Well, the Emmy Awards nominations are out, and they’ve definitely shaken up the system. Although shows that were expected to win big — Mad Men, Modern Family and Hatfields & McCoys, to name a few — received their due, other programs dominated the categories in surprisingly adept sweeps.
If my crazed e-mail inbox is any indication, the noms are certainly throwing Hollywood for a proper whirl (seven nominees for leading comedy actress!?). We thought we’d take a look at what’s got the television industry buzzing, swearing and celebrating.
Laurie was never a stranger to the Emmys — he was nominated six times for the medical drama — but he never won. It was widely believed that given House‘s departure from network television last May, Laurie would not only be a lock for a nod, but a serious contender for the prize as well. Well, riddle me this, Emmy nominators: why the snub for Laurie? Was it lupus?
Let’s be real for a second: Smash isn’t a bad show. It just suffers from bad qualities, and one of the oddest was the sudden appearance of movie star Uma Thurman as movie star Rebecca Duvall. Not to say that Thurman’s performance wasn’t good, but her character was a total zany nightmare. Then again, maybe that’s exactly why she was nominated for guest actress in a drama. On the other hand, powerhouse performer Megan Hilty was thoroughly ignored for her impressive turn as a fame-hungry Broadway ingenue. Let her be your star!
SNUB: Mandy Patinkin goes Home(land) empty handed
Patinkin’s costars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis both earned nominations, and rightfully so. But the pinnacle of the series’ sanity — the viewer’s rock onto which to cling, allowing us to watch the hectic Homeland without totally going berserk — is more than worthy of a nomination himself. The Showtime series would suffer tremendously without such an exceptionally delivered Saul. The man deserves more gratitude than he gets from Carrie, and the Emmys should have made up for that.
SNUB: The Good Wife gets no love
CBS’ dramatic series The Good Wife did snag a nomination for its lead, Julianne Margulies, but the series itself didn’t earn anything in the Best Drama Series category: a shocker considering the serious upswing in excitement that TGW took in its recent third season.
SNUB: A nightmare for Awake‘s Jason Isaacs
Although the NBC series won’t be rising again for a second season (the show has been set to rest), Jason Isaacs’ wholly impressive turn as the troubled Michael Britten, struggling with his middling grasp on reality, definitely deserved some recognition among this year’s Emmy nominations. He won’t even get another chance at a nod, due to the show’s demise; hopefully, fans and critics will wake up to Isaacs’ obvious talent in the future.