My reactions to the Emmys. I didn’t discuss every category, but covered most of them.
Best Drama Series:
Winner: Breaking Bad
Who Should Have Won: Breaking Bad
Any other explanation would signal 100 assassins. So, I’ll stay quiet.
Best Comedy Series
Winner: Modern Family
Who Should Have Won: Louie
I know this year it was funny, but Modern Family shouldn’t have won really. I watched this season. Does it still make me laugh? Of course. But it’s been pretty stale the last few seasons. I think Louie blew out some boundaries this season and deserved accolades for it. But they won for something I’ll address later, so perhaps that’s just okay.
Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Winner: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Who Should Have Won: Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Biased pick: Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
I really feel like he won this less about his character on the popular series, but with the combination of this character and his other character as LBJ from “All the Way”. But the way Kevin Spacey pulled out of the gate this year, while I still dislike H.O.C., I think it deserved higher accolades than Bryan this year alone. But can we have a conversation about how close Jeff Daniels should have gotten the nod here too? Just sayin’.
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Winner: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Who Should Have Won: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
The funny thing is she has two Leading Actress Emmys, a Supporting Actress Emmy (for her role in ER), multiple SAG awards, and STILL no one our age knows this women. So underrated, it’s ridiculous. A slightly off-topic: I would have actually put Taylor Schilling in this category because I refuse to put Orange as a comedy. It’s a funny drama. Stop it, people.
Lead Actor, Comedy
Winner: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Who Should Have Won: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
His growth over the series has, while long-serving, finally led him to this point. Sheldon has reached a boiling point in the series, and Mr. Parsons has done a great job capturing that while still being hilarious. Louie was really close, but I’m sure Parsons performance in The Normal Heart put him over the edge.
Lead Actress, Comedy
Winner: Julia Louis Dreyfus, “Veep”
Who Should Have Won: Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Biased Pick: Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Did you NOT watch P&R this year? Ann & Chris leave. Leslie goes to Europe. Pulls off a near-series-finale-like season finale concert. How did she not win? Oh yeah, because she doesn’t say strings of profanities after every scene. Don’t get me wrong, I’m okay with Julia winning, but sometimes I feel voters unfairly hurt the networks for that. I guarantee you that if P&R were on HBO, it’d win every single award. But again, I’m quite biased here.
Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Winner: Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Who Should Have Won: N/A
I didn’t watch enough shows in this category to have a fair opinion, but I am glad Benedict finally got something for the show. Though I feel bad for Martin Freeman, who was great in Fargo.
Supporting Actor, Drama
Winner: Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Who Should Have Won: Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
This was actually my toughest category to judge, because I really liked Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Josh Charles (Good Wife), and Mandy Patinkin (Homeland). It was so tough, I ended up giving in to the easiest trick in the book: give it to the person who won’t be that character again…and make sure the show is incredible popular. So Josh Charles was sooooooooooo close.
Supporting Actor, Comedy
Winner: Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Who Should Have Won: Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
I know his character kind of fits how he acts anyways, but just LOOK at where Andre is. He is a serious actor. A drama movie actor. And he’s in a comedy. A TV comedy. And IS KILLING IT! I know we have this thing on not giving awards to rookie season shows, but come on! But, all that being said, Ty Burrell’s character was extra Phil-y this year. He kept the show afloat in my opinion.
Supporting Actress, Comedy
Winner: Allison Janney, “Mom”
Who Should Have Won: Allison Janney, “Mom”
Biased Pick: Allison Janney, “Mom”
To say I’m thrilled to see CJ Cregg win again is beyond words. And if you don’t know who CJ Cregg is, you grew up wrong.
Winner: “The Amazing Race”
Who Should Have Won: “The Amazing Race”
I always think this show does way more and beyond what any other reality show does in network realty TV. That being said, they’ve won the last million times. Can we come up with something new now.
Winner: “The Colbert Report”
Who Should Have Won: “The Colbert Report”
Biased Pick: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”
Here’s the thing: One guy just started, hasn’t even been hosting for a year yet, and will have 15+ years to dominate this category. The other guy is in his final leg of his show, will take over Letterman, and probably never reach Jimmy Fallon in popularity and will have his loses to him in the Emmys. So, yeah, I’m okay with giving Colbert the win here. But trust me, it’s not a pity Emmy, he did deserve it this year.
Who Should Have Won: N/A
Didn’t watch enough to have an opinion, but Fargo was pretty solid compared to a majority that I saw from afar.
Winner: “The Normal Heart”
Who Should Have Won: “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”
Any other year, Ali would have won this category. But Normal was just too good.
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Winner: Breaking Bad, “Ozymandias”
Who Should Have Won: Game of Thrones, “The Children”
I don’t have a dog in this fight, so I’ll let it be.
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Winner: True Detective, “Who Goes There”
Who Should Have Won: True Detective, “Who Goes There”
Biased Pick: Downton Abbey
I did have a dog in this fight, and glad it in the right favor. Would have been nice for D.A. to win though. The directions are always really cool to watch.
Directing for a Comedy Series
Winner: Modern Family, “Vegas”
Who Should Have Won: Anyone else
To be honest, Modern Family hasn’t changed their directing style since season 1. So. I don’t see how Vegas was the better than Silicon Valley, or even Glee this year.
Writing for a Comedy Series
Winner: Louie, “So Did The Fat Lady”
Who Should Have Won: Louie, “So Did The Fat Lady”
Seriously the most brilliant final 10 minutes of a show all year.
Directing for Variety Series
Winner: Sarah Silverman, “We Are Miracles”
Who Should Have Won: Sarah Silverman, “We Are Miracles”
Pretty solid in comparisons to the others, especially for an intimate, smaller crowd.
Writing for Variety Series
Winner: 67th Annual Tony Awards
Who Should Have Won: 67th Annual Tony Awards
Biased Pick: The Sound of Music Live!
I mean, I understand that technically someone else already wrote the Sound of Music, so an adaptation shouldn’t really be heavily considered to win. But, every award show has been the same, more or less, for 20 years. It should have gone to them just on the pure basis of having the guts to do it on broadcast television. It was NOT easy.