And The Emmy Nominees Are…


In My Humble Opinion:  The below nominations certainly overlooked a few people.  That being said, I’m not going to rant and rave about how my opinion matters more than someone else’s or anything like that.  Frankly, whoever has to narrow down these categories in order to reach the final nominees has a hell of a job to do.  So don’t consider these necessarily criticisms, just my personal honorable mentions.   

Firstly I’d like to give props to “House of Cards.”  If you haven’t seen the show on Netflix, I highly recommend it.  On the coattails of the statement I beg the question, where is Corey Stoll’s nomination for best supporting actor?  His portrayal of Congressman Peter Russo was one of the best things about the show’s freshman season.  Secondly, and I’ll stick with the supporting actor category for a bit; I was hoping that Walton Goggins would have warranted a nomination for his portrayal of Boyd Crowder on “Justified.”  I always thought he got overlooked while he was on “The Shield” and hoped his new show would be his time to shine (fingers crossed for the upcoming seasons).  Thirdly, I love Peter Dinklage on “Game of Thrones.”  He truly is great in everything he does and was very deserving of the Emmy he won last year.  However, I’d like to see the Emmys recognize some of the other actors in that large Game Of Thrones ensemble cast.  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime “Kingslayer” Lannister was most impressive this past season.  If you watched season 3, then you know what I’m talking about.  I mean the scene in which he explains how he got his nickname Kingslayer was reason enough to get him a nomination.

Let’s stick with “Game Of Thrones,” but jump over to the best supporting actress category.  Emilia Clarke got a nomination for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen, which is cool.  She’s good on the show, not my personal favorite but she is good.  Who on the show is better you ask?  I know she’s a little young but Maisie Williams as Arya Stark is a clear stand out.  So much has happened to her character over the course of the show I’m surprised at how well the 16-year-old actress has been able to convey it.  Now I’m not sure whether this next one would be supporting or main but how Jennifer Carpenter hasn’t received a nomination every year she has played Debra Morgan on “Dexter” is beyond me.  Whether she’s spewing a vicious, profanity ridden tirade or breaking down, emotionally crippled by the choices her character has made, she is one of the best things on television right now.  Well, that’s pretty much it…except for one more little pet peeve of mine.  How long are the powers that be going to allow “American Horror Story” be categorized as a mini-series?  It’s a television show people!


Outstanding Drama Series
 “Breaking Bad”
 “Downton Abbey”
 “Game of Thrones”
 “House of Cards”
 “Mad Men”

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
 Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
 Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
 Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
 Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
 Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
 Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
 Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”
 Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
 Claire Danes, “Homeland”
 Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
 Elizabeth Moss, “Peggy Olson”
 Connie Britton, “Nashville”
 Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
 Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire”
 Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
 Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
 Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
 Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
 Ann Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
 Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
 Emilia Clark, “Game of Thrones”
 Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
 Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”

Outstanding Comedy Series
 “The Big Bang Theory”
 “Modern Family”
 “30 Rock”

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
 Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
 Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
 Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
 Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
 Louis C.K., “Louie”
 Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
 Laura Dern, “Enlightened”
 Lena Dunham, “Girls”
 Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
 Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
 Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
 Adam Driver, “Girls”
 Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
 Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
 Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
 Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
 Tony Hale, “Veep”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
 Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”  Jane Lynch, “Glee” » Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family” » Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” » Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie” » Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Outstanding Reality Show Competition
 “The Amazing Race”
 “Dancing With the Stars”
 “Project Runway”
 “So You Think You Can Dance”
 “Top Chef”
 “The Voice”

Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie
 “American Horror Story: Asylum”
 “Behind the Candelabra”
 “The Bible”
 “Phil Spector”
 “Political Animals”
 “Top of the Lake”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
 Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
 Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
 Toby Jones, “The Girl”
 Benedict Cumberbatch, “Parade’s End”
 Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
 Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
 Laura Linney, “The Big C”
 Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
 Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”
 Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
 James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
 Zachary Quinto, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
 Scott Bakula, “Behind the Candelabra”
 John Benjamin Hickey, “The Big C”
 Peter Mullan, “Top of the Lake”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
 Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
 Imelda Staunton, “The Girl”
 Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals”
 Charlotte Rampling, “Restless”
 Alfre Woodard, “Steel Magnolias”




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