Monday, July 20, 2015

Emmys 2015 - List/Opinion Piece

It's that time of year again. A few days ago, the nominations for the 2015 Emmys was announced and well, there were moments worth commenting on. Anything in italics is who I would like to see win, not who I think will win.

First of all for drama fans, there are seven shows (actually all main nods are seven choices this year) and those shows are Game Of Thrones, Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Orange Is The New Black, House Of Cards, Homeland and Better Saul Call. Comedy fans on the other hand, the choices are Louie, Modern Family, Transparent, Silicon Valley, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Veep and Parks & Recreation. Gotta admit, with this category as I don't watch any of those shows, I don't really care who actually wins, so no italics for me there. In terms of limited series, the choices are American Crime, Olive Kitteridge, American Horror Story: Freak Show, The Honourable Woman and Wolf Hall.

Meanwhile for Best Actress in a Drama Series, the competition is arguably the hottest. You've got first time nominations for Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder) and Taraji P. Henson (Empire) along with stalwarts Claire Danes (Homeland), Robin Wright (House Of Cards) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men). Actor wise in the Drama category, the nods are for Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), John Hamm (Mad Men), Kevin Spacey (House Of Cards), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Kyle Chandler (Bloodline) and Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan). Comedy wise, the actress category comprises of Julia Louise Dreyfus (Veep), Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation), Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback), Lily Tomlin (Grace & Frankie), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) and Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) while the male category comprises of  Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), Louis CK (Louie), Anthony Anderson (black-ish), William H. Macy (Shameless), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Don Cheadle (House Of Lies) and Will Forte (Last Man On Earth).

Meanwhile in terms of the Limited Series category, the best actress nods are for Felicity Huffman (American Crime), Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Freak Show), Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honourable Woman), Queen Latifah (Bessie) and Emma Thomson (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street). The male category includes David Oyelowo (Nightingale), Richard Jenkins (Olive Kitteridge), Timothy Hutton (American Crime), Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall), Ricky Gervais (Derek: The Final Chapter) and Adrian Brody (Houdini).

Like previous years, there's a lot of fairly safe/predictable choices, a few surprises (I'm shocked Empire didn't get more nods, delighted that Maslany did) and a couple of snubs. A full list of all nominees can be seen below.

Full List:

The 2015 Emmys will air on September 20th and will be hosted by Andy Samberg.

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