For a long time television was the doormat of the entertainment industry. It was the black sheep of the family where careers went to die. However, that is no longer the case. TV is now the place to be.
The shift in the perception of television occurred when certain networks (AMC, FX, among others) and paid cable channels (HBO, Showtime, and Starz) did something that hasn’t happened in the film world in quite a while: they grew some balls. No longer resting on their laurels, television has become synonymous with risk taking and quality stories. As a result, due to the high volume of television talent, last night’s Emmys definitely held some weight.
As a huge TV buff, I had absolutely no problem with this year’s nominations. Everyone who was given an Emmy nod was rightly deserving of such. Many of their performances could be considered some of the best of their careers. However, when it came to the winners, well, that’s a different story. Because in my humble opinion, more often than not, the popular choice was picked ahead of the right choice, and that just doesn’t sit right with me. So, here are my thoughts in:
‘Emmys 2014: 5 Things They Got Wrong’
1. Walter White steals the night
Bryan Cranston is an absolute boss. He is hands down one of the best actors on the planet, and his monstrous turn in Breaking Bad will go down as one of the best performances in television history. He is always worthy of recognition. However, this seemed more like an ode to the show than anything else, because Matthew McConaughy’s performance in True Detective was transcendent. He should’ve gotten the double this year.
2. Tyrion gets screwed (for the second time this season)
Peter Dinklage was fantastic this season in Game of Thrones. His character hit an all-time low and the raw and broken performance portrayed by this unbelievable actor was the best he’s done on the show. No disrespect to Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman is the heart of BB), but this is the second time he’s beaten out a more deserving opponent. *Anyone who thinks Giancarlo Esposito shouldn’t have won a few years ago for his turn as Gus Fring needs to reevaluate how they watch television*
3. Leslie K–NOPE…
The fact that Amy Poehler hasn’t won the Lead Actress award for her role in Parks and Recreation is a downright travesty. That show gets no love (well, not enough love). I DEMAND A RECOUNT!
4. The Big Bang Query
Enough already with Jim Parsons’ Sheldon Cooper. His character is awkward, deadpan, self involved, and emotionally clueless, and Parsons plays this to perfection. I’ll give it to him, he’s good; but he’s not THAT good. William H. Macy showed so much depth in Shameless this past season. He was hilarious and heartbreaking, and earned a seat at the head of the table. For shame!
5. Does anyone even watch Mom?
This is not a rhetorical question. I’m genuinely posing this question to any and all readers. Allison Janney is the real deal, and I would never refute her undeniable talent. But, personally, I would’ve preferred anyone else in the category to win this award. Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems to me that Janney won because she’s Allison Janney. And if that’s true, not cool Emmys. Not cool.
If you’re not watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, then you better catch up before Season 2 begins. Best new comedy of last year, and if Andre Brauer would’ve won for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy, I would’ve been ecstatic. Unlike his character, I would’ve shown actual emotion.