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Will this TV scene score James Spader a fourth Emmy?

July 8, 2008 |  6:22 pm

Ever wonder how James Spader keeps pulling off upsets in the Emmy race for drama-series actor? He's won three times (2004, 2005, 2007), including last year, and, in fact, he has never lost. The James_spader_emmy probable reason: On "Boston Legal," producer-writer David E. Kelley keeps scripting him big, grandstanding speeches he delivers with a fiery preacher's bravado to courtroom juries at the conclusions of the sample episodes that Spader submits to Emmy judges. If he makes the top 10 run-off again this year, which seems likely, he'll probably submit this week's episode titled "The Court Supreme." Check out its grand finale on this YouTube clip dug up by AwardsDaily.com. (Thanks, Sasha!)

Be prepared to suspend disbelief big time. This scene is preposterous, but it's fun to think that an attorney might really stand before the U.S. Supreme Court, raging, "Who are you people? You've transformed this court from being a governmental branch devoted to civil rights and liberties into protector of discrimination, guardian of government, a slave to monied interests and big business and today, hallelujah, you seek to slay a mentally disabled man!" At one point he yells at distracted Justice Clarence Thomas, "Put down that magazine!"

(Photo: ATAS)

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Boston Legal rocks - why can't great shows like this continue.
It is one of the best shows ever and james s. and Shatner, Candice and all theBL actors rock also.

Tom! Thanks a lot for providing us with great updates. Even though I live in S'pore, I can still get the most up-to-date developments of the Primetime Emmys (and other awesome things in this site and the forum). Your site is my daily must-check!

By the way, James Spader indeed delivered an especially powerful performance in this clip.. but I think your youtube link is no longer working. Found this online (maybe you can use this instead?) http://www.livevideo.com/video/embedLink/BDB754D9D649445783C70D8AD7480A8C/603492/alan-shore-argues-before-the-s.aspx

Can't wait till July 17!
Thanks, Tom!

This is Boston Legal's best season as a collective whole. The show is no more to the left than it has ever been. Spader is the best actor on television. Let's hope ABC focuses on quality television and renews the show for another season.

I'd say this scene, but I was whole-heartedly impressed by his speech in 'tabloid nation'. Man, that made me feel like dirt for ever looking at reality television :p. Either way, the man deserves his awards, whether he believes it or not, for consistancy if nothing else. Brilliant actor :)

I have always appreciated the amazing talent of James Spader and heartily applauded ALL his wins. They were absolutely deserved contrary to popular opinion.
I am so very glad he is finally getting the true recognition he has deserved throughout his long career.
When David Kelley gives him the brilliant material , there are no words to describe his spectacular talent. Kelley's material may lean to the left, way left, but if nothing else, it causes one to think. More than I can say about any other show on tv!
I say yes to Emmy # 4! Additionally another Emmy winning performance is the closing speech from the previous week's episode on euthanasia. Powerful.

I've been a fan of James Spader for a long time and when he joined the last season of THE PRACTICE I knew he would be rewarded for his portrayal of Alan Shore and this clip proves once again how powerful his acting skills are.I hope he gets his fourth, one of the best things about Boston Legal is that it's filled with social context.

So another words its liberal Hollywood giving an award because of its tilted politics?

I can't even watch Boston Legal anymore its so far to the left


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