A week late, and with a little more time to think, it’s my 2015 Emmy Nominations Reactions!
First, I will express my disappointment that the following realistic contenders did not get a nomination this year-
Empire (Best Drama; it really was a contender even if it was a soap)
Justified (Best Drama; a stellar last call for a great series; Timothy Olyphant for Best Actor, Joelle Carter for Best Supporting Actress, and Walton Goggins for Best Supporting Actor
Eva Greene for Penny Dreadful. The woman is fearless, mesmerizing, and just damn good at what she does. Period.
Hannibal wasn’t eligible this year apparently due to their late debut after the submission cut-off.
I realize Person of Interest will never get any love but the show and the cast (at the very least Michael Emerson!) really are being overlooked.
And people, just because it was on Cinemax doesn’t mean The Knick was a lightweight smutty summer diversion. Clive Owens and Co. did some crazy good stuff that easily should’ve broken into one of the categories with eight nominees. Sheesh.
Next, I will express disapointment that The CW didn’t break into the acting category with a surprise nomination not from Jane The Virgin but The Flash via Carlos Valdes’ Cisco or Tom Cavanagh’s Dr. Harrison Welles/Eobard Thawne. Both were bringing their A+ game all season with layered performances that can be easily overlooked due to it being on ‘a comic book show’.
But Star Trek: The Next Generation broke through to get a drama nomination and Gillian Anderson broke through to win an Emmy for a performance on a ‘sci-fi show about aliens’ , so one day The CW will break through and one day a superhero performance will bring home the Emmy (or possibly an Oscar).
Finally, I have to admit surprise that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt broke through with best comedy and supporting (Tituss Burgess at Titus) but nothing for the leading lady Ellie Kemper. I adored the show but am not sure that it wasn’t better than some of the other contenders out there. (Don’t hate me Kimmy!)
And now after those reactions, some quick ones for the actual categories.
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
“Better Call Saul”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Orange is the New Black”
Summation: Why not go a full 10 slots like with the Oscars and add The Knick, Justified, and Empire?
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
“Parks and Recreation”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Summation: Hard pressed to push anyone out but surprised Mom or black-ish didn’t somehow upend Modern Family’s spot. I also say The Goldbergs shoulda been a contenda’
LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Summation: Jeff Daniels, again?! That’s Timothy Olyphant’s spot easy. I think Kyle Chandler snagged Terrence Howard’s spot because Bloodline? Good but, uh, no.
LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Summation: Can’t hate this line-up. I know many wanted Kerry Washington in the thick of things as well but I’m all for Tatiana FINALLY getting her props and getting a nomination at last.
LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Timothy Hutton, “American Crime”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek Special”
Adrien Brody, “Houdini”
David Oyelowo, “Nightingale”
Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge”
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”
Summation: So American Crime is pulling an American Horror Story with this limited series angle, eh?
LEAD ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Queen Latifah, “Bessie”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman”
Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
Emma Thompson, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street”
Summation: Lots of heavy-weights duking it out here. Wouldn’t want to have to make this pick.
LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY
Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Will Forte, “The Last Man On Earth”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
Summation: I must be missing something with Matt LeBlanc and Episodes because the man has been repeatedly nominated for it. Amazing to see Will Forte and Anthony Anderson bring strong new blood to the field.
LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY
Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace And Frankie”
Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Summation: Edie Falco. Again. Shocked Amy Schumer pushed out Jane Fonda. That’s already a win for her!
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game Of Thrones”
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Michael Kelly, “House Of Cards”
Summation: No Walton Goggins is a crime!
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey, “Game Of Thrones”
Emilia Clarke, “Game Of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is The New Black”
Summation: WTG Emilia Clarke for getting the nom. Sorry it came at the possible expense of Joelle Carter.
GUEST ACTOR, DRAMA
Alan Alda, “The Blacklist”
Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”
F. Murray Abraham, “Homeland”
Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”
Beau Bridges, “Masters Of Sex”
Pablo Schreiber, “Orange Is The New Black”
Summation: Alan Alda and MJF keeping the broadcast network hopes alive!
GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”
Rachel Brosnahan, “House Of Cards”
Cicely Tyson, “How To Get Away With Murder”
Allison Janney, “Masters Of Sex”
Khandi Alexander, “Scandal”
Summation: No fair Allison Janney double dipping in guest actress drama AND supporting actress comedy. We all know it’s between the Rigg and Tyson.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Keegan-Michael Key, “Key & Peele”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
Summation: Can’t they all win? I’ll even allow Adam Driver because he was awesome in This is Where I Leave You.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Niecy Nash, “Getting On”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Kate McKinnon “Saturday Night Live”
Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent”
Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
GUEST ACTOR, COMEDY
Mel Brooks, “The Comedians”
Paul Giamatti, “Inside Amy Schumer”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”
Bradley Whitford, “Transparent”
Jon Hamm, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Summation: I see you, Jon Hamm, trying to back your way into an Emmy as a guest actor. Think Mr. Brooks will gladly take this statue, thank you.
GUEST ACTRESS, COMEDY
Christine Baranski, “The Big Bang Theory”
Gaby Hoffmann, “Girls”
Pamela Adlon, “Louie”
Elizabeth Banks, “Modern Family”
Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
Tina Fey, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Richard Cabral, “American Crime”
Denis O’Hare, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Finn Wittrock, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Michael Kenneth Williams, “Bessie”
Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge”
Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall”
Summation: Finn was THE thing to break out on AHS: Freak Show so very happy to see him here but uh, Damien Lewis? Bill Murray? Yeah, it was an honor to be nominated.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Regina King, “American Crime”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Zoe Kazan, “Olive Kitteridge”
Summation: Shocked that Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn of Wolf Hall wasn’t nominated because she was phenomenal. And I say that as TeamCatherine.