Technically award season never ends, what with obscure music awards scattered throughout the summer months and the ever-dreadful VMAs in August, but I always look to the Emmys to kick off another year. They’re not my favorite award show, but they’re more official than even the Golden Globes (think EGOT).
I’m a severe television addict, which should mean I get excited for this particular golden statue, but I’ve admittedly grown very tired of seeing the same names year after year. Shows that aren’t even funny anymore continue to win Best Comedy (I’m lookin’ at you, “Modern Family”) and phenomenal performances are overlooked in favor of more famous faces (Monica Potter was so painfully snubbed last year for her ugly-sob inducing work on NBC’s “Parenthood.”)
So imagine my surprise this year when some new talent was finally recognized on July 10 with the announcement of the 2014 Emmy noms. I’m most happy to see the Netflix juggernaut “Orange is the New Black” snag a dozen nods, most notably Taylor Schilling for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, and deservedly so. I don’t know that OITNB qualifies as comedy, even if it does make you laugh, but whatever gets them on the ballot. Joining Schilling is Supporting Actress nominee Kate Mulgrew (Red), with Natasha Lyonne (Nicky), Uzo Aduba (‘Crazy Eyes’), and Laverne Cox (Sophia) as Guest Actresses. The show as a whole was also nominated for Best Comedy Series.
As for the rest, I can’t speak to many of them as my TiVo is booked solid enough already, but I will say that my heart breaks a little each time I don’t see Matthew Rhys’ name for his top-notch work in FX's “The Americans.” When he gets angry? Whoa. Keri Russell, also amazing, also overlooked. And yet, Margo Martindale somehow wound up with another nom for her work of barely showing up and basically just annoying everyone (myself especially). While I would normally agree that FX's “American Horror Story” deserves all its noms (for five separate actresses this year!), season 3’s “Coven” really didn’t blow me away. More often than not, I was bored.
Overall, it’s sure to be a showdown with many actors from the same shows competing against each other for the same title. Tune in to NBC on August 25 at 8 p.m. to see who takes home the gold. SNL’s Seth Meyers is hosting.