for her voice over performance for being the real “glue” of the series. Joosten already has two Emmys. She doesn’t need a third…especially since she’s not here to accept it. (I know. I know. I’m awful Moving on.)
I always think that the Modern Family actors have a tough task in picking an episode submission. Every episode usually have 4 story lines swirling around (usually Phil and Claire / Cam and Mitchell / Jay and Gloria / Something with the kids). So the actors never have an episode where they appear a lot. That handicap doesn’t stop Emmy voters from voting for them…but I still empathize with their difficulty. Sofia Vergara is very funny in her episode (that scene where the family members pose for a painting cracked me up, particularly Sofia’s miserable, frozen face as she tries to hold that heavy turkey), but the story line between Claire and Cam naturally interested me the most, so…it’s hard for me to see how much Sofia stands out. As for Julie Bowen…she’s getting better and better. She submitted an episode where she tries to act to cool and go out partying. However, I think she should have submitted “When Good Kids Go Bad,” the episode where she tries to prove that she’s always right about stuff. Anyway, they’re both 4th and 5th in my book. I’m rooting for Sofia to get it over Julie this time because…I dunno…spreading the wealth I suppose.
When I first saw Merrit Wever on the nomination list, I thought it was very refreshing that she could get in over the likes of Betty White, Jane Lynch and Cloris Leachmen. And then…I couldn’t find Jane Krakowski…and my feelings over Wever did a complete 180. However, after watching her episode…no, I haven’t gotten over Krakowski’s snub…but I think Wever does a very solid job throughout the episode. She really won me over in the last scene where her character does an adorable dance while Jackie makes her pancakes.
Mayim Bialik and Kristen Wiig also benefit from stellar last scenes in their episode submissions. I don’t mind that Bialik submitted the episode she did. I really do believe that “tiara scene” was good enough. It just seems like Bialik has so much joy in playing this role and…as a Blossom fan, I’m always going to be on her side. (Confession…I had a huge crush on her when I was little. With her…messy brown hair and her long nose and her baggy clothing and her over sized hats and her low voice…rowr.)
But, Kristen Wiig has to win. I pray that she does. I am PRAYING!!! I don’t think there’s more I need to say. I’ve made it very clear why I love this woman. Like I stated in my last post, I know there are still some people who don’t approve of variety sketch actors competing in the supporting category. I don’t really feel like arguing or making a general point or anything…but I really believe Wiig deserves an Emmy. ANY Emmy. Supporting Actress in a Comedy. Leading Actress in a Comedy. Leading Actor in a Drama. ANY EMMY.
Make it happen voters! Don’t leave this year with any.
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