*whispers* it should have been you
No it shouldn’t.
Shitty writing = No awards.
There are awards for writing. I really hate how the acting awards have become so tied in to acting. Can’t good acting with poor writing be even more impressive? I may not be expressing myself very well, but something about this just bothers me.
I guess it’s true in theory but in Scandals case in particular, no one is going to pay attention to your skills as an actor if what’s written for you is completely ridiculous. And also if your role isn’t written in a way that makes sense, is compelling to watch and contains meaty material with scenes that can show your range. Kerry did not have that this season. And this is unpopular opinion time. I love Kerry. She’s graceful, and talented. A class act, but this past season? Her acting left a lot to be desired. She had a few good scenes with Rowan and Tony, but overall? I think she overacted a lot, this was not her season. She has the raw talent and potential though, so I wish her the best for season 4.
I absolutely agree with you about the material with which she had to work. I just think the quality of writing has too much influence in the acting awards. People saying anyone, not just Kerry, doesn’t deserve an award because of the writing doesn’t seem fair. I guess that’s why some writers have such big egos. I didn’t want anything to reinforce SR’s opinion of her season 3 work, but she got rewarded anyway with Joe Morton getting the award & his standing there talking about those great monologues he got. Blah.
It’s not a true comparison to make though. Joe is a guest actor so monologues work for him. Dan won last year with that long scene with Jeff. Monologues work for guests. That’s what Shonda writes best. For a regular, monologues or big preachy scenes don’t translate because they don’t really allow for range. She had almost no range this season. It was either cry, whimper or look bewildered and lost as another character ripped her a new one. Lip quiver was 90% of her scenes.
That an being ‘stoic’ when showered with verbal abuse from Shonda’s ventriloquist dummy/ies. Also that person who commented about ‘overacting’ - I can name a few that really deserve the title tour de farce and it’s not Kerry. (‘Raw talent’ ??? Patronising much?). The quality of the writing matters when it gives coherence to a story - even the SNL skits that Kerry shone in managed to do that. WTF is Scandal’s story these days other than a comedy of horrors?
raytwin The bolded. I was glad to see Julianna Margulies win because the writing and performance were superlative, but her masterful performance is a function of the terrific writing for her character. The reason imo that Julianna Margulies got shut out last year was because the writing deviated a bit from Alicia’s journey, certainly not to the off-the-rails extent that Scandal has, but it a made her a somewhat passive observer in the Will-Alicia-love triangle. Consider how Olivia Pope has actually been turned into an empty vessel for shippers to project their shipping fantasies onto this season. Do you know what Olivia wants? No. Do you know who she wants? No. When one can’t answer basic fundamentals about a character after 3 seasons, that comes down to writing. Thankfully the Kings course-corrected, Alicia got a carefully mapped out season arc for her character, there was triumph, there was tragedy, there was betrayal and there was undying loyalty, Julianna Margulies got to play a full range this season and all of it felt organic to the character, not some disjointed wtfuckery is this that Kerry Washington got to work with. Pope is the smartest person in the room and doesn’t traffick in her sexuality, says KW. Well…cross that off the list. Olivia cares about her gladiators and fixing things? Cross that off the list too cuz you saw none of that in season 3.
Also, yeah…the Scandal cast left on the over-acting train awhile ago, the most egregious offenders being Jeff Perry, the two Emmy winners and one Critics Choice award winner. I love me some Joe Morton and believe he deserves all the awards, but I was definitely not a fan of his performance on the show. Luckily for him shouty one-note monologues work for guest acting reels. And hey…his performance is a function of the writing.
^^ All of what Minty said.