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Before Emmy Gold: Supporting Actress In a Drama Series

This year’s Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is almost here. With Before The Gold, we are taking the chance to find hidden gems in the careers of the nominees. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series has plenty to choose from. With eigth wonderful performers nominated, the race to Monday night will get quite intense.

PATRICIA ARQUETTE

Nominated for: Severance as Harmony Cobel

Previous nomination: Winner in 2019 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Dee Dee Blanchard

Hidden gem: Holes

In this 2003 neo-Western, Arquette plays Katherine Barlow, a schoolteacher turned outlaw from the past.The film was directed by Andrew Davis, and it was based Louis Sachar’s 1998 novel of the same name. Sachar also co-wrote the screenplay for the movie. Although Holes wasn’t a smash hit at the box office, it is still a fun adventure to check out.

JULIA GARNER

Nominated for: Ozark as Ruth Langmore

Previous nomination: Winner in 2020 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Ozark

Hidden gem: The Assistant

Having its world premiere at the 2019 edition of the Telluride Film Festival, this drama film written and directed by Kitty Green gathered everyone’s attention. Garner takes on the role of Jane, a junior assistant at a film production company. The movie talks about a culture surrounded by sexual assault and manipulation in the workplace. A relevant and striking thriller, this is a story you don’t want to miss if you like Garner’s work.

HOYEON JUNG

Nominated for: Squid Game as Kang Sae-byeok

Previous nomination: First-time nominee

Hidden gem: Korea’s Next Top Model (Season four)

This might not sound like a gem, but Jung’s career is just getting started. Perhaps she doesn’t have a filmography as extensive as her fellow nominees, but if her performance in Squid Game is any sing, she still has lots of talent and stories to share with audiences all around the world. Much like the American version, Korea’s Next Top Model is a reality television show in which a number of women compete for the titular role and a chance to start their career in the modelling industry.

CHRISTINA RICCI

Nominated for: Yellowjackets as Misty Quigley

Previous nomination: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Grey’s Anatomy in 2006

Hidden gem: The Addams Family

The 1991 version of the beloved classic comedy. Directed by former cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld in his screen directing debut, The Addams Family featured Ricci as Wednesday Addams, launching her into stardom. The film was commercially successful, and was followed by a sequel, Addams Family Values, two years later.

RHEA SEEHORN

Nominated for: Better Call Saul as Kim Wexler

Previous nomination: First-time nominee

Hidden gem: The Twilight Zone: Not All Men

The classic anthology series about the most strange occurences got a reboot of its own in 2019. Seehorn got to be a part of it thanks to the seventh episode of the first season. In this story, Seehorn plays the protagonist’s sister. After a meteor falls in their town, it infects the place’s water supply, causing all men to behave extremely violently. Seehorn’s character, Martha, her sister, and friends must find a way to escape the virus.

J. SMITH-CAMERON

Nominated for: Succession as Gerri Kellman

Previous nomination: First-time nominee

Hidden gem: Nancy

Written and directed by Christina Choe, this 2018 mystery film introduces Nancy Freeman, a writer who is unsuccessful at getting her short story pitches approved. She finally finds an outlet for her emotions when she pretends to be a grieving mother on the internet. She also claims to be an elderly couple’s long lost daughter, falling deeper into a web of lies that she created and now can’t seem to escape. Smith-Cameron plays Ellen, a secondary character.

SARAH SNOOK

Nominated for: Succession as Shiv Roy

Previous nomination: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Succession in 2020

Hidden gem: An American Pickle

This 2020 HBO Max original film has been removed from the streaming platform due to recent changes, but it sure was worth taking a look at. Brandon Trost delivers a solo directorial debut about a family’s legacy. Herschel Greenbaum travels into the future after being trapped in a pickle factory for a century. He must now deal with a different technological, social, and political environment. Snook plays Herschel’s wife in the movie.

SYDNEY SWEENEY

Nominated for: Euphoria as Cassie Howard

Previous nomination: First-time nominee

Hidden gem: Under The Silver Lake

Andrew Garfield stars as Sam, a young man who gets entangled in an enormous conspiracy, which leads him down a dark path, only to learn who is in control of the world. The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and has developed a cult film status over the years. Sweeney plays the shooting star in this movie.

Don’t miss the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards this Monday, September 12th, only on NBC.

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Robert Hamer
25 days ago

Oh, I’m glad you singled out The Assistant when discussing Julia Garner! I brought it up in my piece mentioning fellow Emmy nominee Matthew Macfadyen, and their one scene together is the most gut-wrenching in the whole movie.

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