This Thursday, the Emmy nominations were announced. I wasn't going to do a separate post on this, but then I realized the ridiculous amount of time that I have spent watching television this year and how much I have posted about it. More importantly: I saw the majority of the things that are nominated, which is a little bit depressing considering I don't get paid to watch this stuff and I'm on a year-long trip to FRIGGIN' EUROPE. I'm sure there's a 'get outside' hashtag I should reference. But, onward. I'm copying and pasting the nominees from THR and double-checking the list with VF.
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
My thoughts: I have yet to watch The Americans or Better Call Saul, though they're both on my list and I have nothing but admiration for Breaking Bad. I haven't seen the last couple of seasons of Downton and honestly, while I enjoyed previous seasons, it's very soap-y. At least the costumes are pretty. As for Homeland, I accidentally stopped watching Downton. I purposefully stopped watching Homeland. The first season was great. And that's about it. As for HoC, I can't get the latest season because I'm in Germany but, again, the third season wasn't that great. The first season was perfect but it's never lived up to the hype since then. I also think it's very telling that I couldn't escape the news of that one OitNB character even though I watched the thing within a month of it airing and I still have no idea what happened with the Underwoods in season 4 and it's been months. I'm working on Mr. Robot now, finishing it soon. While it's new and fresh and interesting, especially the main character, it's not Game of Thrones. The watercooler (or whatever the modern version of that is) show hasn't been this good since it's first season and its last few episodes were basically perfect. GoT all the way.
Master of None
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
My thoughts: I haven't seen Black-ish or Silicon Valley, though people I trust say nothing but good things. As for MoN, I wrote about it when it first debuted. A few episodes were clunky but overall I thought it fantastic. Modern Family has gotten enough Emmy love. I'm surprised it was nominated. It's one of those shows where I forget it's still on. Taking a break to tip my hat to the Emmy team for nominating the jackasses behind Big Bang Theory. That show is an affront to nerds. I've seen bits and pieces of Transparent and it's fine. Better than most, but definitely not the best. Ditto to Unbreakable. Honestly, I might like the Kimmy Schmidt show more if it wasn't on Netflix. That's just a lot of energy and loud voices for a weekend binge session. But it's a fine comedy; like the previous, better than most. But the absolute real winner here is Veep. Our real life politics are somehow crazier than the show but the insults alone...
The Night Manager
The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
I loved this season of Fargo. Really. I thought it was better than the first. But the hands down winner here is The People v O.J. Simpson. Timely .Well-written. Well-acted. Just perfect television. And even though we all knew the ending!
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
I'm happy to see Coach Taylor nominated. This category is interesting, since it's the first time in a long time it's not dominated by Cranston or Hamm. I think the real award for Rhys and Malek is just the nomination. I'm going to go with Spacey, though Odenkirk might beat him.
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Taraji P Henson, Empire
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Keri Russell, The Americans
Robin Wright, House of Cards
I like Claire Danes, really. But really over her show. Tatiana is incredible in her show but I'm going to go with Viola Davis, who elevates everything she's in.
Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Idris Elba, Luther
Cuba Gooding Jr., The People v O.J.: American Crime Story
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager
Courtney B. Vance, The People v O.J.: American Crime Story
VANCE all the way. Also, was Cuba really leading actor here?
Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Sarah Paulson, yes. I'm glad to see that Dunst and Washington got nominated, but Paulson all the way.
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Will Forte, Last Man on Earth
William H. Macy, Shameless
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
This actually seems like a really good list? My only complaint is Macy - I adore Shameless but it's not a comedy and Macy is far from the best part of it. Also, while Aziz's writing was spot on, his acting was just fine. Let's go with Tambor.
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
Tracee Ellis Ross, Blackish
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
I like Amy's show, but I think she makes more sense as writer as opposed to actress. This also might be the first time I'm realizing Getting On is a thing. But who cares, it's Louis-Dreyfus all the way. This is also where I realize Girls really got no love. I thought this season was an improvement!
Variety Talk Series
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Cordon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon
I wonder what years-long streak we're breaking to not feature The Daily Show in this category? We need Stewart or a better replacement than Noah. All that aside, it's gotta be Oliver. His show has been what great, influential television should be.
Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
Andre Braugher, BrooklynNine-Nine
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Matt Walsh, Veep
Tony Hale, Veep
So many happy Veep nominations! Also, Braugher and Burgess are an integral part to to their shows. And poor Burrell, the lone Family hold over. Still, I'm going with Hale. Oh or Walsh. Definitely one of those two...
Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Niecy Nash, Getting On
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Judith Light, Transparent
Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
This is when I realized Orange is the New Black was totally left out. Which season was even up for consideration? Really shocked there wasn't an acting nomination in there somewhere. Maybe Samira Wiley will get her inevitable nomination next year? Otherwise, this list is fine. I still don't know what Getting On is, but I like Janney in anything and McKinnon is the best part of SNL. I'm going with Chlumsky because her Amy is neurotic perfection.
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
I have nothing but affection for Banks. I'm guessing it's between one of the GoT guys, though Dinklage didn't have as much to do this season and Harington had more of a lead role. Giving it to Dinklage, just for his look of affection when he gets Dany's Hand pin.
Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
Maura Tierney, The Affair
Constance Zimmer, UnREAL
I'm shocked at the GoT love! Woohoo feminism and all that. I've heard Zimmer is incredible on Unreal (I'm just a few episodes into season 1) but I'm guessing it's a GoT girl. And if it's a GoT girl, it's Lena, though Arya is my favorite character. That being said, if Sophie Turner was nominated, I would struggle to pick between the two. She's had such a great arc this season.
Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Jesse Plemons, Fargo
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Sterling K. Brown, People v. O.J. Simpson
David Schwimmer, People v. O.J. Simpson
John Travolta, People v. O.J. Simpson
This might be the hardest category. Everyone in the Simpson show was excellent. For nostalgia reasons I want to go with Travolta or Schwimmer but Brown was half of the heart that was the show. And since Paulson is a gimme in her category... But Plemons and Woodbine! Woodbine deserves it. Plemons, after three great characters (FNL, BB, Fargo), probably has another one coming.
Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Melissa Leo, All the Way
Regina King, American Crime
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel
Jean Smart, Fargo
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager
I'm ambivalent here. Let's go with Smart. Fargo's got tough competition but it deserves something.
This is also where I see Regina King and realize this season of The Leftovers was not nominated. What the hell?
Outstanding TV Movie
A Very Murray Christmas
All the Way
Sure? I'm going between Confirmation and All the Way because HBO knows what it's doing with political films.
Variety Sketch Series
Inside Amy Schumer
Key & Peele
Saturday Night Live
Amy Schumer, why not. I would be okay with Key & Peele. Otherwise, no thanks.
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Dancing With the Stars
The only one of these I watch is Project Runway and even I admit it is definitely not as great as it once was.
Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
Steve Harvey, Little Big Shots
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
RuPaul Charles, RuPaul's Drag Race
Jesus. Seacrest, why not.
Other categories: Here is where I realize there are a shit-ton of Emmy categories. Full Frontal's first got a nod for writing. So there's that. Otherwise, more of the same. Congrats to all the nominees and can't wait to keep binging.