2014 Emmy Nominations Recap

By on July 11, 2014

The Emmys ceremony takes place on August 25th on NBC and will be hosted by late-night funnyman Seth Meyers. The nominations for the show were announced Thursday morning by actress Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project”) and “The Voice” host Carson Daly. (You can watch said announcements here.)

Notable nominations include nods for the excellent “True Detective” on most fronts, including both leading men, Woody Harrrelson and Matthew McConaughey; a first-time nod for former “Mean Girl” Lizzy Caplan for “Masters of Sex”; and multiple nominations for most of my favorite shows, including “Game of Thrones” (including everyone’s favorite half-man, Peter Dinklage and everyone’s most love to hate leading lady, Lena Headey), “American Horror Story: Coven” (acting nods across the board for a whopping five of the ladies, including the supremely awesome Sarah Paulson); new shows-in-town “Fargo” (the main men all got nods, plus- yay! Allison Tolman!) and “Silicon Valley.” On the Netflix front, “Orange is the New Black” (five of the ladies got nods, including everyone’s favorite grumpy chef, “Red”!) and “House of Cards” (both leading actors snagged nods) both fared well.

Major snubs include the superlative Tatiana Maslany, from the underrated, under-appreciated “Orphan Black”; and the past belle-of-the-ball “Girls”; and come on, not one for Michael Sheen’s fine work on “Masters of Sex”? FX did well as per usual with the much-nominated “American Horror Story: Coven” but there was no love whatsoever for the younger cast (Emma Roberts was so robbed), and nothing whatsoever, period, for the perennially underrated “Sons of Anarchy,” “Justified,” and especially “The Americans,” with its knock-out turn for former “Felicity” Keri Russell in a career-redefining role. Plus, Letterman got snubbed for the first time since 1983- and just after announcing his retirement! Ouch!

Here’s a look at the major categories of the upcoming 66th Annual Emmy Awards. For a complete list, go to the official Emmy site, here.

Outstanding Drama Series
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House Of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“True Detective”

Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family”
“Orange Is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”

Outstanding Miniseries
“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Bonnie & Clyde”
“The White Queen”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero”
Kristen Wiig, “The Spoils of Babylon”
Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”
Tony Hale, “Veep”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is the New Black”
Kate McKinnon, “SNL”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart”
Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”
Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart”
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Allison Tolman, “Fargo”
Ellen Burstyn as Olivia, “Flowers in the Attic”
Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”

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About Mark Trammell

Mark Trammell is the resident entertainment critic at UAB, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is also a Graduate Student and does a vid-cast movie review show. He is a life-long fan of films and has a pretty whacked-out, all-over-the-place movie collection that would give most sane people pause. He loves horror movies and Disney flicks and isn't entirely sure there is a difference. He one day hopes to put his money where his mouth is and inflict his own perverse vision on society, entirely so that he can tell people who ask: "If you think you can do better, why don't you make a movie yourself?" to shut up.
  • Unleash The Dragon

    Well, this is just one example why I don’t waste my time watching myopic award shows like the Emmys. To leave out programs like “Justified”, “Sons Of Anarchy”, & “24 – Live Another Day” shows just how out of touch this aspect of the industry really is…Wouldn’t surprise me if garbage like “Duck Dynasty” ran away with what I consider these days as a very worthless award…They can keep, meanwhile, I’ll continue to watch TV shows with some real substance and a true essence (even though “American Horror Story – Coven” & “Fargo” are worthy of considerations of accolades) instead of patronizing the cesspool of what the industry’s been trying to pass off for years as entertainment. Drop dead, Emmy Awards!

    • Mark Trammell

      Preaching to the choir, my friend!

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