I’d originally decided not to bother commenting on the Emmy nominations, but I’ve been so addicted watching the Olympics that I’ve barely seen anything else and hence have nothing to actually write about! So here are my thoughts on some of the major categories.
- Boardwalk Empire – The pilot was gorgeous but dull, so I didn’t watch any more
- Breaking Bad – I still haven’t got round to catching up on this
- Downton Abbey – I enjoyed the series, but ‘Outstanding’? No.
- Mad Men – I’m only half way through the season, and it’s fine, but not as good as it has been.
- Homeland – had some stumbles, but overall, superb!
- Game of Thrones – all over the place, just too much packed in meaning a lack of depth
- Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florick, The Good Wife – Yes. Just yes.
- Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary, Downton Abbey – she did admirably with terrible material
- Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, Mad Men – she’s always superb, but she hasn’t had much to do in the first half of the season.
- Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn, Harry’s Law – no idea, but it’s Kathy Bates so I suspect she’s pretty good
- Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, Homeland – She was given some amazing material and absolutely sold it.
- Glenn Close as Patty Hewes, Damages – Never seen it.
Of those nominees I think it will probably come down to Marguilies or Danes and I think it should and will go to Danes. Overlooked I think was Anna Torv for Fringe who played multiple versions of her character with great subtlety. Also, although I’ve only watched a couple of episodes of the season, I’d be astonished if Katey Sagal and Maggie Siff didn’t produce their usual superb performances in Sons of Anarchy.
- Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, Boardwalk Empire – Haven’t seen it, but I expect he’s very good.
- Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, Dexter – haven’t seen this season, but he’s always great
- Bryan Cranston as Walter White, Breaking Bad – I haven’t seen any of the series, but he’s won a bazillion times already
- Hugh Bonneville as Earl Grantham, Downton Abbey – I love him, but he shouldn’t be on this list.
- John Hamm as Don Draper, Mad Men – I don’t think this season has been his strongest
- Damian Lewis as Nick Brody for Homeland – stunning performance, he really kept me guessing all season
I hope Lewis wins and suspect he has a good chance. Other than Lewis my list would have been completely different – Hugh Laurie for a solid final season as House, Charlie Hunnam as Jax Tellar from Sons of Anarchy, and the impressive Jason Isaacs for Awake. I would also be very happy to see Matt Smith on the list for Doctor Who.
- Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma, The Good Wife – I like her a lot, but I’ve never thought her quiet mystery really gave her enough of a range to show her talents
- Anna Gunn as Skyler White, Breaking Bad – no idea
- Maggie Smith as Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey – hilarious, but I’m not sure a well placed one liner per episode is noteworthy enough for an Emmy
- Joanne Froggatt as Anna, Downton Abbey – suffering from mediocre writing making her character a bit unremarkable
- Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris, Mad Men – I haven’t got as far as Joan’s story in the season of Mad Men, but I’m eagerly anticipating it as she’s always wonderful
- Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, The Good Wife – I want to be her when I grow up, she’s fantastic, landing both the drama and the comedy, often in the same sentence
I think Hendricks will walk away with this, and although I’d like Baranski to win, I won’t be that upset if it goes that way. Overlooked – I think Megan Hilty (Ivy) from Smash was rather impressive and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones did some great work too.
- Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad – no idea
- Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring, Breaking Bad – ditto
- Brendan Coyle as John Bates, Downton Abbey – as with Anna above, I felt the writing for this character didn’t give enough to do to be nominated for an Emmy.
- Jim Carter as Mr Carson, Downton Abbey – ditto. I just don’t feel any of them were “outstanding”
- Jared Harris as Lane Pryce, Mad Men – as for Hendricks, I’ve not seen the biggest moments for Lane, but I have loved Harris’ work over the last couple of seasons of Mad Men.
- Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones – the best thing about the series, hitting the drama and the humour throughout, without him the show was nowhere.
I’d be happy if either Harris or Dinklage won, I suspect it will go to Dinklage. John Noble from Fringe, Robert Sean Leonard of House and Josh Charles of The Good Wife would all have been extremely worthy nominees.
- Hemingway & Gellhorn which I’ve neither seen, nor actually heard of
- Game Change – which I’ve at least heard of but not seen
- American Horror Story – which was rather fun and original
- Sherlock – which was superb
- Luther – I missed this season, but enjoyed the previous one
I think American Horror Story will win, although my vote would go to Sherlock. I don’t think I’ve seen anything else that would count as a miniseries.
Acting in a Miniseries
Having seen so few miniseries, I can’t really comment much other than to say that the ones I’ve actually seen would all be tough to beat. Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon in American Horror Story for lead actress, the wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock for lead actor and his costar Martin Freeman for supporting actress. Jessica Lange as Constance in American Horror Story is a sure bet for supporting actress, edging out her co-star Frances Conroy (Moira).