Emmy Screening Room: Mindy Project's Chris Messina Breaks Ma's Heart

June 26 — the cutoff date for the 2015 Emmy Awards nomination voting — is upon us! And that’s a source of both great anticipation and nameless dread for those of us obsessed with quality television.

Team TVLine has already brought you our Dream Emmy Ballots in 10 key Emmy races — click here to see our picks! — but we wanted to make one last push on behalf of a few favorites whose work was so outstanding this year that the possibility of a snub makes us want to get in touch with our inner Sons of Anarchy and unleash some unsanctioned justice on the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

With that said, we present the thirteenth of our Emmy Screening Room submissions: The Mindy Project‘s Chris Messina, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. We defy you to watch from start to finish and tell us he shouldn’t hear his name called when nominees are announced on July 16.

The setup: After fighting with girlfriend Mindy during her baby shower, Danny (Messina) chats with his mother (Rhea Pearlman) — and reveals how being abandoned by his dad and getting divorced from his first wife have made him cynical about the institution of marriage.

Press PLAY below for the full scene, then share your thoughts on whether Messina should/will make the Emmy ballot.

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  1. Sarah says:

    Oh this scene killed me. Played so perfectly by both of them. It was like a punch in the gut.

  2. B says:

    Not a comedy moment, but yeah, Chris Messina is so, so good. The catches in his voice in that speech really get me. Love Rhea Perlman there too.

  3. A3rynSun76 says:

    I can’t wait to get them back!!!!!!!
    He absolutely should!

  4. this or the episode where lil’ danni is a brat and mindy leaves dinner. when ma just lays into him. god i love this show