My So-Called Emmy Reactions

My So-Called Emmy Reactions

The Emmy Awards nominations were announced this morning. You can find them all here. I posted my predictions and fantasies yesterday. Some of them came true. Most of them didn't. Here are some quick thoughts.

The Good:

  • Modern Family's Reign of Terror might be ending? Kind of? The first blow was delivered to the award-winning juggernaut -- last year's outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series, Eric Stonestreet, didn't receive a nomination this year. Though all three of his male costars did, and the two ladies as well. Oh, and the show was still nominated. Hurray for small victories!
  • Because of the lack of Stonestreet, Adam Driver (Girls) and Tony Hale (Veep) snuck in to score nods. Good choices, both.
  • Speaking of supporting people, I'm so glad to see Jonathan Banks recognized for his work on Breaking Bad. Also, I'm not the biggest Daenerys fan (and I totally hated final scene of this Game of Thrones season), but I'm happy for Emilia Clarke (though I would've given the GoT supporting actress nod to Michelle Fairley).
  • There are a lot of solid nominees in the lead actress category, but I'm most excited to see Kerry Washington there. Her Emmy dress will be amazing, I'm sure.
  • The Game of Thrones episode, "Rains of Castamere," was nominated for writing. Well-deserved. And that's all I'll say about that.
  • Way to go for House of Cards nabbing several nominations. That show didn't even air on television, people.
  • Melissa Leo was all kinds of kick ass in that episode of Louie. And I don't even like Melissa Leo. Or Louie.
  • Cat Deeley! Forever.
  • Yay for Amy Pohler. Yay for 30 Rock. And...that's about as happy as it gets, comedy-wise.

The Bad:

  • NO New Girl. Zero New Girl. Not even for writing or directing. Not a Zooey. Not a Max Greenfield. And certainly not a Jake Johnson, who delivered the best comedic performance of the year. This is why people hate you, Emmy voters. 
  • Did I mention that three Modern Family actors still snuck in for supporting nods? That's at least two too many.
  • Speaking of supporting actors, the omission of Corey Stoll on the dramatic side is glaring, especially since House of Cards did so well in other categories.
  • Tyrion Lannister did nothing this season. I know Peter Dinklage is talented and a MOVIE STAR, but come on. Jaime and Tywin or bust.
  • You see, the Emmy voters still have a hard on for movie-stars-on-television. That's why Jeff Daniels got a nod. That's why Don Cheadle's there. And Maggie Smith. And pretty much all the TV movie/mini-series nominees.
  • Edie Falco. Again. Sorry, Mindy Kaling and Zooey Deschanel.
  • Downton Abbey? Really? Did the Emmy voters actually watch TV this season?

The Confusing:

  • I'm not sure how the Emmy voters define "guest," but I tend not to consider someone a "guest" star when they appear in nearly every episode of the season. That said, if it means Rupert Friend (Homeland) gets a nomination, fine?
  • Also in the "guest" categories, I don't like that the Saturday Night Live hosts can be considered "guests" on a comedy series. Saturday Night Live itself doesn't even count in the "comedy series" category, Emmy-wise, so how can its hosts be nominated in that category? These are the kinds of shenanigans that keep awesome performances, like Seth Rogen and/or Anders Holm on The Mindy Project and Merritt Wever on New Girl, from getting nominated.

What did you think? Were all of your favorites nominated?

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