2016 Emmy Picks

The Emmys are tonight! Now, in recent years, I haven’t watched 75% of the shows that are nominated, which makes watching the awards kinda pointless. Unlike the Tony Awards, wherein I’ve never seen any of the Broadway shows, at least I have the amazing performances from those shows to make the telecast entertaining. I still like watching the Emmys nonetheless. I may not be the best barometer for what’s the best on TV, because we really are in a period of “Peak TV” and so many options. But I know what I watch, what I like, and what I think is deserving of some Emmy love. With that being said, here are my predictions/personal picks for who I think will come out on top.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY

  • Black-ish
  • Master of None
  • Modern Family
  • Silicon Valley
  • Transparent
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Veep

Should Win: Black-ish
Will Win: Veep

Of the 7 nominees, I actually watched 4 of them. (Yay!) My personal pick to win is Black-ish, because it has been so consistently funny, all the while tackling African-American issues/subject matters that is still relatable. I’ll admit to not having watched Veep, but I hear it’s good, and it did win the category last year. If I had my way though, the nominees would’ve included Jane the Virgin, Fresh Off the Boat, and You’re the Worst; but alas, it just wasn’t meant to be.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA

  • The Americans
  • Better Call Saul
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • House of Cards
  • Mr. Robot

Should Win: The Americans
Will Win: Game of Thrones

Again, if I had my way, I would’ve liked to see 12 Monkeys, Outlander, and Suits nominated. However, we live in a world where three of the nominees are just safe repeats. But hey! At least, The Americans FINALLY got nominated!! And also good on Mr. Robot for getting a nomination (even though I couldn’t get into it.) I feel like the predictable choice to win is Game of Thrones, if only for the Emmys to say, “Hey! Last year was no fluke! We like genre shows!…(…But only if they’re on HBO)”

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
  • Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
  • Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Should Win: Tracee Ellis Ross
Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus

JLD will almost certainly continue to reign in this category. I mean, if Amy Poehler can’t pull off a win for playing Leslie Knope, I’m not sure how anybody else can beat JLD. The best chance is with Ross, who completely owns her role as Bow, and doesn’t play a stereotypical mom. The only other true contender I think would be Kemper, who definitely added layers to her bright-eyed Kimmy in season 2. You have no idea however, how mad I was to see the likes of Gina Rodriguez, Constance Wu, and Aya Cash not get nominated for their work (Jane the Virgin, Fresh Off the Boat, You’re the Worst – respectively).

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Anthony Anderson, black-ish
  • Aziz Ansari, Master of None
  • Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth
  • William H Macy, Shameless
  • Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
  • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Should Win: Anthony Anderson
Will Win: Jeffrey Tambor

Again, the odds on favourite to win is Tambor, much like JLD. I however would like to see Anderson sneak in a win. Anderson has finally found a role that works for him. As Dre, Anderson is equal parts loving husband and father, but also a goofball dad.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep
  • Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Judith Light, Transparent
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
  • Niecy Nash, Getting On

Should Win: Kate McKinnon
Will Win: Allison Janney

Oh look, 6 nominees and the only show I actually watch is SNL, and even that I don’t watch all the time. But we all know McKinnon is an absolute treasure, committing to all the characters/skits that get thrown her way on the show. That being said, the Emmys love Allison Janney (I don’t blame them) so I expect her to repeat win. Her next closest competitor I feel is Judith Light. I don’t know what it is, but I have the sense that she could potentially beat Janney.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Louie Anderson, Baskets
  • Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Titus Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Tony Hale, Veep
  • Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
  • Matt Walsh, Veep

Should Win: Andre Braugher
Will Win: Tony Hale

I don’t understand how Braugher has yet to win in this category, for playing the best straight man/gay cop ever on a comedy series. Burrell’s time has come and gone (Modern Family just isn’t what it used to be). If Veep continues its streak, Hale will probably win once again

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Clare Danes, Homeland
  • Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
  • Taraji P. Henson, Empire
  • Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
  • Keri Russell, The Americans
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

Should Win: Tatiana Maslany
Will Win: ????

This is a stacked category. These may be the nominees, but you could arguably come up with a whole other list with the likes of Shiri Appleby, Hayley Atwell, Caitriona Balfe, Krysten Ritter, Amanda Schull, and Kerry Washington, and they’d be just as deserving. I think Maslany should win, hands down, because hello?! She plays how many clones? Each of them are completely different from one another; so different in fact that you forget that they’re all played by Maslany. And if for some reason Maslany doesn’t win, the only next logical option is Russell, because this nomination was just way overdue. Ultimately, who will win? I don’t know. Davis might repeat, or Henson could take it, so the Emmys don’t get put through the wringer about minority wins. But how can you deny Maslany and her many clones??!!

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
  • Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Matthew Rhys, The Americans
  • Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Should Win: Matthew Rhys
Will Win: ???

Once again, another question mark as to who will win. Last year’s winner, Jon Hamm, is obviously not in the mix anymore, leaving the race pretty wide open. Might voters recognize Spacey’s work, despite many calling season 3 to be incredibly weak? Could new nominee Matthew Rhys (who is finally getting recognized) pull off a win?! I sure hope so!

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
  • Dame Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Maura Tierney, The Affair
  • Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
  • Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

Should Win: Maura Tierney
Will Win: Maura Tierney

I think the three GoT actresses will split the vote, and Dame Maggie Smith has already won multiple times, so (for me at least), it comes down to Tierney and Zimmer. First of all, so happy to see these two nominated. I personally think that Tierney stands a better chance at winning for her tough and layered role on The Affair. In all honesty, she (along with Joshua Jackson) really made season 2; the additional viewpoints from their characters were quite beneficial to the show. That’s not to say that Zimmer isn’t deserving, because she completely is. Zimmer’s Quinn can be a total bitch, but you can sometimes see the cracks in her facade.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Kit Harrington, Game of Thrones
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards
  • Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
  • Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Should Win: ???
Will Win: ???

I watch none of these shows. I also didn’t get a single one of my dream nominees (James D’Arcy, Jesse L. Martin, Joshua Jackson, Jonathan Tucker) on the final list. So who should and will win? I really couldn’t tell you.

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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?

Representation of Pop Music at the Grammys

It has been about 2 weeks since the Grammy Awards, and for some reason, I came to thinking about the nominees. I’ve always been a lover of pop music; I make no qualms about it. And when it comes to the Grammys, you will usually expect me to be excited most about the pop categories. I’ve had my problems about the pop categories at the Grammys for some time now. I mean almost anything can qualify as pop it seems, even if it belongs in another genre category. Or even if that same artist is actually nominated for a different song, in a different genre. What actually qualifies as “Pop” then?

That was before, when the male and female performances, plus the group and collaboration performances were their own award. Now, with the awards for male and female being merged into one, and the group and collaboration awards merged into one, you would think that it’d be: a) more competitive as to what were the best songs of the past year; and b) more definitive of what pop is considered as.

I mentioned in the Grammy winners post how weird I thought that Coldplay and The Black Keys were nominated alongside Maroon 5/Christina Aguilera and Tony Bennett/Amy Winehouse. Granted, there aren’t that many pop groups out there, but surely they didn’t need to reach out far to get the 5 nominees?

This year my biggest pet peeve was with the Best Pop Vocal Performance. Like I said previously, I’m glad Adele won and deservedly so. But it seemed to me that all of this year’s nominees were 5 of the most popular songs of the past year, though in my opinion, not particularly the best (except for Adele of course). For most other music award shows (American Music Awards, MTV VMAs, Billboard Awards), popularity is a key factor in awarding the winners. The Grammys are supposed to be about more than popularity – it’s supposed to be about the music.

I rant about this because there are a lot of artists out there, who by Grammy standards should be eligible for the awards. Based on the nominees, it seems like you have to be very well-known to be considered; there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. There’s a lot of talent out there that goes unrecognized and wouldn’t it be nice for them to FINALLY get recognized for their hard work. Sure, some artists could care less about winning a Grammy, but as a fan, I’d like to see my favourites get some support and win awards for being great musicians + writing great songs. And don’t we all just want to get recognition for our hard work, whether we’re musicians, actors, or general office folk?

I could understand the omission of say, Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” from this year’s awards because technically speaking, it was released July 2010 so it was eligible for last year’s show. But what about Matt Nathanson’s “Faster”, Colbie Caillat’s “Brighter Than the Sun”, James Morrison’s “I Won’t Let You Go” or “Slave to the Music” and Sara Bareilles’ “Uncharted” or “Gonna Get Over You”? Yes, I am fully aware that I’m speaking as a biased fan of all these artists, but these songs were better than “Firework” and even “Perfect”.

Maybe this all stems from the fact that these songs were extremely overplayed on radio, making me give a rather negative feeling towards them. But the point of the matter is, I’d like to see the wealth being shared, with a more diverse group of pop artists being nominated. Not all artists get the luxury or luck of commercial success. Maybe the Grammys can actually give others that chance of greater success by acknowledging their work.

2010 Best Picture Oscar Nominees

Just when you thought my pop culture nerdiness level could not get any higher, I go and have successfully gotten through ALL 10 of the Best Picture Oscar nominees.

My thoughts? I want an upset. People may go on and on about it being between The Hurt Locker and Avatar, but all the hype about it being between those two movies, have made me a cynic. I’d rather have Up In the Air or Inglourious Basterds win. Hurt Locker, for me, wasn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Maybe I need to watch it a second time to completely “get it” but shouldn’t a movie be able to make an impact on the first viewing? And Avatar was completely and utterly amazing for the visuals, but shouldn’t the Best Picture of the year have a decent script that we haven’t heard before and not win based entirely on its visuals? Just saying.

The other movies nominated were pretty much filler. But I have to give credit where it’s due in that Precious, An Education, and Up were all great movies in and of themselves. Up is obviously gonna win Best Animated Feature, so it shouldn’t feel so bad losing here. The Blind Side, District 9 and A Serious Man, should all be honoured to have been nominated.

So recap: even though it’s probably not gonna happen, I want an upset a la Crash beating Brokeback Mountain.