Kyra Sedgwick's Emmys snub is a crime

Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:01pm EDT
 
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By Janelle Tipton

LOS ANGELES (Back Stage) - For five years, Kyra Sedgwick has thrilled viewers with the glee of swiftly served justice as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, head of the LAPD's Major Crimes Division, on TNT's hit drama "The Closer."

Perhaps the next major crime Johnson's team should be solving is why there's no Emmy or SAG Award gracing Sedgwick's mantel for the role, despite nominations for each honor every season since the show's inception.

Maybe it's because she makes it look easy. Never mind that animating Johnson is a titan task: Professionally she's a tiger disguised as a kitten; personally her life is a tangled ball of yarn that often ends up collecting dust in a corner. In either case, she seems to be going in a million directions at once.

"She's looking for something while speaking her lines while walking down a hall while trying to eat a piece of chocolate while trying to manipulate somebody," says Sedgwick of a typical scene involving her character.

"I think one of the things that the writers like to do, because they like to see Brenda in difficult, complex situations, is to give me a lot of difficult, complex situations where I'm juggling 20 different things."

The sixth season of "The Closer" begins July 12, and Sedgwick, also an executive producer on the show, has a stellar cast to buoy her, most of them veteran actors -- including Jon Tenney, Robert Gossett, and J.K. Simmons.

Having grown up with brothers, she doesn't notice any unusual dynamic as the lone woman, but she says it's been "awesome" working with Mary McDonnell, whose Internal Affairs captain went head to head with Johnson last season and will return for another run of episodes this year.

The New York-raised Sedgwick spends several months of the year speaking in Brenda's Georgia drawl. To learn the huge amount of dialogue she spouts on "The Closer," she engages a dramaturge, who also helps her break down scripts. And she tapes her scenes into a recorder, with which she cues herself.   Continued...