We have made it to the end of the acting portion of our 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards preview series, and we definitely have saved one of the best for last — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. How can you hate a category that includes the likes of Loretta Devine, Martha Plimpton, and a former “Lost” star? There’s only one answer we have to give — you can’t.
As always, be sure to share your thoughts on our list in the comment box below, and respond to the poll with your picks! We’ll be back tomorrow to close off our preview series for now with our picks for Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie.
The deserving nominees
Loretta Devine, “Grey’s Anatomy“ – Anytime that Devine comes on the show as Adele Webber, she’s pretty much guaranteed a nomination with good reason. This character (who is suffering from Alzheimer’s) is so tragic, and she as an actress is relentless in terms of properly channeling the pain, confusion, and heartache that comes with seeing Richard suffer. Our mind is blown every time.
Martha Plimpton, “The Good Wife” – She’s just as likely to be nominated for her comedic turn on “Raising Hope,” and all we hope is that she continues to do work on both shows moving forward. On a show that has a plethora of great guest stars, she still finds a way to rise to the top of the pack.
Carrie Preston, “The Good Wife” – Who knew that Preston had this in her? As good as she is on “True Blood,” she was great showing off a completely different side on the legal drama this past year — so much that we are already begging to see more (at least so long as it doesn’t take time away from her playing Arlene).
Alexis Bledel, “Mad Men” – Look how much Rory Gilmore has grown up! Bledel appeared in three episodes of “Mad Men” as the new target of Pete Campbell’s love and devotion, and was stellar in every one — mostly notably the scene during the season finale where we watched her memory of him get washed away via electroshock therapy.
Emilie de Ravin, “Once Upon a Time” – You can always tell a great performance by how quickly it earns them a performance, so remember this — the former “Lost” star recently got promoted to a series regular despite only appearing as Belle for three episodes of season 1. Her work with Robert Carlyle is strong enough on its own to merit some love.
Uma Thurman, “Smash” – After the disaster of a first season that “Smash” had, there aren’t many worthy candidates for Emmy Awards that fell through the cracks. The reason Thurman managed to rise to the top was simply that her arc was relatively limited to a few episodes, and we got to see some substantial evolution without any confusion at all.
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