As I think I’ve said before, I don’t quite know the point at which a recurring “guest” actor becomes a “supporting” one. (Yes, I know it’s something to do with how they’re designed in the credits, and in what category they submit themselves for consideration.) So I’ve lumped these categories together.
Starting, then, with the nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy:
Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester, ‘Glee’
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, ‘Modern Family’
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, ‘Modern Family’
Kristen Wiig as Various Characters, ‘Saturday Night Live’
Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney, ’30 Rock’
Holland Taylor as Evelyn Harper, ‘Two And A Half Men’
‘Modern Family’ is one of the big winners in the 2010 noms, and either Julie Bowen or Sofia Vergara would be worthy winners, but this time round I reckon it’s Jane Lynch’s to lose. I would like to have seen the sublime Merritt Wever in here, but there we go. Jane Adams of more-of-a-drama-if-you-ask-me ‘Hung’ might have sneaked in too.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama:
Sharon Gless as Madeline Westen, ‘Burn Notice’
Rose Byrne as Ellen Parsons, ‘Damages’
Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma, ‘The Good Wife’
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, ‘The Good Wife’
Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris, ‘Mad Men’
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, ‘Mad Men’
A very strong category, this one: five potential worthy winners and Rose Byrne. I’m sorry, but I just don’t see what Byrne does as “acting”, in any meaningful sense of the word. As for the others: the noms give me yet another opportunity to bore on about my love for ‘The Good Wife’. In my review of the season-ender I hoped for a bit of Emmy love for the supporting cast, and I’m delighted to see two of them get a shout here. Archie Panjabi and Christine Baranski turned in two very good performances in their own ways: personally I thought Panjabi was better, but Baranski’s ability to steal scenes might count in her favour.
I wonder whether ‘Mad Men”s third season was so long ago in America, and so routinely brilliant, that voters might lose sight of just how good it remains. I’d be cool with the terrific Elisabeth Moss winning, although it might be argued that Christina Hendricks actually did her chances more good by dropping in and out of the last few episodes, thus heightening her impact. And, of course, she was in the hospital waiting room scene with Jon Hamm, which justified the existence of TV all by itself. As for Sharon Gless – why not? And it’s good just to see ‘Burn Notice’ edge its way onto the slate.
Notable omissions: no-one from ’24’ (Cherry Jones apparently declined to put her name forward), no-one from ‘Grey’s’, no Lisa Edelstein. But it is a very stong category.
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy:
Christine Baranski as Beverly Hofstadter,’The Big Bang Theory’
Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey, ‘Desperate Housewives’
Kristin Chenoweth as April Rhodes, ‘Glee’
Tina Fey as Host, ‘Saturday Night Live’
Betty White as Host, ‘Saturday Night Live’
Elaine Stritch as Colleen Donaghy, ’30 Rock’
Jane Lynch as Dr. Linda Freeman ‘Two And A Half Men’
I haven’t seen half of these, but based on buzz it looks like Betty White’s year: apparently she was terrific, and she’s the only one left…
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama:
Mary Kay Place as Adaleen Grant, ‘Big Love’
Sissy Spacek as Marilyn Densham, ‘Big Love’
Shirley Jones as Lola Zellman, ‘The Cleaner’
Lily Tomlin as Marilyn Tobin, ‘Damages’
Ann-Margret as Rita Wills, ‘Law And Order: SVU’
Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet Burke, ‘Lost’
I haven’t seen half of these either, and I’m not over-enthusiastic about the ones I have seen. So, y’know, whoever. Maybe Elizabeth Mitchell.