Thursday, July 19, 2012

BBC and HBO Dominate the Emmy Nominations while Mad Men, American Horror Story, Downton Abbey Lead the Nominations

Today Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Jimmy Kimmel announced the nominees for the 64th Annual Emmy Awards.  There were some great first time surprises (pleasant and not so pleasant), and some terrible snubs.

Mad Men had one it's weakest seasons but proved to have the most nominations in the drama category. Mad Men netted 17 nominations, getting a lot of of nominations in the writing, directing, and acting categories.  Downton Abbey was a close second with 16 nominations, amassing one of the largest hauls for acting nominations since The West Wing was in play during the beginning years.  Downton plays to the high brow sensibility of voters.  Breaking Bad came in at a close third with 13 nominations landing the most nominations in the shows history.  The other shows that in the drama series race were had some large tallies as well Game of Thrones (11), Boardwalk Empire (12), and Homeland (9).

This list and the the nominees within these categories showed two different fun facts no major network show was nominated for the first time ever in Emmy history (The Good Wife had the closest chance).  This is also the first year Mad Men will most likely lose within this race.  Even though the show has the most nominations look for Downton Abbey to challenge the long standing favorite.

American Horror Story landing the most nominations (17), and this proves while Ryan Murphy may have lost out on the Glee train he scored big here.  Who knows how this show would have played in the drama categories, but at this point, who cares, Murphy scored big.  Hatfield & McCoys had the second most tally with 16 nominations, closely followed by Hemingway and Gellhorn (15), Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (13), and Game Change (12).  The winner in this category is anyone's guess, but this is best I have seen this category in a while.  This category along with the drama series has proved that BBC transferred shows are dominating these races.

The BBC series that have made it across the pond are Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and Luther.  Together these three show netted a good a mount of nominations for the network proving that American television needs to step it up or the Brits will start to take over more and more.

One place the BBC is missing is within the comedy categories.  Modern Family leads the nomination tally with 14 nominations, and 30 Rock (in its worst season) netted 13 nominations.  There are two things I see within these categories, the Emmy Awards want to be hip by including shows like Veep and Girls, but are missing the mark including 30 Rock, and not including the beautifully brilliant show Parks and Recreation or Community, although they made it in the writing category (which was the best category this year).  Overall this is a solid group of nominees, but the comedy and drama categories have some lazy and brilliant picks  I hope the winners reflect things better.

Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Mad Men

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates-Harry's Bates
Glen Close-Damages
Claire Danes-Homeland
Michelle Dockery-Downton Abbey
Julianna Marguilles-The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss-Mad Men

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Bonneville-Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi-Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston-Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall-Dexter
Jon Hamm-Mad Men
Damien Lewis-Homeland

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Christine Baranski-The Good Wife
Joanne Frogatt-Downton Abbey
Anna Gunn-Breaking Bad
Christina Hendricks-Mad Men
Archie Panjabi-The Good Wife
Maggie Smith-Downton Abbey

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jim Carter-Downton-Downton Abbey
Brandon Coyle-Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage-Game of Thrones
Giancarlo Esposito-Breaking Bad
Jarred Harris-Mad Men
Aaron Paul-Breaking Bad

Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Jean Smart-Harry's Law
Joan Cusack-Shameless
Loretta Devine-Grey's Anatomy
Julia Ormond-Mad Men
Martha Plimpton-The Good Wife
Uma Thurman-Smash

Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Dylan Baker-The Good Wife
Jeremy Davis-Justified
Ben Feldman-Mad Men
Michael J. Fox-The Good Wife
Mark Margolis-Breaking Bad
Jason Ritter-Parenthood

Directing in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire-To the Lost-Tim Van Patten
Breaking Bad-Face Off-Vince Gilligan
Downton Abbey-Episode 7-Brian Percival
Homeland-Pilot-Michael Cuesta
Mad Men-The Other Woman-Phil Abraham

Writing in a Drama Series
Downton Abbey-Episode 7-Julian Fellows
Homeland-Pilot-Alec Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff
Mad Men-The Other Woman-Matthew Weiner, Semi Chelles
Mad Men-Far Away Places-Matthew Weiner
Mad Men-Commissions and Fees-Andre Jaquemetton and Maria Jaquemetton

Best Mini-Series/Movie
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hattfield's & McCoys
Hemingway and Gelhorn
Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia

Lead Actor in a Mini-Series/Movie
Kevin Costner-Hattfield's and McCoys 
Benedict Cumberbatch-Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia 
Idris Elba-Luther 
Woody Harrelson-Game Change 
Clive Owen-Hemingway and Gelhorn
Bill Paxton-Hattfield's and McCoys 

Lead Actress in a Mini-Series/Movie
Connie Britton-American Horror Story
Ashley Judd-Missing
Nicole Kidman-Hemingway and Gelhorn
Julianne Moore-Game change
Emma Thompson-The Song of Lunch

Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series/Movie
Ed Harris-Game Change
Dennis O'Hare-American Horror Story
David Straitharn-Hemingway and Gelhorn
Martin Freeman-Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia
Tom Berenger-Hattfield's and McCoys

Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series/Movie
Frances Conroy-American Horror Story
Judy Davis-Page Eight
Jessica Lange-American Horror Story
Sarah Paulson-Game Change
Mare Winningham-Hattfield's and McCoys

Reality Host
Tom Bergeron
Cat Deely
Phill Keoghen
Ryan Seacrest
Betty White

Best Reality Series
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You can Dance
The Voice

Best Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmell Live
Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill
Saturday Night Live

Best Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
30 Rock 

Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Zooey Deschanel-New Girl
Lena Dunham-Girls
Edie Falco-Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey-30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss-Veep
Melissa McCarthy-Mike and Molly
Amy Poehler-Parks and Recreation

Best Lead Actor
Alec Baldwin-30 Rock
Don Cheedle-House of Lies
Louis C.K.-Louie
Jon Cryer-Two and a Half Men
Larry David-Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons-The Big Bang Theory

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayin Bialik-The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen-Modern Family
Kathryn Joosten-Desperate Housewives
Kristin Wiig-Saturday Night Live
Sofia Vergara-Modern Family
Merritt Weaver-Nurse Jackie

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell-Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Fergeson-Modern Family
Max Greenfield-New Girl
Bill Hader-Saturday Night Live
Ed O'Neil-Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet-Modern Family

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Kathy Bates-Two and a Half Men
Elizabeth Banks-30 Rock
Margaret Cho-30 Rock
Dot Marie Jones-Glee
Melissa McCarthy-Saturday Night Live
Maya Rudolph-Saturday Night Live

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Will Arnett-30 Rock
Bobby Cannavale-Nurse Jackie
Jimmy Fallon-Saturday Night Live
Michael J. Fox-Curb Your Enthusiasm
John Hamm-30 Rock
Greg Kinnear-Modern Family

Directing in a Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm-Palestinian Chicken-Robert B. Weide
Girls-Pilot-Lena Dunham
Louie-Duckling-Louis C.K.
Modern Family-Baby on Board-Jason Winer
Modern Family-Virgin Territory-Steven Levitan
New Girl-Pilot-Jake Kasdan

Writing in a Comedy Series
Community-Remedial Chaos Theory-Chris McKenna
Girls-Pilot-Lena Dunham
Louie-Pregnant-Louis C.K.
Parks and Recreation-Win, Lose, or Draw-Michael Schur
Parks and Recreation-The Debate-Amy Poehler

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