67th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday morning where we were introduced to an expanded field in many categories (by design in the Series categories and not so much in others such as Comedy Supporting Actress where ties occurred) and an absence by the usual incumbent favoritism that comes with these awards.  The full list of nominees can be found here.  My thoughts on the nominations as a whole are:

-This was a great year for comedies as I was really impressed with the final season of Parks and Recreation, the sophomore season of Silicon Valley and the debut seasons of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and You’re the Worst.  The little seen You’re the Worst was probably a little too indy to get attention from Emmys voters (it ended up with 0 nominations) but the other three can be found nominated in the Outstanding Comedy Series (which may be the strongest category in the entire field of nominations).

-It’s really difficult to make a satisfying prequel so it was nice to see Better Call Saul be rewarded with a Best Drama Series nomination, a Lead Actor nomination for Bob Odenkirk, a Supporting Actor nomination for Jonathan Banks in what might be the performance of the year as fan favorite Mike Ehrmantraut and a Writing nomination for the standout, Mike-centric episode “Five-O”.

-One of the oddest and most disappointing surprises of the morning was that Miguel Sapochnik did not get a Directing nomination for his impressive work on the Game of Thrones episode “Hardhome” (the one with the White Walker attack).  It wasn’t like he was snubbed in favor of other shows, though.  David Nutter somehow got nominated for the underwhelming finale “Mother’s Mercy” and Jeremy Podeswa got nominated for the controversial Sansa rape episode “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”.

-One of my favorite shows of the year, The Leftovers, found itself without a single nomination.  The Leftovers may be a controversial show but it is also artistically driven so it was a shame to see it get no attention for its incredible directing, writing, acting (especially Carrie Coon’s powerhouse performance) or even a simple nomination for its majestic opening sequence.

-It was nice to see the well-done production of Wolf Hall get a lot of attention from Emmy voters.  However, it seemed like the voters voted for the miniseries based on the talent involved rather than for the actual work or else a best in show performance from Claire Foy would have certainly been nominated.

In terms of predicting, I went 109 for 155 (70.3%, up 1.2% from last year) and got the Limited Series and Reality-Competition Program categories completely correct.

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