Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2014 Emmy noms (with commentary)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad (haven't watched it)
Kevin Spacey - House of Cards  (haven't watched it)
Jon Hamm – Mad Men  (haven't watched it)
Jeff Daniels – The Newsroom
Woody Harrelson - True Detective
Matthew McConaughey – True Detective
I'm rooting for Jeff Daniels, because I like The Newsroom and it's the only nomination for the show. I also like Daniels (but not enough to watch Dumb and Dumberer).

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Michelle Dockery - Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife  (haven't watched it)
Claire Danes – Homeland  (haven't watched it)
Robin Wright - House of Cards  (haven't watched it)
Lizzy Caplan – Masters of Sex  (haven't watched it)
Kerry Washington - Scandal
I'm rooting for Kerry Washington. Downton took a downturn last season.
I could give it to Claire Danes, Robin Wright or Lizzy Caplan based on their other bodies of work, too.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Dancing on the Edge  (haven't watched it)
Martin Freeman - Fargo
Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo
Idris Elba - Luther  (haven't watched it)
Mark Ruffalo - The Normal Heart (haven't watched it)
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: His Last Vow
I'm rooting for Martin Freeman on this one.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Coven
Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Coven
Helena Bonham Carter – Burton and Taylor (haven't watched it)
Minnie Driver – Return to Zero (haven't watched it)
Kristen Wiig – The Spoils of Babylon (haven't watched it)
Cicely Tyson – The Trip to Bountiful (haven't watched it)
Sarah Paulson was great on Coven this year.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
Ricky Gervais – Derek (haven't watched it)
Matt LeBlanc – Episodes (haven't watched it)
Don Cheadle – House of Lies (haven't watched it)
Louis C.K. – Louie (haven't watched it)
William H. Macy – Shameless (haven't watched it)
Oh Sheldon, you beautiful praying mantis. I hope you win.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham – Girls (haven't watched it)
Melissa McCarthy – Mike & Molly (haven't watched it)
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie (haven't watched it)
Taylor Schilling – Orange is the New Black (haven't watched it)
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep (haven't watched it, but I've been meaning to
I'm rooting for Amy Pohler on this one

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race  (haven't watched it)
Dancing with the Stars (haven't watched it)
Project Runway (haven't watched it)
So You Think You Can Dance (haven't watched it)
Top Chef (haven't watched it)
The Voice (haven't watched it)
write-in: Food Network Star

Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live (haven't watched it)
Real Time with Bill Maher (haven't watched it)
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (haven't watched it)
Daily Show. All day, every day.

Outstanding Miniseries
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde (haven't watched it)
Fargo
Luther (haven't watched it)
Treme (haven't watched it)
The White Queen (haven't watched it)
Fargo.

Outstanding Television Movie
Killing Kennedy (haven't watched it)
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (haven't watched it)
The Normal Heart (haven't watched it)
Sherlock: His Last Vow
The Trip to Bountiful (haven't watched it)
No strong opinion here.

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Louie (haven't watched it)
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black (haven't watched it)
Silicon Valley (haven't watched it)
Veep (haven't watched it, but meant to)
I do love Modern Family, but The Big Bang heory has my heart.

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad (haven't watched it)
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards (haven't watched it)
Mad Men (haven't watched it)
True Detective
Why isn't Game of Thrones on this list 5 times?

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Moira Walley-Beckett – Breaking Bad (haven't watched it)
Vince Gilligan – Breaking Bad (haven't watched it)
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss – Game of Thrones
Beau Willimon – House of Cards (haven't watched it)
Nic Pizzolatto – True Detective
Game of Thrones, naturally.

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik – Episodes (haven't watched it)
Louis C.K. – Louie (haven't watched it)
Liz Friedman, Jenji Kohan – Orange is the New Black (haven't watched it)
Alec Berg – Silicon Valley (haven't watched it)
Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Armando Iannucci – Veep (haven't watched it, but meant to)
Can't make an assessment on this one

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk – American Horror Story: Coven
Noah Hawley – Fargo
 Neil Cross – Luther  (haven't watched it)
 Larry Kramer – The Normal Heart  (haven't watched it)
Steven Moffat – Sherlock: His Last Vow
 David Simon, Eric Overmyer – Treme  (haven't watched it)
I'm going to give this one to Fargo too.

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with John Stewart
Inside Amy Schumer  (haven't watched it)
Key & Pele  (haven't watched it)
Portlandia  (haven't watched it)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon  (haven't watched it)
The Daily Show. The writing is sharp, witty and smart.

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America  (haven't watched it)
Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays  (haven't watched it)
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards  (haven't watched it)
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles  (haven't watched it)
67th Annual Tony Awards  (haven't watched it)
Can't make an assessment

Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown  (haven't watched it)
COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey
JFK (American Experience)  (haven't watched it)
The World Wars  (haven't watched it)
Years of Living Dangerously  (haven't watched it)
COSMOS, by default, but also because it's quite good.

2 comments:

  1. If you have Showtime, try to watch a few episodes of Episodes. Matt LeBlanc is terrific playing ... Matt LeBlanc. It's scripted, not a reality show, but he's smarter and more self aware about how the public perceives him than I ever imagined, and his performance is daring and shameless. Bravo, Joey! (Though I, too, will always love Sheldon.)

    Here's something I found while looking up James Garner's Emmy history -- if Jon Hamm loses again this year (and he probably will), he will surpass Martin Sheen as the losingest actor in Emmy history. I suppose that counts for something. Plus, he's the one who ALWAYS looks best in a tux.

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    1. Thanks, Gal, I didn't know that about John Hamm. I haven't watched Mad Men, though I meant to when it first started. Poor Martin Sheen. I like him.

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