Emmy Nominations

by deerinthexenonarclights

Here is a list of this years Emmy nominations; as usual there are a lot of bizarre choices here but for one their strange method appears to have hit more of the right notes than not. Some annotations to follow.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Laura Linney – “The Big C”
Edie Falco – “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler – “Parks and Recreation”
Melissa McCarthy – “Mike & Molly”
Martha Plimpton – “Raising Hope”
Tina Fey – “30 Rock”

Linney is the obvious winner here given her Oscar prestige but I would have given the gong to fellow Showtime star Toni Collette had the final season of Tara not been entirely snubbed.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Matt LeBlanc – “Episodes”
Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory”
Johnny Galecki – “The Big Bang Theory
Louis C.K. – “Louie”
Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”
Steve Carrell – “The Office”

Louis, Louis, Louis, Louuiiee. Louie, Louie, Louie Looo-aiiii. C.K. for the win.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Jane Lynch – “Glee”
Betty White – “Hot in Cleveland”
Jule Bowe – “Modern Family”
Kristen Wiig – “Saturday Night Live”
Jane Krakowski – “30 Rock”
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”

This one could really go any of all ways, the Modern Family women are popular choices, as is the amazing Jane Lynch, but Wiig has had a very successful summer on the big-screen and her new-found star power may pull her over the line in one of those strange Emmy moments.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Jon Cryer – “Two and a Half Men”
Chris Colfer – “Glee”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson – “Modern Family”
Ed O’Neill – “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet – “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell – “Modern Family”

My money is on Modern Family walking away with this one. Again my real vote would have gone to Rob Lowe for his overly-energetic performance on Parks And Rec but he decided to shoot for the Lead spot as usual and as such missed entirely.

Outstanding Comedy Series:
“Glee” (FOX)
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
“The Office” (NBC)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“30 Rock” (NBC)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Speaking of, Parks and Rec deserves this one for sure. Fingers crossed.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Elizabeth Moss – “Mad Men”
Connie Britton – “Friday Night lights”
Mariska Hargitay – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
Mireille Enos – “The Killing”
Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife”
Kathy Bates – “Harry’s Law”
The Suitcase will win this for Moss who has successfully and deservedly moved up to Lead this year.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire”
Michael C. Hall – “Dexter”
Kyle Chandler – “Friday Night lights”
Jojn Hamm – “Mad Men”
Hugh Laurie – “House”
Timothy Olyphant – “Justified”
The Suitcase will win this for Hamm and the lack of Bryan Cranston makes it a certainty. It’s been a long time coming.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Kelly Macdonald – “Boardwalk Empire”
Christina Hendricks – “Mad Men”
Michelle Forbes – “The Killing”
Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife”
Margo Martindale – “Justified”
Christine Baranski – “The Good Wife”
Another hotly contested category, all these women did more than amazing jobs in their roles. I would give it to Margo who gave an against type performance as a chilling, human villainess but they were all so good that I’m not going to be disappointed if it lands elsewhere.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
John Slattery – “Mad Men”
Andre Braugher – “Men of a Certain Age”
Walton Goggins – “Justified”
Peter Dinklage – “Game of Thrones”
Josh Charles – “The Good Wife”
Alan Cumming – “The Good Wife”
I have said all season that Peter Dinklage deserves an Emmy for his role as Tyrion Lannister in Game but never expected the show to find even the nominations. Now that his foot is in the door I more than expect that he can use his words to worm his way into the win.
Outstanding Drama Series:
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“The Good Wife” (CBS)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV)
“Dexter” (Showtime)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Again, with no Breaking Bad this seems an almost obvious win for Mad Men. Though that said the two HBO dramas are both big and new so their shine may attract some extra votes. I’m just happy to see Thrones and  Lights both place where they deserve up in the pantheon, despite the obstacles on their surface (namely genre).

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:
Kate Winslet – “Mildred pierce”
Elizabeth McGovern – “Downtown Abbey (Masterpiece)”
Diane lane – “Cinma Verite”
Taraji P. Henson – “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story”
Jean Marsh – “Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece)”
Winslet will walk home with this, elegantly and with ease.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:
Greg Kinnear – “The Kennedys”
Barry Pepper – “The Kennedys”
Edgar Ramirez – “Carlos”
William Hurt – “Too Big To Fail”
Idris Elba – “Luther”
Laurence Fishburne – “Thurgood”
Not only have I not seen all these entries, thus disqualifying my vote, but I have not seen a one. I like Elda though.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:
Guy Pearce – “Midred Pierce”
Brian F. O’Byrne – “Mildred Pierce”
Tom Wilkinson – “The Kennedys”
Paul Giamatti – “Too Big To Fail”
James Woods – “Too Big To Fail”
Guy Pearce is my man, being born around here as he was, and so he gets my vote for that reason alone. Performance wise none of these big names really shone.
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Conan” (TBS)
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)
“The Daily Show With John Steart” ( Comedy Central)
John Stewart? Why not?
Outstanding Reality Competition Program
“So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX)
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“Project Runway” ( Lifetime)
“American Idol” (FOX)
“Dancing Wth ther Stars” (ABC)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
Not from America, don’t know what these are. Have taste, don’t know what these are.
Outstanding Host For a Reality Competition Program
Jeff Probst – “Survivor”
Cat Deeley – “So You Think You Can Dance”
Phil Keoghan – “The Amazing Race”
Tom Bergeron – “Dancing With the Stars”
Rya Seacrest – “American Idol”



So all in all it seems that the Emmy voters have done a remarkably pleasing job this year, and not just for me as they have catered well to both the commercial and critical successes. Now it’s just a matter of whether they can choose the right winners from these well selected groups.