Thursday, July 19, 2012

Emmy nominations

So they are here with quite a few surprises. And I'm gonna say my opinion the way I did last year.


  • Basically, there are no surprise nods that I'm glad about, it's the omissions for: Betty White, Cloris Leachman, Mariska Hargitay and most importantly GLEE (hahaha, I love that it's just a bad memory now)
  • Great Glenn is back to the Emmy race
  • The Good Wife getting the most acting nominations (tied achievement, but SO deserved), including my darling Julianna and Martha Plimpton
Pleasant surprise:
  • Edie Falco was nominated - the girl deserves it every damn year
  • Merritt Wever making it - she's hilarious
  • Kathy Bates got two nods - well, many are pissed off, I'm sure but fact is, I hope she wins for Two & a Half Men as a) she was hilarious b) after 11 nominations, it's time for her to win the Emmy.
  • Modern Family getting less nominations: fact is, while I'm a fan and still watch it, I'm glad it didn't get the compulsory nods for writing, which IMO really failed sometimes this season. 
Not so sure: 
  • Dylan Baker made it for The Good Wife and not for Damages? Weird. 
  • Downton Abbey sweeping the nods: I still have to understand why people love this show so much. It's relaxing, pure old-fashioned fun, but not more, in my opinion. I hope that it takes down Mad Men, at least. 
  • As I see, Julianne's Emmy is not that locked and Nicole can easily threaten it. Julianne has to win a high-profile award, even if it's an Emmy
  • Ellen Barkin's cameo on Modern Family was so hilarious, it could have earned her a nod.
WTF? (prepare for a long list) 
  • First of all the criminally undernominated Homeland: first of all, it can still win, IMO, which it should in a cakewalk. Quality sometimes triumphs and the low number of nominations is also due to the fact that this show didn't have high-profile guest stars and it's not a period piece. Still, the snubs for Morena Baccarin and (especially) Mandy Patinkin who was nothing short of amazing. 
  • Jon Cryer is still there.
  • Jane Krakowski snubbed: I expected this somehow, but still... COME ON! She was easily the best thing about 30 Rock this season, in fact, she made the whole Season 6 one of the best ones ever; she was brilliant and a hands-down winner in my book. (I hope at least that Sofia Vergara along with Jesse Tyler Ferguson/Ed O'Neill will finally take home the Emmy over Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell  who both get on my nerves like nobody else)
  • The two Lauras snubbed for Zooey Deschanel and Melissa McCarthy: no comment here; see you Lauras next year at the Oscars, don't give a shit about tv awards. 
  • And finally, Mad Men: From what I see, we can prepare for another win from Mad Men. I'm not saying anything about its quality, I've seen only a couple of episodes (ones that made me fail to understand why it has such hysterical fans and yes, The Suitcase was among them) but seriously, why another win? It's insane. First of all, even if it's the best, it's time for a new show to prevail (after all, it's Outstanding Drama Series, not Best Drama Series). I feel that the Emmy wins should also represent what's going on at certain points on television and people after us will only see the same shows prevailing, while there are so many that are worthy of consideration, probably even more so than Mad Men. I feel that Matthew Weiner can sleep without another Emmy. It has a chance of losing, Downton is strong and many were bitching about this season but still, it's the front-runner. Finally, just think about this fact: the last show to win the top Emmy for Drama was The Sopranos (!). I rest my case. 
I see that the Emmys really showed their ugliest side this year. Never you mind. :) I'll be coming back with my picks anyway in some important categories, much like last year. :) 

What do you think?


Nues20 said...

Wow it's been a long time.
I agree with you, I love Mad Men and I'm slightly pissed with some of Downton Abbey's nominations they have 5 nominees and imo elizabeth mcgovern should have been nominated though but it is a bit much.
Even though it is our bread and butter here in London.
They were quite surprising nods and I am slightly annoyed by some of them but oh well :)
Will you be blogging on this blog a lot more due to this being emmy season.
It is a good idea I might make one myself for emmys :)

dinasztie said...

Yes, I'll do some more blogging here. I'm preparing a sort of surprise for the Emmys, even though they don't deserve it. :) Stay tuned for the next couple of days.

Anonymous said...

You should not watch SVU. Mariska Hargitay is fantastic and if it had been named would not be wrong. I'm sure that next year she will again be indicated. Mariska = beautiful and talented. Always.

Michael Patison said...

I posted the following on your other blog, but doing it here seems more appropriate:
On a totally unrelated note to the Oscars, I noticed on the Emmy website that you tweeted, I believe, something about Margulies's episode submission back in 1997. I'm becoming newly interested in the Emmys and am wondering where you have been able to find submission records for past years, and not just for nominated series, actors, and actresses. I have been able to find lists like those that I'm talking about for 2007-09, if I remember correctly, but I haven't been able to find any from before then. I also have been unsuccessful in finding any complete list of episode submissions for everybody, nominated and unnominated, from this year. If you could help me out, that would be fantastic. Thanks :)

Michael Patison said...

Now I'll talk about a few things. First, I adore Downton Abbey. It's first season was some of the, if not the, best television I've ever seen. The story was incredibly engaging and the characters pulled you in because they were endlessly likable or utterly despicable. I think it rightfully won every award it did last year and rightfully lost every one it did as well (with the possible exception of Best Casting, but you can't really argue with Winslet, Pearce, Wood, and Leo in Mildred Pierce). The second season was, I'll be the first to admit, not as good as the first, but I don't know how it could have been any better. In my book, the first season was perfect, and the second season lagged in perhaps 2, maybe 3, of its still engaging episodes. I've seen some Mad Men (5 episodes I believe), and I see what people are talking about to some extent, but I feel that the episodes tend to feel far longer than just 43-45 minutes. I haven't seen a single episode last season of any of the nominated series except for Downton, though I plan on watching Game of Thrones, Homeland, and Mad Men somewhat soon (and Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire eventually), but my guess is that Downton is at least going to better than Mad Men as far as my likes and dislikes are concerned. In my book, based on what I know, what I have seen and have heard, Mad Men has deserved max 2 of the Outstanding Drama Series Awards it has won. I have it winning in '08 and '10, with Battlestar Galactica winning in '09 and Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, or Friday Night Lights winning in '11. I have liked the few episodes of The Good Wife I have seen, especially the acting performances, which I feel were properly recognized, but I haven't liked it enough say that it deserved to win more than the awards that Panchabi and Margulies have won. I have heard great things about Damages, especially Close and Byrne, but have yet to see them. The small amount I have seen of Harry's Law has effectively shown me how and why Kathy Bates "stole" the final spot in the Drama Actress field this year, though I totally disagree with her nomination, especially over McGovern (though I absolutely agree that she deserves an Emmy of some denomination, especially after so many nominations). I'll finish with a discussion of Downton's acting nominations. Bonneville arguably didn't deserve his nomination, though I can't complain, especially given the fact that he was, I feel, snubbed last year in the Miniseries/TV Movie Lead Actor category. I feel that McGovern was snubbed out of a deserving nomination, but I am ecstatic that Michelle Dockery finally received some high-caliber recognition for her great work. Both supporting women nominated, Smith and Froggatt, were incredibly deserving of their nominations as they are probably the two best characters in the entire series. The two male supporting nominations were a surprise to both the entire entertainment prediction expert community and me. I'm quite happy that Carter received recognition, but I am far less enthused about Coyle's nomination. His character was one of my favorites in the early going, but his character has gradually become annoyingly perfect. The issue for Coyle is that the character hasn't been written that way: Coyle has portrayed him that way. Anyway, I think Downton should have received 6 acting nomination like it did, but that they should have been distributed in a slightly different manner.