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Emmy nominations: 'Game of Thrones' and 'Fargo' lead; newcomers 'True Detective', 'Orange is the New Black' get lots of love

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July

Another year of Emmy nominations, another year of glaring snubs. And, come on, are we really still nominating Downton Abbey and Jeff Daniels for television excellence?

There's just far too much great TV out there right now, and Emmy voters apparently don't even see all of it, which must be how FX's outstanding second season of The Americans, or CBS' The Good Wife (whose fifth season- that would be the one in which this happened - was probably the show's best) don't make the Outstanding Drama cut. (Thankfully, The Good Wife did get recognized in the acting categories, with very deserved nominations for lead Julianna Margulies, supporting actor Josh Charles and supporting actress Christine Baranski.)

Less surprising is the boatload of nominations for AMC's Breaking Bad, which is up for its final season that ended in September, and HBO's True Detective, the critical juggernaut that HBO decided to place in the Drama category despite the fact that it's really more of a miniseries, with a new story and cast each year. Bad got nods for Outstanding Drama, and in three of the four acting categories; while True Detective got two nods in the Best Actor field for leads Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and a nomination for Outstanding Drama.

HBO's Game of Thrones actually lead all total nominations with 19, including one for Best Drama series. FX's Fargo, which was submitted as a miniseries instead of a drama, got 18 noms, including two for Lead Actor in a Miniseries, for Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman (how to choose between them?!), and acting noms for Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman (yay!). Expect Fargo to pick up lots of gold on Emmy night.

The best news of the day? Netflix original Orange is the New Black, a brand new contender in the Comedy category, did very well for itself, with a Best Comedy nod, a Lead Actress nomination for Taylor Schilling, a Supporting Actress nomination for Kate Mulgrew AND three nominations for Best Guest Actress, Comedy: Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox. Some very well-deserved nominations for that show's riveting first season. It's clear the Emmys like OITNB as much as we all do; there's a good chance it could win in several of those categories.

The head-scratchers include:

* Elisabeth Moss was edged out of the Lead Actress, Drama race for the final half season of Mad Men. Presumably, Master of Sex's Lizzy Caplan took her spot. Hard to argue with Caplan's place here, but Moss deserved recognition for her work, especially this year. 

* Big shakeup in the Supporting Actor, Comedy field, and one we wholly support: Only TWO  actors, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ty Burrell were nominated. The four eligible actors from that show usually run this field. Instead, Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Fred Armisen (SNL), Adam Driver (Girls) and Tony Hale (Veep) made the cut.

*Melissa McCarthy was nominated for Mike & Molly again, after winning in 2011 but failing to make the cut last year.

* Mike Judge's HBO comedy Silicon Valley was nominated for Outstanding Comedy. A very funny show, sure, but it beat out the likes of HBO's Girls, Golden Globe nominee Brooklyn Nine-Nine and more. Doesn't really matter though; perennial nominee Modern Family will still likely win this category. If it does, it'll tie a record with Frasier for five consecutive wins.

* Ricky Gervais got nominated for acting in the little-seen Netflix show Derek. Huh!

* We were really pulling for Dean Norris to nab a Supporting Actor, Drama nomination for his work on Breaking Bad's final season, where he went head-to-head with Cranston's formidable Walter White and more than held his own. Sadly, despite the fact that the Supporting Actor, Drama field has been home to two Breaking Bad actors many times before, it didn't happen.

* By far the biggest Emmy snub continues to be FX's The Americans, which didn't get nominated in any major category despite stepping it up in its second season to deliver one of the most accomplished seasons out of any show nominated. One day, lead actor Matthew Rhys will be recognized for his tremendous work on that show, hopefully over people like Jeff Daniels (who was nominated for lead actor again - ugh - and, let's never forget, has WON in the category before).

Here's the list of major nominees:

OUTSTANDING DRAMA
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
True Detective
House of Cards
Mad Men

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Claire Danes, Homeland
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Woody Harrelson, True Detective

OUTSTANDING COMEDY
Big Bang Theory
Louie
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Veep 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
William H. Macy, Shameless
Ricky Gervais, Derek

Click here for the full list of Emmy nominees. The winners will be announced in a ceremony on Aug. 25.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 10, 2014 4:36pm]

    

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