Emmy Screening Room: Bates Motel's Vera Farmiga Gets Caught

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June 26 — the cutoff date for the 2015 Emmy Awards nomination voting — is only a day 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 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 tenth of our Emmy Screening Room submissions: Bates Motel‘s Vera Farmiga, 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: Desperate to keep blackmailer Bob Paris from learning that her son, budding psycho Norman, murdered his father, Norma (Farmiga) breaks into the home of ally Alex (Nestor Carbonell) in hopes of retrieving the evidence against the crooked politician that he wants back. But, instead of hand it over, the sheriff challenges Norma to tell him the truth about her husband’s “accidental” death — and, in a roundabout way, about her feelings for him.

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

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  1. Spence says:

    As much as I love Vera and truly believe she deserves recognition this season, I really believe Freddie was the star of this season and I’m hoping he wins big.

  2. Joey Padron says:

    great scene. Vera is great in season 3 of Bates Motel. hope she’ll get nominated this year after being snubbed last year.

  3. A.M says:

    Outstanding scene. Vera was phenomenal this season and so was Freddie Highmore. They both deserve Emmy nominations.

  4. Ro says:

    Outstanding! She should definitely be nominated.

  5. Matt C. says:

    Vera is one of the best actresses on TV, hands down. This season was definitely her best yet and she absolutely deserves a nomination.

  6. Amy says:

    I hope Vera wins – she seriously deserves it! She’s amazing! *fingers crossed*

  7. Angie says:

    She has to get a nomination! Vera is the most brilliant performer this year for sure hands down! If the Emmy people has a little bit of fairness or a clue of what is acting, they’ll give her one!

  8. Angela says:

    Great call. She and Nestor played that scene so perfectly. I also loved her in the episode where she took off after the news about Dylan and Caleb hanging out together and left Norman for a night. She was just so desperate to get away from everything, and you couldn’t help but feel for her the whole time.
    Definitely hoping she’ll get a nomination come Emmy announcement time. Same with Freddie.

  9. abz says:

    She needs to be nominated and she needs to win!! Love the cast and Freddie is great, but I probably wouldn’t have watched the show if she wasn’t in it.

  10. Alexa says:

    My dream pick for the winner is Keri Russell – no doubt. But Vera blew me away this season. She would be a fantastic winner, let alone nominee.

  11. Laura says:

    Hope she wins an Emmy, she’s amazing as Norma Bates.

  12. she deserves everything and more. no one on tv comes close to what she does

  13. chris says:

    Geez that scene with Vera just made me cry! What an amazing actress an amazing performance. It’s not just one scene it’s the whole series.