The Emmy nominations were announced last week, with help from Kerry Washington and Jimmy Kimmel, two ABC personalities as the show will air on that network this year September 23. A few observations:
- I’m glad to see Girls get recognized as much as it was. Lena Dunham, the show’s creator and star, was very excited and told EW: “I wish I didn’t have so many visions of, like, myself talking to Joan Rivers. Or making someone who didn’t want to hook up with me in college cry.”
- I’m a huge fan of Modern Family, but last season was not its strongest and perhaps this is a year when Girls should win.
- Emmy really, really likes Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Her nomination for Veep is her 13th (the others are for Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine). I don’t think she’ll win, but she’s a trooper.
- Emmy’s sycophantic tendencies are a little embarrassing at times. Yes, we know that Margaret Cho can easily turn herself into Kim Jong-Il, not least because she’s Korean-American. But that doesn’t automatically make her brief appearance on 30 Rock Emmy-worthy.
- Hugh Laurie did not get a final nod for House, which is a shame because at some point he should have won an Emmy.
- I love Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones. I adore Jared Harris in Mad Men. I admire Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad. But the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy this year belongs to Giancarlo Esposito in Breaking Bad who went out with a bang.
- I’m very pleased to see so many actors (and the show itself) get as many Emmy nominations as the second season of Downton Abbey did. But that doesn’t automatically mean that I think it deserves to win that many Emmys this year.
- The Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Emmy this year belongs to Claire Danes in Homeland. No question about it.
- Right now, I believe that Mad Men and Girls will win the top awards.