Katey Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy"
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
When I see a perennially nominated actress once again on this list and not Katey Sagal, I can only shake my head in disgust. True, hubby Kurt Sutter gave her a most awesome storyline in Season 2 of the searing FX drama (which, by the way, led to the most annoying 2010 Emmy snub), but Sagal delivered another beautifully nuanced performance as tough mother Gemma Teller Morrow this past season. Sagal deserves to move from the perennially snubbed list to the nominated list. At least she won that Golden Globe in January. (FX)
was typically humble Thursday when reacting to his supporting actor Emmy nomination for "Justified."
"At a time in television where such extraordinary performances are being given, I'm just grateful to be included, humbled and grateful," Goggins told me via e-mail.
Goggins plays the magnetic Boyd Crowder in the FX
hit. Boyd has penchant for criminal activity, but thanks to Goggins' brilliant, layered portrayal, he's more than just a baddie. You actually root for Boyd just as much as you cheer on his old friend/new nemesis, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Timothy Olyphant
, who plays Givens in the modern Western, was nominated for best actor, another well-deserved nod. His scenes with Goggins are still my favorite part of the show. Boyd and Raylan constantly play a tense cat-and-mouse game, even when they are forced to help each other out. It's a complicated, profound relationship.
Veteran actress Margo Martindale
should just be given the best supporting actress award now; she created a fascinating, frightening character in Mags Bennett, the tough matriarch of a hillbilly crime family.Jeremy Davies
earned a guest actor nomination for his portrayal of Dickie Bennett, Mags' somewhat screw-up son.
One could justify a nomination for any actor in "Justified," to be honest. It's too bad the Emmy folks didn't see fit to nominate the series itself, or its incredible writing team that includes creator Graham Yost and Elmore Leonard
, upon whose stories the show is based.
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