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Emmys 2013: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama

June 21, 2013
Clockwise from top left: Bellamy Young (Scandal), Monica Potter (Parenthood), Jessica Capshaw & Sara Ramirez (Grey's Anatomy), Chandra Wilson & Sandra OH (Grey's Anatomy), Melissa Leo (Treme), Kim Dickens (Treme)

Clockwise from top left: Bellamy Young (Scandal), Monica Potter (Parenthood), Jessica Capshaw & Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy), Chandra Wilson & Sandra OH (Grey’s Anatomy), Melissa Leo (Treme), Kim Dickens (Treme)

Ahhh, Emmy season is here. And as a fan of the medium of television, I get excited. I normally create extended lists, with viable candidates for each award and my picks for the top six. But, this year, I am going a different route. I have clear-cut favorites in multiple categories, so I am going to go ahead and tell you who should win. Now, if you have ever read any of my TV-related posts, you know that I tend to like shows that America doesn’t. So, most of these people will have to work to even get a nomination, much less a win. But that’s on them. I’m bestowing the sofa award on them. It doesn’t provide as significant a career boost, nor come with a trophy for their mantle, but recipients know it comes from love.

Up next, the sofa award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.

This one is a no-brainer. In their abbreviated fourth season, the writers of Parenthood gave us a story that pulled the on-the-brink-of-cancellation family drama off the bubble and placed it in a face off against the red-hot Scandal next season. What happened? Monica Potter is what happened. After giving her character – the stiff, often hard, Kristina Braverman – cancer, the writers wrote the right words and Potter more than brought the emotion. Sometimes entertainment can hit too close to home and unnerve viewers. In this instance, Potter’s portrayal hit so close to home that cancer survivors and their families watched with Kleenex boxes at the ready. Each scene was rawer than the last and Potter peeled back layer after layer, leaving Kristina one of the most complicated characters on television. The steeliness that had turned away viewers before? Her mother didn’t even come to check on her, leaving her daughter to deal with this tragedy without her family. Yes, she had mother-in-law Camille, but when you’re sick you want your mom. The super mom who fights so valiantly for her children (especially the Asperger syndrome-affected Max) had to use that fight for herself, and it came across, when she found herself barely able to crawl out of the bathroom, covered in vomit and sweat, looking every bit the cancer patient. It was powerful. Potter laid it on the line and deserves not only a nomination, but a win and standing ovation when she does.

(I’ve posted this one before, but it’s the best representation Youtube has of what Potter did this season; someone needs to put together a highlight reel of the storyline.)

Because the category gets six nominations, others who should be considered include: the great Dame Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), my beloved Regina King (Southland), Hayden Panettiere (Nashville), Rose Byrne (Damages), Mae Whitman (Parenthood), Erika Christensen (Parenthood), Morena Baccarin (Homeland), Annet Mahendru (The Americans), Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy), Bellamy Young (Scandal), Jessica Capshaw (Grey’s Anatomy), Kim Dickens (Treme), Melissa Leo (Treme), Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy), Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy

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