AMC’s "Mad Men" may have an Emmys controversy on its hands now that actress Jessica Pare, who plays Megan, Don’s (Jon Hamm) new wife, has decided to submit her work in the category of lead actress in a drama series, reports Goldderby.com.
That will put Pare in direct competition with Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy on the show. Moss was considered a contender in last year’s race but lost to Julianna Margulies of "The Good Wife."
Pare leaps to the lead actress category from guest actress, where her work was submitted last year but failed to receive a nomination. It’s a big leap, and an unusual one — bypassing the supporting category altogether.
Moss has gone back and forth between two categories, earning nominations a total of three times for her work on the show without a win. She competed in the lead actress category in 2009 and 2011, and in the supporting actress category in 2010.
“Mad Men” has had its share of Emmys success, including winning the Emmy for outstanding drama series for the past four years. But despite a string of nominations, the show has yet to win an Emmy in an acting category.
Among the show’s actresses, Christina Hendricks was nominated the past two years in the supporting actress category for her work on “Mad Men.” She and Moss went head to head for the trophy in 2010, but Archie Panjabi won it that year for “The Good Wife.” Hendricks lost out to “Justified’s” Margo Martindale in 2011.
A showdown between Hendricks and “Mad Men’s” January Jones appears to be shaping up in supporting actress. Jones was nominated as lead actress in 2010, when the trophy went to “The Closer’s” Kyra Sedgwick, but Jones will reportedly submit her work in the supporting actress category this year.
Among the show’s actors, Jon Hamm, in the lead actor category, and John Slattery, in supporting actor, are both perennial nominees but neither has won the Emmy. The show has also received a series of nominations in the guest-acting categories.