by Alicia Glass, contributing writer
The Emmys are back with us, bringing the roundup of deserving small-screen gems all sorts of awards and accolades. Or are they? A lot of TV shows are being overlooked, for many and varied reasons, but it sure won’t help the sliding popularity of the Emmys themselves. The Emmy Awards are normally held in mid-September and are generally considered the signal for the start of prime Fall television. However, this year they’ve been moved to tonight, Monday August 25, 2014, to accommodate NBC’s Sunday Night Football slate. And while this can be considered nothing more than a business transaction, it also led to more speculation as to whether or not the Television Academy, who judges the awards and presents them, have lost their way for the small-screen gems and simply aren’t listening to their general audience anymore. But hey, onward we go!
Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones is leading the vanguard charge of the Emmys with 19 nominations, and they’re fairly likely to sweep this one too. Mad Men, True Detective, and Downton Abbey can just move aside; I still don’t know why Breaking Bad is even in this category since they ended the show last year, and while I love me some House of Cards, very little can beat GoT’s stranglehold on TV. But how about these amazing new gemstones of shows, like Extant, or even Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain? To not even get a nomination nod has incensed the Orphan Black crowd, and they are legion. And that’s not even getting into the Emmy snub for The Walking Dead, they’ve apparently never won an Emmy, despite the astounding popularity of the show and the awesome special effects too.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
The likes of John Voight (as much as I love him), Josh Charles, Mandy Patinkin, Jim Carter, even “Bitch” Aaron Paul can just stand aside. It seems highly unlikely to me that anyone other than the incredible Peter Dinklage will sweep this particular award, for his jaw-dropping performance as Tyrion Lannister on, you guessed it, Game of Thrones.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Downton Abbey got two nods, with Dame Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt; Mad Men gave us Christina Hendricks; Christina Baranski of The Good Wife; and of course Anna Gunn from Breaking Bad all got the nod, but I’m betting that, again, Lena Headey as everyone’s favorite incestuous Dowager Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones will win the day. But everyone is still wondering, where is Tatiana Maslany in this slew of powerful women? A woman who plays believable nine different versions of herself in one show ought to have at least gotten a nomination nod!
Outstanding Television Movie
Killing Kennedy may be a National Geographic special, that won’t help it win. Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight is actually about a Supreme Court battle, so maybe not the best advertising and not HBO’s highest contender, right along with The Normal Heart. The Trip to Bountiful, while an enjoyable Lifetime romp, isn’t likely to sweep either. No, what we need, what we deserve, is a smiling Benedict Cumberbatch accepting the Emmy for Sherlock: His Last Vow, the final episode of series three of BBC’s Sherlock.
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