Emmy Nomination Thoughts

HBO's "True Detective" Season 1 / Director: Cary Fukunaga

Well the 2014 Emmy nominations are out and for the most part, I’m happy with them. Yeah, you’ll read a lot of articles about who or what didn’t get nominated, but one article introduced to me to a new term, the genre show. Apparently, genre shows, like Hannibal and Orphan Black are not Emmy worthy because they are not broad enough and I would say sometimes, they aren’t available to their intended audiences. Even though I’m over the moon that three of my favorites (Orange is the New Black, True Detective, and Fargo) got a lot of nods, Fargo has 18?!?, the shows I previously mentioned are being shafted just because they aren’t every one’s cup of tea. I’m calling bullshit, and I’m pointing the finger at basic cable.

While it’s really cool when a non big network show scores big with audiences, it doesn’t leave an even playing field for all the the actors, writers, directors who work really hard to take your attention away from Modern Family. I swear, while I’m still a fan, I really hope another show can topple MF; it’s time Academy, we aren’t stupid. I predict a dark horse winner like OITNB or Louie. And one quick note on Orange, while I’m glad Laverne Cox got the Guest Actress nod she deserved, I’m pissed you don’t see much of her (spoiler!) in season 2. I think I’m disappointed the most that Hannibal got zero nods. While it’s not for the average TV viewer with its extreme, yet beautiful gore and violence, it’s at least worthy of a Writing or Directing nod. This year’s Drama category is just not big enough for every show in all of its related categories. I would say McConaughey and Harrelson knocked James Spader (The Blacklist) and the Hannibal gang out of contention. I mean good Lord, how awesome was True Detective? I predict big wins for the eerie HBO crime series.

A loophole a genre show like the 17 times nominated American Horror Story: Coven can pass through is entering as a mini-series. This is probably how Fargo scored all of its nods; it only had 10 episodes. In the olden days, a mini-series consisted of no more 3 two-hour installments. ROOTS, that’s a mini-series. A mini-series was more of a mini-movie. The only true mini-series nominated in the mini-series category Bonnie and Clyde, I didn’t watch. All right, alas here are my predictions for the major categories.

Outstanding Comedy Series — Please God, let Orange is the New Black win.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series — Louie C.K.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series — Once and for all, Amy Poehler!!!

Outstanding Drama Series — I want True Detective to win, but I have a feeling since Breaking Bad ended its run…

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series — Unless they don’t cancel each other out, I would pick McConaughey over Harrelson here, but Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston may pull it out simply for the fact, again, it was the final season.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series — I only know the work of Downton Abbey‘s Michelle Dockery here, but she won’t win. This one is going to be a toss-up/upset.

Outstanding Mini-Series — I say Fargo

Outstanding Television Movie — Hands down, The Normal Heart

Outstanding Lead Actor in a M-S or TV Movie — This category is going to have a photo finish i.e. too close to call, but I’m going to hold out hope for Billy Bob.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a M-S or TV Movie — Eh, probably Jessica Lange, but she could cancel out herself and fellow AHS nominee Sarah Paulson, I don’t know the other ones except Kristen Wiig in The Spoils of Babylon. Too weird for the Emmys.

That’s all I got. The Emmy Awards air August 25th (Seth Myers hosting, bleeech!) on NBC.

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