The Emmy awards inspire more conflict, shock and outrage than possibly any other major awards show on the circuit. It makes sense; we spend so much time getting to know these characters and their struggles that we become incredibly invested in the show's success. But with so many channels, platforms, programs, stars and prestige dramas on the air right now, it’s going to be impossible to please everyone. Of course, that knowledge doesn’t stop us from waiting impatiently every year, hoping that our favorite performances from the past year will be recognized with an Emmy nomination. And every year, we end up with a new list of nominations that surprise and delight us, or send us into a spiral of rage, heartbreak and Twitter ranting. The 2014 nominations were no different, and these are the biggest shocks of the year.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Despite its critical acclaim and Golden Globe wins, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is still something of an underdog in terms of ratings and public attention, so we weren’t expecting the Television Academy to take much notice of the Fox show. Which is why we were so delighted to read Braugher’s name on the list of nominees this morning for his work as the magnificently deadpan Captain Ray Holt. Brooklyn Nine-Nine might have only gotten one major nod, but it was for the single best part of the show, and for that we’re endlessly grateful. We know it might be hard to read, but we are... ecstatic.
Best Actress in a Drama: Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex Masters of Sex probably tops the list of brilliant shows that nobody pays enough attention to, but for all of its high points – the costumes, the dialogue, the chemistry between Masters and Johnson, the tense, quiet drama, the brilliant guest starts – much of the show’s excellence can be credited to Caplan’s performance as Virginia Johnson. It’s a complex, layered, funny, sexy, compelling role and it’s thrilling to see her work rightfully acknowledged as one of the best performances of the year.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Allison Janney, Mom Mom is a complicated show. It’s ostensibly a typical Chuck Lorre comedy, with lots of inane jokes and strange plots, but it also devotes a great deal of time to the dramatic, difficult relationship between mother and daughter, both of whom are recovering addicts. It doesn’t always work, but when it does, it’s usually thanks to Janney, who transforms what could have been a stereotypical over-the-top, obnoxious character into a flawed, layered, realistic human being.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Fred Armisen, Portlandia While it’s sad not to see Armisen’s co-star and co-writer Carrie Brownstein on the list of nominees as well, we’re excited to see the Television Academy finally pay attention to this weird, hilarious show and the weird, hilarious characters who inhabit it. Whether he’s learning the history of hip hop before a big concert or playing a feminist hippie who hates the customers in her shop, Armisen’s always original, funny, and just a little strange.
Best Comedy Series: Silicon Valley Another critical favorite that didn’t seem to get a lot of mainstream attention, Silicon Valley had an excellent first season, skewering the tech industry, the people who aspire to be part of it, and the people who make fun of it. Although airing on HBO automatically got the Emmys’ attention, it wasn’t the cultural phenomenon that some of its network-mates have become, and so it was good to see that a show doesn’t necessarily need A-list stars or famous directors in order to get attention.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live This season of SNL got bogged down by an influx of new cast members, the loss of its head writer halfway through the year, and controversy over the diversity of its cast. But there was one cast member who held things together, who was consistently hilarious and able to rescue just about any sketch just by being in it, and that cast member was Kate McKinnon. From Bieber to Ellen to “Dyke and Fats” to doing it on a twin bed, McKinnon was definitely this year’s MVP, and we’re happy to see the Emmys recognize that as well.
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon To be honest, we never expected this weird, awkward and often hilarious miniseries to even be on the TV Academy’s radar, let alone the nominations list, but Wiig’s performance as Cynthia Morehouse, who endures poverty, war, an unhappy marriage, and a forbidden romance with her adopted brother in outrageous, strange and hilarious fashion was one of the funniest things on TV this year. Not quite on the same level as Lady Anne, but we imagine it would be a little awkward to nominate a mannequin for an Emmy.
Best Supporting Actress and Guest Actress(es) in a Comedy: Kate Mulgrew, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, and Natasha Lyonne, Orange is the New Black Orange Is the New Black swept the nominations this year, and while we’re happy to see it get recognized for Best Comedy and Taylor Shilling’s lead performance as Piper Chapman, it’s the supporting cast who we’re really thrilled for. Between Mulgrew’s transformative work as Red being included in the Supporting Actress category and three of the finest, funniest and most heartbreaking actresses (Aduba, Lyonne, and Cox, who is the first transgender Emmy nominee) crowding everyone else out of the Guest Actress category, don’t be surprised if Orange takes home plenty of gold on Emmy night.
Tatiana Maslany Gets Snubbed… Again Apparently, playing eight distinct characters, all of whom are equally complex, interesting, and fully-realized is not enough for the Emmy voters to take notice of Maslany’s incredible performance on Orphan Black, and both she and the show were snubbed for a second year. Since the tension between Helena and Sarah or the complicated relationship between Allison and Donnie or Cosima’s fight through her debilitating illness wasn’t enough, it seems the only way that Maslany will ever a nod is if she plays every single character on True Detective Season 2.
The Emmys Don’t Care About The Americans Despite turning out some of the most compelling, interesting, thrilling drama that has aired on television in the past year, The Americans was almost completely ignored by Emmy voters, earning one nomination for Margo Martindale’s guest spot. And though we pretty much expected the show not to make the Best Drama Series cut, we’re mostly shocked that Matthew Rhys’ incredible performance this season was also completely ignored by the Academy. Clearly the Emmys have a hard time looking past some bad wigs to see the brilliance underneath.
Really, Jeff Daniels Again? Don’t get us wrong, the once and future Harry Dunne does good work on The Newsroom, but it’s nothing special, especially compared to both what his fellow Best Actor in a Drama nominees turned out this year, and the performances of so many other actors who didn’t make the cut. But considering how much the Emmys seem to love him, we think Bryan Cranston and Matthew McConaughey might want to hold off on writing their acceptance speeches.
Ricky Gervais Gets Nominated For… Derek? We loved Gervais’ arrogant, deluded David Brent on The Office. We’re still laughing about his performance as the rude, frustrated and sometimes desperate Andy Millman on Extras, and we’d watch him bicker with Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington all day. However, we weren’t as crazy about his work on Derek, the saccharine, gentle-hearted sitcom where he plays the saccharine, gentle-hearted nursing home caretaker Derek, so we’re surprised to see just how vastly the Television Academy’s opinion about the show differed from ours. Still, at least we know we’re guaranteed a hell of a show if he actually wins.
Downton Abbey Keeps Racking Up the Nominations We get it: Maggie Smith is an international treasure. That doesn’t mean that the Emmys have to nominate her every single year, without fail. And just because Downton Abbey is a British period piece, that doesn’t mean it’s better than any number of excellent dramas who continue to be overlooked just because everyone on the show speaks with a British accent. It’s okay not to nominate them, Emmys. Everyone will still think you’re smart and worldly, we promise.
The Wrong People from Shameless Get Nominated, as Per Usual Here’s the good news: Shameless finally got more than one nomination! The bad news, though, is that they went to the actors with the most name recognition – William H. Macy, who is up for Best Actor in a Comedy and Joan Cusack, whose Guest Actress hot streak continues – rather than the ones who carried the show this year – Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White and Noel Fisher, to name just a few. But, hey, it seems like that category switch actually paid off, even if it means nominating the actor whose character was in a coma over the ones who were struggling with jail time, balancing college and caring for his family and coming out and looking after his bipolar boyfriend.
Somehow, House of Cards Got 13 Nominations There are only two possible explanations: either the Emmy voters thought that, like Orange Is the New Black, they were voting based on the first season of the show, or they didn’t actually watch the new season of House of Cards, and they decided to throw a bunch of nominations its way to cover up that fact, since it’s an “important, prestige” drama.
Late broadcaster Casey Kasem's daughter Kerri has avoided another public battle with her stepmother after agreeing to let her handle the late icon's funeral arrangements. The beloved DJ and voice actor, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, died of complications from dementia early on Sunday (15Jun14), four days after a Los Angeles judge granted Kerri, his court-appointed caretaker, permission to withhold medication, food and drink to her hospitalised dad, as he was in too much pain to digest anything.
Jean Kasem, who had previously been accused of banning the radio personality's three kids from his first marriage from visiting their ailing father, challenged the ruling on Friday (13Jun14).
Now Kerri appears to be making amends with her stepmum by granting Jean's request to have Kasem's body released to her from the Washington hospice where he died, according to TMZ.com.
Jean, who wed Kasem in 1980, is the executor of her husband's will.
The wife of dying U.S. broadcaster Casey Kasem has filed legal papers demanding her hospitalised husband be fed. The America's Top 40 host's daughter Kerri, who won a battle with her stepmother Jean to become her father's caretaker in his final days, was granted permission to withhold medication, food and drink to Kasem earlier this week (ends13Jun14) after a Los Angeles judge agreed the radio legend was in too much pain to digest anything.
Jean Kasem stormed out of court when the ruling was announced and angrily told reporters that her husband's kids and the judge had "blood on their hands".
Late on Friday (13Jun13), Jean filed legal documents requesting an order requiring doctors to provide her fragile husband with nourishment so he won't die.
She is asking California Court of Appeal officials to reverse the judge's order allowing Casey's daughter to remove all life support, according to TMZ.com.
In the documents, Jean insists her 82-year-old husband, who is battling sepsis, dementia and Parkinson's disease, is not close to death, adding she believes he could actually return home if he receives proper, aggressive care.
She also claims the radio and TV personality is a follower of the Druze religion, and suggests a lack of treatment would go against his faith.
The daughter of beloved U.S. broadcaster Casey Kasem has been granted permission to withhold medication, food and fluids from her ailing father as he faces death. Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy determined that giving Kasem food and fluids would be harmful and cause more pain for the 82-year-old former radio personality on Wednesday (11Jun14), five days after his daughter Kerri initially implemented the end-of-life measures.
On Monday (09Jun14), Murphy ordered the reinstatement of feeding and other care while a court-appointed attorney consulted with Casey Kasem and doctors. He reversed the ruling on Wednesday.
Kasem, who is battling dementia, is in a critical condition in a Washington state hospital, where he has been receiving treatment for bedsores and various infections since the beginning of the month (Jun14).
His daughter Kerri had him admitted to St. Anthony Hospital over fears for his declining health, shortly after she was appointed his official caretaker following a bitter legal battle with her stepmother, Jean, who stormed out of court on Wednesday after the latest ruling was announced.
Outside court she told reporters, "It's wrong, the courts are wrong," adding that everyone involved, including Judge Murphy "has blood on their hands".
Jean Kasem stated, "This is purely about vengeance and money."
Kasem's wife and his kids from a previous marriage, including Kerri, have been at odds over the radio legend's care for months with the siblings accusing Jean of refusing to let them visit their dad.
She has accused them of only being interested in their father's $2 million (GBP1.25 million) life insurance policy.
A Los Angeles judge has ordered ailing U.S. radio and TV icon Casey Kasem be fed, hydrated and medicated as a court-appointed lawyer evaluates his health status. The legendary broadcaster and voice actor, who struggles with dementia, is in a critical condition in a Washington state hospital, where he has been receiving treatment for bedsores and various infections since the beginning of the month (Jun14).
His daughter Kerri had him admitted to St. Anthony Hospital over fears for his declining health, shortly after she was appointed his official caretaker following a bitter legal battle with her stepmother, Jean.
Over the weekend (06-08Jun14), Kerri heeded doctors' advice to stop giving her sick father food, water and medication as the continued hydration would cause the 82 year old more pain.
However, Jean objected to the decision and took the case back to court on Monday (09Jun14), when she requested to be reinstated as Kasem's primary caretaker, insisting, "Only God knows when to take someone."
The judge declined to issue an immediate ruling about the caretaker role, and instead demanded Kasem be nourished to give an independent lawyer the chance to evaluate his condition.
After the court hearing, Jean blasted her stepdaughter, telling the media, "Everybody is standing by and watching her kill my husband."
The family of ailing U.S. radio and TV icon Casey Kasem have gathered at a hospital in Washington state after the star's health took a turn for the worse. The veteran DJ was admitted to a medical facility by his daughter Kerri on Sunday (01Jun14) after she was appointed her father's official caretaker following a bitter legal battle with her stepmother, Jean.
She claimed 82-year-old Kasem, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, has been struggling with bedsores and lung and bladder infections and wanted to have him properly examined by doctors.
However, Kasem's condition has since worsened, reports the New York Daily News.
Kerri's spokesperson, Danny Deraney, reveals, "(Kasem's) blood pressure was low and it is serious."
Ailing U.S. radio and TV icon Casey Kasem was transferred to a medical facility on Sunday (01Jun14) following a dramatic showdown at his family home. His daughter, Kerri Kasem - who has been appointed her father's official caretaker following a legal battle with the 82 year old's wife, Jean - arrived at the star's home alongside paramedics.
Kerri accompanied her dad, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, into an ambulance, which transported him to hospital.
Her arrival caused an ugly scene at the property in Washington state as Jean Kasem allegedly hurled raw meat at her step-daughter. Police officers and the fire service were called in to help paramedics access the house.
Jean later told NBC News, "I threw a piece of raw meat into the street in exchange for my husband to the wild rabid dogs."
The scene came two days after a judge ordered Jean to allow Kerri daily visits to her father. Kerri was also given permission to have the veteran entertainer examined by a doctor.
The daughter of beloved U.S. radio and TV icon Casey Kasem has been granted regular visitation rights with her father in her battle against her stepmother over his medical care. Kerri Kasem has been embroiled in a legal war with the radio legend's wife, Jean, over the care of the 82 year old, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, and now a Washington judge has ordered Jean to allow Kerri to visit her father daily for up to an hour. She has also been granted permission to have him examined by a doctor.
Kitsap County Judge Jennifer Forbes also ruled Casey has to stay in Washington state unless a deal could be struck for him to return to California.
In May (14), Kerri was appointed her father's official caretaker just days after she filed a missing persons report amid fears her dad had been "kidnapped" by his wife.
Another hearing has been scheduled for 6 June (14).
The wife of U.S. TV and radio star Casey Kasem has been ordered to appear in a Washington court on Friday (30May14) to answer questions about the ailing star's care. Jean Kasem has been embroiled in a battle with stepdaughter Kerri Kasem over the care of the 82-year-old broadcasting legend, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, and now the broadcaster's daughter wants a face-off in court.
Earlier this month (May14), Kerri was appointed her father's official caretaker just days after she filed a missing persons report amid fears her dad had been "kidnapped" by his wife.
Actor Matt Bomer spent a month living apart from his family as he prepared to play an AIDS victim in new TV movie The Normal Heart, so he could fully embrace the mindset of his desperate character. The Magic Mike star slimmed down drastically to portray Felix Turner in Ryan Murphy's screen adaptation of the hit Larry Kramer play, about the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and he temporarily moved out of the home he shares with his publicist partner Simon Halls and their three children to perfect his transformation.
He tells Vulture.com, "The whole point of the weight loss was obviously to create a certain aesthetic that Ryan was happy with, but also to create that physical reality for me. When the cameras were rolling, I wasn't having to affect anything; so much of it was already there. "I had separated myself from my family, I was living on my own for, like, a month, and I think that helped me sort of get into Felix's head in a way that I haven't had an opportunity to do with other characters before."
Bomer also called in a professional counsellor to make sure his sons would be OK with dad's drastic weightloss - but he admits he needn't have worried. He adds, "We definitely prepared our kids really early on, before I even started losing weight. I spoke with a professional who told me how to relay it to them in language they could really understand, and they were great about it. "Maybe it's a luxury of having all boys, who are like, 'Yeah! Go!' You know, it's like they were my cheering squad. And I remember, at one point I had lost 25 or 30 pounds and I came home, and it's such a testament to childhood imagination, because they were like, 'Oh, I thought you were going to be skinnier than that.' And I was like, 'Hey, I'm working here!' "But they were really great about it, and understanding. I think that our oldest son, who tends to be a caretaker, said at one point, 'When are you going to get to eat pancakes with me again?' But that was about as difficult as it seemed to get for them."
Bomer's amazing transformation stunned viewers watching the TV movie in America on Sunday night (25May14). The film also featured Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts.