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Outrage over Ellen Burstyn's Emmy nom

July 28, 2006 |  1:17 pm


Emmywatchers are furious over Ellen Burstyn getting a nomination for best supporting actress in a TV film for her blink-and-you-miss-it performance in "Mrs. Harris."

"She was in a flashback sequence and had two lines about her past affair with Ben Kingsley's character. Her title in the credits was Ex-Lover #3," notes our forums poster "BabsonLacrosse." "To me, it's obvious the voters simply looked at the ballot, saw Ms. Burstyn's name, recognized her as a respected famous actress, and nominated her for this performance that isn't even big enough to classify as a cameo."

That's right, BabsonLacrosse. This is typical of the injustices you get from employing a popular ballot. Please call this insane example to the attention of ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson, who wishes to return the determination of nominees to an outright popular vote. If McPherson gets his way, there will only be more of these absurdities on the list.

The same is true of the Emmy bashers everywhere, including in our message boards where Burstyn's nomination has sparked a firestorm. CLICK HERE to read the dish and see how many posters like "rrussaw" inexplicably bash away at both panel voting and popular vote just because the results of both didn't line up with their personal choices for nominees.

If "rrussaw" gets his way and the TV academy nixed the popular vote and close-scrutiny voting, there would be no Emmys at all.

Like it or not, all of the finalists who got nominated by the judging panels this year deserve their shot at Emmy gold. Yes, James Gandolfini and Edie Falco are great actors who had very good episode submissions, but, come on, they each had two small crying scenes. Compare that to the one-hour fireworks shows put on by "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit's" Christopher Meloni or "The Closer's" Kyra Sedgwick, who got nommed instead. It's obvious how Meloni and Sedgwick nabbed deserving bids.

Every year Emmywatchers kvetch about voters nominating the same ole, same ole. This year voters mixed it up and still got slammed. Gimme a break. Gandolfini is a fine actor, yes, but he's just another one of those 'tude-heavy dudes who gets credit for being a brilliant actor because he acts like he's ticked off all the time, thus appealing to TV critics, who are mostly macho social misfits with chips on their shoulders.

Compare what Gandolfini did in his "Sopranos" submission to the impressive emotional range displayed by Peter Krause in his "Six Feet Under" episode and you can easily understand how the latter got nommed over the former.

Photo: Ellen Burstyn is on screen for less than 20 seconds while portraying Gerda Stedman in "Hrs. Harris."