When award nominations come around, we all like to skim them and then complain about who got left out. Though I don’t watch a ton of TV (that’s no judgment on TV, just that I’m more likely to be watching movies), I have my favorites, and so I’m as happy as anyone to weigh in on the Emmy nominations, announced this morning. (Though I have not watched “Orphan Black,” I hear a lot of people are unhappy this morning about the show, particularly star Tatiana Maslany, getting no nominations — and hey, when I get around to watching that show, I’m sure I’ll feel their pain.) A few random thoughts:
- Once again, Jon Hamm is nominated for lead actor in a drama (“Mad Men”). Once again, it seems certain, he will not win, because he never does. (He’s been nominated nine times previously; six for “Mad Men” and three for hilarious guest spots on “30 Rock.” Last year he was beat by Jeff Daniels for “The Newsroom,” and God knows I love Jeff Daniels, but all he does on that show is talk really fast.) What does Jon Hamm have to do to win, Emmy people? This is, of course, pre-emptive complaining; maybe he’ll win this year. But I bet he won’t.
- Due to the very confusing Emmy regulations, “True Detective” and “Downton Abbey” are categorized as drama series, while “American Horror Story” (which has, for the record, more episodes per season than either of them) is put in the less-competitive “mini-series, movie or special” category. This is likely why “American Horror Story” got 17 nominations while “True Detective” and “Downton Abbey” settled for 12 each. “Game of Thrones” was at the top, by the way, with 19.
- No “The Good Wife” in the drama series category? Really? Did Will die for NOTHING?
- In the supporting-actress-in-a-drama category, Christina Hendricks is marvelous as Joan on “Mad Men,” but her character had virtually nothing to do this season; the nomination seems like an unthinking checking of a box. By contrast, Bellamy Young had lots to do as scorned first lady Melly Grant on “Scandal,” and did it very well — and no sign of her.
- Shows I NEED to get around to watching: “Fargo” (18 nominations), “House of Cards” (13 nominations).
- Shows that inexplicably got a lot of nominations, mainly because the Emmys have a lot of obscure categories: “Dancing with the Stars” (7 nominations), the Oscar broadcast (8), “The Voice” (10), “Saturday Night Live” (14).
- Acceptance speech that I hope gets reprised: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (best actress in a comedy, for “Veep”), with Tony Hale. If you know “Veep” at all, this cracked you up.