My new NPR appearance: Why Margo Martindale and Peter Dinklage deserve Emmy nominations
I've written about this before in this space. But NPR's Michele Norris got me dish at some length for today's All Things Considered about who deserves Emmy nominations in the awards' latest cycle, as voting concludes this week.
Ballots for Emmy academy voters were posted online last Monday; votes are due this coming Friday. Which means critics with any kind of a national profile are sounding off about who they'd like to see recognized.
To fuel an interesting discussion, I sidestepped all the people we expect to be recognized, including The Office's Steve Carell, Justified's Timothy Olyphant, Mad Men's Jon Hamm, The Good Wife's Juliana Margulies, Steve Buscemi from Boardwalk Empire and anyone within spitting distance of Modern Family.
I did, however, try to bring up some names which haven't been discussed much before, in hopes some academy members might pay attention:
Margo Martindale, Justified: I actually think lots of people will want to honor Martindale, who plays another in a long line of secretaries and best friends this fall in CBS' A Gifted Man. But on Justified, she shone as deadly, manipulative Kentucky crime boss Mags Bennett, well worthy of a supporting actress nomination in drama.
Regina King, Southland (left): Mesmerizing as a street-smart police detective who avoids many of the clunky cliches of women on conventional cop shows. Though she does ind up sleeping with her partner's 20something son in a storyline I found oddly compelling.
Leading roles nominated in supporting categories: Especially in the actress categories, there seemed to be several women nominated in supporting roles -- perhaps to avoid competing with the star power of the leading categories. Still, King, Boardwalk Empire's Kelly McDonald and Treme's Khandi Alexander probably should have been nominated as leading actresses, given their strong work on ensemble shows.
Michael Shannon, Boardwalk Empire: Stage veteran Shannon was amazingly creepy as Nelson Van Alden, the super-religious government agent who finds his obsessive quest to bring down Buscemi's gangster-in-the-making Nucky Thompson corrodes his life and pushes him to murder.
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (left): The smallest, weakest adult character makes one of the strongest impressions on HBO's Lord of the Rings-style adventure. Smart and expert at using his wit to manipulate and outfox physically superior opponents, Dinklage's Tyron Lannister, the dwarf son of a powerful lord, turns his outcast status into a badge of honor, winning the grudging respect of his father.
Who are you hoping to see nominated for Emmy glory?