2005: Camryn Manheim, “Elvis” [WRONG]
2006: Kelly MacDonald, “The Girl in the Café” [CORRECT]
2007: Anna Paquin, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” [WRONG]
2008: Laura Dern, “Recount” [WRONG]
2009: Shohreh Aghdashloo, “House of Saddam” [CORRECT]
2010: Susan Sarandon, “You Don’t Know Jack” [WRONG]
2011: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” [CORRECT]
2012: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story” [CORRECT]
After lead actor in a miniseries, let’s move on to one of the supporting categories. Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries turned out to be an embarrassment of riches in terms of female supporting performances this year. After watching the five nominated works, it’s hard not to see why they all ended up with nominations for their work. Though I guess I’d still reiterate that Holly Hunter in Top of the Lake deserves a spot here (considering she got two nominations for that Saving Grace show), though we should move on to the five nominees now.
Let’s begin with last year’s nominee Sarah Paulson. Last year, she was nommed for the HBO produced Game Change and lost to Jessica Lange in American Horror Story. For this season, she joins the show and ended up nominated for her turn as the curious reporter who ended up finding herself in the same asylum. Her turn here gives her a lot of range to work on, and if we based it on last year’s winner, she’s in good odds to win.
Then we have Mrs. Jim Carter herself, Imelda Staunton (Yes Dolores Umbridge is married to him). Staunton played Alma Ritter, and to give you more familiarity, it’s the role Helen Mirren played in the film Hitchcock. Staunton is mostly Toby Jones’ coattail nominee, but to give her credit, she is a true supporting play to him in The Girl.
Remember 2006’s infamous Emmy nomination? Yes, thanks to Ellen Burstyn, a rule was ultimately made the following year about the screentime needed for supporting players to be eligible in this category. After her 14 second appearance in Mrs. Harris in 2006, she’s now back in the same category, now as Sigourney Weaver’s mother in Political Animals. She plays the level headed cool grandma, and in one of the episodes, she gets high with her grandson’s fiancé. If ever she wins for this, it will be a hundred times deserving.
A surprising but should have been expected nominee this year is Charlotte Rampling for Restless. For one, she surprised us with her SAG nomination earlier this year. Then she was nominated for an Emmy this year as well. Playing the role of a woman who needed to change identities during the War, most of her scenes involve talking with daughter Michelle Dockery. It’s a stand out performance that is justifiably recognized, but I don’t see her winning for it.
Lastly, you have one of the actresses Emmys love to nominate: Alfre Woodard. Winning multiple Emmys in the past before, Woodard is once again recognized for her turn in Lifetime’s remake of Steel Magnolias. Hers is a role that actually stands out in the ensemble. Add the fact that she is Alfre Woodard, and that makes her an easy name to check here.
As for who’s going to win, it depends on who the Emmys like during the voting. If voters are in for a movie star, then no doubt, Ellen Burstyn can siphon the votes in here. Then one can never underestimate the Emmy’s admiration for Alfre Woodard, and in a scene stealing role such as this one, it’s no surprise if ever she ended up winning here. But ultimately, my prediction goes to Sarah Paulson who might end up being Asylum’s lone major win, and a way to recognize the series in the telefilm categories.
Prediction: Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Runner-Up: Alfre Woodard, “Steel Magnolias”
1. Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
2. Alfre Woodard, “Steel Magnolias”
3. Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals”
4. Charlotte Rampling, “Restless”
5. Imelda Staunton, “The Girl”
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