Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Emmy Submission Mission- Lead Actress in Drama

The 2011 Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jane Lynch this Sunday, September 18. In the weeks leading up to the event, TV Fanatic staff writer Dan Forcella will watch every episode submitted by various actors in various categories and present to you his analysis on each contender.

It's the TV Fanatic Emmy Submission Mission, readers, and we only have two categories remaining. Take a look back at the comedy categories: Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress, as well as Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor in a Drama. Next up, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama:
Elisabeth Moss
Kathy Bates is a nine-time Emmy nominee. Mariska Hargitay has earned eight straight Emmy nominations for her role. Juliana Margulies has been nominated a total of eight times, including the past two years for The Good Wife. Elisabeth Moss and Connie Britton have three and two straight nominations for their respective roles. Needless to say, there is a lot of Emmy history amongst the ladies of this category.

While all of the women up for Lead Actress in a Drama, including first time nominee Mireille Enos, have a shot at taking home the trophy, it seems to be coming down to a battle between Margulies and Moss. Each had a great overall season. Each is on a highly regarded series in the running for best drama, and each submitted a fantastic showcase episode.

Moss sent in “The Suitcase,” the episode of Mad Men’s fourth season in which everyone was raving about when it first aired back in the fall, and then most continued to talk about as the year went along. Aside from the very beginning of the episode, Moss gets to spend the entire time in front of the camera alongside fellow Emmy frontrunner Jon Hamm. Her character, Peggy, is forced to stay at work all night to help Hamm’s Don Draper with an ad campaign, forcing her to miss a birthday dinner with her boyfriend. She gets so emotional that she breaks up with her boyfriend over the phone, gets into a screaming match with Don, and then breaks down and cries over the events that occurred. While it’s more of a showcase for Hamm, Moss certainly puts forth quite the performance, and would deserve this award any other year.

Unfortunately, Margulies has just as showy a performance in her submission, “In Sickness.”

To read the rest of my Emmy Submission Mission for Lead Actress in a Drama, head over to TV Fanatic.

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