Primetime Emmy Awards

 

With the recent announcement of the latest Emmy Award nominations, it’s time for The Movie Mind to weigh in. Yes, I know the actual awards don’t take place until September, but with 2 major sports leagues in lockouts, the MLB all-star break, and lame-o reruns on TV – I need something to spout off about! See below for my thoughts on the nominations and make sure you chime in with your thoughts as well:

 

Drama Series

“Boardwalk Empire”
- Should be the runaway winner and need a wheel barrow to take home all the Emmy’s this series will win.

“Dexter”
- Do people actually watch this show?

 

“Mad Men”
- The time has come to pass the torch…shouldn’t this show be set in 1998 by now?

 

 

Others:
“Friday Night Lights”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Good Wife”

 

Drama, Lead Actor

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
- Finally the man is getting the credit that is long overdue. He’s got Philip Seymour Hoffman ability and I would watch anything he is in.

Timothy Olyphant, “Justified”
- A very underrated series and a stellar performance by Olyphant who plays the role like he was born for it. After a short-stint on The Office, I think he’s found his comfort zone.

Others:
Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Hugh Laurie, “House”

 

Drama, Lead Actress

Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
- I was a big fan of the show but wouldn’t be surprised if it had a short-lived run. She is much better suited for her role here than as the CEO of Dunder Mifflin’s parent company.

Mariska Hargitay, “Law and Order: SVU”
- Usually you can’t go wrong with a Law and Order nominee and I wouldn’t be upset if she got the nod. It is their best show in the franchise as far as I’m concerned.

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
- Is it just me or has she annoyed the crap out of anyone else ever since her breakthrough on ER?

 

Other:
Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights”
Mireille Enos, “The Killing”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

 

Comedy Series


“30 Rock”
- A regular on the awards circuit, it was finally (and rightfully) overtaken last year by what should be a back-to-back winner.

 

“Glee”
- Please whatever happens do NOT let this show win another single award! Save me!!

 

“Modern Family”
- While it took a slight dip from last year’s season, in my opinion it’s still the funniest show on TV and more than deserving to win again.

 

“The Office”
- Unfortunately it won’t be a storybook ending for the iconic show and I can’t see it winning here, unless for nostalgic reasons. Nonetheless the final season was solid overall and a marked improvement from the prior ones. Oh wait…you mean the show is still running??? Crap.

 

“Parks and Recreation”
- Surprisingly enough, I think this show is a bit overlooked and underrated. It’s actually been funnier than its Thursday night network brethren at times.

 

Other:
“The Big Bang Theory”

 

Comedy, Lead Actor

 

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
- Even though he’s a creep and skeevie, he is still an awesome actor. Come to think of it, he fits the role perfectly. Unfortunately for him, I think he has some new competition in the category this year.

 

Louis C.K., “Louie”
- Speaking of skeevie…Louis C.K. could be in the running for the award this year if only enough people watched his show. He’s brings a new breed of comedy to the screen and forces your amusement, that is, if you can stomach him.

 

Steve Carell, “The Office”
- Will he receive a farewell award as a parting gift? I actually thought his performance in the last season was better than it had been in the last few so he’s worthy of a nod.

 

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
- Is Joey up for an award or is his character Matt? Or wait, is it the other way around? I have no idea, but what I do know is seeing his name in the list of nominations makes me want to laugh out loud…only not at his show.

 

Others:
Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

 

Comedy, Lead Actress

 

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
- Since she carries the show I think she would be deserving of the award.

 

Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
- Surprise, surprise, I think she may run away with it again. Just someone tell her to stick to the smallscreen please.

 

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
- Call me crazy but no matter what I cannot see Carmela Soprano as a lead comedy actress. Sorry.

 

Others:
Laura Linney, “The Big C”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike and Molly
Martha Plimpton, “Raising Hope”

 

Comedy, Supporting Actor

 

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
- I think he’s the glue for the show, only they won’t call him a lead actor yet. I can’t see the award going to anyone else.

 

Chris Colfer, “Glee”
- Once again…”PLEASE NOOOOOOO!!!!!”

 

Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
- Think somebody misses Chuck the warlock now?

 

Others:
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

 

Comedy, Supporting Actress

 

Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”
- I think the show is a shell of what it used to be but without Kristen Wiig there wouldn’t be any reason to watch anymore.

 

Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
- She is good for the show but not sure she there is a single dominant female character that deserves the award.

 

Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”
- Somehow she continues to be hilarious over the course of like 4 generations!

 

Others:
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”
Jane Lynch, “Glee”

 

Drama, Supporting Actor

 

Andre Braugher, “Men of a Certain Age”
- Hands down one of the better shows on TV right now (where is the nod for best drama series??) and since Ray Romano and Scott Bakula (yes, that Scott Bakula) were snubbed in favor  of the entire cast of the also-ran “The Good Wife”, my vote goes to Braugher and no one else.

 

Others:
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Walton Goggins, “Justified”
John Slattery, “Mad Men”

 

Drama, Supporting Actress

 

Kelly Macdonald, “Boardwalk Empire”
- I’m assuming she’ll be in the running but I wouldn’t be surprised if the “Mad Men” mania won out.

 

Others:
Margo Martindale, “Justified”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Michelle Forbes, “The Killing”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”

 

Reality Competition

 

“American Idol”
- This show needs to be axed for good so please put us out of our misery. I can’t tolerate another season with that judging panel. Not to mention, I thought the talent level was garage this season….that is, until I watched “The Voice”.

 

“Top Chef”
- What are the chances a reality show about people with some actual talent ends up winning an award? Slim to none but it should be in the discussions.

 

Others:
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“So You Think You Can Dance”

 

For some of the other nominations please see below:

 

TV Movie or Miniseries
“Cinema Verité”
“Downton Abbey”
“The Kennedys”
“Mildred Pierce”
“Pillars of the Earth”
“Too Big To Fail”

 

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Edgar Ramirez, “Carlos”
Greg Kinnear, “The Kennedys”
Barry Pepper, “The Kennedys”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Laurence Fishburne, “Thurgood”
William Hurt, “Too Big To Fail”

 

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Diane Lane, “Cinema Verite”
Elizabeth McGovern, “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)”
Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce”
Taraji P. Henson, “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story”
Jean Marsh, “Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece)”

 

Reality Host
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race”
Jeff Probst, “Survivor”
Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”

 

Stunt Coordination
“Game Of Thrones”
“Hawaii Five-O”
“Southland”
“Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena”

 

Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series
“American Idol”
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”
“Dancing With The Stars”
“Saturday Night Live”
“30 Rock”

 

Writing for a Comedy Series
“Episodes”
“Louie”
“Modern Family”
“The Office”
“30 Rock”

 

Writing for a Drama Series
“Friday Night Lights”
“Game Of Thrones”
“The Killing”
“Mad Men”

 

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series
“The Colbert Report”
“Conan”
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”
“Saturday Night Live”

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