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EMMYS: Comedy Supporting Acting Handicap

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor



TY BURRELL (Modern Family, ABC)

Emmy Pedigree: It’s Burrell’s third straight nomination here for Family, and he’s bidding for his second win in a row. He, like the rest of the cast, also took home a SAG Award the past two years as well as a TCA honor in 2011.

What We Say: Burrell could be poised to pull a  repeat, but with the Family vote split four ways, it’s far more likely that voters will anoint new blood.


Emmy Pedigree: Ferguson has kept pace with his costars in landing his third Emmy nod for the show. However, unlike Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet, he’s yet to win.

What We Say: The guy is really, really good. But he’s surrounded on this show—and in this category—by really, really good. It’s Ferguson’s turn. Time for him to make room for a golden gal on the shelf.

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EMMYS: Drama Supporting Acting Handicap

Ray Richmond is an AwardsLine contributor


JIM CARTER (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Emmy Pedigree: It’s Carter’s first time at the Emmy dance, but the Brit has a little bit of experience with the American awards establishment. He won a 1999 SAG Award as part of the Shakespeare in Love cast. His work on Downton stands for its charismatic zeal, elevating a smallish role of butler Mr. Carson to something far weightier, much as his costar Brendan Coyle has done.

What We Say: It’s heartening to see a vet like Carter who has long labored in the shadows finally receive some overdue recognition. That recognition does not, however, extend to actually winning.

BRENDAN COYLE (Downton Abbey, PBS)

Emmy Pedigree: It’s the first Emmy nomination for this U.K. actor and, in fact, the first television project he’s been in that would qualify for Emmy eligibility. He took the minor role of Mr. Bates and turned it into something greater than it looked on the page.

What We Say: Credit the magic of Downton Abbey with elevating a little-known British performer like Coyle to the big leagues. However, if you’re a British performer and your name isn’t Ricky Gervais, victory eludes your grasp.

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EMMYS: Q&A With Drama Series Supporting Actress Nominee Sharon Gless

By | Saturday August 14, 2010 @ 6:45pm PDT

Sharon Gless, age 67, is the quintessential showbiz survivor. After her iconic Emmy-winning role as Det Sgt Christine Cagney on the CBS cop drama Cagney & Lacey in the 1980s, she became a series regular decades later playing Moms on Showtime’s Queer As Folk and then on the USA Network hit Burn Notice. Along the way, she’s accrued 10 Emmy nominations (winning two for Cagney in 1986 and 1987). For her most recent nod, she competes with Rose Byrne (Damages), Christine Baranski and Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), and Christina Hendricks and Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men). Gless spoke with Ray Richmond for Deadline Hollywood about series work.

Deadline Hollywood: Does your 10th Emmy nod get to be old hat?

Sharon Gless: Not a chance. At my age, I take nothing for granted, and to still be acknowledged like this by my peers is a wonderful thing. I was so nervous about it that I turned off my phone the morning the nominations were announced and went on with my day. I thought, I know the sound of a phone not ringing and I don’t want to hear it. And then I got a call from my publicist telling me the fabulous news.

DH: And it’s your first nomination for a regular series role in 18 years.

SG: How great is that? Trust me, I’m very aware of how fortunate I am considering my age just to still be working.  Most of my colleagues, Emmy-winning actresses, aren’t working anymore because all of … Read More »

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EMMYS: Q&A With Supporting Drama Actress Nominee Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks, age 35, has been on a career trajectory more similar to Mad Men‘s Don Draper than office manager Joan Harris. She began her career playing the opportunistic intern on Showtime’s Beggars and Choosers, which led to a production deal with John Wells. Now she has her first Primetime Emmy nomination for drama supporting actress, along with Sharon Gless (Burn Notice), Rose Byrne (Damages), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) and castmate Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men). Hendricks spoke with Ray Richmond for Deadline Hollywood about fame, Emmys and why she’s proud not to be a Size 2.

Deadline Hollywood: Can you go anywhere without being recognized?

Christina Hendricks: It’s taken me some time to adjust to that. It’s been a little bit of a whirlwind, going 0 to 60 in a couple of years. But what you strive for is career longevity. The success of the show hopefully contributes to that. I had done 4 series in four years leading into Mad Men, so I’ve been plugging away at things for quite some time. The show has built over our four seasons, and it’s pretty weird to all of a sudden have people recognizing my name for the first time. It’s a really surreal feeling. But I’m not quite at the point where I feel the need to wear disguises in public.

DH: Is it weird to be a sex symbol?

CH: You know, the good part about that is maybe I’ve contributed to helping women appreciate themselves the way they are, that we don’t all have to be a Size 2 to be beautiful. Anything I’ve done to help change people’s minds about that is something to be proud of, I think.

DH: And were you surprised by the Emmy nomination?

CH: I was. It’s pretty awesome. It was amazing enough just to be on this show the past couple of years when it won. That’s been incredible. But this is even better. Matt [Matthew Weiner]  gave my character Joan a lot of really amazing material this past season. That’s why I got the Emmy nomination. You won’t hear me complaining.

DH: Can’t you complain about something?

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