On August 25th the 66th Emmy Awards will take place, honoring excellence in American primetime television programming. Or so the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences likes to say to make their awards sound important and grandiose. It was my initial intention to do a post with predictions about the winners, but unfortunately they’ve chosen to not even include some of my personal favorites in the Emmy Awards 2014 Nominees List.
So instead of doing a predictions post, I’m doing a wishlist post. Since they’ve decided to omit quite a number of quality TV shows and cast members in their categories, I decided to not care about their nominees. Not claiming to be a better TV expert than anyone else, but it’s a bit apparent they’re clinging to past strong contenders. Contenders which were strong in the past, that is, but they’d rather keep giving them nominations than to give a nod to something fresh and new.
I’ve been trying to keep my Current Top TV List up to date, but since I only include currently running shows that I’m following, it does not mention certain TV shows that ended this year (and there were some good ones — heck I still can’t get over Breaking Bad!). If you’re nosy and want a full list of what I’ve watched or where I’m at with current shows, you can always stalk my Episode Calendar Profile. Otherwise, keep reading for my full wishlist of winners.
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
»» Allison Tolman as Deputy Molly Solverson on Fargo (FX)
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
»» Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson on Sherlock: “His Last Vow” (PBS)
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
»» Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife (CBS)
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
»» Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad (AMC)
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
»» Kate Mulgrew as Galina “Red” Reznikov on Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
»» Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy on Modern Family (ABC)
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
»» Kristen Wiig as Cynthia Morehouse on The Spoils of Babylon (IFC)
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
»» Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo on Fargo (FX)
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
»» Tatiana Maslany as Various Characters on Orphan Black (BBC America)
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
»» Matthew McConaughey as Detective Rustin Cohle on True Detective (HBO)
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
»» Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation (NBC)
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
»» Louis C.K. as Louie on Louie (FX)
- Outstanding Television Movie
»» The Normal Heart (HBO)
- Outstanding Miniseries
»» Fargo (FX)
- Outstanding Comedy Series
»» Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
- Outstanding Drama Series
»» Breaking Bad (AMC)
Granted, out of the full list I made above only Tatiana Maslany did not get an Emmy nomination. But if one looks at their full list of nominations, they can notice quite a number of splendid TV shows are missing that should have gotten some recognition. On the other hand, after reviewing my own list I see the only repeats are Orange Is the New Black with two awards (supporting comedy actress and comedy series), Breaking Bad with two awards (supporting drama actor and drama series) and Fargo with three awards (supporting miniseries actress, lead miniseries actor, and miniseries).
Still, it’s a list of winners that I would be very happy with, though I am aware it’s not happening. Doesn’t make it any less-worthy. Yet I really hope that Breaking Bad, Orange Is the New Black, and Fargo take home most of the awards. Out of the performances, I’d support the ones I’ve listed. Yet I wouldn’t mind Peter Dinklage for the supporting actor in drama series, Bryan Cranston for lead actor in drama series, or Robin Wright for lead actress in drama series.
Do you have any favorites? Who are you rooting for? And who are you sad about that did not get an Emmy nomination this year? Comments section is below this post!