As promised, here’s a running log of my thoughts and reactions while watching the 2014 Emmys (on tape delay, so I may or may not have known the outcome of some things already).
9:54 PM: Two hours late, but here we go. Seth Meyers giving a very Seth Meyers-y opening monologue.
10:04 PM: Amy Poehler (introduced by Meyers as Beyoncé) looks incredible, as always.
10:05 PM: Best Supporting Actor goes to Ty Burrell. ANDRE BRAUGHER WAS ROBBED.
Instead of the typical wrap-up post this week, I thought it would be fun to write up some Emmy predictions. The show snuck up on me this year – it’s so much earlier than it usually is, and on a Monday night, too!
I’ll be listing my picks for who/what should win, will win, and what I feel was the biggest snub in every category. Things get a little tricky in the movie/miniseries categories because I haven’t seen as much of that stuff, but I’ll give it a shot anyway. FOR SCIENCE!
I will probably have some sort of live-blog/reaction post up late Monday night or early Tuesday. I won’t be around for at least the early part of the actual show, so I’ll be a bit tape-delayed.
Let’s get to the predictions!
Best Comedy Series
Nominated: The Big Bang Theory, Louie,Modern Family, Orange Is the New Black,Silicon Valley, Veep
Should Win:Orange is the New Black. This is for season one – season two will fall under next year’s eligibility period – and, final season of Breaking Bad notwithstanding, those first 13 episodes were the best thing I watched on TV last year in any genre.
Will Win: Orange is the New Black. I get the sense the series and its cast could walk away with quite a few awards Monday night, including the big prize.
Snubbed: Parks and Recreation. I’ve come to terms with the fact that this show is going to sail off into the TV sunset without ever winning any awards, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it or understand it.
As I mentioned in my Emmy predictions post a few days ago, I wanted to do a “live-blog” of the Emmys, but there was one problem – I didn’t watch the entire ceremony live. You see, the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad aired in the middle of the Emmys, and not even Neil Patrick Harris could tear me away from that.
So, after the jump is my running commentary as I watched the 2013 Emmy awards. The first hour, I watched live. The rest, I watched tape delayed (and therefore had some idea of what was coming).
The 2013 Emmy Awards are this Sunday, September 22, so I thought it would be fun to write out some predictions, as well as who I think SHOULD win in each category. I’ll only be covering the main comedy/drama acting and series categories – I haven’t seen enough of the movie and mini-series nominated to have any clue of what’s going on in those categories, and I have no sense for what the voters go for in the writing and directing categories.
I won’t be watching the entire ceremony live on Sunday – I mean, come on, penultimate episode of Breaking Bad takes precedence over pretty much everything – but I will probably do a “live” blog of my reactions as I watch the first half as it airs and the second half on tape delay. So keep your eyes peeled for that next week.
On with the predictions!
I had initially planned on doing my reactions to the Emmy nominations as a vlog, but once I filmed everything and sat down to edit it together I realized it was very ramble-y and didn’t even cover everything I really wanted to talk about. So, I may be two weeks late to the party, but here we are!
It was a fairly typical Emmy nomination list, in that there were several notable snubs, a few pleasant surprises, and a slew of predictable (for better or worse) nominations. For the purposes of this blog, I’m just looking at the major acting and comedy/drama series nominations – I haven’t seen enough of the stuff in the movie/ miniseries categories to really have a strong opinion about them.
The 2012 Primetime Emmys are tonight (7PM EST on ABC), but instead of bringing you my (probably horribly wrong) predictions, I decided to write up my dream Emmy ballot. There is some overlap with the actual nominees, and I’m going to include a footnote of who I think should/will actually win each award as well, but this seems way more fun. 🙂
I’m skipping the miniseries categories, mostly because I don’t feel like I’ve seen enough to really have an opinion. I’ll just say this – I hope Sherlock wins as many as possible. And I hope American Horror Story doesn’t win any (with the exception of Jessica Lange, who was amazing and deserves to win) because the show is using an irritating loophole to be eligible in those categories. It also just wasn’t very good and I don’t get why people seemed to love it so much.
ANYWAY, on with the good stuff!
Instead of my weekly list post this week, I decided to throw my hat in the ring with a breakdown of the Emmy nominations, which were announced this morning (the full list can be found here). As I’ve come to expect from the Emmys, there were some pretty bad snubs, some complete WTF nominations, and a couple of pleasant surprises. I’m going to
steal borrow from the folks over at Give Me My Remote and break this down into the good, the bad, and the ugly of the nominations.
- My favorite surprise of the entire nomination list was seeing Jason Ritter nominated for Best Guest Actor for his fantastic work as Mark Cyr on Parenthood. I’ve written before about how much I adore the show, and I wish it had gotten some more recognition in other categories, but I am thrilled for Ritter.
- My second favorite surprise (only because I found it slightly less surprising) was Community‘s “Remedial Chaos Theory” getting a well-deserved nod for writing. That episode was arguably my favorite episode of anything all year, and one nomination for Community is better than zero!
- It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Giancarlo Esposito would nab nominations for their work in season 4 of Breaking Bad, but it was great to see Anna Gunn snag her first-ever nomination as well. I’ve had my issues with the character of Skyler, but Gunn’s portrayal of her descent into Walter’s madness has been excellent. It was also awesome to see Mark Margolis, Tio Salamanca himself (DING! DING! DING!), nominated in the Guest Actor category. So I guess what I’m saying is the category that made me the happiest this morning was Best Guest Actor in a Drama. Heh.
- I have huge issues with the Supporting Actor in
Modern Family a Comedy category for the most part (more on that in a minute), but I was SO excited to see Max Greenfield nominated. Schmidt is by far the best part of New Girl, in my opinion, and he did excellent work all season making a character who could have easily been an irritating goofball absolutely hilarious to watch.
- Confession time: I have yet to watch Louie. It’s next up on my Netflix queue once I finish off season 5 of Friday Night Lights. I am, however, an enormous fan of Louis CK, and was super excited to see him pull in a ton of nominations for both Louie and his Live at the Beacon Theatre special from earlier this year. I read earlier today that he set an Emmy record for most individual award nominations by one person (with 7). That rules.
- Really random, but I love that Jon Hamm was nominated for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy for his parts in the 30 Rock live show. He was totally hilarious and definitely the funniest part of that episode.