Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Eddie Redmayne & Alicia Vikander Feature In Beautiful First Posters For Transgender Drama ‘The Danish Girl’ Eddie Redmayne & Alicia Vikander Feature In Beautiful First Posters For Transgender Drama ‘The Danish Girl’ New Images Of Kristen Stewart In Stoner Comedy 'American Ultra' And Sci-Fi 'Equals' New Images Of Kristen Stewart In Stoner Comedy 'American Ultra' And Sci-Fi 'Equals' Watch: First Trailer For Serial Killer Thriller 'Solace' Starring Anthony Hopkins And Colin Farrell Watch: First Trailer For Serial Killer Thriller 'Solace' Starring Anthony Hopkins And Colin Farrell Watch: Full Length 'Making Batman Begins' Doc, Christopher Nolan Talks Legacy Of Film On 10th Anniversary Watch: Full Length 'Making Batman Begins' Doc, Christopher Nolan Talks Legacy Of Film On 10th Anniversary ‘Game Of Thrones’ Will Probably End After Season 8, But HBO Is Open To Prequels & More ‘Game Of Thrones’ Will Probably End After Season 8, But HBO Is Open To Prequels & More Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Relativity Puts 'Jane Got A Gun' And More Up For Sale As They Fight Off Bankruptcy Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Zack Snyder Says Batman Has A "Crisis Of Conscience" In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Plus New Pics Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Venice 2015 Line-Up: 'Equals' With Kristen Stewart, 'Beasts Of No Nation,' 'The Danish Girl,' More Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work Watch: 4-Minute Tribute To Lars von Trier's Masterful Film Work New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' New 'Deadpool' Images, Ryan Reynolds Distances Himself From 'X-Men: Origins' TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More TIFF Images: Emma Watson In 'Colonia,' Brie Larson In 'Room,' Charlie Kaufman's 'Anomalisa' And More Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film Watch: Blu-Ray Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Plus 11 New Clips From The Film The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances The 10 Best And 5 Worst Tom Cruise Performances Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World Watch: New Trailer For 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Blu-ray Release Explores Who Killed The World The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015 So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Animated Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 10 All-Time Best Episodes Of 'Parks And Recreation' The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki

10 TV Stars Who Deserve Emmy Nominations (But Probably Won't Get Them)

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist July 5, 2012 at 12:02PM

We're still months and months away from the Oscars, but the other awards ceremony of the moving image is starting to sneak up; two weeks from today, the nominations for the Primetime Emmys, the biggest awards honoring television comedies, dramas, miniseries and movies, will be announced, ahead of the ceremony itself in September. Given the stars that the small screen attracts these days, it's just as glitzy as the Academy Awards, and given that we're living in what's generally deemed to be something of a golden age of television, there are more good shows on the air than could possibly be honored in a single ceremony. Someone's going to miss out.
26

Madeleine Stowe
Madeleine Stowe as Victoria Grayson as "Revenge"
For all we said above about Lena Headey as one of the best villainesses around, she's had some serious competition, in the form of an actress who we'd seen all too little of recently. ABC's "Revenge" has been the great guilty pleasure of the past season, a trashy soap -- about a woman, Emily Thorne, who returns to the Hamptons under an assumed identity to wreak vengeance on the Graysons, the family who framed her father for treason and put her into foster care -- that's written, directed and performed well enough that it never feels like it's a trashy soap. And the most towering performance on the series is Madeleine Stowe, the one-time big-screen staple of films like "The Last of the Mohicans," "12 Monkeys" and, ironically, Tony Scott's "Revenge," who's been mostly absent from screens in the last decade. Stowe plays Victoria Grayson, the ice-queen matriarch of the Grayson family who perhaps wasn't as complicit in her husband's evils as Emily suspects (indeed, she was in love with her father), but will also go to any lengths to protect her own children. It's a great villainous part, a truly memorable screen bitch, and Stowe has torn into it with absolute relish, but never making Victoria a caricature; she's a broken-hearted mother just as much as she's a scheming, Machiavellian power-player. Despite enthusiastic reviews, and a Golden Globe nomination for the role, Stowe isn't deemed to be a likely nominee this time around. If she survives the plane crash from the finale (and given she's the most entertaining thing on the show, it's unthinkable she won't), we hope she gets more traction in future years.

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in "Scandal"
"Scandal" is, by no means, a good television show. Created by "Grey's Anatomy" mastermind Shondra Rimes, and revolving around a Washington D.C. crisis management firm, it's a ludicrously plotted, soapy blend of "The West Wing" and every procedural ever, with irritatingly frantic, glossy direction, scripts written by and for dimwits, and a supporting cast who might as well just be furniture. But there is one reason to give the show a watch, and that's the superlative, star-making performance by Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope, the ex-White House staff who's the head of the crisis management agency. The actress has impressed in the past with film parts like "Ray," "Lakeview Terrace," "The Last King Of Scotland" and "Mother And Child," and will soon be seen in a key role in Tarantino's "Django Unchained," but she's never had a showcase like this one; it's her show first and foremost, and it dips every time she's not on screen. It's less showy than some of the other performances on this list, but from the moment she walks on screen, there's a quiet confidence and sheer charisma that shines through even the stupider moments of writing (she's in love with the president!). It's not going to get any traction with the Emmy voters, due it being, you know, dumber than a rock, but if its second season can equal Washington's performance, she might have a chance down the line. Or if nothing else, get some more interesting movie gigs than she's had to date.

This article is related to: Television, Idris Elba, Jared Harris, Lena Headey, Kerry Washington, Features, Madeleine Stowe, Danny McBride, Danny Pudi, Jason Isaacs, Anna Chlumsky, The Amazing Race, Emmy Awards, TV News


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates