ANALYSIS: Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series 2011   3 comments

Happy rainy morning everyone! I’m back. First things first, I am officially employed! 🙂 Yay! I did pass my training, and currently work as a writing consultant for a company in Alabang. WordPress is blocked over there though, that’s why I can’t update my blog during office hours.

Anyway, for the next few weeks, I will be giving my analysis on the different categories for this year’s Emmy Awards. I will be doing all twelve acting categories plus the two series awards only. The rest of my predictions will be revealed the day before the actual Emmys. As a start, here is my in-depth analysis of the Guest Actress category:


*Nominee pictures were taken from their submitted episodes. 🙂

The nominees are:

• Elizabeth Banks, “30 Rock” (Double-Edged Sword)
• Kristin Chenoweth, “Glee” (Rumors)
• Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live” (Host: Tina Fey)
• Dot Marie-Jones, “Glee” (Never Been Kissed)
• Cloris Leachman, “Raising Hope” (Don’t Vote for This Episode)
• Gwyneth Paltrow, “Glee” (The Substitute)

This is a pretty disappointing list if you ask me. They probably watched the right shows but nominated the wrong actress (Banks, Fey), or watched a single show and voted for all possible actors (They didn’t nominate Charice? LOL). Cynthia Nixon, Amy Poehler, Megan Mullally, Sherri Shepherd, and Elaine Stritch would have been far worthier contenders. Anyway, Elizabeth Banks grabbed her first nomination this year as a pregnant Avery delaying her giving of birth because she doesn’t want the child to be born in Canada. While baby storylines works in this genre (Jennifer Aniston, Debra Messing), Banks wasn’t dominant enough to pull off a win. Kristin Chenoweth scores a consecutive nomination as April Rhodes, and while I find her first guesting spot on (she was my personal winner last year), this year her material wasn’t even worthy of a nomination. Her musical number, however, is always untouchable. There is probably a memorandum that demands a Tina Fey nomination every year. Her first year was very excellent and deserving of a win, her second was good but Betty White was unstoppable, but her stint this year is bland and not funny. While she was funny in her duet with Maya Rudolph, the rest of the episode was blah. She was funny in the Bravo segment but that’s it, even her Sarah Palin impersonation was mixed this year. Dot Marie-Jones was a nice addition to Glee’s already gigantic cast, and story in Never Been Kissed is touching (no one loves her), and funny (Beiste in a ballerina outfit butchering meat), but she wasn’t the stand out of her episode, and even among her co-guest stars in this category. Emmy queen Cloris Leachman can pull off a win even with no buzz (see Malcolm in the Middle win here in 2006), but this year, she gets good notices as Maw Maw. Her episode which gives us a look on her birthday celebration, is touching and every effective. Gwyneth Paltrow is Glee’s biggest guest star yet, and positive reaction about her Holly Holiday role gained her both critical acclaims as well as a new following. Her episode where she substituted to Will Schuester made an impression not only to the Glee club but to the viewers as well.

In the end, it’s still a Cloris Leachman-Gwyneth Paltrow race. I will never ever underestimate Leachman’s ability to pull an upset, but as much as I won’t throw her chances out of the window, I still predict Paltrow to score a victory in this category. Gwyneth gets to sing, dance, and make a Lindsay Lohan rehab joke in her episode. Plus, it’s one of the most memorable guest spots of the past television season.

Tape rankings:

1. Paltrow

2. Leachman

3. Jones

4. Banks

5. Chenoweth

6. Fey

Final predictions:

1. Gwyneth Paltrow, “Glee” (The Substitute)

2. Cloris Leachman, “Raising Hope” (Don’t Vote for This Episode)

3. Dot Marie-Jones, “Glee” (Never Been Kissed)

4. Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live” (Host: Tina Fey)

5. Kristin Chenoweth, “Glee” (Rumors)

6. Elizabeth Banks, “30 Rock” (Double-Edged Sword)

Your thoughts? 🙂


Posted July 31, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Awards, TV

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3 responses to “ANALYSIS: Emmy Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series 2011

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  1. Elizabeth Banks was rarely funny in 30 Rock IMO.

  2. I think Sherri Shepherd or Elaine Stritch deserves the 30 Rock spot. I was personally rooting for Cynthia Nixon. Pero, Gwyneth na ako sa list na to.

  3. Im rooting for Kristin Chenoweth, “Glee” (Rumors)!

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