Rhea Seehorn (“Better Call Saul”) Deserves SAG Awards Recognition

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After the Emmys finally nominate Rhea Seehorn for her acclaimed performance in “Better Call Saul,” will the SAG Awards follow suit? They definitely should.

When “Better Call Saul” debuted on AMC in 2015, Seehorn was a relative unknown. The same could be said for her character, Kim Wexler. Despite the “Better Call Saul” spin-off from “Breaking Bad,” Kim had not appeared in that series. Viewers had no expectations, but Kim slowly became an integral part of the show. She was Jimmy McGill’s partner and attorney on his journey to becoming Saul Goodman. But she was also an independent character in her own right. By the end of the series, viewers were as invested in his fate as the characters they had come to love in “Breaking Bad.”

The last season saw Seehorn give his best performance. She had so many powerful moments. After witnessing the brutal death of a former college student, Kim must try to kill someone to save Jimmy’s life. She is traumatized, desperate and courageous at the same time. It’s a powerful sequence. Then there’s the scene where she breaks up with Jimmy. It combines regret, appreciation and love in an impactful moment that allows Jimmy to fully transform into Saul. Finally, she has this scene on the airport shuttle, where she bursts into tears. It’s heartbreaking.

Unlike the Emmys, which have separate categories for lead and supporting performances, the SAG Awards inexplicably combine the two. The favorite is Imelda Staunton, star of the upcoming fifth season of “The Crown.” Two other headliners follow – Laura Linney of “Ozark” and two-time Emmy champion Zendaya (“Euphoria”) – with another actress from “The Crown”, Elisabeth Debicki in fourth place. Seehorn jockey with his recent Emmy rival, Julia Garnier (“Ozark”) for the fifth slot.

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