2012 Emmy preview: NBC’s ‘Smash’ stars Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty submit

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We always find the politics of Emmy Award submission to be rather fascinating, and with that in mind we have one of the newest stories coming out concerning a pair of stars of the hit NBC show “Smash” — Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty.

So what is going on exactly? According to some reports, both Hilty and McPhee are actually going to be submitting themselves in the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series race — even though McPhee is certainly a lead and the same argument could be made for Hilty. What’s the point of this? When you consider that last year’s winner in this category — Margo Martindale of “Justified” — is no longer on the show, you have an opportunity here in a pretty open race to score some recognition. This category also could benefit these two ladies since “The Good Wife” was slightly off its game at times this season, and it is likely that Jessica Lange will appear in the Miniseries category for “American Horror Story” since FX is submitting the show for that rather than as a Drama.

Ironically, NBC is still submitting someone for the Best Actress in a Drama Series race — Debra Messing, who is actually more of a supporting character to us than either McPhee’s Karen or Hilty’s Ivy. It’s a strange world of politics when it comes to awards shows, but the logic here is that the former “Will & Grace” star (and past Emmy darling) could have a better shot at a nomination in a field that includes the likes of Julianna Margulies, Maggie Smith, and Claire Danes.

While “Smash” has had its Emmy moments, the uneven tone of the series — coupled with some strange character choices for its leads — still to us make it a longshot to receive any acting nods outside of maybe Anjelica Huston. However, the musical aspect of the show could make it a favorite for some technical categories.

What do you think about this change-up?

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