2014 Emmy Award Winners

If you’re a big TV fan like me, the Emmy Awards can be a big deal. It’s the biggest night for our favourite TV shows and actors. At the same time, it’s also the worst night for TV fans because it’s a reminder of all the egregious snubs and the shows/actors who deserve all the awards but aren’t recognized by the TV Academy. I feel this year, more than ever, I have many more issues with the Emmys and the nominations, which I really should have given its own post but will instead combine it with my predictions.

BUT FIRST, let’s talk about some of the awards that were given out at the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend.

  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Jimmy Fallon, SNL: Well deserved! Loved his episode last season (JT being in the episode might’ve helped a little)
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black: It’s a little funny how the Emmy rules work seeing as how half the nominees in this category are from OITNB and I would hardly call them “guests.” Whatever.
  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series – Joe Morton, Scandal: Papa Pope for the win! My only issue with this category? The fact that John frickin’ Noble didn’t get nominated for Sleepy Hollow. I mean, THAT FINALE and THAT MONOLOGUE. I repeat, HOW did John Noble NOT get nominated?
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Allison Janney, Masters of Sex: I don’t watch Masters but really, how can you go wrong with the incredible Allison Janney?
  • Outstanding Choreography – Tabitha & Napoleon D’umo, So You Think You Can Dance: Their fellow nominees were Derek Hough, Travis Wall, Mandy Moore, and Christopher Scott. In all honesty, you couldn’t go wrong with any of them winning. I was pulling for Travis to win though, especially considering Wicked Games was one of the pieces he was nominated for. NappyTabs still deserved the win for the Puttin’ on the Ritz choreo.
  • Outstanding Reality Host – Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night: Jane Lynch is cool, and I love HGN but really? Jane over the INCREDIBLY OVERLOOKED CAT DEELEY???!!! I was upset but ok with Cat losing to Jeff Probst and then Tom Bergeron, but this is just getting ridiculous now.
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama SeriesThe Blacklist: The Blacklist won? For a category that hands down should’ve been given to Arrow, which for some stupid reason wasn’t even nominated?! I had problems in previous years when Nikita wasn’t nominated (and it should’ve!) but Arrow’s season 2 finale should’ve gotten the nod AND win! Total BS!

Now onto the major award winners last night. Let’s me preface all this by saying that I was already displeased with some of the nominations, so how the awards turned out (re: mainly predictable/boring) just made me even more upset.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Louie
  • Modern Family
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Silicon Valley
  • Veep

For the fifth year in a row, Modern Family wins. Like SERIOUSLY?! AGAIN?! It is not as funny as it used to be, and there are other shows from this past season that weren’t even nominated, that were funnier than MF has been lately; I bring your attention to – Parks and Recreation, The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Trophy Wife, Enlisted. Yup, I yelled expletives.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

  • Breaking Bad
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • House of Cards
  • Mad Men
  • True Detective

Breaking Bad won! Because it was the best thing on TV, hands down. There’s nothing to be mad about (except the Orphan Black snub, and the Parenthood snub but…)
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Louis C.K., Louie
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Ricky Gervais, Derek
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
  • William H. Macy, Shameless
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Admittedly, of all the shows these actors are on, I only watch The Big Bang Theory. But I also have to admit, I wasn’t too thrilled about seeing Jim Parsons win for the third time in this category. Really? Even though I don’t watch, I’ve heard nothing but great things about Louis C.K. and his show Louie – and all he seems to win are the writing awards. I also think it was a shame that Andy Samberg didn’t get nominated for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, especially considering he won the Golden Globe in the category (granted, there’s no direct correlation between the awards, but he won! That should’ve counted for something, no?) Adam Scott should’ve also been nominated for a great season of Parks and Recreation.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Lena Dunham, Girls
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
  • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
  • Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

I’m not sure who else I wanted to be nominated in the category, but all I know is that I wanted Amy Poehler to win. Alas, it didn’t happen. Because Julia Louis-Dreyfus won AGAIN. I don’t watch Veep, though I’ve heard great things about it, and I’m sure JLD very much deserves the win, but COME ON! How has Amy not won anything, save for the Golden Globe win back in January? Actually, you know what, I know who else I would’ve liked to see get a nod – Malin Akerman for Trophy Wife, who was wonderful in that show, and the always awesome Mindy Kaling for The Mindy Project.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Woody Harrelson, True Detective
  • Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Tough category guys, though let’s be real, it came down to Bryan Cranston and Matthew McConaughey. An Emmy win for Matthew would’ve really capped off a tremendous year, what with winning an Oscar earlier this year. But it’s Bryan ‘Motherfuckin’ Cranston! For the final season of Breaking Bad! It was a close one indeed. Poor Jon Hamm though, always nominated and never winning – maybe next year? One thing’s for sure, I frickin’ need to see Matthew Rhys nominated for The Americans next year – incredibly overlooked.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Kerry Washington, Scandal
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

TATIANA MASLANY WAS SNUBBED! She plays how many different characters in one show? And does it so well that you forget she is only one actress? HOW DOES SHE NOT GET NOMINATED, LET ALONE WIN???!!!! Proof that I love my spies, Keri Russell for The Americans and Maggie Q for Nikita (even if Maggie was a longshot) deserved nods as well. For a second (a very quick second) I thought maybe Kerry Washington would win, but I figured history wasn’t going to be made on this most predictable of nights. I am happy to see that Julianna Margulies won though, for what was an incredible year on The Good Wife.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Fred Armisen, Portlandia
  • Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Adam Driver, Girls
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
  • Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actor in a Comedy has always been a tough category, especially when all four of the Modern Family guys were nominated. This year the MF stranglehold loosened up a bit, but obviously not enough since Ty Burrell won again, his third win in the category. Ever heard of spreading the love, Emmys? I mean if someone from MF HAD to win, why couldn’t they give it to Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who has yet to win? And that doesn’t even get to who else should’ve gotten a nod. Albert Tsai from Trophy Wife (Bertwheels!)? Parker Young from Enlisted? Simon Helberg or Kunal Nayyar from The Big Bang Theory? Danny Pudi from Community? NICK OFFERMAN for Parks and Recreation?! So many possibilities and yet we end with the same result.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
  • Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black

At least MF didn’t win? Like I said before, I like Allison Janney and you really can’t go wrong with her winning, I just don’t watch Mom. I wish Marcia Gay Harden had gotten a nod (however much of a long shot it was) for Trophy Wife, because anybody who actually watched the show can attest to how scary good she was as steely Diane.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
  • Josh Charles, The Good Wife
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
  • Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
  • Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Aaron Paul completely and utterly deserved the award, despite him not being given all that much (in comparison to previous years) in the too awesome for words final season of Breaking Bad. I think I would’ve liked to see Josh Charles win, because even from what little I caught of The Good Wife, he was pretty awesome. But again, not mad that Aaron Paul won (YEAH BITCH!). Still upset Jordan Gavaris didn’t get nominated for Orphan Black though. Also, it did kind of bug me that Dean Norris didn’t get nominated for his role in Breaking Bad because he did a fantastic job in those early episodes of the season when Hank finds out about Walter and is trying to take him down.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
  • Joanna Froggatt, Downton Abbey
  • Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
  • Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Two years in a row for Anna Gunn! It was a nice surprise to see Lena Headey get nominated for Game of Thrones, but without a doubt, Anna Gunn held her own against Bryan Cranston in the final season. May I ask though, what’s with all the Downton Abbey love? Surely there were other actresses who deserved to get nominated? Bellamy Young on Scandal anyone? (Hi Drunk Mellie!) Or the wonderful actresses on Parenthood??!!

OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION SERIES

  • The Amazing Race
  • Dancing With the Stars
  • Project Runway
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • Top Chef
  • The Voice

Aaaannnndddd we’re back to The Amazing Race winning the category again. I love TAR but maybe it’s about time to pull yourself out of the race? I wanted desperately to see SYTYCD win, just to show Fox a vote of confidence so that they’ll renew the show and not have it be so much on the bubble. Also, what’s up with Survivor not getting nominated? It’s been on a total roll lately.

So there you have it, this year’s Emmy Award winners. More of the same. If you won before, you were than likely to win again! Even if there were some puzzling surprises in last year’s winners, at least there were surprises to keep things interesting! This year was just a whole other level of puzzling madness/blandness with the winners and nominees. One of the good things about this year? Seth Meyers did a good job as host, and bringing along his other funny friends to present and whatnot, at least made for some funny bits between the awards. Also, Sara Bareilles performing “Smile” was a beautiful tribute to those in the industry we lost in the past year.

STEP UP YOUR GAME NEXT YEAR, EMMY AWARDS AND THE TV ACADEMY! None of this, more of the same crap, okay?

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2012 Emmy Nominations (and Snubs!)

This morning, nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced. As usual, for any TV fan, it was a mixed bag, with expected nods, some welcome (and unwelcome) surprises, and frustrating snubs. A rundown of the big categories, plus my thoughts.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Girls
  • 30 Rock
  • Veep
  • Modern Family
  • The Big Bang Theory

What is normally a category where the network shows prevail, this year finds half of the nominees being cable shows, and I don’t watch a single one of those cable shows. I do however watch Parks and Recreation, Happy Endings, and Community (among other shows), all of which are smart, funny, creative, and downright incredible, which makes their snubs so wrong. Not to mention, P&R was nominated last year, so how did it get bumped out this year, when it was even funnier than last?

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Breaking Bad
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • Mad Men

Not one single network show is nominated here. Really, it is times like this that I wish there were separate categories for cable and network shows because it’s not that network shows aren’t up to par with the cables (hello, The Good Wife and Fringe! And I don’t care what you think but Nikita deserves some recognition too!), but cable has more flexibility in what they can air. I’ll admit the only show nominated that I’ve watched is Game of Thrones, but I am determined to watch Homeland and catching up on Breaking Bad before the award show. I am surprised that some of the big network hits from this past season – Revenge, Once Upon A Time – didn’t sneak in there somehow (I suppose one is considered too soap-y, and the other is a fantasy, which obviously means you get no recognition unless you’re on HBO and you are GoT.)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
  • Lena Dunham, Girls
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
  • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

I’m sure I’m in the minority when it comes to not liking New Girl, so please forgive me for saying that I don’t get all the love for Zooey Deschanel. As far as I’m concerned, Amy Poehler needs to win this! Though it would’ve been nice if Kaley Cuoco got nominated for The Big Bang Theory. Also, again, where is the love for Courtney Cox?!

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Don Cheadle, 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

It was a pleasant surprise to see Don Cheadle get in here for House of Lies. I admit to trying to watch the show when it debuted, but eventually felt that it just wasn’t for me. I, however, don’t understand how Jon Cryer keeps getting nominated. Really? Two and Half Men isn’t even that funny (to me anyways, and I am easily amused). Biggest snub here is that the ALWAYS funny Joel McHale isn’t nominated for Community. Unless Louis C.K. can pull out the win (which he has been getting rave reviews for), I seriously think Jim Parsons is going to earn his 3rd Emmy.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
  • Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
  • Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
  • Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

I must say a big congrats to Mayim Bialik for being the first female castmember from Big Bang Theory to get a nod. However, it is a damn shame that the ladies from Happy Endings and Community did not get any recognition. And what’s this, Desperate Housewives was considered a comedy? Shows you how long it’s been since I paid attention to DH.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
  • Max Greenfield, New Girl
  • Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Arguably the most competitive category at the Emmys. It makes it all the more difficult when one show has a stranglehold on 4 of the nomination slots. Don’t get me wrong, as much as I love Modern Family and all the actors, I hardly think that ALL four of the MF men were funnier than all the actors that got snubbed. I’m talking the likes of Nick Offerman (he’s Ron freakin’ Swanson!), Danny Pudi, and Damon Wayans Jr., not to mention their other respective castmembers. And how about Neil Patrick Harris or even Jason Segel from How I Met Your Mother?

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
  • Glenn Close, Damages
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
  • Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Claire Danes was the absolute lock for a nomination here, and probably the favourite to win. That doesn’t mean it hurts any less to not see Anna Torv nominated for Fringe or even a longer shot, Maggie Q for Nikita (I dare you to watch 2×19 Wrath and not say that Maggie wasn’t absolutely incredible in that episode).

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis, Homeland
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter

So now that Breaking Bad is back in the running this year, can we just assume that Bryan Cranston will probably win again? Although this year, he does have some major competition from Damian Lewis, who has been getting rave reviews for his role in Homeland. Surprising omission would have to be no Hugh Laurie for the final season on House. And would you look at that? All the actors nominated are for cable shows…

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
  • Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
  • Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
  • Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

How is it that every year, once I get to this category, I have nothing to say? Maybe because I don’t/haven’t watched any of the shows these talented actresses are being nominated for. I have however, watched a few episodes of The Good Wife, while it’s been on re-runs this summer, and from what I’ve seen, it completely deserves all the accolades it gets. One actress who was snubbed in this category is, without a doubt, Madeleine Stowe for Revenge, who showed so many nuances to her character, not to mention she had some of the best passive-aggressive lines in the show.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
  • Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
  • Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
  • Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Jared Harris, Mad Men

Let me get this out of the way first: HOW IS JOHN NOBLE NOT NOMINATED???!!!! I don’t understand how the Emmys continue to not recognize the amazing work that John Noble does on Fringe. I don’t get it! Moving on…I can only comment on Peter Dinklage’s nomination because that’s the only show I watch. But from what I’ve heard, Giancarlo Esposito was a great baddie on Breaking Bad.

BEST REALITY COMPETITION SHOW

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

Well, would you look at that? American Idol gets bumped out, making room for The Voice to get in on the competition. Will it have what it takes to beat out The Amazing Race? I’m not sure. TAR is coming off of 2 back-to-back ‘meh’ seasons so there’s a chance we might have a new winner (my hope is for SYTYCD after its amazing 8th season). But no one can do what TAR does, traveling around the world at such a quick pace and capturing it all, which is why it’s won 8 out of 9 times in the category.

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST

  • Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
  • Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
  • Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
  • Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars
  • Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Here’s the real shocker: after winning all 4 Emmys in the category since its inception, Jeff Probst isn’t even nominated this year! I love Probst and what he does on Survivor, which makes me a little sad that he didn’t get nominated. But I kind of quickly got over it, when I realized that means someone else gets to win…GO CAT DEELEY!!

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Stacey Tookey, SYTYCD: In This Shirt / Turning Tables / Heart Asks For Pleasure First
  • Christopher Scott, SYTYCD: Misty Blue/ Velocity
  • Spencer Liff, SYTYCD: Whatever Lola Wants / Please Mr. Jailor / Where Do I Begin
  • Joshua Bergasse, Smash: National Pastime / Let’s Be Bad / Never Met A Wolf
  • Travis Wall & Teddy Forance, DWTS: Without You

I knew Travis was going to be nominated again this year, but I honestly had my bets on it being for SYTYCD (can we just marvel at the awesomeness that was “Turn to Stone”?), not DWTS for the Shaping Sound performance. Regardless, it was well deserved. Add to that however, I am little surprised it wasn’t an actual ballroom routine that was nominated for DWTS. I was kind of hoping that Derek Hough and Allison Holker’s flamenco/jazz/fusion routine from last fall would’ve been nominated, because that was just breathtakingly incredible. All the routines nominated are so great it’s hard to pick who should win, but I think I’m going to have to give the edge to Stacey Tookey.

Other notables:

  • Jason Ritter is nominated for Best Guest Actor in a Drama for Parenthood! Yay Parenthood!
  • Uma Thurman nominated for Best Guest Actress in a Drama for Smash? Ermm…
  • Community wasn’t completely shut out, as writer Chris McKenna received a nod for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy for the episode, Remedial Chaos Theory.
  • Can we also note how only one of the nominees in the Writing for a Comedy category is actually nominated for Best Comedy (Girls)? Not even Modern Family got nominated here! While Parks and Recreation (2x), Community, and Louie did.  How does that make sense?
  • Oh Glee…so promising in your first season, and now nominated for only 3 awards – Cinematography, Makeup, and Guest Actress (Dot-Marie Jones)
  • Ashley Judd got nominated in the Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries for Missing?
  • Once Upon A Time did get nods in a few technical categories – Costumes, Prosthetic Makeup, and Visual Effects. If it doesn’t win for at least Costumes, that’s a travesty.
  • Even Pan Am got nominated for a few technicals. What the heck?

That’s all folks. Overall, I’m a little disappointed in the nominees, if only because more of my favourites didn’t get nominated.  Such is the TV addict’s life.

This year’s Emmy Awards airs Sunday, September 23rd on ABC, and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

For a complete list of all the nominees, head on over to the official Emmy website.