We’re Loving Uzo Aduba Even More After Her Thoughts on Emmy Diversity …

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Amy Schumer on her Emmy noms: ‘I feel like I just had the best orgasm’.

Emilia Clarke found out about her Emmy nomination through “a very, very loud, excited phone call” from her agent, which she took in the waiting room before a doctor’s appointment. The elaborate fantasy saga “Game of Thrones” received a leading 24 Emmy Awards nominations Thursday, its stature apparently untouched by backlash over a female character’s rape scene.Among the categories the epic programme featured in were outstanding drama series – which Game of Thrones has been nominated for every year since 2011 but has so far failed to win. The other patients were less excited. “I received lots of glares and stares and really weird looks,” she said. “I was trying to quietly say ‘That’s really cool, but the doctor is ready to see me now.’” Ms. Meanwhile, it seems history could be made after Taraji P Henson and Viola Davis both received nominations for lead actress in a drama series for their roles in Empire and How to Get Away with Murder respectively.

The nominations for television’s most prestigious awards were announced Thursday, and the voters from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences were quite clear on one point: Big ratings would have to be their own reward. If either actress won the award, they would get a place in the history books for being the first African-American actress to take home the top drama honour. TV’s most popular shows, especially those on the big broadcast networks ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, earned few nominations in the most prestigious categories.

The TV academy took a modest step toward recognizing TV’s increasing embrace of diverse TV talent, giving best actress nods to black stars Taraji P. However, they have some tough competition, as the category is rounded out by Claire Danes, up for Homeland, Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss and Robin Wright for House of Cards. Instead, the academy gave its stamp of approval to the likes of “Transparent” from Amazon, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” from Netflix, Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany and “The Honorable Woman,” a British-made miniseries that aired on the Sundance channel.

She called from London to discuss dragon riding, the “Thrones” phenomenon and what other actors from the series might thrive in the “Terminator” universe. The Emmy voters have been polishing their image for years, and 2015 makes the strongest statement yet that academy members are embracing television’s “new golden age” and rewarding artistic merit over populsim. Henson’s best actress nod prevented a shutout in the major awards. “The Good Wife” on CBS is widely considered broadcast’s best drama, but no commercial broadcast drama was nominated. Star Julianna Margulies won’t be waiting for her name to be called, either. “The Big Bang Theory” is television’s most-watched comedy, but the CBS show won’t compete for best comedy. Also snubbed: freshman hit hip-hop-family drama “Empire,” which was left out of the best drama series category, and series star Terrence Howard, who failed to get a best drama actor bid.

I don’t get recognized that much so I’ve had the time for it to kind of sink in in a rather lovely way, as opposed to in a kind of Brittey Spears, shave-your-hair-off kind of way. Among performers, two graduates of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” are dominant — Cloris Leachman leads women with eight, and Edward Asner leads men with seven. The relatively expansive ethnic diversity that TV offers – compared to movies, which honored only white actors this year – also is in play when it comes to sexuality. “Transparent” and Jeffrey Tambor’s portrayal of a transsexual’s life received best comedy series and acting bids. It’s one of those silly things where you’re in a green area with burly men kind of making the dragon buck, kind of [makes bedspring sound effect], up and down, and someone’s got a vacuum cleaner in your face for the wind.

Yet that name was already associated with war hero and future president Dwight Eisenhower. “Immy,” a term for the image orthicon camera, was chosen instead and then changed to “Emmy” because it seemed better for a statue of a woman holding an atom. Other top awards are “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” with 19 nominations; TV movies “Olive Kittridge” and “Bessie,” with 13 and 12 bids, respectively; and “House of Cards,” ‘‘Mad Men” and “Transparent” with 11 nominations. The only other broadcast comedy to be nominated, NBC’s “Parks & Recreation,” is already off the air. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” the Tina Fey-backed series that NBC developed but sold to Netflix, earned a best comedy nod. David Letterman, who retired from “Late Show,” and Stephen Colbert, who left “The Colbert Report” to succeed Letterman this fall, both received variety talk show nominations for their former shows. But will the show’s position as sentimental favorite extend to the actors? “Mad Men” has never won a single acting Emmy, despite eight years of fine performances from the excellent cast.

It’s almost an unrecognizable character because of the growth she’s gone through, starting from this timid creature and now getting to play a queen who rides dragons. There was always this feeling of more than meets the eye about her, from the beginning, and it’s been a lovely, slow kind of evolution, bit by bit, stage by stage. Still, for all of the inroads cable and online shows have made in drama, the comedy series award has gone to a major broadcast network all but one year. (“Sex in the City” won in 2001.) And far too many acting nominations were handed out for reputation rather than accomplishment: Allison Janney (twice), Lily Tomlin, Jeff Daniels, and virtually the entire cast of “American Horror Story” were questionable, at best.

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