You Won’t Believe These 2015 Emmy Nominations Facts

17 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Emmy nominations honor end of ‘Mad Men,’ debut of ‘Transparent’.

If you’re anything like us, you are still thinking about all the glorious 2015 Emmy nomination surprises and all the frustrating and painful Emmy nomination snubs. Uzo Aduba, right, reacts as Bruce Rosenblum, chairman and CEO, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, announces she is nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series at the 67th Primetime Emmy Nominations Announcements at the Pacific Design Center on Thursday July 16, 2015, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/Associated Press) The 2015 Emmy Award nominations, announced Thursday in West Hollywood, Calif., saw Game of Thrones lead the pack, fan favourite first-timers like Tatiana Maslany and Amy Schumer earn kudos and farewell nods for David Letterman and Mad Men. “It was terrifying.The final season of AMC’s advertising drama “Mad Men,” Netflix’s political thriller “House of Cards,” and Amazon’s new transgender comedy “Transparent” garnered 11 nominations each on Thursday for the 67th Emmy Awards, the highest honors in television.

Everything’s terrifying.” — Tatiana Maslany, who learned about her lead actress nomination in Orphan Black seconds after a fire alarm went off at her home. “I feel blown away. In a highly competitive year with no shortage of new shows and diverse faces on the small screen, premium cable channel HBO extended its long reign atop all networks, with 126 nominations.

For every “Constance Wu from Fresh Off the Boat was robbed!,” there is an “Andre Braugher got nominated for Brooklyn Nine-Nine!.” But there is one rather surprising omission yesterday in the form of the almost complete dismissal of Fox’s Empire. Like if I was a leaf, I would have blown right off the stage.” — Uzo Aduba, found out while announcing the nominations that she was nominated for supporting actress for Orange is the New Black. “Seven nominees? Meanwhile, the “Breaking Bad” prequel, “Better Call Saul,” grabbed seven nominations, including best drama. “Transparent” is the top new series among nominees, after having won critical acclaim and Golden Globes for its comical and human portrayal of a family patriarch who transitions to life as a woman. The role is played by Jeffrey Tambor, who will be a favorite to win best actor in a comedy series. “Transparent” put Amazon Inc on the television map last year and helped the online retailer earn 12 nominations, its first ever. They still need their toilet needs taken care of. ” — David Oyelowo, nominated for his role in HBO’s Nightingale, on how he overcame playing the dark role. “I will celebrate by jumping up and down at every alley and every step of the way in Paramount Studios.

While it was a good year for actors of color in the acting categories, Fox’s new popular hip-hop series “Empire” did not earn a best drama nomination, one of the biggest snubs of the 2015 Emmys. “Empire” lead Taraji P. Allison Janney, Gaby Hoffmann, Jon Hamm, Christine Baranski, Will Forte, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Matthew Weiner, Amy Poehler, Kristen Anderson Lopez and Robert Lopez all have multiple nominations this year. It was the first time two African-American women had been nominated in that category, said Cynthia Littleton, managing editor of television at trade publication Variety.

This kind of growth is unheard of in modern Nielsen tracking times and it is frankly all-but-impossible in today’s fragmented television demographics. When honoured by a Peabody Award, it was summarized thus: A powerful, subtle, dramatic series about a death-row inmate freed after nearly two decades thanks to new DNA evidence, it ponders whether what’s been lost can ever be repaid, not just to him but to everyone he and his alleged crimes touched.

It became an instant pop culture item, with a scorchingly popular soundtrack (which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts against a new Madonna album back in March) and the kind of social media buzz usually reserved for HBO shows or AMC dramas. It is an old-school network drama that almost single-handedly reminded we media nerds that network television still matters even as the Big 5 become a little less big via overwhelming competition.

Andrew O’Heir of Salon wrote a piece last February about how (simplification alert) the Academy was prone to honoring little-seen indies like Boyhood and Birdman over the big blockbusters because giving Oscar noms to even well-reviewed pictures like Guardians of the Galaxy would do little more than to encourage Hollywood to make more of their ilk and those in the industry aren’t exactly overjoyed at the notion of pumping out one mega-budget fantasy franchise sequel after another. Much the sane applies to the larger-purpose bleakness that is HBO’s The Leftovers. (It returns for a second season in September, but you can find it on-demand on this or any other weekend.) Set after a rapture-like calamity sweeps away part of the world’s population, The Leftovers is fiercely committed to depicting grief. Of course rewarding smaller films like Birdman was something of an acknowledgment that Hollywood could and should still make such pictures and that said pictures were what the industry really wanted to make. FX’s fourth outing of AHS is up for a bevy awards including acting noms for Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock, Denis O’Hare, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett. 11.

Yet save a few acting nods here and there (Henson, Viola Davis, Felicity Huffman, a few Guest Star nods), the networks were basically completely shut out of the major Drama categories this year. So the question is whether the Emmys didn’t care about Empire‘s cultural impact, merely didn’t think it was among the best shows of the year (a fair reason), or don’t necessarily want the networks to remain relevant. Those include Niecy Nash for Getting On, Gaby Hoffmann for Transparent and Girls, Tituss Burgess for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Honorable Woman. 13. Comparatively speaking, this is less something like Selma getting snubbed at the Oscars and closer to something like Gone Girl getting snubbed at the Oscars.

But the argument for Gone Girl, which I made in advance of this year’s nods in the hope it would make the Best Picture cut, is similar to the one I am making this morning. But unless the Emmys were intentionally trying to avoid recognizing network television this year, I find its almost complete-omission a little baffling. While some might see Maslany as utterly deserving for playing multiple roles on multiple seasons of Orphan Black, this could well be a battle between Moss, for her work as Peggy on Mad Men, and Henson for being the incredible, indelible Cookie on the hip-hop drama Empire.

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