The following is not meant to be a full or detailed report of the 2014 Emmy Nominations. It is simply my thoughts on certain nominees. For a full list, check out the Emmy page here.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
MICHELLE DOCKERY, Downton Abbey
I didn’t love Downton Abbey this season. I was uncomfortable. Slightly bored at times. And a lot disturbed. BUT you can always count on Michelle Dockery to keep things steady and on task as Lady Mary Crawley. Despite seemingly being one of the nicest people in real life (check out her Instagram please), she plays Lady Mary’s divaness just right and hers is the story that keeps us coming back for more.
KERRY WASHINGTON, Scandal
Eh. I’m sorry. I really like Kerry Washington. I really do. I think she’s one of the most down to earth people on the planet in addition to being one of the most beautiful. But I can’t stand Scandal. I do not get the appeal of the abusive relationship between the Prez and Olivia Pope and I just cringe during those quick-talking scenes with all her smug and weird associates (Huck and Quinn? What is that?). But I do dig the pantsuits and cream-colored coats.
LIZZY CAPLAN, Masters of Sex
From Mean Girls to Masters of Sex? You go, girl.
CLAIRE DANES, Homeland
To be honest, I’ve never understood the appeal of Miss Danes. But she got Hugh Dancy, so she must be a pretty neat lady. Obviously I’ve never watched an episode of Homeland or maybe I’d actually have some intelligent commentary here.
ROBIN WRIGHT, House of Cards
Get it, Robin. You are a goddess on House of Cards and I love your steely gaze.
JULIANNA MARGULIES, The Good Wife
I should watch The Good Wife. I should really watch that show.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
BRYAN CRANSTON, Breaking Bad
I apparently have terrible taste because I thought Breaking Bad was a snoooooozefest. Walter White creeped me out thoroughly though, and I suppose it’s because Cranston made him that way in such a successful manner. So, uh, you go, Bryan?
KEVIN SPACEY, House of Cards
House of Cards all day erryday. As Francis Underwood, Spacey pulls off a believable Southern accent while exuding that subtle air of white male superiority syndrome. Thrive on, Mr. President.
JON HAMM, Mad Men
Really, Academy? Okay, Mad Men, we’ve had a lovestrong-lovelackluster relationship since 2008, my dear friend. But I’m not sure this nod was earned. Let’s get one for Sally Draper, am I RIGHT, AMERICA?!
True Detective & The Newsroom nods…I have no opinion as I’m the loser who didn’t watch either of these shows.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
ANNA GUNN, Breaking Bad
So many mixed emotions about this one. I don’t know if Skylar White was so annoying because she was written that way or if Anna Gunn is seriously just annoying. How many breathy, “What. Is. Going. On?” lines must we suffer through? Although I saw her on an episode of The Mindy Project once and she was hysterical, so the jury of my mind is still out on this one. Can she act? Can she not? It’s in the Emmy gods’ hands.
MAGGIE SMITH, Downton Abbey
Maggie is always brilliant, so if she wins, I will do a jig in my living room.
JOANNE FROGGATT, Downton Abbey
Joanne’s character had one helluva rough season this year. If this is the year the Emmys decide to reward her, then I’d approve.
LENA HEADEY, Game of Thrones
This supporting actress nomination is the one I’m most excited for. I love Game of Thrones, and even though I can’t stand Cersei, it’s only because Lena is so deliciously good at playing her.
CHRISTINA HENDRICKS, Mad Men
Okay, I’m just so confused about all these Mad Men nods. The season was SIX episodes long. Pretty sure Joan showed up for about 20 minutes total.
CHRISTINE BARANSKI, The Good Wife
Again, I should really watch this show.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
AARON PAUL, Breaking Bad
I watched all of Breaking Bad reluctantly, and Jesse Pinkman was the only thing that kept me going. Nuff said.
JIM CARTER, Downton Abbey
Carter does an excellent job as Mr. Carson on Downton Abbey. He’s stern, funny, loving, compassionate, and taciturn all in one scene.
PETER DINKLAGE, Game of Thrones
Tyrion. Done. He wins everything. EVERYTHING. Check out his courtroom confession if you have any doubts.
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
DIANA RIGG, Game of Thrones
Miss Diana was both hysterical and tactically surprising as Lady Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones. Wouldn’t be mad about this win.
KATE MARA, House of Cards
I don’t get this nomination. But it’s not up to me, is it?
All other nods…no comment. Apparently I don’t binge watch as much as I thought I did.
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
PAUL GIAMATTI, Downton Abbey
Paul played an American bachelor in debt to his sister’s British husband. Giamatti seemed an odd casting choice to me.
REG E. CATHEY, House of Cards
GET IT, FREDDY. Reg as Freddy delivered a great performance this year of a man falling from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. His swift turn from congenial to cold left viewers surprised and saddened. (I love alliteration, guys!)
ROBERT MORSE, Mad Men
Robert has always been adorable on Mad Men. While his postpartum musical performance may have puzzled us all, it did perfectly highlight the whimsy and charm that was Bert.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
TAYLOR SCHILLING, Orange is the new Black
Orange is the New Black is an awesome show, but Piper annoys the heck out of me. Can’t tell if that’s because she’s supposed to or if it’s because Taylor is just annoying…but hey props to you, Fordham girl!
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, Veep
As Selina Meyer, Julia delivers her lines fast and sharp. Some might stumble over the quickness, but Julia is so dead-pan that it only makes everything Selina says more hilarious
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Is it bad I don’t watch any of the shows that got this nod? Whoops.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
ALLISON JANNEY, Mom
I recently caught an episode of Mom, and I really enjoyed Allison’s character. I always thinks she’s witty and a little daring than most in her comedic performances.
KATE MULGREW, Orange is the New Black
Interesting that this nod is in the comedy category since Kate’s character Red had a very dramatic season. Doesn’t quite fit the category, but the acting is surely worthy of an award.
KATE MCKINNON, SNL
The woman is funny. If we’re looking at who’s best at making people laugh, just give her the award already.
ANNA CHLUMSKY, Veep
Hm, don’t quite get this one. Feel like there had to someone else out there more deserving of this nod.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
TONY HALE, Veep
Veep may be about Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’s character, but without Tony’s character Gary, the show wouldn’t be half as hysterical. Gary seems to have an innate talent at playing obsequious grown men, and his repartee with Julia is a hit in every scene.
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Nichols, Crazy Eyes, Sophia of Orange is the New Black…how is one to choose?! Give it to Uzo (Crazy Eyes) though. Next year we’ll give it to Natasha Lyonne (Nichols). Sure, Laverne Cox is a barrier breaker, but is her acting as Sophia THAT astounding? I think I’d rather see Taystee or Morello on this list–love those two in every scene.
Outstanding Comedy Series/Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Where is The Mindy Project?! Where?! How is Orange is the New Black even a comedy in Season Two?! I don’t understand.
Outstanding Drama Series
Downton Abbey didn’t deserve this nod. I’m sorry, my love, but you didn’t. House of Cards, this wasn’t really your season either. But Game of Thrones? OH BOY. (Didn’t watch True Detective so no comment!)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
CICELY TYSON, The Trip to Bountiful
Because she’s Cicely Tyson, that’s why.
Why is this a category?
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
JANE LYNCH, Hollywood Game Night
I had my doubts about Hollywood Game Night–would it be too cheesy? Pander too much to the celebs? But after one viewing, I was hooked–and mostly because of Jane Lynch. No one is off-limits as Jane moderates ridiculous games between two sets of celebrity teams. It’s fun to watch the celebs struggle at games like Who Am I, but it’s more fun to hear Jane make fun of their terrible guessing skills along the way.
Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
Oh you can bet I’m including this category and you know why? SLEEPY HOLLOW. Love this show and I love the opening title and music. Most shows I just zip through the opener (I love you Game of Thrones, but I don’t need to watch that four-minute map sequence every week.), but I LOVE the Sleepy Hollow opening and music. It’s fast paced with just the right amount of spook.
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NEW YORK
Say what?! I LOVE this show. Regardless of it being on Bravo and full of highfalutin drama, it is truly an enjoyable show. Fabulous NYC real estate, ridiculous prices, and lives of some very glamorous people–what’s not to love? I recommend this show to everyone from peers to great aunts–not kidding. Mouth about hit the floor when I saw it got an Emmy nod. Apparently I have okay taste some of the time.