2014 Emmy Nominations + my thoughts

So I waited a few days to post these (because I have a weird thing about how my blog looks when I make more than one post per day) so here's al ist of the 2014 Emmy nominations. My thoughts as always follow in green.

Outstanding Drama Series
"Breaking Bad"
"Downton Abbey"
"Game of Thrones"
"House of Cards"
"Mad Men"
"True Detective"
Breaking Bad! True Detective! Game of Thrones! 

Outstanding Comedy Series
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Modern Family"
"Orange is the New Black"
"Silicon Valley"
Silicon Valley surprised me. That show is mostly pretty boring. I'm happy for Veep and Louie though.

Outstanding Miniseries
"American Horror Story Coven"
"Bonnie & Clyde"
"The White Queen"
So Treme is a mini series now? Either way, good for Fargo and Bonnie and Clyde!

Outstanding TV Movie
"Killing Kennedy"
"Muhammed Ali's Greatest Fight"
"The Normal Heart"
"Sherlock: His Last Vow"
"The Trip to Bountiful"
So Sherlock is no longer a mini series and is now a movie? What? Normal Heart is winning anyways.

Best Actor - Drama
Bryan Cranston - "Breaking Bad"
Jeff Daniels - "The Newsroom"
Jon Hamm - "Mad Men"
Woody Harrelson - "True Detective"
Matthew McConaughey - "True Detective"
Kevin Spacey - "House of Cards"
I would hate to be voters in this category, choosing between Cranston, McConaughey, and Harrelson. I'd still choose Cranston though, I want Breaking Bad to go out on top.

Best Actress - Drama
Lizzy Caplan - "Masters of Sex"
Claire Danes - "Homeland"
Michelle Dockery - "Downton Abbey"
Julianna Marguilles - "The Good Wife"
Kerry Washington - "Scandal"
Robin Wright - "House of Cards"
I don't watch any of these shows, but I'm happy for Lizzy Caplan and Kerry Washington, just because I love their other work.

Best Supporting Actor - Drama
Aaron Paul - "Breaking Bad"
Jim Carter - "Downton Abbey"
Peter Dinklage - "Game of Thrones"
Josh Charles - "The Good Wife"
Mandy Patinkin - "Homeland"
Jon Voight - "Ray Donovan"
Aaron Paul, ftw!

Best Supporting Actress - Drama
Anna Gunn - "Breaking Bad"
Maggie Smith - "Downton Abbey"
Joanne Forggatt - "Downton Abbey"
Lena Headey - "Game of Thrones"
Christine Baranksi - "The Good Wife"
Christina Hendricks - "Mad Men"
NO MELISSA MCBRIDE?!?!? DID DOWNTON ABBEY REALLY NEED TWO NOMINATIONS!?!?!?! Okay, Melissa was always a long shot, but I still wanted her there. I won't let that disappointment get in the way of my happiness for Gunn and Headey though. Both are so deserving.

Best Actor - Comedy
Louis CK - "Louie" 
Don Cheadle - "House of Lies"
Ricky Gervais - "Derek"
Matt LeBlanc - "Episodes"
William H. Macy - "Shameless"
Jim Parsons - "The Big Bang Theory"
I know every year I ask "who the fuck watches Episodes" but this year it's "who the fuck watches Derek?"

Best Actress - Comedy
Lena Dunham - "Girls"
Edie Falco - "Nurse Jackie"
Julie Louis-Dreyfus - "Veep"
Melissa McCarthy - "Mike and Molly"
Amy Poehler - "Parks and Recreation"
Taylor Schilling - "Orange is the New Black"
JLD's 16th Emmy nomination! Go Veep!

Best Supporting Actor - Comedy
Andre Braugher - "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Adam Driver - "Girls"
Jesse Tyler Ferguson - "Modern Family"
Ty Burrell - "Modern Family"
Fred Armisen - "Portlandia"
Tony Hale - "Veep"
I really wish the Veep actors would get the Modern Family treatment in this category. They're all hysterical.

Best Supporting Actress - Comedy
Mayim Bialik - "The Big Bang Theory"
Julie Bowen - "Modern Family"
Allison Janney - "Mom"
Kate Mulgrew - "Orange is the New Black"
Kate McKinnon - "Saturday Night Live"
Anna Chlumsky - "Veep"
I'm happy for Anna. I still wish Mayim would go away. Kate McKinnon is awesome too.

Best Actor - TV Movie/Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch - "Sherlock: His Last Vow"
Chiwetel Ejiofior - "Dancing on the Edge"
Idris Elba - "Luther"
Martin Freeman - "Fargo"
Mark Ruffalo - "The Normal Heart"
Billy Bob Thornton - "Fargo"
God, this category will be hard to call as well. Benny Batch, Mark Ruffalo, Freeman, Thoron. Holy crap.

Best Actress - TV Movie/Miniseries
Minnie Driver - "Return to Zero"
Jessica Lange - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Sarah Paulson - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Cicely Tyson - "The Trip to Bountiful"
Kristen Wiig - "The Spoils of Babylon"
Helena Bonham Carter - "Burton and Taylor"
Kristen Wiig is overrated.

Best Supporting Actor - TV Movie/Miniseries
Colin Hanks - "Fargo"
Jim Parsons - "The Normal Heart"
Joe Mantello - "The Normal Heart"
Alfred Molina - "The Normal Heart"
Matt Bomer - "The Normal Heart"
Martin Freeman - "Sherlock: His Last Vow"
Holy Normal Heart, Batman. And ANOTHER for Freeman. He had a good year.

Best Supporting Actress - TV Movie/Miniseries
Frances Conroy - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Kathy Bates - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Angela Basset - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Allison Tolman - "Fargo"
Ellen Burstyn - "Flowers in the Attic"
Julia Roberts - "The Normal Heart"
The only one that matters here is Allison Tolman for Fargo because she was awesome. But Flowers in the Attic getting a nomination? LOL

Outstanding Variety Series
"The Colbert Report"
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
"Jimmy Kimmel Live"
"Real Time with Bill Maher"
"Saturday Night Live"
"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
"The Amazing Race"
"Dancing With The Stars"
"Project Runway"
"So You Think You Can Dance"
"Top Chef"
"The Voice" 

Outstanding Variety Special
"AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks"
"The Beatles: The Night That Changed America"
"Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special"
"Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays"
"The Kennedy Center Honors"
"Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles"
There's a bunch of other Realty categories this year, but I didn't include them in my post because I don't give a fuck.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Nathan Lane, "Modern Family"
Steve Buscemi, "Portlandia"
Jimmy Fallon, "Saturday Night Live"
Louis C.K., "Saturday Night Live"
Bob Newhart, "Arthur"
Gary Cole, "Veep"
Buscemi for Portlandia is hilarious. I guess they had to make up for that Boardwalk snub somewhere.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, "Orange is the New Black"
Laverne Cox, "Orange is the New Black"
Natasha Lyonne, "Orange is the New Black"
Tina Fey, "Saturday Night Live"
Melissa McCarthy, "Saturday Night Live"
Joan Cusack, "Shameless"
Melissa McCarthy for hosting SNL? Again? She's overrated.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Dylan Baker, "The Good Wife"
Reg E. Cathey, "House of Cards"
Paul Giamatti, "Downton Abbey"
Robert Morse, "Mad Men"
Beau Bridges, "Masters of Sex"
Joe Morton, "Scandal"
No Pedro Pascal is very disappointing.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Kate Burton, "Scandal"
Jane Fonda, "The Newsroom"
Allison Janney, "Masters of Sex"
Kate Mara, "House of Cards"
Margo Martindale, "The Americans"
Diane Rigg, "Game of Thrones"
Kate Mara! Diane Rigg! Jane Fonda!

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
"Breaking Bad" -- "Ozymandias" (Moira Walley-Beckett)
"Breaking Bad" -- Felina" (Vince Gilligan)
"Game of Thrones" -- "The Children" (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss)
"House of Cards" -- "Chapter 14" (Beau Willimon)
"True Detective" -- "The Secret Fate of All Life" (Nic Pizzolatto)
Give Ozymandias every Emmy there is.

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
"Boardwalk Empire" -- Farewell Daddy Blues" (Tim Van Patten)
"Breaking Bad' -- "Felina" (Vince Gilligan)
"Downton Abbey" -- "Episode 1" (David Evans)
"Game Of Thrones" -- "The Watchers on the Wall" (Neil Marshall)
"House Of Cards" -- "Chapter 14" (Carl Franklin)
"True Detective" -- "Who Goes There" (Cary Joji Fukunaga)
I know Watchers on the Wall's nomination game from that awesome giant kill. That was epic. (and I hate using that word, but there's no other way to describe it)

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
"Episodes" -- "Episode 305" (David Crane)
"Louie" -- "So Did The Fat Lady" (Louis C.K.)
"Orange Is the New Black" -- "I Wasn't Ready" (Jenji Kohan and Liz Friedman)
"Silicon Valley" -- "Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency" (Alec Berg)
"Veep" -- "Special Relationship" (Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Armando Iannucci)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
"Episodes" -- "Episode 309" (Iain B. MacDonald)
"Glee" -- "100" (Paris Barclay)
"Louis" -- "Elevator, Part 6" (Louis C.K.)
"Modern Family" -- "Vegas" (Gail Mancuso)
"Orange Is the New Black" -- "Lesbian Request Denied" (Jodie Foster)
"Silicon Valley" -- Minimum Viable Product" (Mike Judge)


  1. "The only one that matters here is Allison Tolman for Fargo because she was awesome"...
    Awesome? YES. I loved that show, BUT!!! The only one that matters? Kathy Bates is everything!!! She could have taken her role, played her age, and still have been convincing. Although Allison should have been nominated as a lead actress. I was rooting for her character from the beginning.

    I don't see Ellen Burstyn's nomination as a nod to Flowers in the Attic, but more a nod to her performance. She was really good.

    1. Yes, Kathy Bates is awesome, but I didn't actually watch AH:C I only read Sati's recaps. haha. That being said, Allison could've very well been lead. I guess they thought she had a better shot in supporting?

      I suppose Burstyn was good, it's just comical to me that a Lifetime movie gets an Emmy nomination.

    2. I think they went the wrong way by it. Even if they completion was fierce in leading actresses, she should have still been nominated. The title alone, in my opinion, speaks volumes. She worked really hard, and I was honestly ready to give the show up if she was killed... And I really loved this show.

      By the way, I hope Edie Falco wins for Nurse Jackie. She's amazing, and it's one of my favorite shows.

  2. looooooove alison tolman, but i am confused about melissa mccarthy as well (i like her, but i didn't love her either time sher was on snl. and i looove kristen wiig but i've never seen this other show she's on) and some of these miniseries seem to be actual tv shows to me. i guess it's political, and they just want to nominate them where there's room in any given year. and i love veep too, and all those characters can take up the whole category as far as i;m concerned lol. Lizzy Caplan is the only reason to watch masters of sex. i lasted one episode, so boring but she's good on it. too bad about melissa mcbride, but awards just don't recognize shows like the walking dead, justified, sons of anarchy. never have, real shame.

    1. To be fair, TWD needs to work on their writing if they want to be recognized for anything. That's their weak spot, they're not held back by their genre when other fantasy shows have no problem securing nods.

      I love Lizzy, I do want to see it for her. I actually didn't even know what the show was about until recently. MCcartney is overrated. If any SNL host deserved a nod this season, it was honestly Drake.

  3. You don't watch Shameless, do you? Those snubs pissed me off. I didn't see Ozymandias nominated at first and was pissed for them nominating the far less superior Felina. I'm so happy for it, I agree, give that episode all the Emmys!

    By the way, did you like Veep right from the start? I've seen three episodes and they've been a bit funny, but mostly just... meh. Does it get better/funnier or is my sense of humor just off? :D

    1. It does, I actually didn't get into Veep until the 2nd season, then I went back and watched the first.

      I don't watch Shameless, but I know they submitted themselves in comedy instead of drama this year, so I'm really surprised not to see them.

  4. You seem like such a big Veep fan, I cannot wait for you to see The Thick of It, it's so much better. I hope Ianucci brings some of the actors for next season, some of them were in Veep's London episode.

    I think Watchers was very well directed so that's a well deserved nomination. The writing one is laughable, though :)

    1. The Thick of It is another I keep meaning to watch! I think it's on Hulu.


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