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The 2014 Emmy Award Nominations -- What They Got Right, and What They Got Terribly Wrong

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 10, 2014 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 10, 2014 |


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Let’s start with what the Emmy folks got right in 2014: Fargo and its entire principal cast were nominated, which is exactly as it should be. Orange is the New Black was also nominated in all the right categories (and not elevating so much of the cast to series regulars really helps them spread the Emmy love, although I’m bummed that Samira Wiley wasn’t one of the four acting nominees). “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” and “True Detective” all got their expected nominations in their expected categories, and Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks have put themselves in position to continue the shutout for the series in terms of wins for actors. In the comedy category, we’ve come to expect “Louie” and “Veep” to rightfully get nominations, but it was also nice to see “Silicon Valley” sneak in their in its freshman season, though it was at the expense of “Brooklyn Nine Nine.”

As for the snubs? There’s plenty. Some bad, some egregious. The lack of Tatiana Maslany is, of course, the most egregious of the slights, although I’m personally almost as upset that Allan Havey — who plays Lou Avery on “Mad Men” — was left off of the Guest Actor category. The Emmys continue to insist that “Downton Abbey” is a good show despite all the evidence to the contrary, and that show took slots that probably belonged to “Masters of Sex” or “The Good Wife” in the drama category, Tatiana Maslany in the Best Actress category, and Allan Havey or Pedro Pascal in the Best Guest Actor category (seriously, they didn’t nominate Pedro Pascal? What the fuck is wrong with these people?)

Last year’s Emmy winner, Jeff Daniels was nominated in the Best Actor category again, and — as delightfully smug as he may be — that slot belongs to the likes of Michael Sheen for “Masters of Sex” or Demian Bichir for “The Bridge.” Speaking of “The Bridge,” Diane Kruger was also more worthy of a nomination than both Michelle Dockery and, honestly, Kerry Washington.

James Spader — the only good part of “The Blacklist” was also left off, but let’s be honest, there was no room for him in the Best Actor category. I’m bummed that “Rick and Morty” didn’t land a Best Animated Series nomination, and I know that Best Comedy is a crowded field but it’s time to retire “Modern Family” and “Big Bang Theory” for the much smarter, better comedies on Comedy Central, “Review,” “Nathan for You,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” or “Broad City” (take your pick).

And honestly, though I will always defend “Saturday Night Live” when you include it almost by default in the Variety Category every single year (even if off years like this one), you cheapen the other nominees.

And, of course, there was the total shut-out of Hannibal. I’m sorry. Don’t blame the Emmy voters, though, blame the incredibly stiff competition (although, Mads, Hugh, or Laurence should’ve at least been nominated in the Supporting Actor category instead of Jon “Backdoor Bangin’ Voight from the deplorable “Ray Donovan.”

Here’s the full list. Do your worst.

Best Drama
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“True Detective”

Best Actor — Drama
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “Newsroom”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Best Actress — Drama
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”

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

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


Best Comedy
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Louie”
“Modern Family”
“Orange is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”
“Veep”

Best Actress — Comedy
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

Best Actor — Comedy
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”

Best Supporting Actress — Comedy
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”

Best Supporting Actor — Comedy
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Jessie Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Best Television Miniseries
“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Bonnie & Clyde”
“Treme”
“Fargo”
“The White Queen”
“Luther”

Best Television Movie
“The Normal Heart”
“The Trip to Bountiful”
“Killing Kennedy”
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”

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

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


Supporting Actress — TV Movie or Miniseries”
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story”
Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story”
Alison Tolman, “Fargo”
Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers in the Attic”
Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”


Supporting Actor — TV Movie or Miniseries”
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart”
Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”
Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart”
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock”

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

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

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

Best Animated Series
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”
“Archer”
“Bob’s Burgers”
“Futurama”
“South Park”

Guest Actress — Drama Series
Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”
Kate Mara, “House of Cards”
Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex”
Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom”
Kate Burton, “Scandal”

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

Guest Actress — Comedy
Natasha Lyonne, “Orange is the New Black”
Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black”
Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live”
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
Joan Cusack, “Shameless”

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

Best Writing, Drama
True Detective, “The Secret Fate Of All Of Life”
House Of Cards, “Chapter 14”
Game Of Thrones, “The Children”
Breaking Bad, “Felina”
Breaking Bad, “Ozymandias”

Best Directing, Drama
Tim Van Patten, “Boardwalk Empire”
Vince Gilligan, “Breaking Bad”
David Evans, “Downton Abbey”
Neil Marshall, “Game of Thrones”
Carl Franklin, “House of Cards”
Cary Joji Fukunaga, “True Detective”


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