Emmys 2015: Nominees reflect the push for diversity on TV

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Emmy Awards 2015: ‘Game of Thrones’ and HBO Lead Nominations.

“Game of Thrones” brought in a dragon-sized haul of Emmy nominations on Thursday morning, leading the race with 24 noms and bringing HBO to a cumulative total of 126 — the most for any network this year. “Thrones” breezed past its previous record of 19 nominations, with its tally including recognition in the categories of drama series, supporting actor in a drama (Peter Dinklage), supporting actress in a drama (Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey), guest actress in a drama (Diana Rigg), directing for a drama (David Nutter, Jeremy Podeswa) and writing for a drama (David Benioff & D.B.The most prestigious prime-time category, best drama, includes more shows from the streaming service Netflix — “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards” – than from all the broadcast networks combined. The best-drama race, which also includes “Mad Men,” “Game of Thrones,” Showtime’s “Homeland” and AMC’s new “Better Call Saul,” delivers a lineup strong enough that “Downton Abbey” Executive Producer Gareth Naeme said, “It makes just getting a nomination an extraordinary feeling.

Naturally, stars Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Headey (Cersei Lannister) were thrilled for their own nominations in the supporting actress category, but equally jubilant that the other was recognized. “It feels bloody amazing. You look at every show that was nominated and they’re all great.” Still, no one ever accused the Emmys of getting everything right, and this year’s nominations have some gaping holes. “The Walking Dead” and “Sons of Anarchy” are mostly MIA again and “Empire,” to the profane chagrin of creator Lee Daniels, scored only one major nomination, for Taraji P. I wholeheartedly believe that she deserves it much, much more than I do,” Clarke said of Headey. “She’s one of the finest actors ever, and I’ve grown up on the show admiring her and going to her for advice, so it’s really bloody amazing, because she puts her heart out there, and every season … she gives it so much.

The good news: Viola Davis of “How to Get Away with Murder” is also nominated, raising the chances of a first-ever win for a black actress in that category. I want everyone on ‘Game of Thrones’ to be nominated for something.” “Two for one, ‘Game of Thrones’!” Headey enthused. “It’s great, it’s gonna be great to be up there with Emilia — to finally have two of us in a category, two women, it’s very cool. The other cliffhanger at this year’s Sept. 20 telecast on Fox is whether Jon Hamm will finally score a statuette for “Mad Men.” He’s been shut out in seven previous nominations and this is his last shot, making him a big sentimental favorite. I need to talk to her about that; I need to call her and say well done.” Headey received the news of her nomination after a sleepless night — but her insomnia had nothing to do with nerves: “My new baby’s been awake all night, so I feel like she may have known something I didn’t,” she quipped. In January, the series won a Golden Globe. “We are deeply proud of our creative partners, the most gifted and visionary collaborators working in television today and are honored by this morning’s Emmy nominations,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement.

Clarke, meanwhile, found herself in a very unlikely location when she got the call: “I was in the doctor’s waiting room — the girls’ doctor’s waiting room,” she revealed with a laugh. “Being like, ‘Oh, good… I just have to continue this phone call with everyone giving me loads of congratulations and getting stared at by everybody else in the waiting room to shut the hell up.’ So it was absolutely brilliant, hilarious, couldn’t have happened in a better place.” “It’s wonderfully mad, because you do something like this and certain people will love it, but it seems to attract a diverse, huge group of people,” Headey noted. “Our writers, David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] and Bryan [Cogman], they’re all so amazing, so I’m desperately hoping they get recognized for their skills. In one sense we get it – the Dunham demographic and the voting members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences have little crossover – but seriously, either get it right, or give it up. We’ve got an incredible crew and it’s pretty intense, the work that those boys and girls do every year.” “It feels surreal as all hell,” Clarke said. “It’s so funny because [the show] has such gravitas that I’m only beginning to comprehend, and it has this cultural footprint, but when you film it, you’re just with your mates and your family, basically — these people I’ve been with for six years now.

In an otherwise same-time-next-year television season, along comes a show that re-writes the ratings rulebook and makes a powerful statement about race in modern America, and there is just a solitary key award: Taraji P. The boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown, Nick Gordon, was officially served with a $10 million lawsuit accusing him of beating Brown and stealing from her after her dire medical crisis. Gordon was leaving a Starbucks in Longwood, Fla., north of Orlando, clutching a large whip cream-topped Frappuccino, on Sunday when a process server appeared and shoved a manila envelope in his hands.

Filed in Fulton County, Ga., on June 24, the civil complaint claimed Gordon caused “substantial” harm to Whitney Houston’s 22-year-old daughter, including an incident when he punched her in the face, “knocking out a front tooth and (dragged) her upstairs by her hair.” It also claimed Gordon kept an iron grip on Brown’s finances and personal life, making a habit of answering her cell phone and not allowing her to make appointments without his approval. I want that more than anything, because those boys work harder than anyone… it’s so wonderful to see the impact the show has because when you really get to the nuts and bolts how many people are involved and what they do and how hard they work, it really is mind-boggling … it’s just so wonderful to see that it’s recognized.” As revealed at Comic-Con this past weekend, the cast has already received scripts for season six, and both Headey and Clarke were effusive in their praise of what’s ahead. “Every year you go ‘What?! On the day of her tragic bathtub incident, Brown had made plans to meet up with someone to whom she’d previously confided that Gordon was “not the man she thought he was.” “The loud argument ended and Brown was later found unresponsive and unconscious, face down in a bathtub, with her mouth swollen and another tooth knocked out,” said the complaint, which was filed by Brown’s court-appointed conservator Bedelia Hargrove. Whaaaat!?’ and having read these, it’s the same feeling again … there’s a lot to be very excited about,” Headey teased. “I’m looking forward to absolutely every part of it, it’s like go-go-go from episode one,” Clarke said. “You know how sometimes it’s like, ‘we’re just going to remind you and warm you up: remember this and remember that and I bet you forgot his name …’ sort of thing? [This season] it’s literally like ‘oh yeah, no chance to catch up, here you go, we’re just gonna hit you with it every episode, with something more mental than the last.’” She added, “I’m like a kid having a sugar high — I can’t handle how sick these scripts are. Gina Rodriguez landed the Golden Globe, though the Globes’ voting bloc, largely journalists, are more responsive to trends than the older, slower-moving Academy.

Hamm will face-off against Kyle Chandler for his portrayal of the detective John Rayburn in the Netflix’s series “Bloodline” and Bob Odenkirk for his role as Jimmy McGill in AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” the prequel to that network’s “Breaking Bad.” Mr. In truth, this was a case of shelf space, with several new shows pushing in (Transparent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and a previously much-overlooked series, Parks & Recreation, getting a “final season” nomination from a sentimental Academy. Amazon’s “Transparent,” and Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” about the life of a Pollyanna-like woman who escapes from a cult after 15 years, were both nominated. The Television Academy highlighted the fresh competition in the four lead performer categories this year; more than half of the nominees were either first-time nominees or were appearing in new series.

Both delivered sucker-punch moments in this series, about two women left to restart their lives when their husbands leave them for one another, particularly Fonda, whose not-as-perfect-as-it-seemed marriage to Martin Sheen was played perfectly by the septuagenarian icon. Those include Anthony Anderson in ABC’s “black-ish,” Will Forte in Fox’s “The Last Man on Earth,” Amy Schumer in Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer,” Mr. Tambor in “Transparent” and Lily Tomlin in Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.” It’s been a year of transformation for late-night shows, and shows hosted by two comedians who are moving on — David Letterman, who has retired, and Stephen Colbert, who is replacing Mr.

Julianna Margulies’ turn as Alicia Florrick has been layered, brilliant and slow-cooked from raw to so well done it simply defies common sense that it isn’t recognised. This is, without a doubt, the single largest blight on the Academy’s record, and a powerful, and concerning, signal that the voters don’t know what they’re doing. The only consolation is that the honour roll of Emmy snubs goes on and on, peppered with so many great shows and actors that it’s almost an honour to be overlooked.

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