2014 Emmy Nominations

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The Emmy Awards have announced their nominees, and as usual, they’ve done a pretty good job of showing how short-sighted and incompetent they are at singling out the outstanding achievements of television. But, hey, maybe I’m being a little too hard, they did make some good choices. Anyway, you can browse the list of nominees here if you haven’t already, otherwise here are some pertinent thoughts I had while doing the same.

The Best Nomination of the Morning:

  • The fantastic, fabulous, amazing, wonderful Lizzy Caplan managed to get nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in Showtime’s Masters of Sex. If you haven’t watched the show, I absolutely recommend it. It was one of my favorite shows of last year, and season two is just about to start this sunday!

Other Good Stuff

  • Orange is the New Black, my very favorite show of the year, was expected to get multiple nominations, but you never know with these stupid Emmys, so I was happy to see it do so well. Along with its Best Comedy Series, it got nominations for Taylor Schilling, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox, and Natasha Lyonne (the last three of which were weirdly categorized as “Guest Actresses”).
  • Talking about weird Emmy categorization, for some reason, performers in variety shows are eligible to be nominated as Supporting Actor, a strange ruling that resulted in well deserved nomination for Fred Armisen (Portlandia) and Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live).
  • It’s frustrating that Modern Family keeps winning everything it is nominated for, but at least this year they only got three acting nominations (as opposed to five or six), which means more room for nominees such as Anna Chlumsky, and Adam Driver.
  • A pleasant surprise in the Comedy Series category was the inclusion of Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley, one of the best new shows of the season. Sadly, the show wasn’t popular enough to gain any acting categories for its cast, which is a shame, especially since it could have been a nice way to honor the late Christopher Evan Welch, who was amazing on the show.
  • I’m also glad the Emmys didn’t forget that Mad Men is still on, and it is still one of (if not the) best show on television. Although I’m starting to doubt the Emmys even watched this season, since it, ridiculously, didn’t get a single writing nomination for the season that featured “A Day’s Work”, “The Strategy”, and “Waterloo”, some of the best episodes the show has ever aired.
  • Moving on to the Movie/Miniseries categories, nominations for a bunch of programs that are either bad, or I haven’t seen surround the many, very deserved nominations for FX’s Fargo, including acting nominations for Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, and the amazing Allison Tollman, who not only deserves to win the Emmy, but to have the other nominated actresses give her all the awards they have won throughout their career.
  • Writing for a Variety Series is probably the best category of the day, with nominations for The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Portlandia, and most importantly, it is one of the few places in which the hilarious Key & Peele and Inside Amy Schumer were recognized. Which brings me to….

The Bad Stuff 

  • The worst thing that happened this year, which wasn’t at all a surprise considering how hermetical the Emmys’ taste is, was the virtual snub of all of Comedy Central’s shows. Just like many cable networks have left most network dramas on the dust, Comedy Central had an outstanding season of comedy. Inside Amy Schumer and Key & Peele, like I mentioned above, got some nominations here and there, but the fact that these people pretend to have a Best Comedy Series category without Broad City or Review among the nominees is the way you know just how irrelevant the Emmys are.
  • The Best Drama Series category is a fucking snooze. I mean, Mad Men is rightfully nominated for one of its best seasons, and the nominations for Breaking Bad and True Detective were inevitable (I’m on the minority as not being completely on board with those shows), but why the inclusion of the incredibly stupid House of Cards? And Downton Again!? When shows like The Americans, Hannibal, and The Good Wife had awesome seasons this year? Ridiculous.
  • Speaking of which, Downton Abbey did ridiculously well despite the fact that its seasons was complete nonsense. It got five acting nominations, which means many of the best performances on television were snubbed to make room for fucking Lady Mary and the like.
  • Also, Hannibal, undoubtedly one of the best, and most daring, shows on television didn’t get a single nomination. It’s not a surprise, since the show has very low ratings, and it is, frankly, just too cool for Emmy voters. Still, I was hoping to be surprised.
  • Golden Globe winner Brooklyn Nine-Nine didn’t make it into the Comedy Series category. Neither did its star Andy Samberg. For what it’s worth, Andre Braugher did rightfully get a nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and has a pretty good chance of winning.
  • For some reason, the Emmys continue to love Episodes; nominating it for Lead Actor (Matt LeBlanc), directing, and writing. Don’t be fooled, though, the show is as terrible as you think it is.
  • Talking about cruel omissions, Pedro Pascal was not nominated for his (in more than one way) heartbreaking guest turn as Oberyn Martell on Game on Thrones. 
  • Hey, Archer was nominated for Best Animated Series. If you went all: “Why are you so excited, Archer has surely been nominated for the past three or so years”, you would be wrong, and surprised, at knowing this is the show’s very first nomination for Animated Series. Yup, that’s the Emmys for you…
  • Finally, Jeff Daniels was nominated, yet again, for The Newsroom. Here’s hoping he doesn’t win this time.

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