The Top 10 Emmy favourites
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The Emmy awards are just 12 days away, and my god what an amazing year of television it has been! Well, on an international level at least. The primetime (and definitely not torrent) gods have bestowed us with twisty terrorist dramas, magical medieval sagas and lushly produced WWI epics where nothing really happens (in, of course, the most compelling way possible). Suspense-filled, synapse blowing and highly addictive comedies and dramas will soon be credited for the hours of entertainment they have provided us with, and TheVine has decided to lock in our favourite contenders. Here’s to another year of living vicariously through people who don’t exist.
Nominees: The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, Modern Family, 30 Rock, Veep
While many female punters will be backing Lena Dunham’s polarizing and often cringe-worthy more-hype-than-viewers semi-autobiographical narrative, the show that brought us uncomfortable (and often un-funny) representations of the 20-something female existence is just not where an Emmy award winning TV series should be. Not yet, anyway. Snaps for the nomination though! Veep, HBO’s series that plays out the drama of a fictional US Vice President’s office should win, but with players like Modern Family and 30 Rock in the game, it’s hard to predict who’ll take home the award.
Nominees: Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory, Larry David as himself in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan in House of Lies, Louis C.K. as Louie in Louie, Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock, Jon Cryer as Alan Harper in Two and a Half Men.
While Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm has earned the actor his 23rd Emmy nomination, it is Louis C.K. who has been billed “this year’s Emmy darling” for his role and involvement with the sometimes fragmented but perpetually hysterical deprecating representation of his fictionalized self. Also, quick question – why is Jon Cyer nominated? His role in Two and a Half Men was compromising at the best of times (I don’t care if that was ‘the point’), and those were the days before Charlie Sheen launched into tirades about tiger blood, winning and Chuck Lorre. Someone please explain.
Nominees: Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in Girls, Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn in Mike & Molly, Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day in New Girl, Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in Nurse Jackie, Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation, Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in 30 Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in Veep.
This category was probably Dunham’s best shot at taking home a trophy, but with contenders like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey it is doubtful the Girls star will be awarded. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is also a hot candidate, and, as with Jon Cryer’s nomination for the male category, who the hell invited Zooey Deschanel to this party? Professionally regurgitating quirky rhetoric, fronting Pantene campaigns and inciting hipster behaviour in the modern youth is not to be rewarded.
Nominees: Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Mad Men
WOAH. Talk about tough competition! Man Men, obviously, is a huge contender, and if they take home first in this category that means the AMC ratings juggernaut would’ve won best Drama Series for five years running – an accolade never previously awarded. Across the web, critics have called out Breaking Bad as the fabulously complicated and meticulously rendered series’ biggest rival while everyone’s favourite period drama, Downton Abbey, has a critical and viciously supportive network dying for Mary and Matthew’s longstanding (period) drama to be validated. As far I’m concerned though, the Downton action is probably the weakest link in this incredible TV litter, and Game of Thrones could orchestrate a surprise siege of the award. Boardwalk Empire’s embroiled team are definitely not to be overlooked either, but, if I’m being honest, I’m backing Homeland all the way. I don’t even care if that sounds like I’ve just admitted to having a favourite child.
Personal preferences aside, let’s just applaud the impeccably high standard presented here, compared to, for example, this year’s Best Movie nominations at the Oscars, and, you know, Channel Ten’s deplorable programming schedule.
Nominees: Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in Damages, Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey, Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife, Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn in Harry's Law, Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland,Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in Mad Men.
Glenn Close is a notoriously good actress, and she never wins anything. I’m not going to lie, I’ve never watched an episode of Damages, but I just feel like after she lost the Oscar for her performance as Albert Nobbs she should win. I loved that movie and am also acutely aware of how ludicrous that statement is. Otherwise, the favourites in this category are, obviously, Claire Danes and Elisabeth Moss. Really though, everyone’s a winner.
Nominees: Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire, Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad, Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in Dexter, Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey, Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in Homeland, Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men.
Aside from Michael C. Hall’s nomination for his lead in Dexter, the actors nominated for this award are pretty much all regurgitated from the Best Drama Show catalogue, which is, well, probably how these things should work. Great actors = great show. Der. If statistics are anything to go by though, Cranston’s more than adequate performance of a high-school teacher cum meth-peddler should bag him the Emmy, as, if you’d like to be reminded, he took home the statuette for three consecutive years (2008-2010) and was only looked over in the 2011 Emmy’s because the AMC drama didn’t air during the appropriate timeframe.
Nominees: The Colbert Report, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Real Time With Bill Maher, Saturday Night Live
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has taken home the Variety series award for nine years running, so it would be a pretty sick beat if they didn’t make a foray into the real of double digits. Saturday Night Live though will probably not win, even though they’re ace at generating publicity around the world, and this year provided us all with this gem:
Nominees: Antiques Roadshow, Jamie Oliver's Food, MythBusters, Shark Tank, Undercover Boss, Who Do You Think You Are?
Just genuinely shocked Being Lara Bingle and The Shire didn’t make the cut.
Nominees: The Amazing Race, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, The Voice
Given that these are all the American versions of our beloved Sunday and weeknight heavily-scripted not-reality-at-all dramas, TheVine will be rooting for Project Runway, because even if you’ve never watched an episode of the respective series, the show’s arc is one that allows viewers to casually watch single mid-season episodes and still catch on. It is also consistently compelling, despite the fact that The Amazing Race has taken home the title for the last eight ceremonies running.
Costumes for a series
Nominees: Boardwalk Empire, The Borgias, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time
In this category it’s not really about who wins or loses, but the fact that these wonderful people have provided costume party-goers everywhere with inspiration a little more complex than a naughty nurse/ nun/ nymph.