2014 Emmy Nominations Review – Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series


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For the next few weeks, I will be going through each of the major categories and reviewing the nominees and giving my opinion as to who should win. In terms of the Drama and Comedy categories, I’ll mostly judge based on the actors’ episode submissions. However, I’m only human. And if there’s an actor who submitted terribly, I may give him or her the edge because I am familiar with his or her performance on the show otherwise. It depends! But, yes, I will be watching all the episode submissions and reviewing them as they become available. I will choose which nominee I think is the most deserving of the prize. These are not official predictions. The articles where I predict objectively will be posted closer to the ceremony. OK? Is everything clear. Cool. Then let’s begin/continue…

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From most deserving to least, here are the nominees for this year’s Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

  1. Anna Chlumsky – Veep (“Detroit”)
  2. Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live (“Anna Kendrick”)
  3. Kate Mulgrew – Orange is the New Black (“Tit Punch”)
  4. Allison Janney – Mom (“Estrogen and a Hearty Breakfast”)
  5. Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory (“The Indecision Amalgamation”)
  6. Julie Bowen – Modern Family (“The Feud”)

I watch Orange is the New Black, Veep, and SNL regularly. I’m familiar enough with the others.

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When judging the nominees, sometimes it’s difficult balancing the strength of the individual tape vs. the strength of the overall performance within a season. It’s difficult…and I can’t say I’m consistent. Sometimes, a single tape is so stellar that I have no choice but to vote for the nominee, even if his or her work throughout the season is only OK (or even if I’m not familiar with the show as a whole). It’s tough…and my ranking for this category outlines that. Both Janney and Mulgrew submitted dynamite episodes. Janney submitted an episode where her character is beginning to go through menopause. She’s loud. She’s broad. She has some great zingers. And she tells off some conservatives. It’s an “A” tape. Mulgrew, similarly, submitted an episode where she, arguably, has the most impact and screentime (behind series lead Taylor Schilling.) It’s the episode where Red (Mulgrew), the prison head cook, attempts to starve Piper after she insults Red’s food. We also see a flashback of Red’s life before she was imprisoned. There’s a seething, quiet intensity about Mulgrew’s performance. Completely different from Janney, but just as effect, if not more.

However…ever since Jane Krakowski and Kristen Wiig have ended their runs on their respective shows, Anna Chlumsky‘s become my favorite supporting actress in a comedy series. Unlike some of the other contenders, she’s never given an episode to herself. Her character is mostly in the sideline. But Chlumsky plays the character perfectly. She doesn’t overshadow the other performers, but she let’s her voice be heard through her insults and one-liners. In a recent interviewer, Chlumsky articulately explained why she chose “Detroit” for consideration. However, I think the episode right before this one (“Fishing”) or especially right after this one (“Special Relationship”) would have been stronger, because those two episodes actively show Amy’s struggle with trying to be Selina’s campaign manager. In one episode, she fails. In the other, she succeeds. “Detroit” is just sort of the episode where she moves on and continues working. But I think, her still being number one, shows how much I love her performance overall (and, no, I’ve actually never watched My Girl.)

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Kate McKinnon has the same problem as Chlumsky. Unlike, say, Kristen Wiig, McKinnon is never given much screentime in an episode. She has enough of a presence throughout a season that she received this pleasantly surprising nomination. But it must have been difficult for her to choose an episode. She chose an episode where she gets to play Kate Barra in the cold open and then Angela Merkel during a very bloated Weekend Update. She has small appearances here and there throughout the episode (she’s particularly “standout-ish” in the Beauty and the Beast inspired monologue), but, nothing much else outside those two very funny segments. But I’m such a big fan of McKinnon in general. She is such a great impersonator. Hopefully, voters feel the same way. On the other hand, both Bialik and Bowen’s tapes impressed me the least. While Bowen tries to fight off lice, Bialik helps Sheldon choose between an X Box and a Play Station. Bowen doesn’t deserve a third Emmy for this episode. And Bialik…I usually like her overall work on the show, but not as much as I like Chlumsky and McKinnon’s. And her tape wasn’t as great as Janney and Mulgrew’s. So, she’s sort of in the middle for me.

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2014 Emmy Nominations Review – Guest Actor in a Drama Series


bert mad men

For the next few weeks, I will be going through each of the major categories and reviewing the nominees and giving my opinion as to who should win. In terms of the Drama and Comedy categories, I’ll mostly judge based on the actors’ episode submissions. However, I’m only human. And if there’s an actor who submitted terribly, I may give him or her the edge because I am familiar with his or her performance on the show otherwise. It depends! But, yes, I will be watching all the episode submissions and reviewing them as they become available. I will choose which nominee I think is the most deserving of the prize. These are not official predictions. The articles where I predict objectively will be posted closer to the ceremony. OK? Is everything clear. Cool. Then let’s begin/continue…

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From most deserving to least, here are the nominees for this year’s Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

  1. Reg E Cathey – House of Cards (“Chapter 22″)
  2. Joe Morton – Scandal (“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”)
  3. Beau Bridges – Masters of Sex (“Manhigh”)
  4. Dylan Baker – The Good Wife (“Tying the Knot”)
  5. Robert Morse – Mad Men (“Waterloo”)
  6. Paul Giamatti – Downton Abbey (“Episode Eight”)

I watch Scandal, The Good Wife, Mad Men, and Downton Abbey regularly. 

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Believe it or not, this was actually a tough one for me to rank. Going in to this, I though Dylan Baker would be my clear number 1. I remembered absolutely loving the hilarious and creepy “Tying the Knot.” However, when I rewatched the episode again, I realized that Baker himself didn’t have the same impact as he had the last two times he was nominated. If anything, Laura Benanti, who plays Sweeney’s (Baker) murderous fiance, was the standout in the episode. A win for him would more likely represent all his great recurring work in the past, and that wouldn’t be a bad thing. But the top three gave stronger performances.

Beau Bridges does great work with his on-screen wife Allison Janney. Their two scenes together are excellent. In fact, I think this should have been Janney’s submission as opposed to “Brave New World.” I am so happy Joe Morton received an Emmy nomination this year. He was one of the standouts of this crazy season of Scandal. He submitted the episode where Rowan Pope has his Sunday night dinners with Olivia, and when Olivia begins to discover more about Rowan’s secret work (B6-13). Similar to how I felt about Kate Burton’s submission, I wish he had submitted an episode where he gives one of his famous explosive speeches (“It’s Handled” or even “A Door Marked Exit” contained Morton’s best moments.) However, his actual submission is nice because the episode tells more of a complete story (although his speech about black people having to work harder in “It’s Handled” struck a chord with every African American person who watches the show.)

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This is the first time a Morse nomination hasn’t made me grit my teeth, just because I love the moment when the ghost of Bert Cooper sings “The Best Things in Life Are Free.” But, in the end, Reg E. Cathey blew me away in his episode. It’s nice that the writers decided to give a bordering stock character some layers and a real story. Unfortunately, for Freddy Hayes, the story ends with his son tragically in jail and him losing his business as a result. The scene when Hayes tells Frank Underwood off is grim, bleak, and wonderfully acted. I am so glad the voters love this show enough to give Cathey (who had very little buzz going into this race) a nomination because, otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have discovered the performance myself.

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2014 Emmy Nominations Review – Guest Actress in a Drama Series


kate burton scandal

For the next few weeks, I will be going through each of the major categories and reviewing the nominees and giving my opinion as to who should win. In terms of the Drama and Comedy categories, I’ll mostly judge based on the actors’ episode submissions. However, I’m only human. And if there’s an actor who submitted terribly, I may give him or her the edge because I am familiar with his or her performance on the show otherwise. It depends! But, yes, I will be watching all the episode submissions and reviewing them as they become available. I will choose which nominee I think is the most deserving of the prize. These are not official predictions. The articles where I predict objectively will be posted closer to the ceremony. OK? Is everything clear. Cool. Then let’s begin/continue…

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From most deserving to least, here are the nominees for this year’s Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

  1. Kate Burton – Scandal (“A Door Marked Exit”)
  2. Kate Mara – House of Cards (“Chapter 14″)
  3. Allison Janney – Masters of Sex (“Brave New World”)
  4. Margo Martindale – The Americans (“Behind the Red Door”)
  5. Jane Fonda – The Newsroom (“Red Team III”)
  6. Diana Rigg – Game of Thrones (“The Lion and the Rose”)

I follow Scandal and The Americans regularly. I am familiar with the other shows.

margo martindale the americans

Not gonna lie, I’d have a pretty sour side eye if any of the bottom three actresses won. Once again, Diana Rigg does, like, nothing in her episode! Look, I know everyone loves Lady Olenna and her sassy barbs. But Rigg isn’t given enough to truly deserve these nominations. “Red Team III” is an exhilarating episode centering around the The Newsroom trying to fix a major fact checking error. Fonda has a very strong scene in the end where her character, high on something, pretty much sticks up for the team. But it’s her only scene and it didn’t have the same impact that, say, Martindale’s one scene had. In her scene, Martindale’s character (KGB supervisor) admits that she was in a relationship and that she might have indirectly caused two the deaths of two spies. It’s a subtle, emotional scene that shows how lonely the life of a KGB supervisor can be.

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But, really, this should be a race between the top three. This is the first “Allison Janney” episode of Masters of Sex I’ve seen. Apparently, she has a really strong recurring role on the show, and I’ll see more of that when I judge Beau Bridges’s episode. But, right now, I really like what Janney’s doing. Her big scene is when her character realizes she’s never gotten an orgasm. It’s a sad scene and Janney does a nice job of conveying confusion and embarrassment on her face when her character is being interviewed by Masters and Johnson. I didn’t think much of Kate Mara from the few episodes of season one I watched. However, I quite liked her final performance in the season 2 premiere, particularly the scene where her character tries to confront Frank about the death of Peter Russo in the train station.

But, all along, I’ve wanted Kate Burton to win this one. As a fan of Scandal, I always get excited when Sally Langston makes an appearance. Although in the first couple of seasons she was mostly a caricature of hardcore, God-fearing conservative politicians, her character went to new, psycho levels in season three. Burton submitted the episode where Sally confronts her husband over his homosexual affair and then kills him in anger. For the rest of the episode, she’s in mostly a catatonic state until she finally admits what she did to her campaign manager. It’s a great submission for her. A part of me, however, was hoping that she would submit “No Sun on the Horizon” for consideration, where she shows true remorse for her actions (“CRISPY PIGGY YUM YUM!!!”) but her “subtler” work in “A Door Marked Exit” still makes her worthy of the Emmy.

Hm…I just realized Burton and Janney play characters where their husbands are in the closet. IIIiiinterrresting.

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2014 Emmy Nominations Review – Guest Actor in a Comedy Series


steve buscemi

For the next few weeks, I will be going through each of the major categories and reviewing the nominees and giving my opinion as to who should win. In terms of the Drama and Comedy categories, I’ll mostly judge based on the actors’ episode submissions. However, I’m only human. And if there’s an actor who submitted terribly, I may give him or her the edge because I am familiar with his or her performance on the show otherwise. It depends! But, yes, I will be watching all the episode submissions and reviewing them as they become available. I will choose which nominee I think is the most deserving of the prize. These are not official predictions. The articles where I predict objectively will be posted closer to the ceremony. OK? Is everything clear. Cool. Then let’s begin/continue…

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From most deserving to least, here are the nominees for this year’s Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

  1. Steve Buscemi – Portlandia (“Celery”)
  2. Gary Cole – Veep (“Crate”)
  3. Nathan Lane – Modern Love (“The Wedding, Part 2″)
  4. Louis CK – Saturday Night Live (“Louis CK”)
  5. Jimmy Fallon – Saturday Night Live (“Jimmy Fallon”)
  6. Bob Newhart – The Big Bang Theory (“The Proton Transmogrification”)

For the most part, I watch all these shows regularly. 

bob newhart

Last year, Bob Newhart won his very first Emmy for his guest role on The Big Bang Theory. This year, he’s competing again for the same role as Professor Proton, Sheldon’s childhood hero. I really enjoy Newhart’s dry humor and wit. Since his character dies, he mostly appears as a ghost that helps Sheldon deal in the episode. However…I feel like I was laughing more at other moments throughout the episode. He already has a well-earned Emmy from last year. I don’t think he deserves another Emmy this year (even though he probably should have won 2 or 3 Emmys for his work on Newhart and The Bob Newhart Show.)

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Both Louis CK and Jimmy Fallon hosted two standout episodes of SNL. I liked Louis CK’s episode more, though, because of his hilarious and astute opening monologue (I will never use the term “I’m hungry/I’m starving” again…or “wife beater”), his role in “Black Jeopardy,” and for stepping out of his comfort zone in sketches like the “Hart to Hart” parody and “Mr. Big Stuff.” Jimmy Fallon is one of the most talented, hardest working men in showbiz. His impressions (ranging from Bob Dylan to Jim Parsons’s Sheldon Cooper to Professor Snape) are all wonderful. However…I just felt like half the time, the episode was mostly “JT and Jimmy are having a goofy time while the audience goes nuts”…show. Both Fallon and CK have been nominated before. Adding to that list is Nathan Lane for his recurring role as Pepper Saltzman in Modern Family. I actually liked Lane’s performance in these two episodes (I watched both parts of the Wedding episode) more than his submissions the previous years.

However, I personally would like either Cole or Buscemi to win. Gary Cole is a character actor who has never really received any awards recognition before. This is his first Emmy nomination, and it’s well deserved. Cole never has much of a standout episode. Ironically, he probably had more of a standout episode in the second season than this third. Besides the great scene where his character tells Selina that POTUS is resigning and that Selina is going to become president, “Crate” doesn’t fully represent how great Cole is on the show. But as a regular viewer, I can concur that this nomination is well earned. But…Steve Buscemi is so good in his episode. He plays a disgruntled celery salesman in a world that’s more interested in pickles and brussel sprouts. The performance has humor, pathos…and Buscemi hits all the right notes. Based on season long work, Cole is the winner. Based on the episode alone, the often Emmy snubbed Buscemi should win.

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2014 Emmy Nominations Review – Guest Actress in a Comedy Series


orange is the new black crazy eyes

For the next few weeks, I will be going through each of the major categories and reviewing the nominees and giving my opinion as to who should win. In terms of the Drama and Comedy categories, I’ll mostly judge based on the actors’ episode submissions. However, I’m only human. And if there’s an actor who submitted terribly, I may give him or her the edge because I am familiar with his or her performance on the show otherwise. It depends! But, yes, I will be watching all the episode submissions and reviewing them as they become available. I will choose which nominee I think is the most deserving of the prize. These are not official predictions. The articles where I predict objectively will be posted closer to the ceremony. OK? Is everything clear. Cool. Then let’s begin/continue…

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From most deserving to least, here are the nominees for this year’s Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

  1. Joan Cusack – Shameless (“Liver, I Hardly Know Her”)
  2. Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black (“Lesbian Request Denied”)
  3. Laverne Cox – Orange is the New Black (“Lesbian Request Denied”)
  4. Natasha Lyonne – Orange is the New Black (“WAC Pack”)
  5. Melissa McCarthy – Saturday Night Live (“Melissa McCarthy”)
  6. Tina Fey – Saturday Night Live (“Tina Fey”)

I watch all these shows regularly.

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Y’know, for the most part, ranking this category was based on who I wanted to see win an Emmy, rather than who was the best (if that makes sense.) Like…for a bit of a preview…it would be nice to see Jon Hamm win an Emmy because he’s sort of “overdue” at this point…but Bryan Cranston probably has the stronger tape. Thus, when I rank the Lead Actor in a Drama Series contenders, I’ll naturally put Bryan Cranston above Jon Hamm, even though Cranston has three Emmys while Hamm has none. However, in this case, with these guest “comedy” actresses, I’m going to rank things differently. Look, McCarthy and Fey are ALWAYS great hosts. Fey’s Girls parody was one of the strongest sketches of the season, and I generally love her comedic personality (as seen in her monologue and in her Weekend Update bit where she welcomes Cecily Strong to the club). McCarthy is a naturally great host because it never looks like she’s reading the cue cards. She clearly improvises a lot of her lines and comes across as a true comedic performer. However…they both already have Emmys. Fey has a couple Emmys for her work on SNL. As great as they were, they didn’t do much to raise the bar from their last hosting attempts. It would be lazy and “easy” if either one of them won.

I think this is year when Joan Cusack should finally win. One, she’s never had a better showcase episode. Cusack has always been excellent on the show, but I feel like “Liver” gives us both sides of Sheila: the funny, ditzy, oblivious, too trusting Sheila…and the loving, yet still oblivious, Sheila. In this episode, we see Sheila unsuccessfully try to buy Frank a much needed liver; and in the end of the episode, she gets married to Frank from his hospital bed. Cusack has a lot of screen time, works extremely well with Emily Bergl (who very well could have received a nomination herself), and…well, I can’t think of a third thing. But, after four nominations (and a weird case of genre switching), Cusack and the show itself finally deserves its first win. And then maybe afterwards, Cusack can compete as a Supporting Actress because this whole “guest thing” is getting weird.

laverne cox

However, if Cusack wasn’t overdue, then I’d feel more inclined to choose Uzo Aduba. I don’t think people realize how brave and fearless Aduba’s performance is. This is a relatively small, quirky, unglamorous role. I really hope Aduba isn’t type casted after Orange ends; however, this is the type of role where one could easily become typecasted in, especially for a “newcomer.” We all love Crazy Eyes…but we should also appreciate Aduba for portraying the role the way she portrays it. Her submission is tricky because it’s the same episode Cox submitted. And the episode mostly revolves around Cox’s character and her transgenderism. Crazy Eyes doesn’t have much screen time. And while Cox’s time on the episode ends with her character regaining some dignity (refusing Pornstache’s sexual offer for estrogen drugs), Aduba’s screen time ends with Crazy Eyes peeing on the floor of Piper’s room. It was tough putting Aduba above Cox right after rewatching that episode. However, as someone who has watched the entire season, there are so many little Crazy Eyes moments that it makes up for the lack of a “showcase episode.” From Crazy Eyes visiting with her parents to freezing in the Christmas concert, Aduba gave a reliably consistent performance throughout the season and I think she’s the cast member most deserving of an Emmy.

Cox winning would be great, though. As well as Natasha Lyonne. Her nomination was a pretty big surprise. But I’m glad voters remembered her because Lyonne is definitely an unsung hero on the show, and I recognized that while I was watching the second season. Her big moment in her episode is a flashback scene when Red helps Nicky (Lyonne) with her drug withdrawal. But, like Aduba, Lyonne sort of appears “here and there” in the episode and is effective in all her scenes.

So, in short, anyone but the SNL ladies.

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2014 Emmy Nominations Review – Writing for a Drama Series


game of thrones

For the next few weeks, I will be going through each of the major categories and reviewing the nominees and giving my opinion as to who should win. In terms of the Drama and Comedy categories, I’ll mostly judge based on the actors’ episode submissions. However, I’m only human. And if there’s an actor who submitted terribly, I may give him or her the edge because I am familiar with his or her performance on the show otherwise. It depends! But, yes, I will be watching all the episode submissions and reviewing them as they become available. I will choose which nominee I think is the most deserving of the prize. These are not official predictions. The articles where I predict objectively will be posted closer to the ceremony. OK? Is everything clear. Cool. Then let’s begin/continue…

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From most deserving to least, here are the nominees for this year’s Writing for a Drama Series.

  1. Moira Walley-Beckett – Breaking Bad (“Ozymandias”)
  2. Vince Gilligan – Breaking Bad (“Felina”)
  3. Nic Pizzolatto – True Detective (“The Secret Fate of All Life”)
  4. David Benioff and DB Weiss – Game of Thrones (“The Children”)
  5. Beau Willimon – House of Cards (“Chapter 14″)

breaking bad ozymandias

Well, this is an easy one. I don’t want to short change this overall strong category (although I would have replaced House of Cards with The Good Wife), but “Ozymandias” blows everything out of the water. Moira Walley-Beckett deserves this award for creating one of the greatest hours of dramatic television in the history of television. And, it’s not just me saying this. It has been proclaimed and proclaimed by critics far wealthier and respected than me. This is THE episode. The episode where (spoiler alert) Hank dies and Flynn finds out about his father’s activities. The episode where Walter realizes he lost his whole family and that all the damage he has caused cannot be reversed. I just watched this episode for the first time in months and by time we get to scene where Walt, knowing the police is bugging him, calls Skyler and exonerates her of her involvement (the first decent thing he’s done in a while), I was already bawling. This is a masterful, non-manipulative tearjerker. “Felina” is obviously a wonderful episode. But I hope Gilligan wins for directing so Walley-Beckett can rightfully win here.

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Pizzolatto wrote all the episodes of True Detective this season, so he essentially had to choose one episode for consideration. He chose a great episode where Rust and Marty kill Reggie and DeWall while trying to arrest them after spotting two kidnapped children in their methlab. They end up telling the board a completely different story that involves a wild gunfight breaking out. This episode also involved time passing as we transfer from 1995 to 2002. Pizzolatto could have pretty much chosen any episode, but I suppose this episode was a nice showcase for his storytelling talents. “The Children” is the season four finale of Game of Thrones; and I really liked how the episode was structured. The individual threads don’t intertwine and overlap each other. Instead, each block of time is devoted to a different storyline or character. Arya finally leaving a dying Hound and sailing off on her own journey was the highlight for me. Daenerys sadly locking up her dragons and Tyrion escaping prison and getting revenge on Shae and Tywin were also great pieces of action.

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2014 Emmy Nominations Review – Directing for a Drama Series


house of cards

For the next few weeks, I will be going through each of the major categories and reviewing the nominees and giving my opinion as to who should win. In terms of the Drama and Comedy categories, I’ll mostly judge based on the actors’ episode submissions. However, I’m only human. And if there’s an actor who submitted terribly, I may give him or her the edge because I am familiar with his or her performance on the show otherwise. It depends! But, yes, I will be watching all the episode submissions and reviewing them as they become available. I will choose which nominee I think is the most deserving of the prize. These are not official predictions. The articles where I predict objectively will be posted closer to the ceremony. OK? Is everything clear. Cool. Then let’s begin/continue…

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From most deserving to least, here are the nominees for this year’s Directing for a Drama Series.

  1. Vince Gilligan – Breaking Bad (“Felina”)
  2. Cary Joji Fukunaga – True Detective (“Who Goes There”)
  3. Neil Marshall – Game of Thrones (“The Watchers on the Wall”)
  4. Carl Franklin – House of Cards (“Chapter 14″)
  5. Tim Van Patten – Boardwalk Empire (“Farewell Daddy Blues”)
  6. David Evans – Downton Abbey (“Episode One”) - Episode 1 and 2 in the UK

boardwalk empire

Three through five was particularly challenging for me to rank. Even though I’m not a regular viewer of Boardwalk Empire, I always look forward to watching the episode that is annually nominated for Best Directing. The season finale is usually the episode nominated. It’s a little difficult for me to judge these episodes because finales are usually set up to tie up loose ends…from a season I mostly didn’t watch. But, there were still many moments I found thrilling: including the deadly fight between Tolliver and Eli, the showdown between Chalky and Narcisse that ended in the accidental death of Chalky’s daughter, and the final tragic scenes involving Richard. There was enough here for me to appreciate…even though I’m putting the episode 5th. House of Cards is another show I do not watch regularly. In fact, this is the first time I’ve watched an episode from season 2 (luckily it’s the season premiere). However, the “big twist” and the lingering shot of Frank after the “big twist” was enough for me to put it above BE. I was legitimately surprised watching this episode.

In the end, I had to put “The Watchers on the Wall” above both those episodes. I have no idea why these characters are fighting or what happened that would cause this battle…I still can’t help but be impressed by how it all looked. Game of Thrones does very well with big climaxes and thrilling moments. However, the quiet moments like Jon cradling a dying Ygritte also stood out. In last place is Downton Abbey. Last year, the show was nominated for probably one of the saddest hours of television I had seen. This year…if this is the best episode the show could get nominated for, then maybe the show didn’t deserve a nomination in this category in the first place. While the scenes involving Mary grieving over her dead husband are nice (mostly for Michelle Dockery’s performance) everything else was just…standard Downton Abbey. I don’t understand how this episode could get nominated over “Ozymandias.”

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Fukunaga directed all the episodes of True Detective this season. He definitely chose the best episode for consideration. This episode is the season’s highpoint. From Marty’s marital troubles to the big chaotic gang shootout in the end, this episode is the big climax to an already exciting series. But…how can I not root for “Felina?” Breaking Bad has never won for this category. Vince Gilligan has never won an Emmy for his directing. Do you realize how crazy that is??? “Felina” is not the most realistic episode. But honestly…who cares?? I think I’d rather have an exciting, completely satisfying ending than…whatever the alternative is. I loved this finale because I loved how Walt (whom I personally saw more as a tragic hero than a straight up villain) was able to die on his own terms. He left his family almost ten million dollars (which, frankly, they deserve) and he killed a bunch of nazis. Success! In all seriousness, this finale is up there with Six Feet Under, Friday Night Lights, and, yes, 30 Rock. It’s a finale for the ages and Gilligan deserves this honor.

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