Could Anna Gunn or Monica Potter step up against Dame Maggie Smith?
Monica Potter of 'Parenthood'
Monica Potter, "Parenthood"
Nomination Status: Quality should win out and bring Potter a well-deserved nomination. I have faith.
In Her Favor: I'm a bit naive, but every year I believe that there are one or two performances from seemingly unlikely actors that are so manifestly superior that once Emmy voters actually pay attention, they'd be fools not to recognize. I felt that way about Margo Martindale two years ago for "Justified." I felt that way about Giancarlo Esposito last year for "Breaking Bad." And I feel that way about Monica Potter this year. Regardless of your feelings about Potter's career prior to "Parenthood" and regardless of your feelings towards Kristina Braverman as a character prior to this season, if you watched a few episodes of the Kristina cancer arc this year, you couldn't miss the excellence of what was on display. I just have to believe that. Is a cancer arc somewhat shooting fish in a barrel in terms of awards kibble? Perhaps a little. But I'd say that Potter's performance was a different variation on the typical cancer arc and that her performance ranks among the very best in what is a lucrative cottage genre. If Emmy voters were aware enough of "Parenthood" to nominate Jason Ritter last year, they have zero excuse not to nominate Potter. Zero.
Working Against Her: Potter's track record before "Parenthood" was mixed. Nobody would disagree with that. And many people hated Kristina Braverman in the early seasons and somehow believed that they weren't supposed to sometimes find her prickly and not-always-lovable and they blamed Potter unfairly for that. But mostly all that's working against her is the challenge of awareness. Once the awareness is there, the nomination will be, too.