Thursday, July 18, 2013

The 65th Emmy Award Nominations are a Snooze, while Drama Pushes the Envelope with more Game of Thrones, and Netflix Series House of Cards, the Comedy line-up looks and feels Stale than my Bagel this Morning

No Julianna Marguilles for The Good Wife?  Jane Lynch is back for her barely there performances in Glee?  Downton Abbey beats out fresh series like The Americans, and The Newsroom?  Arrested Development, basically snubbed across the board?  To quote Steel Magnolias, "Are you high?"

With those questions posed and my rant over (for the time being) the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Nominations, had some good, House of Cards scored 9 nominations, including drama series, but leaving Corey Stoll out of Supporting Actor is baffling.  I am happy to see Kerry Washington in the mix for Scandal, and with seven nomination in Drama Lead Actress there is proof that there are so many great dramatic roles for women its hard to narrow down.  With that said I love Connie Britton, and Nashville is fun, but her getting in over Marguilles is a joke.

On the other hand there are signs voters paid attention, just a little, Jonathan Banks, Emilia Clarke, more writing nominations for Breaking Bad, no writing or directing nominations for Mad Men.  I know Down makes it in because older voters are gaga for this show, but it was not that great this past season, and I am a fan.

Now to the Comedy nominees (and I took it easy on drama).  First and foremost props to upping the ante for shows like Louie and Veep, that's the best thing you Academy did in the comedy categories this year.  Louie and Veep received comedy series nominations along with a few acting nominations, the only surprise is that Veep was once again shut out of writing and directing, when that is the shows bread and butter.

Hey Academy, have you heard of this show called New Girl?  It received several major nominations last year, and it you dropped it faster than a clingy partner.  New Girl had it's best season, and you did not even nominate any of its actors, one of the biggest mistakes.

When Jason Bateman's name was announced, my excitement was peaked.  Then comedy series was announced, and no Arrested Development, I shrugged it off assuming there would be a Jessica Walter or Will Arnett nomination to help ease the pain,  but no dice.  I understand this wasn't everything people wanted, but the show was still good, and these performances still were funny, this makes no sense.

Going into the the night American Horror Story: Asylum has 17 nominations (but will lose to Behind the Candelabra), Game of Thrones has 16 nominations, the most for a drama series, 30 Rock leads the Comedy  nominees with 13 nominations, and Modern Family close behind with 12 nominations.  Louis C.K. also set a record for 9 Emmy nominations for one performer.

This set of nominations is a mixed bag, some great things happened like Netflix doing well with House of Cards, Kerry Washington getting in, Veep, and Louie doing well, and some things were just plain lazy, like Glee nominations, and other shows which were just check marked for the name.  I am going to stick with the Television Critics Awards (TCA) nominations and winners from now on if the Emmy Awards remain lazy.

Best Drama
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men

Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Bonnevile-Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston-Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels-The Newsroom
Jon Hamm-Mad Men
Damien Lewis-Homeland
Kevin Spacey-House of Cards

Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Connie Britton-Nashville
Claire Daines-Homeland
Michelle Dockery-Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga-Bate's Motel
Elisbaeth Moss-Mad Men
Kerry Washington-Scandal
Robin Wright-House of Cards

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks-Breaking Bad
Bobby Cannavale-Boardwalk Empire
Jim Carter-Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage-Game of Thrones
Aaron Paul-Breaking Bad
Mandy Patinkin-Homeland

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Morena Baccarin-Homeland
Christina Baranski-The Good Wife
Emilia Clarke-Game of Thrones
Anna Gunn-Breaking Bad
Christina Hendricks-Mad Men
Maggie Smith-Downton Abbey

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Dan Bucatinsky-Scandal
Michael J. Fox-The Good Wife
Rupert Friend-Homeland
Nathan Lane-The Good Wife
Robert Morse-Mad Men
Harry Hamlin-Mad Men

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Linda Cardellini-Mad Men
Joan Cusack-Shaneless
Jane Fonda-The Newsroom
Margo Martindale-The Americans
Carrie Preston-The Good Wife
Diana Rigg-Game of Thrones

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series
Breaking Bad-Dead Freight
Breaking Bad-Say My Name
Downton Abbey-Episode 4
Game of Thrones-The Rains of Castamere

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire-Margate Sands-
Breaking Bad-Gliding Over All
Downton Abbey-Episode 4
House of Cards-Chapter One

Best Comedy Series
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family

Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin-30 Rock
Jason Bateman-Arrested Development
Louis C.K.-Louie
Don Cheedle-House of Lies 
Matt LeBlanc-Episodes 
Jim Parsons-The Big Bang Theory 

Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Laura Dern-Enlightened 
Lena Dunham-Girls 
Edie Falco-Nurse Jackie 
Tina Fey-30 Rock 
Julia Louis-Dreyfus-Veep
Amy Poehler-Parks and Recreation

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell-Modern Family
Jessie Tyler Fergeuson-Modern Family
Adam Driver-Girls
Tony Hale-Veep
Bill Hader-Saturday Night Live
Ed O'Neil-Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik-The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen-Modern Family
Anna Chlumsky-Veep
Jane Krakowski-30 Rock
Jane Lynch-Glee 
Sofia Vergara-Modern Family
Merritt Wever-Nurse Jackie

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Bobby Cannavale-Nurse Jackie
Louis C.K.-Saturday Night Live
Will Forte-30 Rock
Bob Newhart-The Big Bang Theory
Nathan Lane-Modern Family
Justin Timberlake-Saturday Night Live

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Dot-Marie Jones-Glee
Melissa Leo-Louie
Melissa McCarthy-Saturday Night Live 
Molly Shannon-Enlightened
Elaine Stritch-30 Rock
Kristin Wiig-Saturday Night Live

Directing in a Comedy Series
Girls-On All Fours-Lena Dunham
Glee-Diva-Paris Barclay
Louie-New Year's Eve-Louis C.K.
Modern Family-Arrested-Gail Mancuso
30 Rock-Hogcock/Last Lunch-Beth McCarthy Miller

Writing in a Comedy Series
Episodes-Episdoe 209-David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik
Louie-Daddy's Girlfriend (Part One)-Louis C.K.
The Office-Finale-Greg Daniels
30 Rock-Hogcock-Robert Carlock and Jack Burditt
30 Rock-Last Lunch-Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield

Best Mini-Series/Movie
American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra 
The Bible
Phil Spector
Political Animals
Top of the Lake 

Lead Actor in a Mini Series/Movie 
Benedict Cumberbatch
Matt Damon-Behind the Candelabra
Douglas-Behind the Candelabra
Tobey Jones-The Girl
Al Pacino-Phil Spector 

Lead Actress in a Mini-Series/Movie
Jessica Lange-American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney-The Big C: Hereafter
Helen Mirren-Phil Spector 
Elisabeth Moss-Top of the Lake 
Sigourney Weaver-Political Animals

Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series/Movie
Scot Bakula-Behind the Cadelabra
James Cromwell-American Horror Story: Asylum
John Benjamin Hickey-The Big C: Hereafter
Zachary Quinto-American Horror Story: Asylum
Tom Mullen-Top of the Lake

Supporting Actress in a Mini-Series/Movie
Ellen Burstyn-Political Animals
Sarah Paulson-American Horror Story: Asylum
Charlotte Rampling-Restless
Imelda Staunton-The Girl
Alfre Woodard-Steel Magnolias

Reality Series 
The Amazing Race 
Dancing with the Stars 
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice 

 Reality Show Host
Tom Bergeron-Danicing with the Stars
Anthony Bourdain-The Taste 
Cat Deely-So You Think You Can Dance 
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn-Project Runway
Ryan Seacrest-American Idol
Betty White-Off Their Rockers

Best Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show 
Late Show with Jimmy Kimmel
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live 

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