The Emmys, the Fixer and those who were robbed . . .

By admin
18 July 2013

Our TV blogger is not smiling about some of the Emmy nominations (The Fixer was robbed) but others have made her do a happy dance.

Our TV blogger is not smiling about some of the Emmy nominations (The Fixer was robbed) but others have made her do a happy dance (yay! Game of Thrones’ Daenerys).

What?! What?! Come on, The Fixer didn’t get an Emmy nomination? I am taking this personally. I love the Emmy Awards and love seeing if my favourite shows are in with a winning chance.

In the Drama category, the biggies are all there: Homeland, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, and House of Cards, a show we haven’t seen here but has received rave reviews. But it’s hard to understand why The Walking Dead or The Fixer (Scandal as it is called in America) didn’t get some recognition, I mean, who was not obsessed by the going-ons in the zombie death world in the one and the political intrigue of the other?

However The Fixer’s Kerry Washington is deservedly mentioned in the Best Actress category for her role as Olivia Pope and I think this is going to be her year, I really do. She does have tough competition from Claire Danes in Homeland, Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey and Vera Farmiga who was creepy wonderful in Bates Motel. I can’t comment on Robin Wright’s performance in House of Cards (she will always be Kelly in Santa Barbara and Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride) but she is brilliant in everything she does (I think I am a little infatuated with her) so I am sure she deserves this spot.

Wait, wait, wait I just assumed Julianna Margulies would be nominated for The Good Wife but she’s not there. This is hard to deal with because she is a wonderful actress in the perfect role! I also think Kerri Russell deserves a nomination for her role in The Americans. I honestly believed that she was a Russian spy living in America in the 1980s and didn’t for a second even think of her as Felicity (her other famous show) because she is so convincing.

Katey Sagal is wonderful as tough Gemma in Sons of Anarchy, so wrong that she didn’t get a nomination and Anna Torv deserved to be recognised for the amazing work she did in Fringe. I am troubled that there was no love for Michelle Fairley who gave the performance of her career as Caitlyn Stark in Game of Thrones. Did these people not see that horrifying Red Wedding episode? But, to dip quickly into the Best Supporting Actress category, I am doing a Targaryen version of a happy dance that Daenerys, I mean, actress Emilia Clarke has been nominated because the mother of dragons commands respect and rules the small screen.

In the Best Actor category, I am trying not to dwell on the mystery of Timothy Oliphant not getting a shout-out for playing cool as ice US marshal Raylan Givens in Justified (okay, I know I have a crush on him, but he’s good!). I also think Matthew Rhys should be rewarded for his excellent work in The Americans and Charlie Hunnam for his biker role in Sons of Anarchy. And where are The Walking Dead guys?

The lucky few who did get a nod were Hugh Bonneville in Downton Abbey, Bryan CranstonforBreaking Bad, Jeff Danielsfor The Newsroom, Jon HammforMad Men, Damien Lewisfor Homeland, and Kevin Spacey forHouse of Cards.

The comedy nominees didn’t upset me quite as much. But I do lament the lack of New Girl and Happy Endings in the Best Comedy category. It is also time that Kaley Cuoco is recognised for her role as Penny in The Big Bang Theory but Jim Parsons is nominated for playing Sheldon and that makes me happy. And I am so pleased that Veep is nominated and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy section and Anna Chlumsky in Supporting Actress, adore these two Veep women.

Outstanding Comedy shows are 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Louie, Modern Family, Veep. The Outstanding Actress in a Comedy are Laura Dern for Enlightened, Lena Dunham for Girls, Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie, Tina Fey for 30 Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep and Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation.

And the Outstanding actors in a comedy are Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock, Jason Bateman for Arrested Development, Louis CK for Louie, Don Cheadle for House of Lies, Matt LeBlanc for Episodes and Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory.

You can check out the rest of the nominations here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/emmy-nominations-complete-list-587782

& The Emmys take place on 22 September

 - Natalie Cavernelis

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