June 26 — the cutoff date for the 2015 Emmy Awards nomination voting — is just days away. 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 channel Cookie on Empire and wallop some fools with a broom.
With that said, we present the first of our Emmy Screening Room submissions: Penny Dreadful‘s Eva Green, for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. We defy you to watch from start to finish and tell us she shouldn’t hear her name called when nominees are announced on July 16.
The setup: When Vanessa (Eva Green) and Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) attend a party at the home of Egyptologist Sir Ferdinand Lyle (Simon Russell Beale), they are soon swept up in a seance led by the medium Madame Kali (Helen McCrory). During the ritual, Vanessa is overtaken by the spirits of Sir Malcolm’s children: first, his deceased son, Peter, who died while on an African expedition with Sir Malcolm; then, his daughter, Mina, who remains trapped in a mysterious half-world after being captured by a supernatural creature. Throughout her impassioned, frenetic and oftentimes vulgar monologue, Vanessa brings to light all the demons — both literal and figurative — that have plagued Sir Malcolm for years.
Press PLAY above for the full scene (with a brief intro from series creator John Logan), then share your thoughts on whether Green should/will make the Emmy ballot.