Help Emmy hopefuls compile their highlight reels

Jake_lLast week, we had a rousing discussion about which actors and shows deserved to score Emmy nominations come July 19 — with a special focus on longshot and first-time candidates. Today, I thought it might be fun for all of us to focus on one particular thespian and suggest which episode he or she ought to submit to the Emmy judging panels to increase his or her odds of scoring a statuette.

I’d like to see Medium‘s Jake Weber (pictured) get rewarded for his work on the Feb. 14 episode "The One Behind the Wheel," during which his wife Allison (Emmy-winner Patricia Arquette) gets possessed by the spirit of a woman who’s been involved in a serious car accident. Not only does Weber make his character’s pain and frustration completely palpable (and darkly humorous) but he also gets a chance to trade in his resident-cynic cap and try to convince the haughty spirit inside his wife that all this psychic possession stuff isn’t completely crazy. If you missed the episode, click here and here, and you’ll get a glimpse of why Weber deserves to be in the Supporting Actor in a Drama race (for the no-longer-on-the-bubble series). Which episode best represents your favorite actor or series’ great Emmy hope? Reveal all in the comments section below.

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  • step

    Connie Britton – I Think We Should Have Sex. Most specifically, the scene where she and Julie have The Talk. I actually got that weird tight feeling in my chest that I used to get when my mom yelled at me. From a woman who is not my mother. On television. Now THAT’S Emmy-worthy.
    Kyle Chandler – Eyes Wide Open. Especially the scene where he visits Jason in the hospital. The entire scene is played with both men on the verge of tears and with me no longer on the verge, but full on sobbing.
    Jenna Fischer – Beach Games, her speech. Quite possibly the greatest moment of the season, and a fitting end to one of the best character arc’s I’ve ever seen.
    I have more, but those are my top three. And what a top three they are.

  • Patt

    Eddie Izzard on crystal meth and Minnie Driver in about every episode of “The Riches”. They are amazing. Robert Iler for his suicide episode of “The Sopranos”. And Brett Ratner just for asking Drama if he was retarded on “Entourage”. I have often wondered the same thing.

  • Llanally

    Yay! Another Jake Weber fan! He is a huge reason I watch Medium. The husband character could be such a throwaway character, but he plays Joe so well, I like him better than Allison!

  • Becky

    ROBERT KNEPPER – portrays T-Bag on Prison Break. The man is pure genius in any scene. He deserves our praise, an Emmy and a bow – we’re not worthy!

  • Lisa

    I don’t know if you mean specifically drama – but the episode of Scrubs “My Musical” deserves kudos in every category, especially writing!

  • Lisa

    oh, ok, it does say a specific thespian/episode – well, John C. McGinley, Dr. Cox, deserves an Emmy nod for EVERY episode. He ROCKS!!

  • Carrie

    Jenna Fischer for “Beach Games.” Her speech was heartbreaking, uplifting, and exactly what Office fans have been waiting three seasons for. Fischer’s work has been fantastic the entire season, but this was her best moment.
    Steve Carell-“The Coup.” A new side of Michael Scott, and one of his best moments.

  • Danielle

    Lauren Graham totally deserves a nomination for best actress, specifically for the episode where she sings “I Will Always Love You”. That was an amazing scene.

  • Kevo

    I agree with Jenna Fischer for Beach Games. Also:
    Elizabeth Mitchell on Lost for “One of Us”
    Matthew Fox on Lost for the Season Finale
    Jack Coleman on Heroes for “Company Man”
    Chandra Wilson for every scene she steals on Grey’s Anatomy
    Alec Baldwin for every episode he steals on 30 Rock

  • Nick

    how about amanda peet in studio 60, despite the fact that i am apparently the only one watching it

  • charlie

    kristen bell in every episode of veronica, but particularly in “spit & eggs” when she finds out that mercer is the rpist and she stabs him with a unicorn statue, and the rest of the climax of that episode. or any scene from the finale episode.

  • Steve

    Glad to see Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton getting mentions, but I would love to see Adrianne Palicki get a nomination. She took what could have been a stock character (small town trashy girl) and fleshed out a fully realized character that truly stood out from type and from the ensemble.

  • Jim

    Jake Weber is a great name that is rarely mentioned. Some others along those lines are Patricia Wettig in Brothers and Sisters, Adrian Pasdar in Heroes, Steven Weber in Studio 60 and Jason Segel in How I Met your Mother.

  • Danny

    Mary Louise Parker – Mrs. Botwin’s Neighborhood. Her range here is fantastic…she goes from her sly, underplayed wit in dealing with the new, dangerous competition to her growhouse, to tears of true rage when she protects her son from his girlfriend’s father. The latter scene is incredible and one of her many highlights in the season.
    Felicity Huffman, Laurie Metcalf – Bang. The best and most talked about episode of the season’ culminating scene–Huffman erratically challenging the fantastic Metcalf, while being held at gunpoint.

  • Patti

    John C. McGinley from Scrubs and Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls

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