July 17, 2014

66th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


The nominations for this year's Emmys were announced last week.  You can find all of the nominations here.  Here are some of my delayed thoughts on the nominations:

THE GOOD
-The voters did a great job with the Outstanding Drama Series category (I still haven't seen The Good Wife though).  Three of my top four programs of the year (Breaking Bad, True Detective and Game of Thrones) made it in while Homeland's terrible third season missed out.

-While Rian Johnson was snubbed for his work on the episode I was quite delighted to see Moira Walley-Beckett's script for "Ozymandias" make the cut.  I was getting worried when both of Johnson and Walley-Beckett's work was getting snubbed in the precursor awards for the series finale and even other episodes like "Blood Money".  Nonetheless the best episode of the 2013-2014 season found some love somewhere.

-Martin Freeman is having one heck of a year and he was well rewarded for it with two nominations (Lead Actor in a Miniseries/Movie for Fargo and Supporting Actor in a Miniseries/Movie for Sherlock).

-Many of the nominees in the technical categories made me very happy.  Some included Community's stunt coordination nomination, Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan for reality program, the exceptional documentary Hillsborough for exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking, and Ramin Djawadi's score for Game of Thrones finally being rewarded.

THE BAD
-Parks and Recreation received only 1 nomination (Amy Poehler for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series) despite being my favorite comedy of the year.  It's well past the time that Nick Offerman can compete for a nomination and probably even the series to compete for a nomination, but this couldn't pull of a technical or writing nomination?

-The Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series category had a lot of potential just a few months ago with two of the best performances of the year (Robert Forster in Breaking Bad and Pedro Pascal in Game of Thrones) presumably in competition.  Unfortunately, Forster didn't submit and then what might have been the breakout performance of the year with Pascal got snubbed by the voters last week.

THE UGLY
-As I said earlier three of my top four programs of the year made it into the Drama Series race.  The fourth was Hannibal, which is taking network television to new heights.  It got rewarded for this by getting completely snubbed by the Emmys.

In terms of predictions, I went 105 for 152 (69.1%, down 6.1% from last year) in the main categories.

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