2014 Emmy Awards Nominations

Posted on July 10, 2014

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Okay, let’s gather ’round the water cooler, girls. Since it’s our names at the top of the site, we get to go first.

HUGE and HAPPY congratulations to most of the casts of Orange is the New Black and The Normal Heart, who SLAYED it this year. Nothing could make us happier than to see both casts sweep their nominations. Especially happy shoutout to Laverne Cox for hers, which is the first major acting nomination for a transgender actor or actress.  What a shame she was so underutilized in the second season. Here’s hoping this nomination forces Jenji Kohan to give Sophia a major storyline in season three.

As for Tatiana Maslany’s absence for the second time in a row, yes, it’s true that a Canadian-British produced sci-fi series (distinctly and overtly feminist in tone, to boot) on a British cable channel probably has a hell of an uphill climb to get Emmy recognition. But we’re sad to say it’s also true that season 2 of the show was problematic and Tatiana made a few missteps along the way that may not have been her fault. We’re thinking specifically of Tony the transgender clone, but also of Rachel, in the first half of the season, when the best they could do for her was make her sound like B grade Bond villain.

Your thoughts?

 

Outstanding Comedy Series:
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Louie” (FX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Veep” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
Amy Poehler, “Parks & Recreation”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”
Andre Braugher, “Brookyln Nine-Nine”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Tony Hale, “Veep”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Kate Mulgrew, “Orange is the New Black”

Outstanding Drama Series:
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
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”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Outstanding Miniseries:
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Fargo” (FX)
“Luther” (BBC America)
“Treme” (HBO)
“The White Queen” (Starz)

Outstanding TV Movie:
“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic Channel)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)
“Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece)” (PBS)
“The Normal Heart” (HBO)
“The Trip to Bountiful” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie:
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece)”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie:
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Cecily Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful”
Kristen Wiig, “The Spoils of Babylon”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie:
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece)”
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”
Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart”
Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie:
Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers in the Attic”
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”
Allison Tolman, “Fargo”

Outstanding Variety Series:
“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)
“Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program:
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”
Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”
Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program:
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Animated Program:
“Archer” (FX)
“Bob’s Burgers”
“Futurama” (Comedy Central)
“South Park” (Comedy Central)
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project” (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:
Steve Buscemi, “Portlandia”
Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”
Gary Cole, “Veep”
Jimmy Fallon, “Saturday Night Live”
Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”
Bob Newhart, “The Big Bang Theory”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:
Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black”
Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live”
Natasha Lyone, “Orange is the New Black”
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series:
Dan Baker, “The Good Wife”
Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex”
Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”
Paul Giamatti, “Downton Abbey”
Joe Morton, “Scandal”
Robert Morse, “Mad Men”

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”
Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”

 

 

 

 

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  • RussellH88

    No Tatiana and no Hannibal makes me very, very sad.

    • H2olovngrl

      Excellent point about Hannibal. Mads Mikkelsen is amazing.

    • Bridget Smith

      The fact that Hannibal doesn’t even get nominated for technical awards is so dumb that it’s almost funny. It’s the most beautiful show on television. (Obviously, it should also be getting acting & writing & directing nominations all over the board, but my god.)

      • RussellH88

        It’s an absolutely gorgeous show. How many shows can take a naked woman impaled on a deer head and turn it into a grotesquely beautiful image?

        • Julieta Felix

          Two. True Detective and Hannibal. But I prefer the former.

      • Guest

        This. It’s knowing that shows as technically special (and beyond anything else on TV) as Hannibal get no recognition in categories far less competitive or high-profile than the big ones, that make it very easy for me to dismiss the Emmys as the narrow, nonrepresentational popularity contest they are.

        • RussellH88

          Which is sad, because a lesser serial killer drama (Dexter) raked in the nominations whereas I think Hannibal is in the critical ghetto because it’s seen as a cheap cash-in or just something following in the footsteps of other serial killer centered dramas.

          But that season 2 finale is probably the single best episode of TV I’ve seen in a long, long time.

          • gabbilevy

            whoops! Sorry for the double/guest post. tried to delete, but Disqus does not allow :/

          • Guest

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          • gabbilevy

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          • PeaceBang

            Yes, you can. You have to go into your own Disqus account where you can find an archive of all your comments. There’s an option to check and delete them there.

      • gabbilevy

        This. It’s knowing that shows as technically special (and beyond anything else on TV) as Hannibal get no recognition in categories far less competitive or high-profile than the big ones, that make it very easy for me to dismiss the Emmys as the narrow, nonrepresentational popularity contest they are.

        • oldscrumby

          Reminds me of Pacific Rim’s special effects snub at the Oscars. Judges have seen fighting robots and city destruction before so the breathtaking realism of something totally fantastical doesn’t really impact them. Emmy judges have been looking at murder scene-as-art stuff for years now and gave all the awards to CSI. In a competition that notoriously over-rewards familiarity, effects work stands out as the one place where a lack of conceptual originality actually costs points.

          • fursa_saida

            This all makes sense, but it does not excuse a snub on sound design. The sound on that show is just unreal, and very different from almost any other soundtrack.

          • oldscrumby

            I am admittedly a bad person to talk about sound because I just don’t remember it as well as other people, but I’m inclined to feel that sound is on the points-for-familiarity side of the fence. It really feels like visual effects, and that can extend into stuff like editing and shots as well, gets more credit for novelty than quality which is kind of the inverse of how everything else is judged.

          • demidaemon

            This. It’s also part of the reason why procedurals have been receiving many less nominations in the past ten years, whether or not they have excellent acting. It probably doesn’t help, though, that AMC has been putting out well done, thought provoking dramas in the past few years. There may be another shift in who gets the nominations once Mad Men and Breaking Bad are no longer eligible.

      • CommentsByKatie

        My realization that the Emmys/Oscars were a popularity contest came from my work in costume design. So many spectacularly creative and innovative work gets ignored while ‘full skirted pseudo-period gowns’ win everything, year after year. I can only imagine how true this is in other categories.

    • stephbellard

      I think Hannibal is overrated and indicative of everything wrong with the rush to proclaim every moody/antihero show “brilliant” (see also the totally overrated True Detective) but Hugh Dancy is actually brilliant on that show, doing far more impressive work than McConaughey or Spacey, and surely deserves to be there over fucking Jeff Daniels! And even though T-Lo is right that her show diminished in quality this year, no way does Tatiana deserve to sit one out while Michelle fucking Dockery goes to the ball. WTF? Who’s even talking about Downton Abbey anymore or that character? And The Good Wife’s emotional payoffs this year were FAR more deserving of a Drama Series spot than the dopey House of Cards.

      • Maggie

        I respect everyone’s opinion and I respect Tatiana and the work she is doing on Orphan Black. I think she seems like a top notch actress, AS WELL as a good, interesting, lovely person. I have no qualms with her. But there’s a pattern in certain parts of the TatMas/OB fandom, if you will, to tear down other actresses in order to build TM up. Which…they don’t have to do, because she stands apart on her own and proves herself on her own, as well. So I just don’t get that reaction, and it especially makes me sad when Michelle Dockery is the one getting torn down. Michelle Dockery absolutely deserves the nomination, she earned it, she has worked with, at times, spotty material and elevates it. She was really wonderful in series four, and especially captivating the first part of the series, and she deserves it. Maybe you don’t like the character, maybe you don’t like the show, but I adore her and I adore Mary. Tatiana deserves a nomination, surely, but so does Michelle. Tatiana can deserve it without saying someone else doesn’t. No disrespect meant for you, I just came to this post excited to see comments about Michelle.

        • RussellH88

          If anyone didn’t need the nomination, it was Kerry Washington. She’s good on Scandal, but Olivia Pope just became more hysterical in season 3. She was a more deserving nominee for season 2.

          • NinjaCate

            Eh. Kerry definitely deserves the nomination, but she doesn’t deserve the win. I mean, season three Olivia Pope versus season two Claire Underwood? There’s no competition.

      • RussellH88

        I think that Hannibal’s lack of nominations shows the opposite, that people were probably dismissive of it because it seemed like the Hollywood Machine churning out a warmed over version of something that’s already been done.

        I think Bryan Fuller is a bit of a genius. Considering that we went from Pushing Daisies to Hannibal shows that he can deliver well-written and visually stunning shows on polar opposites of the lite/dark spectrum.

  • Democracy Diva

    TEAM LAVERNE.

    Anyone else sad that Game of Thrones has too many characters for a lot of the best performances to get nominated? Dinklage, Headey, and Rigg are total powerhouses, and their nominations are deserved, but I wish there was room for nominations for the actors who portray Sansa, Arya, the Hound, and so many more.

    • Sobaika

      Charles Dance was totes overlooked.

      I have to be honest, I love GoT but it really only deserves acting noms, along with things like set and costume design.

      • Democracy Diva

        Can’t believe I forgot to mention him. He was magnificent.

    • FunButNutz

      Crazy Eyes for the win!

      • Jennifer Schiller

        Yeah as good as Laverne Cox is, Uzo Aduba is just perfect as Crazy Eyes. She makes you feel uncomfortable while feeling compassionate, the exact response I think her character is supposed to elicit. You feel so bad for Suzanne, and completely understand the place she comes from, and yet there was such a terror in the scene with Poussey that she would step too far. And the subsequent scenes with Vee were just phenomenal.

        That’s what the show does best, and I think Aduba’s performance perfectly encapsulates that feeling of conflicted compassion.

        • demidaemon

          It’s a tough call, really. If this is going off of their first season performances (since I believe Aduba would qualify for supporting actress in the second season, as well as Lorraine Toussant, who is not here at all), I think Laverne has a better chance, as she was more visible and had more scenes in that season.

        • NinjaCate

          All of this is true, but I think people are forgetting that these nominations are for season one, NOT season two. Hopefully she’ll get nominated again next year for this season’s brilliant performance.

    • Stacy C

      That show has SO MANY outstanding actors. I’m rooting for all three nominated, especially Rigg. They all were really strong.

    • Loola234

      What about Pedro Pascal? No one’s head was obliterated more dramatically!

    • decormaven

      I’m so torn- I love Laverne’s and Uzo’s performances so much!

    • sk8tfan

      Agree. And I knew it was a longshot, but I thought Pedro Pascal was phenomenal as Oberyn, he took a minor character and made him compelling.

    • Andrea Terese

      I don’t understand how Peter Dinklage is a supporting actor? To me, he’s the star of the show!

      • stephbellard

        Duh supporting is half as tall as lead.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

        I assume it’s because they don’t have a “best actor in an ensemble cast” category. I agree, he’s the stand-out, but it’s not that sort of structure.

  • fungstyle

    Wait… OITNB is considered a COMEDY!? Am I the only one who feels that’s just… grossly inaccurate? Yes, the show has some chuckles in each episode but it is far more in the drama category than comedy to my eyes.

    • doodley

      If it’s like other awards, the show’s producers (? I think it’s the producers) decide in which category to submit, so the powers that be at OITNB decided to submit as a comedy. Most likely, they felt that they had a better shot there, for whatever reason.

      • butterflysunita

        Yes….the producers probably didn’t want OITNB to compete with Netflix’s other critically acclaimed series, House of Cards. Not to mention competing with favorites like Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          According to a comment I heard on MSNBC, Netflix didn’t want OITNB and House of Cards competing against each other in the drama category.

          • Denise Alden

            There you go. Comedy, my ass. But I get it.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            If it weren’t for the MSNBC clip and TLO’s site, I’d be totally at sea about the Emmy’s as I haven’t watched any of these shows.

          • http://bidonica.wordpress.com/ Poggy

            Also, I think OITNB is mostly *marketed* as a comedy (starting from the title, in a way), which I admit has kept me away from it for far too long. Not that I dislike comedies, but the notion of having a laugh at the fish-out-of-water misadventures of an upper middle class woman in prison didn’t entice me much. How wrong I was! But what’s weird and great at the same time about OITNB is that it plays along with that trope and subverts it from the inside, and does these amazing shifts in tone between comedy and drama that make it hard to categorize.

          • NinjaCate

            Ooh, that makes a lot of sense. OITNB is really a dramedy, but this way they kind of increase their chances for awards by quite a bit.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Some series really do straddle the categories, don’t they?

        • demidaemon

          That’s what I’ve been saying to everybody.

    • Gatto Nero

      I agree.
      Also see Edie Falco’s nomination for Nurse Jackie — a “comedy” about a drug-addicted nurse. Falco herself shakes her head over this every year.

    • Bridget Smith

      Half the shows are in categories they don’t really fit in (see also: Luther and Treme in Miniseries), but the people behind the shows choose to submit in the category they think will give them the best shot. I feel like there was a LOT more fudging than usual this year.

    • RussellH88

      It’s Emmy Politics, which I think is kinda fascinating.

      • Wendi126

        I would have preferred Rossum

    • In_Stitches

      That’s so frustrating because Emmy voters tend to award the most dramatic option amongst the comedies (see: Glee). If VEEP loses to OITNB, I’m going to be very angry.

      • Skwirrel76

        Veep is hyyyyyyysterical. It deserves the win for the toilet nosebleed scene alone. I wish I had been wearing depends at the time.

      • Jennifer Schiller

        I agree. I just watched the entire series in one week (so if that isn’t hooked I don’t know what is) but Veep just kills it as a comedy.

        However, I’d be torn in the drama category too because I thought The Good Wife hit it out of the park this season, and truth be told OITNB was just slightly lesser in its second season than TGW this past year in my opinion.

        • stephbellard

          But the nominations for Orange are for LAST year’s season (i.e. season one). The second season came out after the Emmy deadline and will be eligible next year.

      • demidaemon

        I don’t think it will win in either the Overall Best or Best Actress categories (Schilling is good, but clearly outclassed by the other nominees). It’s best shots are probably in Supporting Actress and, just by numbers alone, Guest Actress.

      • stephbellard

        Glee never won Best Comedy Series while Modern Family (a more traditional comedy) has won for the past four years. In fact, even though dramedies get nominated often at the Emmys, none have won since Ally McBeal in 1999 (unless you count Sex and the City in 2001). I think Veep actually has a great shot to win while Orange will likely clean up in Directing and Writing.

    • http://www.jaimieteekell.com/ Jaimie

      I’ve always thought it was more comedy than drama. Like Silicon valley the characters are strong, but with both there are a lot of bold, non-incidental jokes. Jokes = moments which are primarily intended for us to find the character(s) amusing.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Yeah, I think that most shows that have elements of both drama and (dark) comedy are usually lumped in the comedy category. Another recent example was the United States of Tara (which could be quite funny but dealt with a woman with very serious mental health problems). It almost seems like they need a Drama-dey category.

    • Jay

      OINTB was submitted as a drama to the Golden Globes and SAG awards. It got one nomination at the former and zero at the latter; Netflix learned from its mistake.

  • MoHub

    More and more categories each year.

  • RescueMe23

    I just started watching Breaking Bad and I’m hooked…no pun intended. Half of these nominees I’ve never heard of – I guess I don’t watch enough TV (like that’s a bad thing)..

    • EditKitten

      One of the best television shows in history. Enjoy!

      • RescueMe23

        Brian Cranston is brilliant.

        • EditKitten

          We saw him on Broadway in “All the Way” a couple of months ago — the man just fades into any role. The play was meh but he made it worth every penny.

    • random_poster

      I’m with you. If it wasn’t for this site, I wouldn’t know most of the nominees or the shows.

    • Spreecord

      I’m glad I’m not the only latecomer. A friend of mine talked me into giving it a shot after I (finally) caught up with The Walking Dead, and I’m loving it.

      • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

        I’ll just do this as a reply in case you miss my above comment –

        As you go through your watching, you might want to check out the official podcasts (you can find them on the AMC website or on iTunes) which were done by Kelley Dixon and Vince Gilligan. Still one of the best stories ever told on a podcast was from the season 2 finale ABQ and the story of a shot Vince wanted to get with a camera attached to some balloons. Comedy gold.. :) and also from season 2 onwards look for the gag reels on youtube. ;) I love Aaron Paul in the season 2 one “I’m so ready”. It should be your reward for finishing each season. :)

        I hope you love it as much as I did. It is a great show, and you can tell the cast truly enjoyed every minute of making it.

        • Spreecord

          Thanks for the advice!

    • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

      So how do you do that? I cannot imagine being able to call a stop to get some sleep if I were watching it for the first time.. ;)

      I still think after everything they showed us, that scene with Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul outside the bank “I am awake” “What?” was one of the best scenes ever. And there are a lot of great scenes to compete with that.

      As you go through your watching, you might want to check out the official podcasts (you can find them on the AMC website or on iTunes) which were done by Kelley Dixon and Vince Gilligan. Still one of the best stories ever told on a podcast was from the season 2 finale ABQ and the story of a shot Vince wanted to get with a camera attached to some balloons. Comedy gold.. :) and also from season 2 onwards look for the gag reels on youtube. ;) I love Aaron Paul in the season 2 one “I’m so ready”. It should be your reward for finishing each season. :)

      I hope you love it as much as I did. It is a great show, and you can tell the cast truly enjoyed every minute of making it.

    • john_sudeste

      Nice to read I’m not the only latecomer to BB fandom. I am obsessed with this show and Brian Cranston’s character.

  • lizzybef

    I love Downton Abbey with all the loves, but you (not YOU you, TLo) can’t tell me that Michelle Dockery did a better job overall than Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black. *shakes fist at heavens*

    • Chickadeep

      Or even a better job than Laura Carmichael on Downton Abbey!

    • decormaven

      Can we launch a write-in campaign for Tatiana? Even if S2 wasn’t quite as strong as S1, damn, that woman can act.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      I really enjoyed the last season of Downton Abbey (more so than season 2), but I don’t think they deserved Emmy nominations this year.

      • scoobynacks

        Jim Carter and Joanne Froggatt are legit threats (particularly Joanne). Jim’s probably gonna submit the first US ep (1 & 2 in the UK) and he’s got a lot to do there. Paul Giamatti could get be a threat potentially, but Robert Morse might get the first Mad Men Emmy. DA absolutely deserved nominations. They’re one of the best made/acted shows on tv. Subtlety is a skill.

    • scoobynacks

      You could’ve had 7 nominees potentially if the 7th came within 2% of the 6th. Michelle Dockery didn’t keep her out. She had the performance. They simply didn’t vote for Tatiana. They’re not watching Orphan Black and they apparently straight up don’t like The Americans. Jeff Daniels got in but not Matthew Rhys? Meh. And by the way, Kerry Washington? Sorry. She deserved a nom for SNL, not Scandal. Melissa McCarthy instead of Mindy Kaling honked me off. Poor Chris Messina. Yay for Kate Mulgrew.

    • Mb

      Keri Russell and The Americans both deserved to be nominated. Matthew Rhys too.

  • http://www.kokohogan.com/ Christopher J Hogan

    Kiernan Shipka is the best actor on Mad Men. There, I said it. It’s shame she’s always snubbed at awards time.

    • Democracy Diva

      AMEN.

    • Sobaika

      The criminally overlooked Vincent Kartheiser would like a word.

      • MartyBellerMask

        *sigh*

      • In_Stitches

        He can tend to be a bit of a ham, but some people just ARE hams in real life. Clearly that’s what he’s going for and it’s very effective.

        • jtabz

          Clearly that’s what he’s going for and it’s very effective.

          For some reason, I read this line in Pete Campbell’s voice.

          • In_Stitches

            That worries me greatly. Oh God….am I Pete Campbell? At least I’m not balding yet.

          • jtabz

            I think it’s just impossible for me to read about Pete Campbell without his patented inflection going through my brain.

          • http://bidonica.wordpress.com/ Poggy

            Well thank you, now I’m doing it too. I’m doing it right now as I write. NOT GREAT, BOB!

          • Lady Bug

            Your chip-n-dip will be in the mail shortly ;)

          • In_Stitches

            I already have one!

          • Lady Bug

            LOL! :)

          • Denise Alden

            OMG, I can hear it now, too! Thank you!

          • Anne

            A thing like that…

      • Denise Alden

        Absolutely.

      • Lady Bug

        Considering that he wasn’t nominated for his brilliant performance in Season’s 5 “Signal 30″, I should sadly reconcile myself to the fact that he will never be nominated. But still, “NOT GREAT, EMMYS!” and it is a “shameful, shameful day.”

        A thing like that…sigh…

      • UsedtobeEP

        Yep. This. I kept scrolling back up to see if he was there.

    • colleenjanel

      I’ve never understood … Daytime Emmys get Outstanding Younger Actor/Actress. Why not the Primetime Emmys? She would be a shoo-in!

    • RussellH88

      It takes a lot of talent to take two rather iconic character (Don and Betty) and create someone who would have realistically come from that upbringing. She brings just enough of both characters into her performance while still making Sally her own person. She’s not just miming January Jones and Jon Hamm.

    • jtabz

      Kiernan is wonderful, but I’m most sad not to see Elisabeth Moss on the best supporting actress list. I love Christina Hendrix, but I think Elisabeth Moss has been amazing thus far this season and has show so much range.

      • Aidan B

        Yes! I was saddened by her snub.

        • Denise Alden

          Me three.

          • Lady Bug

            Me four. I’m also really surprised by her snub as well. Kartheiser has never been nominated, so at this point, even if Season 7 part 2 tops his work in Season 5, I’m pretty sure he’s still not going to get nominated for an Emmy. Moss on the other hand, has been nominated before, so the Emmy committees are willing to nominate her. Season 7, IMO was some of her strongest work on the series. Her scene when she said goodbye to Julio was Emmy worthy by itself. How she didn’t get a nomination for her work this season is puzzling to me.

            Also a bit surprised that Slattery wasn’t nominated. This year, IMO gave him some of his strongest material on the show and he’s been nominated before with comparatively less meaty material.

          • jtabz

            Yes! The scene with Julio was the one that made me think it just had to be Peggy Olsen’s Emmy year. Alas.

          • Lady Bug

            I’m still holding out hope for a nomination (and maybe even a win) for next year for EM. I wonder if next year, if she will put herself back in the supporting category? I completely understand why she would put herself in lead, especially for this season-in terms of both screen time and character importance to the overall story arc and plot involvement, she is the female lead character on MM. But, she would probably have a much better chance if she would put herself in the Supporting category (even if she did deserve a nomination this year in the lead category).

      • UsedtobeEP

        Yep, that too.

  • Alyssa

    Reading these nominations makes me very excited for the red carpet!

  • Musicologie

    I hope Futurama takes the animated category. The series finale was beautiful. I know people rag on the Comedy Central episodes, but some of them (like “The Late Philip J. Fry”) were brilliant and poignant. The finale had the emotional payoff along with some very high-concept sci-fi.

    • Sarah

      I still refuse to accept that it is not coming back. Planet Express 4EVA.

    • RescueMe23

      I admit I am a Bobs Burger fan! LOL

      • Sarah

        Shit, me too, but Futurama is like Bach to Bob’s Burgers’ pop song.

      • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

        I recently started watching “Bob’s Burgers” and I’m so glad I did because it’s hilarious!

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Totally agree…love me some Futurama.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Ooh, it’s a 3-way tie for me between Futurama, Archer, and Bob’s Burger’s!

      • Tlazolteotl

        Yup. I love them all, for (mostly) different reasons.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

    Lena Headey’s bitch face is nominated. I’m over the moon!

  • MilaXX

    Disappointed in the Orphan Black snub but so many other nominations made me happy. Crossing my fingers for Kerry, Uzo & Laverne just to name a few.

  • Sarah

    I am SUPER glad that Fargo got nominations. Martin Freeman acted his little hobbity ass off in that series. And, of course, OITNB and HOC are so worthy, except I’m not super sure that Kate Mara really deserves the nom for House of Cards. She didn’t strike me as the best part of the series, anyway.

    • Grumpy Girl

      Agree about Kate Mara. At first I was impressed by how unlikeable she made her character. But then I realized . . . she’s just unlikeable, and maybe that’s not her character.

  • Sobaika

    Assorted thoughts:

    - I miss when there was genuinely great stuff on HBO (heyday of The Wire, Sopranos, etc.). It feels like they are coasting on their reputation and don’t exactly deserve as many noms as they get (thinking specifically of Silicon Valley).
    - Where is The Good Wife????
    - Oh look, Parks & Rec gets shut out again.
    - Pulling for Kerry Washington. She actually deserved it last year but let’s hope they fix their mistake.
    - I’m afraid Uzo, Laverne, and Natasha will cancel each other out :(
    - Pulling for Cat Deeley, as always :)
    - Tatiana Maslany is too good for this Emmys shit.

    • Kate Andrews

      I know! I thought Good Wife would be in there for best drama and writing and directing for individual awards. At least Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles and Christine Baranski got nominations — they all did a fantastic job.

      • H2olovngrl

        I wonder if they will give it to Josh Charles for, you know, reasons.

    • RussellH88

      The Good Wife is an astounding show. How many shows out there can be so consistent and then give their best season that late in the game?

    • sugarkane105

      I will be genuinely sad if Uzo doesn’t win! But she prevailed at the Critic’s Choice Awards recently, so here’s hoping.

    • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

      Cat Deeley FTMFW. *fingers crossed*

    • In_Stitches

      Uzo and Natasha, definitely. What the hell did Laverne do this season besides explain vaginas and wear a sparkly dress to career day? She was hugely marginalized this season (a point that I hope is corrected next season).

      • RussellH88

        This is for season 1, not season 2.

        • sugarkane105

          It is?? That explains a lot, actually. Jeez, Emmys, get with the times already.

          • RussellH88

            I’m pretty sure it is. This was the first year it was eligible. That’s why there’s no nomination for Vee.

          • sugarkane105

            You’re right – the fact that Vee wasn’t nominated is a dead giveaway!

        • In_Stitches

          That makes sense. She had a much meatier storyline in Season 1 dealing with health care rights, fighting for a way to get the medication she needed.

        • Denise Alden

          That would explain Lorraine Toussaint’s absence from the nominations, and the fact that Taylor Schilling got a nod for “lead” role. Thanks!

    • Jennifer Schiller

      I don’t dislike Kerry Washington but Julianna Margulies was brilliant this season. She’d get my vote. Although Josh Charles and Christine Baranski were also fantastic and that’s a lot of The Good Wife.

      Parks & Rec continues to be such a poorly under appreciated show. Ann and Chris was one helluva episode of comedic television, that was both achingly funny and gentle, and was able to say a dramatic goodbye to beloved characters without feeling like a finale.

      I think one of the OITNB girls will get the guest actress nod, but who knows.

      If Lena Dunham wins over Poehler or Dreyfuss I am boycotting television. Veep is tremendous.

    • UsedtobeEP

      Well, Amy Poehler got nominated.

    • LP

      Parks didn’t deserve it this season, but then again I doubt Modern Family or Big Bang Theory did, either (I’ve seen only one ep of each and didn’t care for either… found BBT unwatchable, honestly).

  • Musicologie

    Also: Andre Braugher on B99. THE BEST.

    • misstressofsylar

      I was surprised that B99 wasn’t nominated considering that they won at the GG. Then I saw Braugher’s name and all was right in the world. Way to go Capt. Holt. Also, I would do terrible things (probably) if Jim Parsons and Modern Family will win again!!!

    • Jennifer Schiller

      Terry Crews though.

      • fursa_saida

        They could honestly just rotate through the entire supporting cast and I wouldn’t be mad.

        In other news, Tiny Terry loves his pickles!

    • Denise Alden

      I adore everything and everyone on that silly, silly show. I promise I’ll go Full Boyle if Andre doesn’t win!

  • carollorac

    I couldn’t be more disappointed that Hannibal was ignored. Again. But I was happy to see Kate Mara’s nomination. Her performance as “Ground Beef on the Subway Tracks” was mesmerizing.

  • Gatto Nero

    I would love to see Jon Hamm prevail, finally, but this year he’s up against the two powerhouses in True Detective.
    Very glad to see Louie in the lineup. There’s nothing else on TV like it.
    And Elisabeth Moss is snubbed again.

    • Fitzperry

      Sad to see Elisabeth Moss snubbed too. And what about Bryan Cranston? I figured he’d be the favorite.

      • Kate Andrews

        It is his last year of eligibility, but the Emmys love to give awards to movie stars. Also, TD was a fantastic show, and McC killed it!

        • Cabernet7

          Given that True Detective has the same structure as American Horror Story and Fargo, it should be in the miniseries category. It’s really unfair that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are taking away nominations from actors who commit to multiple years of a series. Not only is that contributing to screwing Jon Hamm out of the Emmy he’s deserved for years, those nominations should have gone to Matthew Rhys and Michael Sheen.

          • MarieLD

            I heard that the producers decided to put it up for nominating in best drama category rather than best miniseries, and I totally agree with you.

          • Gatto Nero

            It shouldn’t be up to the producers. There should be some standard definition for series versus miniseries.

        • KateWo

          Yeah I don’t see how TD can’t win- I was so crazy on the edge of my seat for that show! Never saw anything like it

      • RescueMe23

        He was nominated.

        • Fitzperry

          Saw that – I was just responding to the comment about Jon Hamm being up against McC and Harrelson. I haven’t watched TD but I figured Cranston was a shoo-in after all the BB raves. Maybe they’ll cancel each other out and Hamm will get it . . . .

          • Gatto Nero

            That’s because I’m not a Cranston fan.
            There — I said it.
            I think that the writing and his performance in the last couple of seasons of Breaking Bad were histrionic.

          • Sobaika

            I think Cranston and Breaking Bad were overall very consistent and well done but… I can’t help but agree. And I’m still pissed that Giancarlo Esposito gave probably the best and certainly the most enigmatic performance on the show and didn’t receive a win. Also Dean Norris was one of the best parts of the final season.

          • Fitzperry

            I only caught bits of Breaking Bad as my husband was watching it. I still see Cranston more as Malcom’s dad or Seinfeld’s re-gifting dentist.

      • misstressofsylar

        Remember when Melissa Mccarthy won for Mike and Molly after the Oscars recognized her for Bridesmaids? Just ugh.

    • RussellH88

      Hopefully splitting the final season up will help him finally get an Emmy. It’s kind of insane that Mad Men has yet to win an acting Emmy.

      But then again, the same can be said (Minus a Guest Actress win) of Six Feet Under, my #1 of all time.

  • Kate Andrews

    Seriously, I may riot if OITNB or Louie doesn’t win for comedy. No more Modern Family. Please! And also, I’m betting McConaughey takes the win for best actor in a drama. Poor Jon Hamm. Thrilled for the OITNB actresses!

    • Sobaika

      I like Modern Family and it’s very cute, but I agree – enough already.

      • Kate Andrews

        The worst thing about the Emmys is that they award the same shows over and over again.

      • Denise Alden

        I agree with you. That’s why it was kind of amazing when Brooklyn Nine Nine won at the Golden Globes (I think it was the Globes).

    • smh4748

      I think Cranston will win.

    • colleenjanel

      I swear, Jon Hamm is like the Lucci of the Primetime Emmys.

      I think I need to console him.

      • MK03

        I expect he’ll finally get his Emmy after Mad Men wraps. At least he better…

        • Cabernet7

          He should, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it went to Jeff Daniels again, or some movie star slumming on TV for a year like the True Detective actors.

          • Sobaika

            I’m still not over Jeff Daniels being nominated (let alone winning)!!!

            Like, he is fine. The Newsroom is fine. But that was arguably the toughest pack of nominated actors and… really? They went with him?

        • scoobynacks

          Steve Carrell never won for The Office. Everybody assumed with his last year that he’d get one and he really deserved it but he lost.

          • Cabernet7

            Yes, people always say someone will finally win for their last season, but how often does that really happen? Didn’t happen for Martin Sheen or Hugh Laurie either. Probably won’t happen for Amy Poehler. The only time I remember it happening was for Kyle Chandler (and I don’t care how good he was, I’m still pissed at him for stealing Jon Hamm’s Emmy. If he couldn’t win for “The Suitcase” episode in a year when Bryan Cranston wasn’t eligible, then Jon Hamm just isn’t going to win).

      • Lady Bug

        Well, eventually La Lucci did when her Emmy, maybe this year, or more likely-next year-will be Hamm’s year.

    • RescueMe23

      I must be the only one not impressed with Jon Hamm. I don’t even watch Mad Men because I don’t find him appealing at all.

      • Kristin McNamara

        Nope. I’m in your camp too. I usually just keep my mouth shut on this site because I’m in the clear minority, but since you spoke up, I’ll second it. I just don’t like the guy. Not even a little bit. And I tried to watch MM back in the day, but got about 5 episodes into Season 1 and had to stop. It bored me to tears. Well, not tears. Sleep.

        • RescueMe23

          I rarely post my thoughts on him too. I’m afraid I’ll get clawed to death by the bitter kitten John Hamm brigade!

    • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

      I get everyone’s exasperation about MF but, really, it has maintained being a very good show. I’m happy that it’s still getting its due.

      • demidaemon

        It definitely deserves nominations, that’s for sure. I think, like a lot of other people, we just want to see someone else win some of the time, you know?

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    LAVERNE FOR EVERYTHING!!! luv Her!

  • smh4748

    Parks and Rec isn’t on the comedy list, but Big Bang is? >:-(

    I love Downton Abbey, and it’s so fun to watch. But it absolutely does not deserve this many nods.

    • RussellH88

      Yeah, I don’t understand the love for Big Bang Theory. It almost feels like a show made for Joe Average to watch so he can feel smart.

      • Not applicable

        yah- anti-intellectualism is comedy gold! don’t you know, nerds are funny!

        • RussellH88

          Plus, the characters are just so one note. My dad watches the show, so I’ve seen a lot of it, and it just the same stereotype (Nerds are weird, awkward around girls, and pervy) and stretched out across several characters. And the Indian character (I think his name is Raj?) is essentially this generation’s version of the guy from Short Circuit.

          • Not applicable

            I have only seen a couple minutes of the show- as in the time that it takes for me to find the remote and change change the god-forsaken-channel! But I’ve seen enough to determine that the Sheldon character is just the white version of Steve Urkel– in that he’s just schtick.

      • Denise Alden

        Like nearly everything else CBS does, the first three to four seasons are sort of endearing. Then, it’s the same damn dumb “jokes” over and over again. Not to mention that CBS gives me the racist heebee jeebees more than any other network.

        • demidaemon

          CBS knows how to run something that was once good into the ground (see CSI) and obliterate what could have been quality shows but got cancelled/budget cuts/poor showing times (see Cold Case/The Good Wife, though the latter still seems to be doing well, at least for now).

      • Lilithcat

        I watched it once on the recommendation of a friend. Let’s just say my taste clearly differs from hers when it comes to sitcoms.

  • Stacy C

    The Outstanding Drama Category is a total toss up. All of those are outstanding!

  • Karen Belgrad

    Is it wrong that I clicked this thread to find out your take on Mindy’s outfit?

    • sugarkane105

      Based on that one photo above (I didn’t watch the telecast), that’s the best Mindy has looked in a while! Dress and hair look great.

  • hughman

    Give “VEEP” all the things! Also, I thought I was the only person on Earth who watched “The Spoils of Babylon” so yay, Kristen Wiig!

    • Sarah

      OMG Spoils was SO FUNNY. She was brilliant. I always love that character she would do on SNL that was the 30′s movie star – “Don’t make me sing! DON’T MAKE ME SING!!!” I felt like she got to play that for the whole Spoils season. So hilarious.

    • In_Stitches

      Something tells me OITNB is going to take Comedy which makes no sense, but the Emmys love to give comedy awards to dramatic entrants that somehow ended up in the wrong category…

      • Laylalola

        Yes, Adam Driver almost certainly will win best supporting actor for his role in Girls, which is really probably deserved on the one hand but also really unfair to his competitors because his role is dramatic.

  • VDbloom

    Although I think both actresses are great, I would have given the nomination for best supporting actress to Elisabeth Moss over Christina Hendricks. She and Jon Hamm really make Mad Men what it is. It is incredible that neither of them has ever won.

    • Kate Andrews

      It’s possible that Elisabeth Moss entered the lead actress category.

      • c.

        She’s been entered in the Lead Actress category for most of the show’s run. If I remember correctly, only one year she was submitted under Supporting Actress.

      • Laylalola

        She did. And I understand why. But I think it’s a mistake, especially when I consider how none of the Games of Thrones characters at all qualify to be entered as leads. She’s a character that supports the overarching lead story.

  • CB

    I feel like they need to clarify the distinction between TV series and miniseries. I get that the shows get to choose the categories in which they submit, but it doesn’t make sense to me that American Horror Story is a miniseries while True Detective is a drama series when they both use the same format (self-contained storylines within each season).

    • Alanna

      (Reposting because Disqus wouldn’t let me put a link in my reply. Go to Vulture, click on “The Feed”, then scroll down. Sorry!)

      That issue was really annoying me as well, but Vulture just posted a
      thorough explanation of why Fargo and AHS qualified as a miniseries but
      True Detective did not. Apparently it has something to do with an
      arcane, buried-in-the-fine-print rule from the Writers’ Guild.

      • CB

        Thanks for pointing me to that article! The rule is so arcane and leads to weird results. I wonder if they will revisit it within the next couple of years because the “stand alone season” format is becoming so popular on television.

  • beebee10

    Orphan Black is a huge oversight.
    I am wondering if the star from the Crying Game, Jaye Davison, identifies as Trans? Wasn’t that role nominated for an Oscar?

    • Garcia Loca

      Orphan Black for drama and Tatiana for actress. Hell, nominate her for each clone.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      I don’t think so, he’s a gay man.

  • Calinda_L

    I love Downton Abbey like no other, but, come on, seriously?! How is that show still getting nominated for best drama? The first season was pretty good (either that or it was just pretty and therefore seemed good) and deserved a lot of the hype it got, but has the nominating committee watched it since then? An acting nomination is one thing (Carson!!!), but best drama? No way.

    (I’m pretty sure every comment about Downton Abbey starts with “I love Downton Abbey, but…”)

    • VDbloom

      I agree… Downton Abbey is certainly entertaining, but it’s not at the level of the other best drama nominees.

    • Pennymac

      I love Downton Abbey, but….How am I gonna root for Christina when Dame Maggie is in the same category?

      • scoobynacks

        Easy, skip both of them and root for Joanne.

    • Not applicable

      Yep- ITA jumped the shark when Matthew drove his roadster off the road… meh.

      • Gatto Nero

        Even before that, when he rose miraculously from the wheelchair.

        • Not applicable

          and THEN fathered a child!

      • Garcia Loca

        SPOILER ALERT. :)

        • Not applicable

          sorry! God, I hate when people do that. I thought it was safe since it was last year-

      • scoobynacks

        Hardly their fault. He wanted to leave. Incidentally have you seen that picture of him from The Guest where he’s all buff? Mmm hmm.

        • Not applicable

          I have not! He’s dead to me! ;p

    • scoobynacks

      I love Downton Abbey unabashedly. No but. Being nominated for Best Drama doesn’t mean you actually win it. It’s a way of saying you’re one of the top shows which they most certainly are. Let’s not get worked up in thinking they’d actually win. There’s not a nominating committee btw. The entire Emmy membership votes nominees, the committees are for each category. You could win an acting award with 16 first place votes or something ridiculous. The Emmy voters looked at the shows and liked DA. I agree they deserved a nomination. Maybe not a series win, but c’mon. A nomination’s deserved. Everybody knows it’s probably either Breaking Bad or True Detective anyway. Anybody else and I’ll be amazed.

  • ctopine

    I can’t even talk about the fact that The Mindy Project or any of the cast weren’t nominated. The show is hysterical, and she is amazing. I just can’t.

    • scoobynacks

      I haven’t let go of my wrath yet. I refuse to do so. Mindy and Chris deserved to be nominated. Honestly Ike and Adam should’ve been in the conversation too.

      • ctopine

        Other than Mindy and Chris, this was Adam’s season. He was fantastic. Honestly, the big bang theory over Mindy? I just get angry.

  • kcnitch

    Happy to see Idris Elba nominated, as well as Robin Wright and Julianna Marguiles. Bummed about Tatiana, and I also think Charles Dance and Matthew Rhys deserve nods.

  • DinaSews

    I really thought the awards season was over. The thought of watching the drunk, fawning Modern Family cast makes me ill.

    • Not applicable

      never liked that show– nor found it funny…

      • Kristin McNamara

        Me either! It’s weird because when it first came out and I didn’t watch, those who know me best all swore up and down that I’d love it and I HAD to watch it! Admittedly, it seems right up my alley…. but I watched 10 or so episodes into S1 (which is a pretty sizable chance I gave it) and couldn’t stand it. SUCH a try-hard show, imo.

  • Elizabeth Szubert

    I’m not happy about no love for the Blacklist and James Spader.. Ugh.

  • Guest

    Wow, everybody in The Normal Heart EXCEPT Taylor Kitsch, who I thought did a remarkable job!

    • sugarkane105

      Poor Riggins :(

      • In_Stitches

        As powerful as Jim Parsons was in that role, it still felt very much Sheldon Cooper. Maybe that’s just the limitation of being an actor with such distinct characteristics, but I would argue that the same should be true of Kitsch and yet there wasn’t the faintest trace of Tim Riggins in that role.

        • Kristin McNamara

          Oh wow, really? When I watched it, I remember remarking to my family and friends how NOT Sheldon the performance seemed. Of course most of a man’s mannerisms can’t really go away, so those will be similar to some of Sheldon’s, but I thought his passion and voice and attitude were completely different from Sheldon’s.

  • OffToSeeHim

    I hope Maggie Smith wins. I love her.

    • scoobynacks

      I love her too, she did a great job as usual. I just wonder if it’s not Joanne Froggatt’s year.

  • http://www.what-the-frock.com Dana F.

    I hate that Big Bang Theory gets nominated every year, but Parks & Rec continues to get the shaft.

    And I’m glad that Amy P. got a best actress nod, but I can’t believe that Nick Offerman has never been nominated for supporting actor.

    Other snubs: Elisabeth Moss and Dean Norris.

    • Sobaika

      SERIOUSLY, THANK YOU!

      I remember Ty Burrell winning one year and even saying it wasn’t a real win because Nick Offerman didn’t get nominated.

      • Denise Alden

        Gotta love that!

  • suzinrva

    Poor Mindy Kaling! Having to announce her category and not be nominated.

    • In_Stitches

      And she definitely deserved it this year.

    • Sobaika

      I love Mindy, but her show doesn’t deserve it (or at least didn’t make my imaginary Emmy list).

      Then again, Big Bang Theory is on here so who the fuck knows.

      • In_Stitches

        Comedy is dwindling these days. Parks and Rec gets worse every year (not that I don’t still love it), Community came back strong, but ended on a week note, none of the new family comedies set in other decades or featuring ‘modern families’, but not called Modern Family, managed to stick and New Girl had a rough season. The Middle never seems to get the recognition it deserves. That leaves Veep, Silicon Valley, and Brooklyn 99. Oh….and Cougar Town, which somehow manages to keep surviving. Hey, at least Cougar Town wasn’t nominated!

        • Denise Alden

          God, Cougar Town! Is there anything worse on television?

          • demidaemon

            I always weirdly like that show. *avoids bullets*

          • In_Stitches

            I do too! My Bill Lawrence/Scrubs love runs deep, but I don’t think it should be in the nomination conversation.

          • demidaemon

            In comparison to everything else, you are probably right. It was originally linked up with MF though, so maybe that is why it enters the conversation.

      • scoobynacks

        It absolutely did deserve it. The Mindy Project got hosed. Gonna go put Chris Messina dancing on a loop and drown my sorrows.

  • serenab44

    Project Runway got nominated. Maybe it’s not OITNB but it’s still family:)

    • demidaemon

      They pretty much nominated the same suspects in that category. Makes me wonder if they even look at new stuff in Reality Competition land.

      • In_Stitches

        next iron chef remains the only really show besides jeopardy if thatcounts thattreats it’s contestants with dignity and respect. I’d like to see noms for both

        • demidaemon

          Food Network never seems to get noms for anything (even in the Daytime Emmys, all the awards went to PBS chefs, even though there are some good ones on Food Network, too).

  • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

    Bellamy Young wuz robbed.
    But I am happy for the OITNB crew…except for Taylor. Never cared much for her acting on the show. Also happy for Peter Dinklage, “Modern Family” and crew, William H. Macy (finally!), Allison Janney (for “Masters of Sex”), “Breaking Bad” and crew, Lena Headey, Kate Mulgrew, “Silicon Valley”, and Idris Elba. And, finally, I hope Cat Deeley gets herself a much-deserved Emmy statue.

    • Gatto Nero

      Janney killed it on “Masters of Sex.” Broke my heart.

      • Qitkat

        I didn’t read your comment before I posted, but I said exactly the same thing.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

        That show was boring and claustrophobic until she showed up. She brought sunlight to a very dark set.

    • Glory Ten

      Bellamy Young!!! You are correct.

  • Terri Terri

    How is Kate Mara a “guest actress” on House of Cards? Isn’t she a lead character? Maybe I’m missing something.

    • RussellH88

      Have you seen season 2?

      • Terri Terri

        OK, thanks, I guess I’m behind on that show.

    • Garcia Loca

      I don’t want to spoil the season for those who haven’t seen it, but let’s just say she doesn’t have much presence past the first episode or two.

  • Not applicable

    OITNB— a comedy?? Yah- I for one certainly tune in to laugh at all the stereotypes… and the HILARITY of the life situations that got them all locked up! yep, comedy all around…

    • doodley

      They probably submitted as a comedy because they felt that they had a better chance there than as a drama, which has some pretty heavy-hitters nominated. Also, as someone else noted earlier, House of Cards is in the drama category, and Netflix probably didn’t want the two going up against each other.

      • Not applicable

        I’m sure that is the reason- but it still seems wrong– category manipulation.

        • doodley

          I’m enough of a nerd that I went and found the definitions from the Emmy Awards Rules & Procedures, which are posted on the Emmy Awards website. Here’s the distinction:

          “Comedy and drama series are defined as programs with multiple episodes (minimum of six), where the majority of the running time of at least six of the total eligible episodes are primarily comedic for comedy series entries, or primarily dramatic for dramatic series entries, in which the ongoing theme, storyline and main characters are presented under the same title and have continuity of production supervision.”

          It’s pretty vague and definitely leaves it in the hands of whoever is deciding how to submit.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    What??? No RuPaul’s Drag Race???

    • RussellH88

      I was hoping it would get nominated, but at the same time I think last season was the worst season so it’s hard to root for it.

  • Gorengirl

    No Hannibal…. Thats a travesty. Fabulous Series with Terrific Fearless Performances. Pulling for Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman….

  • TonyGo

    Can one of you smarties explain why Fred Armisen is nominated as Supporting Actor in a Comedy, when he and Carrie Brownstein play most of the parts on Portlandia?

    • doodley

      Either the actor or the show can choose how they’re nominated. Back in the day, all of the Friends cast insisted upon only being nominated as supporting actors, because they felt that, as an ensemble, no one was a lead actor. It’s very possible that the same explanation is true here.

      • Laylalola

        Then there’s Game of Thrones, where I’ve read that because there are so many cast members on screen, no one has enough screen time to be nominated as a lead actor or actress (so you have all of the main characters nominated instead for best supporting actor or actress). Which is a damn shame. But at the same time, there obviously are some basic rules governing this stuff.

      • scoobynacks

        It’s not how it is here. Grace C. explained it perfectly. It’s simply an arcane and idiotic rule. They can’t be lead which I don’t get. There ought to be discretion about who goes where.

        • doodley

          I posted before she shared that link, but it actually isn’t the same situation. Fred Armisen is up as a Supporting Actor, not a Guest Actor, which is what that article is about. When you’re looking at lead vs. supporting nominations, it’s decided by the actor/show. Here’s the language in the rules and procedures posted on the Emmy Awards website: “It is the decision of the entrant whether to enter as a lead or supporting performer.”

    • KateWo

      Yes, they problem elected to not go for lead. Modern Family has done that too. I hope Buscemi gets it for guest actor- loved that celery skit lol

    • Grace C.

      For sketch comedy shows, performers have to submit in supporting. Amy Schumer and Key & Peele were on the supporting ballots as well.

  • frannyprof

    PBS is rocking the Emmys!!!

  • anneshirley

    It’s true that season 2 of OB was not as good as S1, but I don’t see Tony as a “misstep” by TATIANA, who plays the characters that are written for her. I hated the Tony character, and the costuming was way off, but I don’t think that was due to Tatiana, who did her best and committed to a poorly-thought out decision by the writers. Also, we all know that actors are not just nominated for their work in the current season of the show (if so then both Michelle Dockery and Kerry Washington certainly should not have been nominated as the most recent seasons of DA and Scandal were wretched) but for their work overall. All that to say, while I wouldn’t argue that the show necessarily was “snubbed” for not being nominated as a drama, there is still NO excuse for Tatiana’s omission.

    • scoobynacks

      Again with the ‘nope’ on that opinion of Michelle Dockery. People sure are hating on something I bet they either haven’t seen or don’t appreciate. She was a grieving widow trying to get herself back to the land of the living in the first episode so she’ll have a good tape to submit. DA was NOT wretched this year. It was fine. Not stellar compared to S1 but perfectly fine which is a higher level of credit than you’re giving it. Did you really even watch the whole season?

      I expect someone named Anne Shirley to be a kindred spirit. About Tatiana you may be, but certainly not Downton.

      • anneshirley

        Well, that seems a little personal for a differing opinion on a television actor’s performance. (And yes, I watched the whole season, some episodes twice. And I stand by my view.)

  • Guest

    to quote my best friend, “what do straight people even do? eat pizza and watch the big bang theory?”

    also. yes, I understand the point about some of the clones but you cannot tell me that Tatiana Maslany does on television literally something no other actress is capable of right now.

    no writing nom for the Good Wife? that show SLAYS in it’s 5th season! that’s hard to do.

  • Huntsvillager

    I am obsessed with the Normal Heart and SO thrilled about the nominations, although I am partial to Matt Bomer. I’ve even gone back and started watching White Collar from the beginning. Turns out it’s not a terrible show, and has the benefit of many Shirtless Matt scenes.

    • Qitkat

      I’m re-watching it right now too, to clear my head about some of the on-going story lines. Oh hell, you know it’s because of Matt;-)

      • Huntsvillager

        Yes! Exactly. Sometimes I have trouble following the storyline, but then I realize – oh it really doesn’t matter. Matt’s smiling again.

  • Anique Ashraf

    as a wise woman once said, “The Emmys can suck Tatiana Maslany’s 13 clone dicks.”

    • Lady Bug

      FTW. :)

  • leahpapa

    This is excessively personal, but having watched a family member go through an experience like the one Minnie Driver portrays in “Return to Zero,” I am really glad her performance got some recognition.

  • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

    Kate friggin Mara? Is this for Season 1 or Season 2? B/c SPOILERS….
    She really wasn’t around much for Season 2.

    • scoobynacks

      Ugh, I’m gonna have to look at her idea of ‘serious actress’ with the slicked back hair and dark eyes on the Emmys red carpet. Dreading this. For the love of God you get paid to act for a living. Smile once.

  • Denise Rambo

    While I am a HUGE fan of “Downton Abbey”, I don’t think the acting is really all that much of a stretch. That said … Tatiana Maslany was ROBBED!

    • scoobynacks

      It IS a stretch. It doesn’t look hard because they’re that good, i.e. they make it look easy. Sorry but it bugs me when people don’t get how what they do is great work. The Emmy voters clearly get it. Their peers get it which is how they got a SAG drama ensemble award. You think Michelle Dockery grew up posh? She didn’t. That’s not her natural accent or physicality. See Maggie Smith just being interviewed or something and you’ll have a greater appreciation for her work as Violet, etc.

      • Maggie

        Appreciating your comments on this post in support of Michelle! You’re right on with all you’ve said. I’m just really excited and glad for Michelle.

  • george

    I’m kind of sad that The Americans wasn’t nominated for drama, because it’s consistently excellent. House of Cards doesn’t really deserve to be nominated (great acting, problematic writing).

    • MaggieMae

      I’m the exact opposite!

  • Wattage

    Very bitter that The Americans was completely snubbed. Stellar performances and great story…Keri Russell? Matthew Rhys? Annett Mahendru?

    • RussellH88

      Poor Keri Russell.

      I actually thought she should have been up for a lot of awards a few years ago with Waitress. I thought she was amazing in that movie.

  • decormaven

    As happy as I am for Christina’s nom, I’m sad Elisabeth Moss didn’t get nominated. I’m rooting for Jon Hamm- even if the later seasons haven’t had quite the same tug on my heart as the first four, he’s built a solid case for a win.

  • Lexie

    My personal picks, some of these were really difficult! A bit surprised by all the AHS noms, since this season was kind of meh. And so happy for Laverne!

    Also, can someone give Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Diana Rigg, and Maggie Smith a show together? Called something like, Fierce Women Over 60? I would just watch them throw shade for 30 minutes a week.

    Comedy Series: “Louie” (FX) or “Silicon Valley” (HBO)
    Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” or Amy Poehler, “Parks & Recreation”
    Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”
    Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
    Drama Series: DON’T MAKE ME CHOOSE, but if I had to, True Detective
    Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” or Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
    Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
    Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
    Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” or Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
    TV Movie: “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
    Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece)” or Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
    Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven” or Kristen Wiig, “The Spoils of Babylon”
    Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
    Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven”
    Reality-Competition Program: “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)
    Animated Program: “Bob’s Burgers”
    Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”

    • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

      I’m with you on “Silicon Valley”, Peter Dinklage, SYTYCD, and “Bob’s Burgers” picks.

      Meanwhile, I recently was looking old photos of Diana Rigg and MY. WORD. she was a babe!

      • Annaline39

        Emma Peel was my first girlcrush

    • marlie

      I would totally watch a show with Jessica Lange, Francis Conroy, Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith. And let’s throw in Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes) or Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley) for good measure.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

        They can just sit around drinking gin and I’d watch it!

    • demidaemon

      If Amazing race wins again, I am going to throw something. I don’t care who wins, as long as it isn’t that show.

      • Grace C.

        I’ve never watched but I thought TAR was one of the more… “highbrow” reality competitions, for lack of a better term.

        In the “non-competitive reality” category, Wahlburger’s somehow scored a nomination. That show was painfully bad; just thirty minutes of Marky Mark treating his older brother like garbage for fun.

        • demidaemon

          I don’t watch it, but I’ve never found it particularly riveting. I’ve always thought that Top Chef and SYTYCD (which I don’t even watch) do a better job of creating competitions that are interesting without relying too much on sob stories. I just think Amazing Race has won one too many times, even if it is a staple of the genre, and has fallen into the trap of encouraging interpersonal catfighting to create drama.

          • Grace C.

            Up until the last couple seasons, I would have agreed with you on Top Chef. Then they eliminated Kristen Kish instead of the dead weight of Josie (likely to push their “Last Chance Kitchen” web show), and gave the most recent win to a guy who was terrible and had no business even making the finals (I’ve completely blacked out the memory of his name but he was just god-awful).

            I still think TC is better than most; and I’m especially curious about the coming season, filmed here in Boston. Unfortunately, I have a hunch that challenges will include something at Fenway, marathon victims, lifelong fisherman, etc. However, I am hopeful for a Kristen cameo/guest judge slot. If they have the audacity to allow Todd English on-set, I will revolt. That dude is reviled here.

          • demidaemon

            While agree with you a bit on not liking the winners or the reactions, I do like the fact that Top Chef has remained ultimately consistent in their judging (I do wish we could see a little more of the behind the scenes reasoning behind some of the closer eliminations and wins). It could have easily devolved into PR’s version of judging but it hasn’t, and I think it is a bit ballsy to pick winners who may not necessarily have been well-liked (which is one criticism I have heard of RPDR of late).

            By the way, if you want to see more Kristen, I believe she is doing a guest spot on Ming’s cooking show on PBS.

          • Grace C.

            Well stated.

            Many thanks for the tip, I will look for her appearance :)

          • demidaemon

            No problem! :)

  • marlie

    If Lena Dunham wins, I might punch someone. I’m also SO disappointed that Tatiana Maslany wasn’t nominated. And finally? Breaking Bad is going to win everything, just because.

    • Not applicable

      i want to upvote this 1000x. so tired of the manipulation– AMC breaking up seasons to spread out their chances of winning awards. Meantime, seems like there are some real alliances for certain shows/actors who always seem to be nominated ie: Girls, BB, Big Bang…

    • ashtangajunkie

      If Lena Dunham wins, I’ve got your back. Good GAWD.

      • marlie

        It also means that she’s going to be doing the pre-Emmy poledance for 2-4 weeks before the awards show, thereby presenting us with a bunch of WTF outfits. It’ll get old after the 2nd or 3rd time seeing her intentionally butcher couture clothes, thus destroying any goodwill that the public may have for her.

    • scoobynacks

      She won’t. Don’t book your anger management classes and allocate your community service hours just yet.

    • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

      She’s not sniffing that Emmy statue.
      Meanwhile, pretty geeked for Adam Driver but it would be also lovely if Zosia Momet started getting some love/recognition for her work on the show.

  • george

    Can we all agree that Modern Family has sucked for at least 2 seasons now?

    • In_Stitches

      You have my whole-hearted agreeance. Hell, Suburgatory deserves to be up there over MF. The true family sitcom gem, The Middle, never gets the nod. No show has ever felt so much like a believable family to me (and it maintains a near 30-Rock level jpm (jokes per minute)).

      • Jennifer Schiller

        Absolutely spot on. I haven’t exactly hated MF for the last couple seasons, but putting it ahead of The Middle and Suburgatory on the same network is just lazy, and it hasn’t maintained it’s heart as well as Parks and Rec (if we’re talking strictly network sitcoms). Heck I thought Trophy Wife was better than Modern Family this season.

      • Qitkat

        In my comment I said I didn’t watch comedies, but I forgot about The Middle. That is the only one we watch, and for all the reasons you said.

    • KateWo

      Modern Family and Big Bang Theory can go away now

    • Grace C.

      Hasn’t it always sucked? :)

      • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

        A-Freaking-Men to that!

  • c.

    I’m really bummed about Elisabeth Moss not getting a nom. And that The Americans (the show as well as Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell) were passed over again. I really thought this would be their year! I had hope! Yay for Margo Martindale and Andre Braugher, though!

    • Laylalola

      I think it really hurts Mad Men how the final season has been broken up into very unsatisfying 7-episode arcs. It’s arguable that that’s so short no one should be put up for any of the drama categories; almost more mini-series.

      • c.

        Yeah, it’s definitely possible the final season getting split may have hurt Mad Men. I didn’t think the first 7 episodes were unsatisfying, but I do wish they hadn’t split the final season up. Hmm, I’m not sure number of episodes factors into whether a shows gets submitted under series or miniseries — Downton Abbey had 8 episodes in it’s season, that’s only one more than Mad Men.

        • Grace C.

          If a show has six or more episodes, it can submit as a drama series. That’s how The Big C and Treme ended up in the miniseries column for their final seasons, going four and five episodes respectively.

  • Frank_821

    It makes me more than frustrated about Tatiana. Here’s the rub. True it’s a small show on a small cable station but there really is no excuse for such laziness on the emmy voters. And I do mean laziness.

    Last year’s snub is understandable. She wasn’t really on the radar. However she’s won 3 critics awards since last year and she was nominated for the Globe. Between all that and all the outcry from journalists and tv critics when she was passed over last year for a nom (for both the emmy and the SAG) brought her a huge amount of attention. Don’t tell me the majority of qualified voters haven’t heard all the hoopla about her.

    Any performer that can generate that kind of response from both viewers and critics is worth checking out.

    If the majority of voters had actually bothered to look at her submission reel, there is just no way on earth she would have been overlooked this year for a nomination. Even folks who don’t like the show acknowledge her performance and what she does on the series. I know even if she had submitted this season’s finale that would have been enough. You saw her versatility and as well a beautifully heartbreaking scene between Sarah and Cosima that exemplifies what people love about the show

  • Supernumerary

    Disappointment in Tatiana being ignored goes without saying. I’m also disappointed-but-not-surprised that Hannibal’s Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen (especially Mads) weren’t considered. Or, hell, Hannibal as a whole — that show has atmosphere which are lacking on some others.

  • bayusc

    I need to make a plug for a comedy series. Any kittens watch “The Middle?” FAR funnier and much better acted than “Modern Family”. Super under-rated. Try it, I assure you won’t regret it.

    • In_Stitches

      It’s fantastic! I don’t get why it doesn’t get any love; it’s hysterical and yet, grounded and believable.

    • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

      I watch “The Middle” and absolutely adore it. I also watch “Modern Family” and I absolutely love it. But I do agree that “The Middle” is super underrated and deserves a lot of shine.

  • Laylalola

    OH YAY, I didn’t realize Kate Mara was eligible for House of Cards this year, and she was so fantastic in that role that I lost interest almost immediately after her character was off the show. I mean, that’s even with the show carrying on with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright still in the lead roles.

    • imakeart

      Oh well….I haven’t watched season 2 yet.

  • Heather B.

    So bummed that The Americans was snubbed. Best show on TV right now and Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are phenomenal.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston. YES!!! Also love OITNB, and all of the characters on it (as actors, I mean- I certainly don’t like pornstache)

  • sk8tfan

    I’m surprised no Melissa McBride for the Walking Dead. Her episode involving the, um, misguided Lizzy was one of the most riveting hours of tv I’ve seen in a long time.

  • GeoDiva

    Tatiana on a bad day is still better than 99% of what is on TV.

  • KateWo

    Reeeaallly hope Christina Hendricks gets it this year!

  • Imasewsure

    What a weird category for our Orange ladies “Guest actress”…??? They are supporting actresses but I guess this gives more people a chance to win so that is great. I still have to go with Crazy Eyes for the win. She was fantastic although Ms. Sophia was a revelation as well. Go Gurls! Go sweep!!

  • Qitkat

    I’m old and cranky and don’t care for today’s this decade’s crop of sitcoms/animation/reality (lost love for PR & folks some time back), so I have no opinion there. Love Jane Lynch in Hollywood Game Night though.
    The Normal Heart is a spectacular, heartbreaking film, which deserves all its nominations and a win or two for good measure. Excellent cast, although the four in supporting actor/miniseries may cancel each other out, so it may go to Martin Freeman. Crossing fingers for Matt Bomer though.
    Masters of Sex is an well-written, often ground-breaking series, and Beau Bridges and Allison Janney killed it in their respective roles, and both deserve to win.
    All the best variety series are nominated, and I like several of them, but would vote for Bill Maher, as he makes me laugh, question my opinions, and learn something new consistently every week.
    I would guess drama series comes down to Mad Men or True Detective, which would make me happy for either one, as BB has already garnered its share of well-deserved wins. Will it finally be Jon Hamm’s year? That would be lovely, but Matthew McConaughey was incredible in his role.
    As for the ladies, I like Christine Baranski, can’t decide a favorite for lead/drama. Though I’m sure the noms for OITNB are well-deserved based on the posts on this blog, I have yet to see it. Or several other of the shows for that matter.
    Now to see what everyone else says :)

  • pattyw

    Parks & Recreation always woefully ignored. The entire cast, hands down, funniest ensemble.

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    Just another excuse to see Matt Bomer in a tux.

  • Heather

    Bummed about no Hannibal nominations.

    Diana Rigg should win the Best Guest Actress. She was the perfect Queen of Thorns.

  • CarrieBaby

    Rooting for Kerry to win because she was robbed last year but I have to admit that last season of Scandal was a little weak. Boo! to the Bellamy Young snub but at least Joe Morton was nominated. His monologues give me life!
    Kinda shocked that Pedro Pascal wasn’t nominated for GoT, in that short amount of time, he easily became one of my favorite characters on that show. :(

  • your face

    If the Big Bang Theory wins anything, I am going to cut a bitch.

    • KT

      Thank you!!! Why does that shit keep getting nominated

    • Ali2044

      I will never forgive this show for taking my pubescent crush on Roseanne-era Johhny Galecki, and turning it into something dirty. BBT is just painfully unfunny.

  • imustacheyouaquestion

    NO Parks and Recreation? Those Eagletonians!

  • VioletFem

    I just love that so many of the ladies from OITNB are being recognized by the Emmy’s, they all deserve it. I’m disappointed that Tatiana Maslany did not get nominated, but not surprised. Genre shows are too often overlooked by the award show. The most egregious example of this was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was never recognized despite how groundbreaking it was.

  • demidaemon

    I do like that there is a 50% chance an OITNB actress will walk away with a Guest Actress Emmy. It’s still kind of weird to see OITNB in the Comedy category, and It’s going to be tough for that show to win over the academy’s usual favorites in all its categories. :(

  • somebody blonde

    I think it’s interesting that I’ve heard lots about all the comedies the leading ladies are nominated for, but not all the lead actors’ comedies. I’ve completely missed “Derek,” “House of Lies,” “Shameless,” and “Episodes.” Are women-led comedies just more important now?

  • somebody blonde

    Also, can someone explain the distinction between “supporting actor” and “guest actor”?

    • Grace C.

      There’s an essay up on Time (I think if I link, the reply will end up moderated) that tries to explain it – tends to come down to the terms of the actor’s contract. In some cases, it makes sense, but in others (thinking specifically of Robert Morse) I think the terms are fudged.

  • txngyrrl

    “Outstanding Reality-Competition Program” – I’m sorry, I don’t see “RuPaul’s Drag Race” BOO!

  • Miss wks

    The fact that Khandi Alexander did not get nominated for Treme is a ridiculous oversight….AGAIN.

  • Grace C.

    I love Robert Morse and truly hope he wins, but the ridiculous rules that allow an actor who has been billed in the opening credits of a show for seven seasons to submit himself as a “guest” performer really make a mockery of true guest performances (he was also nominated in the same category last year, along with Harry Hamlin).

    Having ranted about it, he’s probably the favorite to bring home Mad Men‘s first acting trophy.

    It’s a disgrace that Elisabeth Moss is missing. I thought she was a lock to win it.

  • Scott Addysit

    How do Modern Family and BBT keep getting nominated over far better comedies like Happy Endings (last year) or Parks and Recreation?

    • Grace C.

      The Emmys are notorious for getting into ruts with the same nominees/winners year after year. I still can’t believe John Larroquette scored four consecutive wins for Night Court. Night Court!!! Blech.

      • demidaemon

        It’s unfortunate but true. And then they do a sudden turn around and altogether stop nominating shows from certain categories. Up until about five years ago, procedurals and their cast would get regular nominations (and wins) in the drama categories. Now, there are none. I expect the same will happen to MF in a year or two.

        • Grace C.

          It’s just baffling, the way some shows clearly do not exist to them (The Americans, if nothing else, should have been a lock for hair & makeup) while others are treated like they are the only programs on the air.

          How does it take Bob Newhart until 2013 and an appearance on The Big Bang Theory to win? Ugh. UGHHHHH.

          • demidaemon

            It is. I don’t really get it, but then, again, I don’t work for them. If I did, I’m sure there would be a very different nominations list.

  • snarkykitten

    I absolutely loathe TBBT so as long as that doesn’t win, I’ll be happy. But OitNB deserves ALL the awards.

  • KingCrazy

    Tatiana Maslany & Vera Farmiga were robbed of their nominations.

    The Good Wife absolutely deserved an Outstanding Drama nom as well.

  • PeaceBang

    Chuckling over the nomination of the dreadful “AHS: Coven” for Best Anything. Okay, well, Best Minotaur. And Frances Conroy.

  • PastryGoddess

    With the exception of a few of the noms and categories, this is a very lazy Emmy nominations list

  • Lady Bug

    Don’t worry Pete Campbell, Peggy Olsen, in a few years the two of you will form the most successful Ad Agency in NYC; and if the task of creating the next “Burger Chef” ad becomes too overwhelming, I know some clones that might be able to help out. ;)

  • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

    I am only a recent convert to The Good Wife but I would have a really hard time choosing between Aaron Paul and Josh Charles for the win of supporting actor this time. Being a long time Aaron Paul fan I didn’t really feel like he had enough to do in the final 8 – I wish they had shown us his confession tape because I am sure that would have sealed the deal for me.

  • lamh

    I’d like to see Joe Morton win for Scandal His turn as Papa Pope on that show has single-handedly made the last season of Scandal that much better. I lived for one of his “Papa Pope reads…” so and so rants.

    My other choices are based solely on who I like. The category with Idirs Elba, Chiwetol and Bene C is a tough one for me, though I lean more to Luther. I suspect though that the win will go to anyone in Normal Heart.

  • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

    Why is Robert Morse a “guest actor”? His name runs on the credits all the time, although I grant that he doesn’t appear in every episode. For that matter, neither does January Jones, and she’s never a “guest actress”.

    • Grace C.

      I don’t think I can post the link but if you google “Time Magazine Emmy Guest Actors” it should pull up a piece from today *trying* to explain it and the arcane contract readings qualification requires. I say trying because I think it’s a load of bull. When the category was created, it was for genuine “guest” appearances – an episode or a very limited, single-season arc (I want to say Alfre Woodward was one of the first winners for a solo episode of L.A. Law, and deservedly so).

      I adore Robert Morse but his role was never intended to be the kind recognized in this category :/

      • Lady Bug

        Yeah, I just read the Time Article, apparently it’s strictly based on the type of contract you sign, if you sign a contract as “guest actor” you can only be considered as a guest actor-regardless of screen time or how important your character is to the overall arc of the show.

        • Grace C.

          It just seems so unfair – and I’m rooting for him to win, but holy hell, when Kartheiser is looking at an entire run without a single nomination for what he’s done with Pete Campbell, because he’s stuck in a competitive category, the system is failing.

          • Lady Bug

            You’ll get no argument from me. I mean I understand that with so many shows having ensemble casts, sometimes the line between lead and supporting is blurred, but I do think that the guest actor category needs to be better defined for actual guest actors-and not necessarily actors who are in every single way except contractually supporting actors.

            As for Robert Morse, while he’s been in the opening credits for 7 years, as far as appearances/story line, his role is much more of a cameo role than a supporting actor role-IMO. So, I can understand the argument for putting him in the guest actor category.

      • Lady Bug

        Slightly off topic, I just youtubed a scene from that episode of LA Law, so fun to see a young Harry Hamlin as well. :)

        • Grace C.

          I recently re-watched the first season and wow. Not a show that aged well. Great performances (I had to look and Alfre’s Emmy win was in the pilot episode – christ I’m old remembering that) but some very cringe-inducing homo- and single-woman phobia running through those early episodes.

          Harry was quite delish, though. Even now, out of Jim Cutler make-up, I’d hit it :)

  • Jay

    I, too, am excited by all the love for Orange is the New Black and hope it does really well come August 25. That being said, I don’t share your enthusiasm for The Normal Heart…Matt Bomer was great, but I thought most of the cast ranged from adequate to unimpressive (Mark Ruffalo seemed to push hard to seem gay) and that the overall film was really uneven. I question if all the Emmy recognition is based on the movie’s merits or its status as an Important HBO adaptation of a prestigious play.

  • judybrowni

    Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks for the win!
    Yeah well it shoulda happened like 5, 6 years ago, so somebody newer and shinier will probably get it instead.
    Sigh.

  • Jay

    Melissa McCarthy, Maggie Smith, and Ellen Burstyn are clearly very talented, but their respective nods for Mike & Molly, Downtown Abbey, and Flowers in the Attic reek of lazy voting to me. Emmy voters really go for the people with recognizable names…Burstyn herself was nominated for a 14-second performance a few years back. For real!

    • Grace C.

      Penelope Wilton and Laura Carmichael owned this season of Downton. I respect Dame Maggie but this was not her year.

  • Columbinia

    First, “Breaking Bad” and Bryan Cranston. Second, anything “Fargo.” Also, “The Americans” should be in there more than they are.

  • Herr Meier

    Game of Thrones FOR THE WIN

  • altermyego

    Face Off – why isn’t this show ever nominated for best reality-competition? It’s incredibly creative, the contestants are always excited to hear their challenges (as opposed to the moans and groans on most other shows), excellent judges and judging, great editing and most of all, amazing talent! C’mon Emmys, give them some love!

  • largishbearishAtlish

    oooh! Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

    Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory” So glad to see!!!

  • Danielle

    LAVERNEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

  • formerlyAnon

    Despite all the dreck readily available, we’ve been living in an age of extremely good television for a while now.

  • Lilithcat

    Julia Roberts sucked in “The Normal Heart”! She was so one-note.

    I loved Fargo, and hope Allison Tolman takes the award. (Side note: how do they decide who gets a “lead” nomination and who gets a “supporting” one. Because if she wasn’t a “lead”, I don’t know who was.) Too bad Freeman and Thornton will split the vote for lead actor.

  • redhead with tattoos

    Let the cries of “HANNIBAL WAS SNUBBED AGAIN” echo around the nation.

    Agreed on the hearty congrats for some of these folks, though. OITNB, The Normal Heart, Andre Braugher (even though Brooklyn Nine-Nine got totally snubbed on all other fronts) and Amy Poehler (who owns my heart).

    Continued WTF WHEN WILL WE BE DONE WITH THIS CRAP to Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons (for BBT only, he can keep the Normal Heart one, that one’s good), Modern Family and all of its nominations.

    Final, individual WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK to Fred Armisen.

  • Glory Ten

    Where in Hades is Elizabeth Moss on that list? And as a parent, I must note that all the animated nominees are for adults. What’s up with that? SMH. Kudos to all OITNB folks. That must just be for the first season though, right? I mean, where’s Lorraine Toussaint? She better be up next year. My apologies to everyone for any redundancy (no time to scroll the 349 existing comments).

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I really hope Louie wins something. This season in particular was amazing. I’d say he raises the bar on what is comedy to an auteur level. No one else even comes close to what he’s doing with that show.

    Rooting for True Detective and Matthew McConaughey in their respective categories. Screw Breaking Bad. I know that’s not a popular opinion, but the ending of that show pissed me off greatly. Also deeply hoping for Kate Mulgrew and Laverne Cox to win.

    I share the sentiments re: the snubbing of Hannibal, though I’m not surprised. That show has a small (but devoted) audience and it’s extremely transgressive. Very disappointed by Tatiana Maslany not getting a nomination. She richly deserved it.

  • Snowbabie

    I was thrilled that Ricky Gervais was nominated for “Derek”. The show is like nothing else and really gives you something to think about every episode. If you haven’t seen it – give it a chance.

  • Kane

    Question:
    Why is “True Detective,” an anthology series with a completely new story each season, considered a Drama Series, while “American Horror Story,” an anthology series with a completely new story each season, is classified as a Miniseries?

    And why are “Luther” & “Treme,” which have aired multiple seasons with the same characters in a continuing story, considered Miniseries?

    The fuck?

    • Grace C.

      The rules are rather arcane but in general, classification for miniseries vs. drama (for a show with more than six episodes in a single season) comes down to how “closed ended” the series is. After its first season, when it competed as a drama, the Academy determined that American Horror Story could compete in either category and so Ryan Murphy/FX went with the far less competitive miniseries option. True Detective fell under the same guidelines, though HBO selected drama instead. Some think it is because it will be a more prestigious win than a miniseries award would be (especially since it’s been awhile since HBO ruled that category). Others suggest they didn’t want McConaughey and Harrelson up against any of the men in The Normal Heart (though the top award for movie and miniseries is separate).

      Since both Treme and Luther fell under the minimum number of episodes required to be considered a ‘regular’ series, they submitted in miniseries.

      • Kane

        Thanks. HBO keeping ‘Heart’ & ‘Detective’ from competing head-to-head makes a lot of sense.

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  • Ali2044

    I can only assume that Penny Dreadful wasn’t eligible for this years awards. That is the only reasonable explanation for overlooking Eva Green’s insanely good performance. She just smashed it out of the park every episode.

  • Mink Carlyle

    If Matt Bomer doesn’t win in his category for that spectacular, heart-breaking performance Imma gonna tear EVERYTHING down. Just sayin’.

  • AutumnInNY

    Congrats to the wonderful Margo Martindale for “The Americans”. Criminal that the rest of the fine cast and drama were not recognized. This show is a gem, should not have been overlooked.

  • p_capet

    The Americans…

  • http://www.tracksuitfriday.com/ Ashley

    I am so over Big Bang Theory! Enough already!

  • Skippymom1

    I hope Bob Newhart wins for the Big Bang Theory.