Thursday, 18 July 2013

65th Primetime Emmy Award nominations

Well, here they are. And I got to say a lot of them are pretty good. Some pretty big shocks here and there, and some pretty big snubs. See my thoughts below each category to see what I thought about them.

Best Drama Series

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men

(One of only two categories I got 100% right. House of Cards proved that Emmy voters are watching on Netflix, now I'm convinced.)

Best Comedy Series

30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family

(But they weren't watching Arrested Development, or thought it wasn't the bee's knees, as it got kicked off the list in favor for Veep. Am I underestimating the Emmys love for Veep? I think so.)

Best T.V. Movie/Miniseries

American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra
The Bible
Phil Spector
Political Animals
Top of the Lake

(I thought that me predicting Phil Spector would only end in disaster, but it turns out that Parade's End was the one that was going to get kicked off. I guess you never can tell.)

Best Reality-Competition Show

The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance?
Top Chef
The Voice

(The second category I got exactly right. Good to not see American Idol this year, after a horrendous twelfth season)

Best Animated Program

Bob's Burgers "O.T.: The Outside Toilet"
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness "Enter the Dragon"
Regular Show "The Christmas Special"
The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XXIII"
South Park "Raising the Bar"

(Little surprised Family Guy or Futurama didn't make it in, especially since FG submitted their best episode this year, but you never can tell with the animated branch. Good for Kung Fu Panda and Regular Show, and of course The Simpsons for their, I believe, 18th consecutive nomination in this category.)

Best Actor - Drama

Hugh Bonneville - Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels - The Newsroom
Jon Hamm - Mad Men
Damian Lewis - Homeland
Kevin Spacey - House of Cards

(Steve Buscemi got kicked out of the way in favor of Hugh Bonneville. The Emmys must really like Hugh's character as he has been nominated for three years in a row now. As great to see Jon Hamm still on the list)

Best Actor - Comedy

Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Jason Bateman - Arrested Development
Don Cheadle - House of Lies
Louis C.K. - Louie
Matt LeBlanc - Episodes
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory

(No Jon Cryer!! Oh yes! No huge shockeroo this year, well hopefully. Even though I like Jake Johnson in New Girl better than Don Cheadle in House of Lies, I like Don's other works, so good to see him in)

Best Actor - T.V. Movie/Miniseries

Benedict Cumberbatch - Parade's End
Matt Damon - Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas - Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones - The Girl
Al Pacino - Phil Spector

(Another category I got exactly right. Man, I'm on a roll.)

Best Actress - Drama

Connie Britton - Nashville
Claire Danes - Homeland
Michelle Dockery - Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga - Bates Motel
Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men
Kerry Washington - Scandal
Robin Wright Penn - House of Cards

(No Julianna Margulies??!! Wow! That's a huge shock. But Vera Farmiga et. al. are great picks. I guess I shouldn't've underestimated Scandal, even though I am not a fan of the show)

Best Actress - Comedy

Laura Dern - Enlightened
Lena Dunham - Girls
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep
Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation

(If anyone else kicked Zooey Deschanel out, I would be mad. But seeing that it's Laura Dern on her final season of Enlightened, I am happy, seeing as I'm a sucker for those last chance nominations.)

Best Actress - T.V. Movie/Miniseries

Jessica Lange - American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney - The Big C: Hereafter
Helen Mirren - Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss - Top of the Lake
Sigourney Weaver - Political Animals

(The fourth category I got right. Go Jessica Lange!)

Best Sup. Actor - Drama

Jonathan Banks - Breaking Bad
Bobby Cannavale - Boardwalk Empire
Jim Carter - Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin - Homeland
Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad

(Corey Stoll and Sam Waterston are out, Bobby Cannavale and Jim Carter are in. Wasn't a fan of Stoll, but liked Waterston, but now we see that the Emmys still really like Downton Abbey because of Jim Carter's nomination.)

Best Sup. Actor - Comedy

Ty Burrell - Modern Family
Adam Driver - Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern Family
Bill Hader - Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale - Veep
Ed O'Neill - Modern Family

(Wow! No Eric Stonestreet. The other three Modern Family men are in, but nice to see the Emmys make more room from variety after all four were in last year [they called me crazy for guessing O'Neill to make it in]. Also great job for Bill Hader making it in on his last go-'round on SNL.)

Best Sup. Actor - T.V. Movie/Miniseries

Scott Bakula - Behind the Candelabra
James Cromwell - American Horror Story: Asylum
John Benjamin Hickey - The Big C: Hereafter
Peter Mullan - Top of the Lake
Zachary Quinto - American Horror Story: Asylum

(The only really huge shock here is Scott Bakula, but good job for the other guys. Crossing my fingers for Zach Quinto)

Best Sup. Actress - Drama

Morena Baccarin - Homeland
Christine Baranski - The Good Wife
Emilia Clarke - Game of Thrones
Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad
Christina Hendricks - Mad Men
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey

(No Archie Panjabi, but the usual suspects are still in, including a first nomination for Emilia Clarke)

Best Sup. Actress - Comedy

Mayim Bialik - The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen - Modern Family
Anna Chlumsky - Veep
Jane Krakowski - 30 Rock
Jane Lynch - Glee
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family
Merritt Wever - Nurse Jackie

(No Kaley or Jessica Walter. But huge shock for Anna Chlumsky. The Emmys really liked Veep! Also nice to see Jane Lynch in, the only good thing about Glee. Did that nomination come from sympathy to Monteith's recent death? Who knows? But it's well deserved.)

Best Sup. Actress - T.V. Movie/Miniseries

Ellen Burstyn - Political Animals
Sarah Paulson - American Horror Story: Asylum
Charlotte Rampling - Restless
Imelda Staunton - The Girl
Alfre Woodard - Steel Magnolias

(I don't really have an opinion on this, but nice job for the five ladies)

Best Guest Actor - Drama

Dan Bucatinsky - Scandal
Michael J. Fox - The Good Wife
Rupert Friend - Homeland
Harry Hamlin - Mad Men
Nathan Lane - The Good Wife
Robert Morse - Mad Men

(More Scandal love. No Ray Romano or Jimmy Smits, but Michael J. Fox and Robert Morse! Hell yes!)

Best Guest Actor - Comedy

Bobby Cannavale - Nurse Jackie
Louis C.K. - Saturday Night Live
Will Forte - 30 Rock
Nathan Lane - Modern Family
Bob Newhart - The Big Bang Theory
Justin Timberlake - Saturday Night Live

(I guess Will Arnett will never win an Emmy for his role of Devon Banks on 30 Rock, leading room for Bob Newhart to finally win [hopefully]. Nathan Lane's second nomination in a row this year, well deserved)

Best Guest Actress - Drama

Linda Cardellini - Mad Men
Joan Cusack - Shameless
Jane Fonda - The Newsroom
Margo Martindale - The Americans
Carrie Preston - The Good Wife
Diana Rigg - Game of Thrones

(Shirley MacLaine's exclusion is a little shocking, but Margo, Joan, and Jane are all great. I was smart to put Diana Rigg in my nominations, and good job for Carrie Preston)

Best Guest Actress - Comedy

Dot-Marie Jones - Glee
Melissa Leo - Louie
Melissa McCarthy - Saturday Night Live
Molly Shannon - Enlightened
Elaine Stritch - 30 Rock
Kristen Wiig - Saturday Night Live

(Here's hoping Kristen Wiig will win this.)

Best Variety Series

The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

(The fifth category I got completely right. Let's see if Jon Stewart will win for the bazillionth time in a row!)

Best Host - Reality

Tom Bergeron - Dancing with the Stars
Anthony Bourdain - The Taste
Cat Deeley - So You Think You Can Dance?
Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn - Project Runway
Ryan Seacrest - American Idol
Betty White - Betty White's Off Their Rockers

(No Jeff Probst again, but Anthony Bourdain is a good surprise. Don't mess with Betty White, bitches!)

Best Voice Acting

Bob Bergen - The Looney Tunes Show for playing Porky Pig ("We're in Big Truffle")
Alex Borstein - Family Guy for playing Lois Griffin ("Lois Comes Out of Her Shell")
Sam Elliott - Robot Chiken for playing The Narrator ("Hurtled From a Helicopter Into a Speeding Train")
Seth Green - Robot Chicken for various characters ("Robot Chicken DC Comics Special")
Seth MacFarlane - Family Guy for playing Brian Griffin ("Brian's Play")
Lily Tomlin - An Apology for Elephants for playing The Narrator

(No Simpsons voice actor is in, instead in favor for Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein in Family Guy, always though Alex was really annoying on the show, but the episode was fun, so I can't complain. But I can complain over the exclusion of Kristen Wiig in The Looney Tunes Show. Can the Emmys not see that Lola is freakin' hilarious on the show?)

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