Thursday, July 8, 2010

Emmy nominations: Did your favorites make the cut?

Image and video hosting by TinyPicImage and video hosting by TinyPicImage and video hosting by TinyPicImage and video hosting by TinyPicImage and video hosting by TinyPic This morning the nominations were announced for the 2010 Emmys, which will air August 29th. Visit the official Emmy website to view all the nominations. I'm most happy to see Outstanding Actress/Actor nominations for Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights. Unfortunately, the Facebook campaign to get Zach Gilford an Outstanding Guest Actor-Drama nomination for his work in the powerful episode "The Son" was not successful; at least "The Son" was nominated for its writing. FNL also was nominated for Outstanding Casting. I've shared my love for this show before in a DVD review, and I'll repeat myself here: if you are looking for a show that realistically portrays marriage, friendship, difficulties teenagers face today as they grow up, and teamwork, then watch Friday Night Lights. This is a show that captures human moments from its actors and is definitely one of the best hours of TV you can find today. Season 4 currently airs Friday nights at 7 PM on NBC.

Lost received 13 nominations, including Outstanding Drama, Actor-Drama (Matthew Fox), Supporting Actor-Drama (Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn), Guest Actress-Drama (Elizabeth Mitchell), and Art Direction. The series finale, "The End," received nominations for Directing, Writing, Editing, Music Composition, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. Confused about what's happening on the Island?

Not surprisingly, Mad Men received 17 nominations in total. The show received recognition for Jon Hamm (Actor-Drama), January Jones (Actress-Drama), John Slattery (Supporting Actor-Drama), Elisabeth Moss (Supporting Actress-Drama), and Robert Morse (Guest Actor-Drama), in addition to nominations for Writing, Directing, Casting, Cinematography, Costumes, Editing, Hairstyling, and Makeup. 

True Blood, nominated for Outstanding Drama, didn't receive any acting nominations but did receive nods for Casting, Art Direction, Prosthetic Makeup, and Sound Editing. 
Comedy categories and more snubs after the jump:

In the comedy categories newcomers Glee (19 nominations) and Modern Family (14 nominations) dominated the field. In fact, the only actor from Modern Family not to be nominated was Ed O'Neill. Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen received nominations in the Supporting Actress-Comedy category, while actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, and Ty Burrell were recognized in the Supporting Actor-Comedy category.

I think the actors in Parks and Recreation and Community have done just as funny, if not funnier, work as their NBC counterparts The Office or 30 Rock, which both received comedy nominations, and I'm a little disappointed to see those shows ignored for the most part. At least Parks and Recreation's Amy Poehler, unwavering in her pure joy and enthusiasm as Deputy Director of the Parks Department Leslie Knope, was recognized in the Outstanding Actress-Comedy category. Both Parks and Recreation and Community have talented casts that interact so well with each other. To be fair, a limited number of slots are available. The Supporting Actor-Comedy slots, for example, are filled with worthy nominees (although I'd give Jon Cryer's spot to someone else): previously mentioned actors from the must-watch Modern Family, the amazing Neil Patrick Harris from How I Met Your Mother, and Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt on Glee. I think Colfer's work on Glee is brilliant; although deemed a comedy/musical I actually think of Glee as a dramedy/musical. Colfer shared several emotional scenes this season with his father (Mike O'Malley, deserving of his Outstanding Guest Actor-Comedy nomination) and watching those scenes I couldn't hold back the tears no matter how hard I tried.

A few more nominations that I wanted to see:
  • Courtney Cox-Arquette, Cougartown (Outstanding Actress-Comedy): Cougartown is yet another show with a strong ensemble cast; Cox-Arquette plays Jules, a woman who is close to her teenage son and remains friends with her ex-husband Bobby.
  • Nelsan Ellis, True Blood (Supporting Actor-Drama): Ellis is wonderful as Lafayette, a short-order cook at Merlotte's and part-time V (vampire blood) dealer. He just brings something extra to his character, which draws your focus to him in all his scenes.
  • Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance (Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program): Deeley is definitely more deserving over the smug Ryan Seacrest; unlike Seacrest, Deeley genuinely enjoys being up on stage with the contestants, shares her own thoughts of the routines, and is actually sad to see dancers leave the competition each week.
Which nominations are you happy to see? Who do you think was snubbed?