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 Series – The 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
- Modern Family
- Orange is the New Black
- Silicon Valley
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?