Emmys Snub ‘Mad Men’ Actress Kiernan Shipka & Now We’ll Never See Sally Draper Get Her Due
When I watched the Emmy nominations announcement Thursday morning, I had two things on my mind: Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss. Both of these actors have been repeatedly snubbed, not when it comes to being nominated, but when it comes to winning. But the first step to winning is securing that nom, so I was glad to see both of their names pop up on my screen. Soon though, I realized that a certain Mad Men actress was missing from the Emmy nominations: Kiernan Shipka. The 15-year-old actress has come a very long way since she was a tiny child with a plastic dry cleaning bag over her head in Season 1, and Mad Men's seventh and final season really took full advantage of her skills and proved how deserving she is of having her acting recognized.
Shipka's Sally Draper got more and more screentime as the series went on and in later seasons especially, her acting chops were clear. She held her own opposite Hamm, as her father, Don Draper, and January Jones, as her mother, Betty, and began getting storylines all her own. We watched her awkward moments with Glen, her developing relationship with her step-mother, Megan, and her emotional moments with her parents. I've been a Sally fan all along, but the scenes she shared with Betty and Don in Season 7 were definitely her strongest, and for them, Shipka should be nominated for an Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Emmy right now alongside Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Christina Baranski (The Good Wife), and Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black).
To look at a couple completely impressive scenes in particular: There was the time Betty told Sally about her lung cancer diagnosis and an upset Sally responded that Betty "love[s] the tragedy." Then, there was a tearful Sally reading the letter Betty sent her about an array of morbid things at boarding school. Or what about the loving interactions Sally had with her brothers following their mother's diagnosis that showed how grown up she'd become? Sally's heated conversation with Don before she left on a bus to go on a trip with her friends? Her phone call with Don during the season finale? All of these were sooooo good. Where's the nom, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences? Where's the nom?!
Obviously, Shipka is very young and has plenty of time to keep acting and win awards, but I would have loved to see her at least be nominated for the role that put her on the map and, definitely at this point, but probably for years to come, defined her career.
At least we'll always have this: