Casting directors eye Margulies, Sagal for Emmys

Sun Jun 13, 2010 11:07pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Back Stage) - Great casting directors know great acting. Back Stage asked several of them who they think should be recognized by the Emmy Awards this year. Nominations will be announced on July 8, with the main ceremony set for August 29.

"How about Julianna Margulies, remarkable week after week in 'The Good Wife,' with kudos to Josh Charles as well? Or Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic, who took 'Castle' to a whole new level with their work this year, maintaining their comedic chemistry while bringing the season to a close on a perfectly executed and truly touching note. For both shows, I can't wait to see what happens next season!"

-- MIKE LEMON ("Philadelphia," "The Sixth Sense")

"The scintillating Christina Hendricks of 'Mad Men' should not be neglected in this year's Emmy lineup."

-- NANCY BISHOP ("Wanted," "Prince Caspian," author of "Secrets From the Casting Couch")

"(In the guest star category,) Lynn Redgrave gave a beautiful, understated performance in the Season 4 premiere of 'Ugly Betty.' She played Olivia Guillemette, a celebrated designer from the 1960s who fell into obscurity. Betty rediscovers her living among beautiful butterflies that fly magically around her apartment, and (she) encourages Betty to transform herself, like the butterflies do. This television appearance would be Redgrave's last (she died in May), and the subtle, elegant performance is a reminder of how treasured she was to the acting profession and entertainment industry."

-- GEOFF SOFFER (ABC casting executive, 2003-08, and casting director of "Ugly Betty")

"I think Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt Hummel on 'Glee,' should be nominated for an Emmy, because his acting is simple and yet very deep. He's completely transparent and emotionally dynamic; he can express vulnerability, anger, and love all in a single moment. It's his courage in revealing all the qualities of this character, the light and the dark, that really hooks me in."

-- CATHY REINKING (casting associate on "Frasier" for eight years and on "Arrested Development," former manager of casting at NBC, author of "How to Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film")   Continued...