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In a morning full of snubs and surprises, one of the more intriguing moments was the reveal of the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama nominees. It’s not shocking that there were three nominations for “The Handmaid’s Tale” in this category, given how the show has always been a showcase for a wide range of roles for women. But what was a surprise is the three women chosen: Previous nominee Samira Wiley (who competed last year in the Supporting Actress category and lost to Ann Dowd), Cherry Jones (who made a few appearances in Season 2 as June’s mother Holly), and, seemingly out of nowhere, Kelly Jenrette as “Annie.”
If you had to look up who that character is, don’t feel bad. Jenrette has one major scene in flashbacks during Season 2, Episode 4, “Other Women,” in which Annie confronts June (Elisabeth Moss) as the woman “wrecking” her marriage — calling her a “**** ****.” Years later, after June and Luke have gotten married and become parents, June sees Annie at a crowded restaurant, and the two share a silent moment that clearly triggers serious guilt in June.
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Jenrette isn’t a complete newcomer, having made appearances on HBO’s “Here and Now,” “Fuller House,” and Fox’s “Pitch” in recent years. She was also a series regular on the Fox comedy “Grandfathered.” But in a dense season filled with rich character moments, her nomination for “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a major surprise, especially in light of the fact that earlier in the season there was a very high-profile guest appearance by Marisa Tomei in Episode 2 of the season, “Unwomen.”
Tomei’s role was a far more prominent one, playing a disgraced Wife sent to the Colonies, and representing so much of...
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