The 2013 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning. I watch more television than movies, so this morning was mainly spent wondering if I cared more about the Emmys than the Oscars and then subsequently, if I cared about either one as much as the Grammys and then finally, wondering why I’m even having this conversation with myself. I blame the heat.
Moving on, let’s look at the nominations.
But first, it should be noted that I have yet to watch Breaking Bad (it’s on our to-do list,) so some of my opinions are skewed with that factored in.
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Who I Want to Win (Head’s decision): Either Downton Abbey or Mad Men. Probably give the slight edge to Downton simply because it makes drama it’s bitch.
Who I Want to Win (Heart’s decision): Game of Thrones. No explanation or wit needed.
If I Could…: I’d bump Homeland, whose second season wasn’t nearly as awesome as the first season. I’d think about either Boardwalk Empire or The Americans instead.
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Who I Want to Win (Head’s decision): Elisabeth Moss. Peggy is becoming the thing that makes Mad Men interesting.
Who I Want to Win (Heart’s decision): Michelle Dockery because like Mr. Carson, I gots lots of love for Lady Mary.
If I Could…: I’m not sure who I’d replace her with, but I’d like to see Lena Hedley nominated. Although maybe that’d be for Supporting Actress. Either way. She deserves some love.
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damien Lewis, Homeland
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Who I Want to Win (Head’s decision): Probably Jon Hamm because he did some crazy good things with Don Draper this season.
Who I Want to Win (Heart’s decision): Kevin Spacey. Have you seen House of Cards? He owns that show in absolutely the best way possible.
If I Could…: No love for Steve Buscemi? I thought he was great in Boardwalk Empire last season. But come on, it’s all a race for second place because there’s no way Cranston isn’t winning.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Who I Want to Win (Head’s decision): Dude, Peter Dinklage. No brainer.
Who I Want to Win (Heart’s decision): Dude, still Dinklage. Still a no brainer.
If I Could…: I’d point out that Dinklage didn’t have nearly as strong a season as he did in season’s one and two. So if that were to be a knock against him, I’d be cool with Aaron Paul winning. Cannavale was pretty amazing on Boardwalk Empire, though. Not amazing enough to win, but amazing enough for me to write this sentence.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Who I Want to Win (Head’s decision): Emilia Clarke. Emmy winner would look nice on a business card next to Mother of Dragons.
Who I Want to Win (Heart’s decision): Christina Hendricks. Viva la Joan!
If I Could…: I’d just give this to Maggie Smith today.
The Big Bang Theory
Who I Want to Win (Head’s decision): Veep, they made the leap this season.
Who I Want to Win (Heart’s decision): 30 Rock. They rocked their swan song.
If I Could…: I’d write numerous letters to whoever comes up with these nominations wondering why the eff Parks and Recreation wasn’t nominated. Is it because it’s too funny or too good?
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Who I Want to Win (Head’s decision): Julia Louis-Dreyfus because again, Veep totally made the leap this season.
Who I Want to Win (Heart’s decision): Amy Poehler because PARKS AND RECREATION IS AMAZING!
If I Could…: I’d say we all agree to just give this Tina Fey as a thank you for giving us 30 Rock.
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Who I Want to Win (Head’s decision): Alec Baldwin. Twitter rants aside, Jack Donaghy was an iconic character.
Who I Want to Win (Heart’s decision): Alec Baldwin. He was the cats pajamas.
If I Could…: I’d watch more Louie. I love Louis C.K.’s comedy, but just can’t get into the show.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Jane Lynch, Glee
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Anna Chlumski, Veep
Who I Want to Win (Head’s decision): Hmmm…I don’t know.
Who I Want to Win (Heart’s decision): Anna Chlumski because I’m really into this Veep Made the Leap Campaign.
If I Could…: I’d point out that Julie Bowen’s character is far more annoying than she is funny.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale, Veep
Who I Want to Win (Head’s decision): Ty Burrell because he’s the one part of Modern Family I haven’t given up on.
Who I Want to Win (Heart’s decision): Bill Hader. Saturday Night Live is really going to miss him next time around.
If I Could…: I’d replace Jesse Tyler Ferguson or Ed O’Neill with Nick Offerman because Ron ‘effin Swanson deserves some love.
Matt Damon for Outstanding Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie for Behind the Candelabra
Top Chef for Outstanding Reality Show Competition
Harry Hamlin for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama for Mad Men
Mad Men: AMC
Veep & Game of Thrones: HBO
Bill Hader: NBC
Downton Abbey: PBS