The 64th annual completely ridiculous Emmy nominations are here!
I like to think of the Emmys as that bitchy friend who always treats you like crap, but you only see her once a year so you kind of forget how terrible she is. That’s the only explanation I have to explain why I let myself get my hopes up year after year only to have them dashed by the Emmy voters who have obviously never watched television.
It appears that last year’s on-the-nose terrific nominations were a fluke. I’m guessing some sort of massive food poisoning at a pre-Emmy nomination party took out most of the voters and left only those who were too busy catching up on their DVRs to attend the party able to vote.
Last year FX’s spectacular crime drama ‘Justified’ landed four major nomiations, including lead actor (Timothy Olyphant), supporting actor (Walton Goggins), supporting actress (Margo Martindale, who took home the trophy come award night) and guest actor in a drama (Jeremy Davies). This year the only repeat was Jeremy Davies (Martindale was not eligible as she was not in the third season).
Last year NBC’s ‘Parks and Recreation’ earned a nomination for outstanding comedy series, along with a nomination for leading lady Amy Poehler. This year, after what most critics argued was the show’s finest season, the only major nomination was another nod for Poehler.
I am not so naive to think that everyone I wanted to be nominated would be nominated. I was born and raised on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ so saying that I understand snubs are a part of the process is the understatement of the century. But this year the snubs were more egregious and they cut more and cut deeper than in years past.
Last year Kyle Chandler was not only nominated for his portrayal of Coach Eric Taylor (a feat in itself as it took Emmy voters four years to even realize the show existed) in the final season of NBC/DirecTV’s stellar drama ‘Friday Night Lights,’ but he also took home the statue in an underdog win fitting for a man who spent five years winning championships with underdog teams.
I was blinded by Chandler’s win (and Margo Martindale’s) into thinking that Emmy voters had possibly wised up, that they actually took their roles as nominators seriously, as the fans expect them to, but once again they broke our collective hearts.
Let’s break down the good, the bad, the really bad and the just downright ugly.
- Nominations for HBO’s freshman comedy ‘Girls’ and its creator, director, writer and star, Lena Dunham.
- A surprise nomination for Merrit Wever of ‘Nurse Jackie’
- Max Greenfield’s nomination for
Veronica Mars‘New Girl,’ a show on which he took a character that could have been a one-note character and turned him into the heart and soul of the entire series. (Much like Taylor Kitsch’s Tim Riggins on ‘Friday Night Lights’.)
- ‘Breaking Bad’ earned four acting nominations: the obvious ones, Bryan Cranston for lead actor and Aaron Paul for supporting actor (though I think he should submit as a lead actor, despite the fact he’d be going up against his three-time winning co-star), were joined by nods for Giancarlo Esposito in the supporting actor category and Anna Gunn in the supporting actress category. The show also earned yet another nomination for outstanding drama series.
- It’s nice to see the love for ‘Downton Abbey’ continue as the series made the jump from miniseries to full fledged series. However, I do think the supporting actor nominations the show earned (Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter) would have been better suited for someone like Walton Goggins, whose Boyd Crowder continues to be one of my favorite characters on TV.
- ‘Glee’ was shut out of the major categories. At least Emmy voters managed to get something right.
- Connie Britton was nominated for ‘American Horror Story,’ which FX decided to submit as a miniseries based on the fact that each season is a single contained story arc unrelated to the other seasons. But let it be known, if she wins this award, I will first vomit, second, punch every Emmy voter I find, and third, pretend that it’s actually for ‘Friday Night Lights’ because to think that she didn’t win an award for her portrayal of Tami freaking Taylor is outrageous.
- Nods for Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin “Fuck you, I won a BAFTA’ Freeman for BBC’s ‘Sherlock.’
- It’s not that I actually expected Emmy voters to suddenly sit up and take notice of NBC’s ‘Community,’ but no, wait, that’s exactly what I expected to happen in the wake of Dan Harmon’s firing and the brouhaha over his feud with Chevy Chase. Alas, it was not meant to be. Emmy voters just don’t get humor unless it’s in the form of not-so-funny sitcoms and their stars a la Jon Cryer (seriously, is he really still a thing?) and ‘Modern Family.’ Seriously, I don’t get it.
- No nominations for Nick Offerman, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Alison Brie, Joel McHale, ‘Justified,’ Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Neal McDonough, John Slattery, ‘The Hour,’ Dominic West, ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ Charlie Hunnam, Maggie Siff, ‘The Good Wife,’ John Noble, Kelly MacDonald or Emmy Rossum… I could literally go on and on all night.
The Really Bad
- Kathy Bates earned another nomination simply because one time in 1990 she won the Oscar. ‘Harry’s Law’ was not a good show, which should be obvious by the fact that it is no longer on the air, but Emmy voters still nominated her based on something she did 22 years ago. I’d have nominated Katey Sagal for ‘Sons of Anarchy’ in her place. Her work this past season, especially in ‘Hands,’ was off the charts. Oh well, at least she’s getting a star on the Walk of Fame. Everyone knows that how you know you’ve actually made it.
- ‘Modern Family’ still has a monopoly on the entire ballot. This is unacceptable. I’ve spoken to several people (4) and we realized that no one actually thinks the show is all that good. The only reason it is nominated year after year is because it is the only sitcom still on air that can be considered a traditional sitcom. ‘Community’ is arguably not for everybody. Its humor probably goes over the heads of a lot of older viewers. ‘Parks and Recreation’ started off in a bad place and didn’t find it’s footing until the end of season 2 or season 3, which definitely didn’t do it any favors. But the fact of the matter is, the world of television is changing. This is not the Golden Era where sitcoms ruled and network shows triumphed. This is the era of the wacky, intelligent comedy. This is the era of the basic cable and pay network. Not one single network drama was nominated this year. That’s right, every single drama was from AMC, HBO, Showtime or PBS. It’s time for Emmy voters to get with the times and stop living in the past.
- It’s either that or Steve Levitan has dirt on somebody.
For a complete list of nominees, click here.
Note: Emmy artwork by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences