The Academy of Televisions Arts and Sciences announced all the nominees for the 2013 Emmy Awards this morning, releasing a list of names that gives the impression of forward momentum (embracing new content delivery models like Netflix, for example) while still making egregious errors (John Noble snubbed!).
Here are a few of my thoughts as I read through the full list ...
Thumbs Up: I wasn't a big fan of Top of the Lake, but I'm glad it has been nominated multiple times in the Miniseries or Movie categories - the show was well made, Elisabeth Moss was fantastic in the lead role (despite her shaky accent), and Peter Mullan deserves a win in the Outstanding Supporting Actor field.
Thumbs Down: How can there be three nominees from Modern Family in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category, but none from New Girl?! The funniest comedy on television didn't get nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, or for any of the performers - including 2012 nominee Max Greenfield.
Thumbs Up: OK, the academy got it right by nominating Girls' Adam Driver for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and nominating Arrested Development's Jason Bateman in the Outstanding Lead Actor field ... even though the return of Arrested Development might be the most disappointing television event of the year.
Thumbs Down: Downton Abbey is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, which means it stole a spot that could have gone to The Americans, Justified, Hannibal, Orphan Black, Treme, Rectify, The Walking Dead, Dexter, The Good Wife, Boardwalk Empire, or Shameless - all of which are far superior series.
Thumbs Up: I love Bobby Cannavale's nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama - his performance as Gyp Rosetti, in Boardwalk Empire, is easily one of the most memorable of the past 12 months.
Thumbs Down: Somehow there are seven nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and not one of them is Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany or Shameless' Emmy Rossum. Plus, Fringe didn't pick up any nominations in the big categories, not even for the brilliant John Noble as a Supporting Actor. Travesties. Travesties everywhere.
Thumbs Up: For an academy that has historically been averse to change, multiple nominations for Netflix's House of Cards is a nice step forward. I think the show was pretty great, and I think the noms for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are well deserved. Yet, they still managed to screw up a little ...
Thumbs Down: ... because how could they leave out Corey Stoll, who turned in a fantastic supporting performance as Peter Russo, the alcoholic, drug-abusing senator who stole pretty much every scene he was in?! If you're talking about the acting in House of Cards, I think Stoll stood out even more than Spacey.
Thumbs Way Up: Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the awards ceremony - now there is something we can all get behind.
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