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Emmys: Michelle Forbes on her nomination and the 'Killing' backlash

July 14, 2011 |  8:20 am

Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes stars in the new AMC crime series "The Killing" as the grief-stricken Mitch Larsen, whose daughter's murder was the show's central investigation. Forbes received a supporting actress in a drama nomination for her work in the series' first season.

Where were you when you heard the news?

I decided to sleep during the nominations this morning. I thought, "If the phone rings, it’s probably for a good reason."

Are you disappointed that "The Killing" didn’t get nominated for best drama?

Actually, I really was doubtful that anything would happen to "The Killing" at any level because it’s the first season. And I was really happy "Game of Thrones" was nominated. Hopefully, the bias against anything that isn’t straight-up drama or comedy is being torn down. I was only a tiny part of "Battlestar Galactica," but the fact that Mary McDonnell didn’t receive anything because it was science fiction was sad.

Does receiving an Emmy nomination counteract a little all the carping about "The Killing's" season finale?

I was quite aware of the backlash, but I tried to stay out of the fray. Am I sounding like a politician?


Complete list of 2011 Emmy Awards nominees

Emmys: Drama supporting actor, actress nominees

Emmys: Drama actor, actress nominees

-- Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Michelle Forbes with Brent Sexton in a scene from "The Killing." Credit: AMC