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Martha Plimpton of 'Raising Hope'
Martha Plimpton, "Raising Hope"
Nomination Status: Former nominee probably won't return to the field.
In Her Favor: Martha Plimpton actually won an Emmy last year for her guest work on "The Good Wife" and she had another fine "Good Wife" appearance to close the year. That's irrelevant, but it's also good for contrast, as voters will never be able to forget how different malapropism=spouting Virginia is from Tony nominee Plimpton, who's one o the smartest actresses in the biz.
Working Against Her: I can think of lots of great little Virgina moments this past season, but she didn't have anything on the same level as Garret Dillahunt's bar mitzvah episode, did she? Without a big episode or two, Plimpton seems more and more like she belongs in the Supporting category, which she probably always did.