4 Reasons Why Kiernan Shipka (a.k.a. Sally Draper) Might Get an Emmy Nomination in 2011
Laugh all you want, but it's true: Besides perhaps only Randee Heller -- R.I.P. Ms. Blankenship -- there hasn't been a bigger breakout performer on Mad Men this season than Kiernan Shipka. Upped to a series regular for the first time, Shipka has handled her increasingly adult situations -- ahem -- with the aplomb of someone twice her age. It begs the incredibly, ridiculously premature question: Can little Sally Draper be an Emmy nominee in 2011? Ahead Movieline offers 4 reasons why that might not be as far-fetched as you think.
· She won't have much competition from her fellow co-stars
Assuming that Elisabeth Moss decides to return to the deeper waters of the Lead Actress category in 2011 -- her sojourn to Supporting Actress for this year had more to do with the fact that she didn't have a showcase episode last season; this season she has "The Suitcase" -- Shipka will have one less in-category co-star to worry about. That still leaves Christina Hendricks and January Jones, of course (assuming she gets bumped down to Supporting; like I said, it is ridiculously early), but due respect to both actresses, Shipka has run circles around them this season with both her performance and given material. Speaking of which...
· She has consistently blown Emmy-nominee January Jones off-screen
If you accept that Jones has not regressed as an actress, but that her screen-time has simply vanished -- there are no small parts, etc. -- then you must also accept that Shipka is constantly showing her up. Her reactions to Betty's increasingly abusive and childish antics prove only one thing: She's more of an adult than her on-screen mother.
· She's a novelty
To answer your question: Then 14-year-old Roxanne Zal was the youngest Emmy winner ever when she won for the 1984 telefilm, Something About Amelia. Shipka is currently 10 years old (she turns 11 in November) and would allow the Emmys to do something that the Oscars do every so often: Exploit a cute kid (see: Abigail Breslin). She doesn't even get to watch her own show. Adorbs.
· She's Method