by Mark Greig
While it is fair to say that the Emmys did get quite a bit right this year, that still doesn't make up for everything they continue to get wrong year after year, especially in the comedy categories. The Emmys is probably the most infuriating of the major awards. The Oscars may get things spectacularly wrong sometimes, but they can only snub Pulp Fiction once. The Emmys can snubs The Wire for it's entire run.
This year's nominations were more of the same. There was a some things that made me smile. A few things I was indifferent towards. And a lot that made me want to rip off my shirt, run into the street and scream at the heavens “Seriously? What the hell is this crap? Jon Cryer? Are you having a laugh? Oh, hello, Mrs Lancaster. Yes, it is a surprsingly lovely day. I have been working out, thank you.”
Game of Thrones
This is the only category where I managed to guess every single nominee before it was announced. I would've liked for Justified to score a nomination, but I knew that nothing would stop the Downton juggernaut. Of course, the big question is whether Mad Man can win again. Does it really need another Emmy? Isn't four enough? Personally, I hope Breaking Bad wins (or maybe Game of Thrones).
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey)
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Damian Lewis (Homeland)
No Timothy Olyphant? BOO! Not that I thought he had even the slightest chance of beating Bryan Cranston, but it still would've been nice to see him nominated again.
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law)
Glenn Close (Damages)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Why the hell is Kathy Bates there again? Surely Fringe's Anna Torv, Sons of Anarchy's Katey Sagal or Revenge's Madeleine Stowe are more deserving?
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad)
Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey)
Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Jared Harris (Mad Men)
The Downton lovefest continues with noms for Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter, meaning no love for Mandy Patkin, Alan Cumming, John Slattery, Walton Goggins or John Noble. But it is great to see Peter Dinklage, Aaron Paul and Giancarlo Esposito in there. I'm praying for Esposito to win, but I would be okay if Paul or Dinklage won instead.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Okay, we get it. You really, really like Downton Abbey. But that is still no excuse for shunning Maisie Williams. A man is not happy about this. A man is not happy about this at all.
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Err, where are Community, Parks and Recreation and Cougar Town? Granted, I never expected all of them to be nominated, but I thought that at least one of them would make the list. The most frustrating thing is both Parks and Community are up for Best Writing in a Comedy, along with Girls and Louie. Emmy logic does not resemble our Earth logic.
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Zoey Deschanel (New Girl)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Can't fault this list. I just hope all the Emmy voters out there have the good sense to finally vote Knope this year.
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Louis CK (Louie)
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Seriously, Jon Cryer over Joel McHale? Am I going to have to start abducting you lot in groups and force you to watch Community? Because I will!
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Max Greenfield (New Girl)
Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)
What do Danny Pudi and Nick Offerman need to do to be recognised? Besides joining the cast of Modern Family, that is.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie)
Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
No Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie or Gillian Jacobs. Well, they sure as hell Britta'd this one.
OUTSTANDING TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
American Horror Story
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway and Gellhorn
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Happy for Sherlock and Luther but a little shocked that The Hour has been snubbed. Considering all the acclaim it received I figured it was a shoe-in for a nomination.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia)
Idris Elba (Luther)
Woody Harrelson (Game Change)
Clive Owen (Hemingway and Gellhorn)
Bill Paxton (Hatfields & McCoys)
I'm of two minds about this one. I like Idris Elba. But I also like Benedict Cumberbatch. But which is best? There's only one way to find out... FIGHT!!!!
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Connie Britton (American Horror Story)
Ashley Judd (Missing)
Nicole Kidman (Hemingway and Gellhorn)
Julianne Moore (Game Change)
Emma Thompson (The Song of Lunch)
Why did they even bother nominating anyone else? We all known Julianne Moore is going to win.
Full list of nominations can be found here.
So, faithful readers, what do you think of this year's nominations? What are you happy about? Are you bitter that your favourite show has been snubbed again? Let us know below.