Hollywood loves to pat itself on the back. We love to watch stars get dressed up and make acceptance speeches. They’re usually gracious, but, if we’re lucky, they’re a little tipsy by the end of the night, and that makes us all winners!
EMMY nominations are out, and there are some fresh faces and some old faves. We’re just gonna look at a few of the more notable takeaways from the nominations here. We’ll handicap the fun categories when we get closer to the ceremony on Monday, Sept. 17 on NBC.
Watch the Throne
It’s game on for perennial EMMY darling Game of Thrones. The show once again has the most nominations of any show with 22, including Drama as well as acting nods for Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage. That Kit Harrington was snubbed is a bit of a shock.
Game of Thrones didn’t compete last year because it started after the qualifying deadline. It will go up against last year’s winner, The Handmaid’s Tale, which got a hefty 20 noms itself.
Limited Time Only
The Limited Series or TV Movie categories are easily our favorite categories every year. It’s a chance for Hollywood heavyweights to dabble in quality television without making a long term commitment. And if LA marriages have taught us anything, it’s that actors don’t like long term commitments!
Last year the Actress category was a powerhouse with Nicole Kidman taking home the statue. This year the men dominate.
John Legend is nominated for Jesus Christ Superstar Live. If he wins he’ll complete the EGOT (winning an EMMY, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony). Only 12 others, mostly musicians, have accomplished the feat.
But to do it he’s gonna have to best some seriously amazing actors who turned in seriously amazing performances. Antonio Banderas is nominated for Picasso and Jeff Daniels is up for his turn in The Looming Tower. Darren Criss is up for his role as serial killer Andrew Cunannan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. He was good, gripping, and entertaining, but we were kinda surprised to see him on the list. But, hey! Congrats!
But our money is on Benedict Cumberbatch for Showtime’s Patrick Melrose. We called this when the series first aired. Some of the toughest television to watch but worth every minute.
This category is a Murderer’s Row of actors, cuz they all killed it with their performances!
A Marvelous Morning
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which we’ve loved since we saw the first five minutes of the premiere, rocked it as well. The Amazon show is up for Best Comedy Series, and Rachel Brosnahan is recognized in the Actress in a Comedy category. Both are well deserved. The show looks at 50s feminism and hopefully makes us appreciate how far we’ve come. Rachel is a revelation and we’re pulling for her!
HBO Gets Flixed Off
After 18 years of leading the pack, the premium cabler that brings us the likes of Game of Thrones has been dethroned. Netflix shows have the most nominations this year at 112. That’s enough to edge out HBO who came in with a paltry 108. And with Netflix poised to pour four times as much money into original programming than HBO, this is more likely to be a trend than an anomaly.
Say You’ll Bee There
Congrats to Samantha Bee, who is breaking into the Boys Club that is the Variety Talk Series category. John Oliver’s won the last couple years, and Jon Steward owned the category for a decade. A female perspective in late night is long overdue, and it’s good to see thoughtful, if sometimes crass, comedy getting the recognition it deserves.
EMMY Odds & Ends
Fahrenheit 451 nominated in the TV Movie category? Seriously?
Congrats to RuPaul, nominated for Drag Race as well as Reality Competition Host
Thanks to the Academy. With nearly 500 scripted shows alone to sort through, no one can watch it all. Hopefully the Academy Collective sees enough to create a competent group-think.
Donald Glover for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series? His episode of SNL was one of the more forgettable (we forgot he hosted until we were reminded by the EMMY noms!)
How is Thandie Newton nominated in the Supporting Actress in a Drama category for Westworld?!? She’s a lead. Now she has to take on not one, not two, but THREE of the women from Handmaid’s Tale. Divide and conquer, Thandie!
Big Ups to GLOW. Didn’t see this Netflix show making an impact with voters, but we’re glad it did!
The Critic’s Cocktail Recommendation
Pop a bottle of Moët and toast all the nominees. Most of the nominations are well deserved!