The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards

EmmyAward (2)I am bad at predicting things. I correctly predicted 12 out of 26 awards that were given out tonight, bringing me to an accuracy of 46%. I did successfully predict that I would be a wreck during the Robin Williams tribute. Of course, the rest of the In Memoriam reel already had me in a weak emotional state because they included Don Pardo saying “It’s Saturday Night Live!” paired with reminding me of just how many people died this past year.

The voters really chose to latch onto a show in each genre and give it as many awards as it could possibly give. My optimism led me astray in comedy and instead of the Orange is the New Black sweep that I had hoped for, most of the honors went to Modern Family again. Also, Emmy voters, why didn’t you like FargoFargo was excellent. And it’s not even like your weird FX aversion kept you from recognizing it because you totally gave Allison Tolman’s award to Kathy Bates for another, worse FX show.

A breakdown of the categories accompanied by my predictions from last week follows after the jump.
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Emmy Nominations: Mostly Boring But Yay, True Dectective and Where’s Tatiana Maslaney?

true-detective-harrelson-mcconaughey-610x348 I’m mostly happy with this year’s Emmy nominations. The problem with that is that that means that the Emmy nominations are really boring this year. The nominations I was really pulling for that didn’t happen would have been major surprises so I can brush off most of my upset. I have some minor quibbles over some nominations that I would have liked to see over others but there is only one missing nomination that I am truly upset over.

Tatiana Maslaney (Orphan Black) deserves an Emmy and she didn’t even get a nomination. In fact, if Emmys were awarded by roles played instead of by the performer, you could make an argument for her being eligible for Outstanding Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, and Guest Actress in a Drama. Not only that, but Orphan Black received zero nominations. Not for writing, casting, directing, or anything technical and that show pulls off amazing feats in each episode. It’s things like this that make me wonder if the Emmy voters even watch TV. I would have gladly given up Michelle Dockery’s (Downton Abbey) nomination for Maslaney. For that matter, Kerry Washington (Scandal) could be traded out for Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) who didn’t have a particularly outstanding season but is still good. I really want to see Mad Men get an acting Emmy one of these years and I’d be thrilled if Moss was the one to win it.

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