The Emmy nominations were released on Thursday, which has given me plenty of time to reflect on whether or not they got it right. I love television. It has greatly impacted my life in a way that I feel has been most enriching. Because of such, I take these awards very seriously (as should you). Here’s the list of nominations and my thoughts on the matter:
Outstanding Drama Series
“Better Call Saul” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game Of Thrones” (HBO)
“House Of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“Orange Is The New Black” (Netflix)
Likely Winner: Mad Men – It being a heavy favorite in the past at the awards as well just wrapping it’s last season, it will practically be handed to them.
Close Second: House of Cards – This show is recognized greatly for its brilliance by such a wide range in audience that it could easily take the award.
Snub: The Newsroom – While it hasn’t been completely forgotten this year, this Aaron Sorkin drama is often overlooked.
Outstanding Comedy Series
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Parks And Recreation” (NBC)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
Likely Winner: Modern Family – This category pisses me off greatly. Every year this show wins when there are much, much, MUCH better shows out there. Harumph.
Close Second: Parks and Recreation – It’s a rare occasion where the entire world is satisfied with the ending of a show. This show did that and deserves the recognition.
Snub: Orange is The New Black – I know it’s nominated in Outstanding Drama Series, but they wanted to be nominated in the comedy category. Why? Because this show would easily win in THIS category.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Kyle Chandler, “Bloodline”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Likely Winner: Kevin Spacey – His dedication to the character and the large fan base behind it has garnered enough attention for the Emmys to take notice.
Close Second: Jon Hamm – Again, there’s nothing cooler than giving a talented actor their due once their iconic role has ended. Hence last year’s winner Bryan Cranston.
Snub: James Spader – Not even a nomination for Blacklist. Sad. That show’s awesome because of him.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Likely Winner: Robin Wright – It’s very fitting for actor/actress winners to come from the same show, and to be honest, her portrayal is just as dynamic as Spacey’s.
Close Second: Taraji P. Henson – First time nominations are always the best winners and Henson kills as Cookie.
Snub: Maggie Smith – She’s Maggie Smith. Enough said.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Will Forte, “Last Man on Earth”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
Likely Winner: Jeffrey Tambor – This role has really put him on the map, helped shed a lot of light on the trans community, and actually made Amazon a player when it comes to television.
Close Second: Don Cheadle – This guy’s work surprises just about everyone and this just may be the year where it’s recognized.
Snub: Joel McHale – This is a huge long shot, but Community shouldn’t even be a cult favorite anymore. McHale is in his element on this show and the driving force behind it. Pop pop.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
Likely Winner: Lily Tomlin – Her return to television in a leading role that is well-rounded, well written, and fun to watch should be rewarded. She never did get an Emmy for Ms. Frizzle.
Close Second: Lisa Kudrow – It’s obviously a tough call between her and Dreyfus, but Kudrow really pushed for this continuation and I think it’s even better than the first go around.
Snub: Ellie Kemper – Her adorable take as Kimmy Schmidt should at least have gotten her the nomination.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, “Better Call Saul”
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Michael Kelly, “House of Cards”
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Likely Winner: Peter Dinklage – Who doesn’t love him? Who doesn’t love everything about him? You? Well, you can leave. We’re all going to watch Game of Thrones without you.
Close Second: Alan Cumming – I’d love for this guy to win. I’m not the biggest fan of the show, but his acting on it is top notch.
Snub: Mandy Patinkin – This one is a little difficult because there’s a lot to choose from (Scandal, Empire), but I feel like Patinkin should get a nod for his ability to act through Danes’s intense crying scenes.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Likely Winner: Lena Headey – Headey’s Cersei is a strong character going up against the rest of the pack here and an easy choice for the winner.
Close Second: Christine Baranski – Boy, do they love their network shows. While it would be nice for HBO, Netflix, and Amazon to stick it to the networks, there’s a good chance they won’t.
Snub: Lana Parilla – Parilla’s portrayal of Regina in Once Upon a Time is one of the few reasons to continually watch the shows. For all of its flaws, that woman is a force.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Niecy Nash, “Getting On”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Gaby Hoffmann, “Transparent”
Jane Krakowski, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
Likely Winner: Mayim Bialik – As much as I detest Chuck Lorre’s constant repackaging of the same sitcom, Bialik is adorable and everyone knows it. Plus, did you really think they’d leave Big Bang out?
Close Second: Gaby Hoffman – For very similar reasons as Tambor’s likely win, Hoffman could easily take it. Not to mention, she’s a reformed child actor and we love those.
Snub: Anyone from Girls – Seriously? What’s up with that?
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Keegan-Michael Key, “Key & Peele”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
Likely Winner: Ty Burrell – Modern Family may not dominate this year, but it will walk away with more than one of these statues. Damn them,
Close Second: Tony Hale – With the rest of the nominations going to a few newbies, Hale’s longstanding performance on Veep could create an awesome upset. You go, Tony Hale.
Snub: Nick Offerman – How has he not won for every year he played Ron Swanson? It’s just criminal.
What do you guys think about my predictions? Who else was snubbed (the correct answer is a lot)? Let us know! And for the rest of the Emmy nominations, check them out here!