Emmy voters spread the love around this morning between the broadcast networks, cable and new platforms, but as always there were more than a few snubs and surprises.
As expected, “True Detective” and “Breaking Bad” racked up the nominations, but the overall leader was HBO’s shocking series “Game of Thrones,” with 19 nominations. FX’s ”Fargo” did better than expected, coming in second with 18 nominations, including Billy Bob Thornton for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie.
Netflix proved that new platforms are here to stay, racking up 31 nominations, including the top series and acting categories for “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black,” which took 12 noms — the most for a comedy series.
But it was the unexpected — the glaring omissions and the eyebrow-raising surprises — that has some folks talking this morning. Here are a few:
Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany plays multiple characters in the BBC drama “Orphan Black,” which was just picked up for a third season, but she was snubbed yet again for Best Actress. The show also got no love. Perhaps Emmy voters are showing their age, still unable to embrace this genre show in which Maslany plays a series of clones.
Andre Braugher received a much deserved supporting nom for this new Fox comedy, but, despite their Golden Globe wins, the show itself and star Andy Samberg were left out. Instead, another young upstart, HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” broke into the list of outstanding comedy series.
‘The Good Wife’
As expected, the drama categories were super competitive this season, but many were surprised when “The Good Wife” was shut out of the best drama series category. The only broadcaster to make the list this year was PBS with “Downton Abbey.” At least, “Good Wife” stars Juliana Margulies and Josh Charles, who met an untimely demise this season, scored noms.
As much as Emmy voters love James Spader — he has won three Emmys for “Boston Legal” and “The Practice” — he failed to score a nom for his new show, “The Blacklist.” Perhaps it goes back to the fact that his show is on a broadcast network. Jeff Daniels, who won the Emmy last year for “The Newsroom,” got Spader’s spot instead.
Besides the predictable nominations for “The Big Bang Theory,” “Veep,” “Louie” and “Modern Family,” which has a chance at history if it takes home the top prize for a fifth time this year, the comedy category was filled with surprises. One was “SNL” newcomer Kate McKinnon earning a nom for supporting actress.
Melissa McCarthy, fresh in voters’ minds from her big-screen roles, made the best actress category for “Mike & Molly,” despite so many great contenders. Even more surprising were the male acting categories: William H. Macy for “Shameless,” Ricky Gervais for “Derek” and Fred Armisen for “Portlandia.”