And I thought the Golden Globes were bad (and they really weren’t that bad.) These are HORRENDOUSLY bad!!! Oh my Lord. I was already convinced, but this completely solidifies my position that these people who are in charge of the nominations don’t watch TV and just pick the popular shows and actors because of name and past recognition.
I’m not going to comment on the TV movies or miniseries because the only one I watched was The Kennedys. The one thing I will say, why not Barry Pepper for The Kennedys? Greg Kinnear was great, but Barry Pepper was sooooooo much better.
Before I get into my issues with the acting categories, I just want to say, that EVERY SINGLE ONE of these actors nominated, I love and think are fantastic at their craft. However, just because they rock at their professions as a whole, doesn’t mean they deserve the nominations below. There are some incredible names listed below, but I have to say, many are getting props for the wrong reasons, in my opinion. So I just want to be clear, how much I admire and respect the actors below…you know, before I rip them to shreds! Actually, I’m not ripping them, just the stupid award people.
So as for the actors, I will say that I am THRILLED for Patrick J. Adams from the best new show of the summer, Suits. That’s awesome!!! Although in my humble opinion, if one of the actors would be nominated, I would have given it to Gabriel Macht. Adams was fabulous but I thought Macht was just a tick better. If only because he had a bigger range to play this season. Overall, I don’t have a problem with the male category. Although Damien Lewis is a glaring omission. The female category, is a bigger issue for me. Kathy Bates, really? I like I said when she was nominated for the Emmy last year, I don’t hate KB. I love her in fact. But this character, doesn’t deserve a nomination, I’m sorry. There are other people more worthy of a nomination than her. While Jessica Lange was the best part of AHS, a best actress nom performance, it was not. Kyra Sedgwick, I think this is a farewell nomination with this being the last season of the Closer, so I’m ok with it. And Glenn Close and Julianna Margulies completely deserve the noms. But where are Monica Potter, Lauren Graham, Emily van Camp, Claire Danes, Stana Katic, Emily Deschanel? Hell, I would even give Kristen Bauer from True Blood a nom over some of these names. I’m sure I’m forgetting other people, but come on. I don’t understand and I never will.
As for the comedic acting categories, the first thing I will say is can we please get off the Betty White bandwagon please? Yes the woman is hilarious but not better than Amy Poehler on Parks and Rec and no one will convince me otherwise. And at some point, someone needs to explain to me how Nurse Jackie is a comedy. IT ISN’T!!!!! So stop putting a show in a category it doesn’t belong in just so you can nominate Edie Falco. And while many people love Modern Family (I did in the beginning but have stopped watching it because I don’t think the writing is a strong as its premiere season), they don’t deserve all the acting noms they get. It’s a great ensemble show, but not THAT many people stand out on that show. And Jon Cryer? Really? I think not. Also, while I am a HUGE 30 Rock fan, and a major Tina Fey fan, both Fey and Alec Baldwin’s nominations are getting tiring. They are great at what they do, but haven’t brought anything fresh to the role in a while. Where is Nick Offerman? Who does he have to sleep with to get nominated? The man is a genius on my TV screen every week. I also think Danny Pudi and Eliza Coupe are constantly overlooked. They are freaking hilarious!!!! And I am surprised not to see Zooey Deschanel on the list. I know she isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but she is perfect as Jess on New Girl. I also think Jane Levy (Tessa from Suburgatory) should have received some recognition for her work. And I know this show turns a lot of people off, but Beth Behrs (Caroline from 2 Broke Girls) should have been given consideration. She is fantastically funny as well as incredibly likable in her role. And what about Melissa McCarthy from Mike and Molly? How could she be left off this list? I think the number one name left off this list is Jason Segal from HIMYM. His performance last season was incredible and certainly deserved to be on this list. Not to mention, Neil Patrick Harris should be a staple on here. There is a large pool of very talented actors to choose from, but that didn’t happen.
As for the shows themselves, I have no real beef with the dramas other than Homeland was missing. As for the comedies, Big Bang, Glee, and The Office don’t deserve to be there. I am still a big 30 Rock fan (I know a lot of people have grown tired of it, which I understand, but I don’t have a problem with it) and I personally don’t think Modern Family should be in this category. I think it is HIGHLY overrated and not one of the best comedies on TV. What I would have liked to see….Parks and Rec, Happy Endings, Episodes, 2 Broke Girls, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, and maybe Community. Community is a very up and down show…when it’s good, it’s the best comedy on TV, but when it’s bad, it’s as awful as Whitney. So I can understand why it was left off, but this season has to be it’s best so far (especially from a consistency standpoint.) The other shows are fresh and funny and have fantastic ensemble casts that really bring out the best in each other. But that’s my list and that counts for exactly, nothing.
I sincerely believe the people making these decisions are incredibly lazy or are getting some sort of kick back. I don’t know how you can watch TV (and watch the scope of the shows necessary to make these decisions) and pick these actors and shows for nominations. Again, it’s not a knock on the actors themselves, but these performances aren’t as solid as some of the other performances out there that get constantly overlooked.
I really have to stop getting worked up over these things, but I hate seeing really talented, exceptional people and shows not getting the recognition they deserve for their work. There are many names on this list who at one point, were the best and have been recognized as such. Maybe in the roles below and maybe in other roles. But it’s time to start spreading the wealth and because while the people below are very talented, there are a whole mix of actors out there that are missing their opportunity to get the acknowledgements that is rightly there’s and getting the chance to be publicly honored for their accomplishments.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
LAURENCE FISHBURNE – “THURGOOD” (HBO)
PAUL GIAMATTI – “TOO BIG TO FAIL” (HBO)
GREG KINNEAR – “THE KENNEDYS” (REELZ CHANNEL)
GUY PEARCE – “MILDRED PIERCE” (HBO)
JAMES WOODS – “TOO BIG TO FAIL” (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
DIANE LANE – “CINEMA VERITE” (HBO)
MAGGIE SMITH – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)
EMILY WATSON – “APPROPRIATE ADULT” (Sundance Channel)
BETTY WHITE – “HALLMARK HALL OF FAME: THE LOST VALENTINE” (CBS)
KATE WINSLET – “MILDRED PIERCE” (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
PATRICK J. ADAMS – “SUITS” (USA)
STEVE BUSCEMI – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)
KYLE CHANDLER – “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS” (DirecTV)
BRYAN CRANSTON – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC)
MICHAEL C. HALL – “DEXTER” (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
KATHY BATES – “HARRY’S LAW” (NBC)
GLENN CLOSE – “DAMAGES” (DirecTV)
JESSICA LANGE – “AMERICAN HORROR STORY” (FX)
JULIANNA MARGULIES – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS)
KYRA SEDGWICK – “THE CLOSER” (TNT)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEC BALDWIN – “30 ROCK” (NBC)
TY BURRELL – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
STEVE CARELL – “THE OFFICE” (NBC)
JON CRYER – “TWO AND A HALF MEN” (CBS)
ERIC STONESTREET – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
JULIE BOWEN – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
EDIE FALCO – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)
TINA FEY – “30 ROCK” (NBC)
SOFIA VERGARA – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
BETTY WHITE – “HOT IN CLEVELAND” (TV Land)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
BREAKING BAD (AMC)
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 ROCK (NBC)
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
THE OFFICE (NBC)
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