The One Emmy Category I Can’t Stop Thinking About

First, let me clarify one thing: I don’t particularly like the Emmys. As someone who follows the annual circus of awards season with an all-consuming fervor, I find there’s something about TV’s biggest party that never rocks as much as other awards shows. There’s none of the explosive glitz or cringe-worthy sincerity or backstage palace intrigue of the Oscars, or the boozy silliness and confusing nominations of the Golden Globes. Perhaps it’s because the Emmys are taking place so long after the end of winter awards season – that and, given the rift in the modern television landscape, it seems almost impossible to have watched the majority of suitors.

But while I may be ambivalent (at best) when it comes to the Emmys, the same attitude does. not apply to the subject of actresses. The first categories I always click on are Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. The last breath I release at the end of awards season – a raspy croak that leaves my body like a death rattle – consists of just two words. (Amy Adamsin case you were wondering.) And yes, I keep a mental burn log of all the most egregious thefts, i.e., Emma Stone, you will be to be dealt with for denying Natalie Portman a win for Jackie thanks to The Earth.

Imagine my surprise, then, to find that familiar shiver of excitement usually reserved for other award shows as I scrolled through the list of nominees for this year’s Emmys. In the acting categories, there was an embarrassment of riches, a veritable Aladdin’s cave of gloriously gloriously weird performances. And one category in particular blew me away so much I was momentarily blindsided by it: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

It features, in no particular order, the legendary Patricia Arquette, nominated for her delightfully sinister turn (or should I say turns) as middle manager Harmony Cobel and Adam Scott’s unassuming neighbor Ms. Selvig in Breakup, wearing a silver wig so endearing it would make Nicole Kidman jealous. Netflix’s South Korean hit star Hoyeon Jung squid game, also received a well-deserved nod for her devastating performance as the beautiful but troubled North Korean defector Kang Sae-byeok, and I was delighted to see Christina Ricci nominated for her lopsided appearance as the sickly sociopath Misty in yellow jackets. (Also on the list is Rhea Seehorn for You better call Saul, which I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t seen. Sorry, Rhea. I asked my friend who watches it, and she told me you were very good.)