Earlier in the year at the Emmys, Claire Danes won her fourth straight award (Emmys and Golden globe combined) as best lead actress, for her portrayal of Carrie Mathison in the Showtime Spy series, “Homeland”. While this did not come as a surprise to fans of the show, a lot of Scandal (and by extension, Kerry Washington) fans felt hard done by. They felt their ‘darling’s’ portrayal of Olivia Pope should have won her the Emmys this year.
Even though I have not started the new season of Scandal yet, I am a big fan of the show. I also happen to like Kerry Washington’s performance a lot. However, I absolutely agree with Claire Danes’ domination of the lead actress category at major award events in the last two years.
For those who watch Homeland, you would probably agree with me when I say, I wasn’t sure at the beginning of the show whether Claire Danes was actually bipolar or not (Okay, that’s me exaggerating, but the acting was that good).
I love Kerry Washington and I don’t hide it. Truth is, somewhere inside me, I wanted her to win at the Emmys earlier in the year. Come next year, I’ll probably still be rooting for her.
Kerry Washington playing the role of Olivia Pope has been really good. For it, she’s won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series and a BET Award for Best Actress, as well as an Emmy award nomination.
According to Maureen Ryan of the Huffington Post, “Washington does a good job of carrying every story along in her energetic wake…”
The truth however is that, with the current level at which Claire Danes is operating, it would be difficult for any actress to beat her to the award for best lead actress anytime soon. I personally feel that if she continues like this, she would dominate both the Emmys and Golden globes for at least the next two years (barring the organizers feel the need for a change).
Now, call it stereotypical acting, but Claire Danes has the upper hand with the role of Carrie Mathison. It’s like acting is a game, and all the other female actors on TV are playing on her turf. When it comes to portraying people with mental disorders, Claire has carved a niche for herself and it would be difficult for anyone to beat her to it, or beat her while she is at it (if you don’t believe me, just watch one episode of Homeland and you’ll see what I’m saying).
For her portrayal of Temple Grandin in the HBO biopic about the woman with autism in 2010, she won the Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie’, the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress (Miniseries or Television Film) and the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries award.
For her role in Homeland, she has won both the Emmys and Golden Globes for the past two years.
All these translate to 6 combined golden globes and Emmy awards in the past four years from roles related to mental disorders.
The fourth season of Homeland is on and with Claire Danes not going below her performance level in the first two seasons, Kerry Washington has her work cut out for her if she’s going to stand a chance of beating her colleague from Homeland, to the best lead actress award next year.
Come the award season next year, like I said earlier, I’ll still be rooting for Kerry Washington, but I would not be at all surprised if Claire Danes maintains her dominance.