The nominees for the 2015 Emmy Awards were announced today and one has to wonder if Mad Men will get an obligatory “Thanks for a great series” sweep of the main awards or if the actual best shows will win.
Here’s an overview of the main nominations and some snark added in for free.
2014 Winner: Breaking Bad
- Better Call Saul
- Downton Abbey
- Game of Thrones
- House of Cards
- Mad Men
- Orange Is the New Black
Comments: A lot of people dumped on Season 3 of OITNB but I loved it. Was it better than Game of Thrones to me? No. But Game of Thrones would be my runner-up to Better Call Saul. Great fracking season.
Outstanding Actor in a Drama
2014 Winner: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad)
- Kyle Chandler, Bloodline
- Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
- Jon Hamm, Mad Men
- Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
- Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
- Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Comments: I’ve never heard of Bloodline. It’s apparently on Netflix and from the creators of Damages. I’m fine with any of the others winning but my hope is Bob, because, well, see my first comment above.
Outstanding Actress in a Drama
2014 Winner: Julianna Margulies
- Claire Danes, Homeland
- Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
- Taraji P. Henson, Empire
- Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
- Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
- Robin Wright, House of Cards
Comments: Interesting that no OITNB actresses were nominated here. Then again, not sure if there is a lead on that show. Give it to Viola Davis.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
2014 Winner: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
- Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
- Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
- Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
- Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
- Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
- Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Comments: Waaaaaaaah? Crazy Eyes gets the nod here? She was great this season for sure but I would almost give the nod to Pennsatucky instead. That said, give the award to Lena.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
2014 Winner: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
- Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
- Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
- Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
- Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
- Michael Kelly, House of Cards
- Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Comments: No discussion here. Jonathan Banks. Jesus… So damn good.
2014 Winner: Modern Family
- Modern Family
- Parks and Recreation
- Silicon Valley
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Comments: I really should watch Louie. So as penance, it should win. But for shows I actually watch, Silicon Valley is my top choice and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as second.
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
2014 Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
- Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
- Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
- Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
- Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer
- Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Comments: I don’t watch any of those shows. So give it Julia again or maybe Amy Schumer just to see the speech.
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
2014 Winner: Jim Parsons
- Anthony Anderson, black-ish
- Louis C.K., Louie
- Don Cheadle, House of Lies
- Will Forte, Last Man on Earth
- Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
- William H. Macy, Shameless
- Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Comments: Anthony Anderson is solid in black-ish but I do love Louis C.K. so give it to him. No Jim Parsons this year? Hmmmm….
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
2014 Winner: Allison Janney
- Niecy Nash, Getting On
- Julie Bowen, Modern Family
- Allison Janney, Mom
- Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
- Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
- Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
- Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Comments: Be very happy here for Niecy because she’s awesome. But Jane was great in Unbreakable so I would give this one to her.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
2014 Winner: Ty Burrell
- Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Adam Driver, Girls
- Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
- Ty Burrell, Modern Family
- Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Tony Hale, Veep
Comments: Andre Braugher all the way here.
- Thomas Middleditch from Silicon Valley should have gotten a nod for Actor in a Comedy.
- And for Comedic Actress, would have loved to see Ellie Kemper get a nomination.
- Freddie Highmore was stellar in Bates Motel this season as was Vera Farmiga.
- No Vinny D from Daredevil?
- Interesting that Big Bang Theory didn’t get nominated.
- No love for SOA or Justified.
- I’m a fan of Masters of Sex and some “love” here for this show would have been nice.