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Question: The April 11 episode of Lost was so good it actually made me upset because Elizabeth Mitchell’s phenomenal performance Mitchell’s role in Lost would almost certainly be deemed “supporting,”might just take the Emmy away from Connie Britton of Friday Night Lights. Connie would be lead actress, of course, so wouldn’t it be perfect if Mitchell were nominated for supporting actress so both these outstanding ladies could get the awards they deserve? Who actually makes the decision about which category an actor is eligible in? Is it the producers of the show, the networks, the agents? And do you think they take into consideration the possible competition when they make that decision?— Sarah E.
Matt Roush: My understanding is that it’s the actor’s call to submit their own name, in consultation with the studio, the network and no doubt their management. It’s not uncommon for strategy to play a part: How else to explain how Jon Cryer finds himself nominated in a supporting category for Two and a Half Men when Charlie Sheen, the other “man” in the title, is nominated for lead actor? You’re right that Mitchell’s role in Lost would almost certainly be deemed “supporting,” unlike Britton as Friday Night Lights’ co-adult lead. As much as I admire what Mitchell is doing on Lost, I still think it’s going to be a long shot for that show to get its due this season, given the perception (much of it shortsighted) of its fall from grace.
Source: TV Guide
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