Emmy Nominations – A Discussion (by me)

Even though it’s not quite here yet, I look forward to Red Carpet Awards Season more than anything else all year long (other than Grand Slams – I know, I’m a diverse enigma) and can critique/obsess over the outfits for days. Am also a hardcore feminist and that’s okay, because these clothes are meant to be looked at and talked about, that is their literal point of existence.

Great! Now that’s out of the way let’s talk Emmy nominations because I have thoughts. First thing’s first – how the hell do these categories work? Some have 5 nominees, some have 7, some have others in between (6.5) and there seems to be no rhyme or reason for it. It surely can’t be because of the high calibre of performances where they just HAVE to include an extra name as to exclude them would be considered an international travesty (otherwise, hello, I nominate the axing of Ty Burrell for  Modern Family to start with) so I just don’t get it.

And while we’re (I’m) on the topic of unnecessary nominations, can we let Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, Downton Abbey and Homeland go? Is it 2011? How tone-deaf is this academy? When was the last time any of these series were relevant? Hint: I answered my own question a couple of sentences back. It’s a waste of a nomination and shit, even the delightful Julia Louis Dreyfus is sick of her own WINS let alone nominations. Every year she’s like “oh…me?…again? Okay…”. Let’s bring it into 2016.

SPEAKING OF STUPID NOMINATIONS OR LACK THEREOF. Where is Orange is the New Black? Uzo Aduba deservedly won the Emmy in 2015 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and even though the latest phenomenal season isn’t eligible this year, how can their only nomination in 2016 be for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series? Which, yeah, obviously, but to not include them in at least another 25 categories seems like a ridiculously tone-deaf oversight in my opinion. Also – winners from the previous year are almost always nominated again the year after. This one feels particularly snub-y.

There were some highlights however:

  • Aziz Ansari has become the first South Asian Actor nominated for an Emmy in a leading role – EVER. And Master of None got some love and recognition  with 3 nominations. If you’ve yet to experience this delightful series, congrats, your weekend is sorted and I’m jealous you get to watch it for the first time.
  • The amazing Tatiana Maslany was finally recognised for playing like 6 amazing characters in Orphan Black but she’s up against Taraji Henson (love) and Viola Davis (amazing). They’ll probably fuck with us though and just give it to Clare Danes for Homeland anyway as I scratch my eyeballs out and howl with the injustice of it all.
  • The Night Manager got nominated! Selfishly just happy about this one as I got to work on a partnership with the show and attend a super fun screening of it with the gorgeous Elizabeth Debicki. Happy to see this one get lots of credit because it was incredible. However…the petty part in me is also hoping it doesn’t win because I don’t want to give Taylor Swift the satisfaction. #Torn.
  • IDRIS ELBA FOR LUTHER! Please, please, please let’s give it to my current #1 and watch him strut up on the stage in a sexy, perfectly tailored Tom Ford suit! It’s the last season of Luther I’m pretty sure so they should just give it to him like they did for Jon Hamm/Mad Men and Kyle Chandler/Friday Night Lights. IT IS HIS TIME.
  • Also my favourite show on TV has been noted with Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Blackish itself all nominated for the major comedy awards. As hilarious it is, it’s also insanely clever, completely relevant and extremely important in its messaging and if you don’t already know this, you are missing out on one of the best shows on television. Just ask Barack Obama and Beyoncé, two of the show’s biggest fans.
  • Oh, yeah. BEY. My Queen also received 4 massive nominations for the flawless and ground-breaking Lemonade. If they don’t get her there performing/slaying, well, it will be a missed opportunity TO SAY THE LEAST and we may as well all go home (or switch our TVs off). And yes, this also means that Bey is one step closer to the elusive EGOT. It’s not hard to imagine a world where she also receives a Tony and an Oscar (which she has already been nominated for anyway) so it’s only a matter of time. Get it, B.

Is it Awards Season yet?

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