It’s Emmy nominations times! Meaning, the TV Academy ranks things in a way that the normal viewer doesn’t understand. Here’s my Average Josie take on the nominations.
Kudos to the voters for seeing the value in Nurse Jackie with Edie Falco and Merritt Weaver both picking up Actress/Supporting Actress nominations though I’m kind of sad Peter Facinelli didn’t get any love. I was glad to see Homeland’s Claire Danes and Dexter’s Michael C. Hall get Leading Actress/Actor nods, and Martine Freeman nominated for his work as Dr. Watson before he’s shot into American fame by the Hobbit. I looking forward to seeing what the outcome of the Drama Guest Actor, with Michael J. Fox going up against Mad Men’s Ben Feldman (you may know him as Fred the angel from Drop Dead Diva). A high point of the nominations? Seeing Bob’s Burger’s included in Best Animated Show.
The biggest snub had to be for Sons of Anarchy and The Walking Dead. While TWD was nominated for Prosthetic Make-up and Visual effects, it was left out of the Dramas category as well as all actor/actress nominations. The biggest of these crimes was shutting out Jon Bernthal in the Drama Supporting Actor. He managed to give depth to a character that would have been a flat out villain in any other actor’s hands. The second biggest snub? Charlie Hunam from Sons of Anarchy. While many critics and viewers are outraged by the Katy Sagal snub, Hunam is to me, the most deserving as he balances the complex emotions and morality as the biker’s game vice president. SOA has been constantly forgotten culminating in the non-nomination of Kim Coates in Season 2 for Supporting Actor. I was surprised that Hugh Laurie was left out for his last season of House M.D., and shocked to learned that neither Archer nor H. Jon Benjamin were included in the nominations. Benjamin had both Archer and Bob’s Burger to his voice acting credits.
The three biggest WTF moments of the year
- American Horror Story as a Miniseries. According to Entertainment Weekly, because it has a self contained story line in its first 12 episodes, AHS qualifies for the Miniseries/Movie category even though it has a second season already lined up. I find this unfair and a way for Ryan Murphy and FX to get credit knowing that they couldn’t go head to head with Downtown Abbey or Mad Men.
- Multiple Show Nominations for One Award. Thanks to EW, we know that several categories have six nominations due to ties, while this doesn’t anger me. The fact that many of those and other categories have multiple nominations from the same show. For example: Best Supporting Drama Actor has six nominees with two being from Breaking Band and two from Downtown Abbey. This shuts other supporting actors, such as Bernthal, who deserve a shot even if they aren’t in the two previous shows. I understand how voting works and how this can happen, but it doesn’t mean its fair.
- Psych. Psych has been forgotten by the Emmy voters since its inception which is quite sad. It’s a marvelous show and James Roday and Dulé Hill are always top notch. While Psych was recognized this year, it was for Best Interactive Experience.
The Academy has plenty of time to decide who will win each category and which of my shows in the Yays section will be underappreciated. Till then I hoping (stupid, I know) that the voters get some taste.
Check out my snubs gallery below