It’s that time of year again, when the nominations for the Primetime Emmys are announced. And this year, Game of Thrones is the most nominated series with a total of 19 nominations to its name, while new film-to-TV adaptation Fargo is nominated 18 times. The latest instalment of American Horror Story, Coven, is third place in the nominations list with 17. Let’s look at how the nominations break down in the major categories!
But these aren’t the only series represented when it comes to the awards for Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series. True Detective has both of its leads, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, nominated alongside House of Cards’ Machiavellian Kevin Spacey. Bryan Cranston will be hoping he can add to his three wins for playing Walter White in Breaking Bad, but Jon Hamm won’t want to make a new record for most times nominated without a win. Jeff Daniels won last year for The Newsroom, but he faces stiff competition this year.
In a strong year for female roles, two-time winner Claire Danes is nominated again for her role in Homeland, along with past nominees Robin Wright (House of Cards), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife). Lizzy Caplan is the final nomination in this category for her role as sex researcher Virginia Johnson in Masters of Sex.
For the last couple of years, Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, but this year she’s up against past winners Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) and Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), as well as writer-director-star of Girls, Lena Dunham, SNL alumnus Amy Poehler (nominated again for her work in Parks and Recreation) and first-time nominee Taylor Schilling.
In the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category, it could get interesting. Jim Parsons has won three times previously for his role as Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory, but also nominated is past winner Ricky Gervais (who won in 2007 for Extras, and is now nominated for Derek). Also nominated is Louis CK for his portrayal of a fictionalised version of himself in Louie, Matt LeBlanc for Episodes, and film stars Don Cheadle and William H Macy for their roles in House of Lies and Shameless respectively.
The Primetime Emmys Show will be taking place on August 25th, hosted by Seth Meyers, who has himself won a Primetime Emmy (for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for his work on Saturday Night Live).
What do you think? Are the Emmy nominations a fair representation of the state of TV today? Or is it a crime that Tatiana Maslany still hasn’t been nominated despite playing more characters in one episode of “Orphan Black” than Johnny Depp has played in the last fifteen years? Let us know in the comments!