By Maureen Ryan
“Jane the Virgin” has consistently delivered two utterly charming and masterfully constructed seasons; it’s time for the Academy to recognize its greatness. The CW comedy mixes telenovela, melodrama, family drama and light comedy in ways that impress anew every week, and it has only gotten stronger and more sure of itself over time. Not only is the show itself worthy of a Best Comedy nod, star Gina Rodriguez deserves all the praise that has been heaped on her for her exceptionally deft and winning performance as the title character. Put simply, she’s a wonder. The rest of the cast is filled with terrific actors as well, but Jaime Camil, who plays Jane’s actor father, Rogelio de la Vega, is worthy of special notice. Camil delivers a deliciously hilarious portrait of a self-involved actor who is nevertheless a sweet, kind, well-intentioned father and friend. Rogelio may be a little ridiculous, but Camil turns what could be a caricature into a warm, believable human being. For the Academy voters to recognize Camil, Rodriguez and the show itself would be a great twist for a show that thrives on them.
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