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16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2015 Emmys Nominations: Early predictions on the winners.

Earlier this year, Maslany won the Canadian Screen Award for best TV drama actress. Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany has earned her first nomination for TV’s most prominent awards, the Emmys, for her turn in the sci-fi hit Orphan Black.

In this new Golden Age of TV, where great shows are available in abundance, only no one has time to watch them all — least of all the people who actually work in television, and thus vote for the Emmys — the only way to look at each year’s Emmy nominations is to treat them like the theme song from “The Facts of Life.” You take the good, you take the bad, you take ’em both, and there you have this year’s Emmy nominees list. Even with the TV Academy expanding the big outstanding series categories in the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards to include seven nominees instead of six for 2015 — and Tatiana Maslany’s surprise inclusion — there was still plenty of Twitter-rage this morning as fan favorites were denied, shut out, ignored and utterly dismissed by Emmy voters as not being … quite … good …. enough. The Regina actress, who has already earned accolades for the role, faces stiff competition for the best drama actress title from top Hollywood names, including Claire Danes (Homeland), Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder), Taraji P. So there were pleasant surprises, like Tatiana Maslany finally getting into the lead drama actress field, and “Parks and Recreation” making its way back into the comedy series category for its triumphant final season after only being nominated there once before. But there was also the usual rubber stamping of past nominees(*), like “Downton Abbey,” “Homeland” and “House of Cards” taking up three of the seven drama series nominations — spots that could have gone to “The Americans” (which at least wrangled a writing nod and one for Margo Martindale’s guest spot, but which is clearly doomed to Emmy irrelevance), or “Justified” (completely shut out for its great final season), or “The Knick” (which at least got some technical nominations, plus the inevitable directing one for Steven Soderbergh), or “The Leftovers” (unsurprisingly ignored, as a long-ago and divisive entry into the field), or any of a wide swath of shows doing far better work in the eligibility period. (*) Oddly, though, perennial Emmy favorite Jim Parsons didn’t even get nominated in a comedy lead actor field that, thanks to ties, had room for seven people.

There are the usual oddities, like Keegan-Michael Key being nominated (and as a supporting actor in a show that has his name in the title) and Jordan Peele not, and other stray bits of excitement, like “Transparent” doing as well as it did, and “Better Call Saul” getting almost all (save a directing nod?) the nominations you might have hoped for from a debut season. Toronto director Jeremy Podeswa earned a nomination for helming a controversial episode of Game of Thrones, while Calgary-raised screenwriter Semi Chellas was recognized as part of the writing ensemble for Mad Men.

The Honorable Woman, an international co-production broadcast on CBC-TV, will also compete in multiple Emmy categories, including best limited series and best actress in a limited series or movie for Maggie Gyllenhaal. This is as tough a field as “Modern Family” has ever faced, but I will keep assuming it wins here until proven otherwise. “Veep” has been building Emmy momentum for a while, and “Transparent” is the hot new thing (and got a bunch of other nominations, suggesting broad-based support. Organizers announced the 2015 nominees from Hollywood Thursday morning, with two stars of fan-favourite shows — Orange is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley — unveiling the contenders. Daniels and Chandler have both won (albeit Chandler in a more beloved role), and Spacey remains a multiple Oscar winner, not that that helped him in the previous two “Cards” years. Hosted by comic actor Andy Samberg, the 2015 Emmy Awards will be held at the recently renamed Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 20 and broadcast live on Fox.

Given how many of these guys are from comedy/drama hybrid shows (even Forte’s best stuff on “Last Man on Earth” had more to do with the despair of his situation), Tambor seems among the bigger favorites in any category. Good to see Schumer get recognized (and in the proper category), and Falco just tied Angela Lansbury for the most lead actress nominations ever, at 12. * Number of Nick Offerman nominations ever for playing Ron Swanson? Thankfully, HBO’s geek-love seires Silicone Valley deservedly scored another series nod (maybe next year Thomas Middleditch will get recognized?). 6. I know this is apples and oranges, but I like typing “Dog with a Blog.” * The Golden Globes didn’t turn out to be a great Emmy predictor in a lot of ways. “The Affair” got zero nominations, and Gina Rodriguez from “Jane the Virgin” couldn’t crack that comedy lead actress field. * For that matter, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” got several nominations, yet Kimmy herself, Ellie Kemper, also couldn’t get a spot for comedy lead actress.

Ignoring FX’s The Americans, however, is tougher to explain given its overwhelming critical acclaim, especially since this was the show’s best year.

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