Thursday, July 16, 2009
The 61st Annual Emmy Nominations: Some Awesome Surprises...Some Not...
The 2009 Emmy Awards were announced today, and there are some massive surprises and kudos to go all around. Yes, the nominees tend to be a bit dumb (Entourage? Shaloub? Again?), but sometimes it hits the mark. Some well deserved newbies are going to be up for the big prize this year, especially in the comedy category. Flight of the Conchords is finally getting some love by being nominated alongside perennial Best Comedy Show favorites such as 30 Rock, The Office, Weeds, Entourage, with Jemaine Clement getting a nom for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Jack McBrayer, the lovably hilarious Kenneth Parcel of 30 Rock joins Tracy Morgan in the Best Supporting Actor Comedy Series category. Some SNL ladies are getting attention with Amy Poehler and Kristin Wiig listed in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category. And Sarah Silverman getting the Best Actress in a Comedy award? Yes! She's tremendously hilarious, and her show is outrageously fun. She might have a tough time alongside the formidable Tina Fey, listed in the same group, but I'm pulling for that Silverman chick.
In the world of television Drama, it's a pleasure to see Elisabeth Moss get nominated for Best Actress in a Drama for her portrayal of Peggy in Mad Men. She's a scene stealer, sublime in content, heart breaking as a whole, yet uplifting in her strength. Mad Men also received a nomination for Best Drama.
Another well deserved nomination is Aaron Paul, whose remarkable work on Breaking Bad demanded he be a shoe in for not just a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, but the full blown winner in the category. He's up against some veterans like William Hurt and William Shattner, so hopefully voters will recognize Paul's subtle and emotionally charged performance.
Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore were also nominated for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Grey Gardens. They were stunning as Big and Little Edie Beale.
Boo. Ed Helms didn't get nominated.
Wow. 30 Rock hit a record with 22 nominations. I love the show, but isn't this Tina Fey and 30 Rock worship a bit too much?
The 61st Annual Emmy Awards will be held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 20th. It will air on CBS with host Neil Patrick Harris.
Here's the List of Nominees:
"Big Love," HBO
"Breaking Bad," AMC
"Mad Men," AMC
"Family Guy," Fox
"How I Met Your Mother," CBS
"Flight of the Conchords," HBO
"The Office," NBC
"30 Rock," NBC
ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES:
Simon Baker, "The Mentalist"
Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"
ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Sally Field, "Brothers and Sisters"
Mariska Hargitay, "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit"
Holly Hunter, "Saving Grace"
Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"
ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES:
Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?"
Toni Collette, "United States of Tara"
Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine"
Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"
Sarah Silverman, "The Sarah Silverman Program"
ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES:
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Jemaine Clement, "Flight of the Conchords"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"
Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men"
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES:
Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men"
Kevin Dillon, "Entourage"
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother"
Jack McBrayer, "30 Rock"
Tracy Morgan, "30 Rock"
Rainn Wilson, "The Office"
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES:
Christian Clemenson, "Boston Legal"
Michael Emerson, "Lost"
William Hurt, "Damages"
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
William Shatner, "Boston Legal"
John Slattery, "Mad Men"
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Rose Byrne, "Damages"
Hope Davis, "In Treatment"
Cherry Jones, "24"
Sandra Oh, "Grey's Anatomy"
Dianne Wiest, "In Treatment"
Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy"
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES:
Kristin Chenoweth, "Pushing Daisies"
Amy Poehler, "Saturday Night Live"
Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock"
Elizabeth Perkins, "Weeds"
Kristin Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"
Vanessa Williams, "Ugly Betty"
WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES:
James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie, "Flight of the Conchords"
Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock, "30 Rock"
Robert Carlock, "30 Rock"
Matt Hubbard, "30 Rock"
Ron Weiner, "30 Rock"
Source: LA Times