Woo hoo! The Emmy nominations are out, and Jed and I are a bit excited about them. Okay, a lot excited. So we’re taking advantage of the fact that we suddenly have no tv to watch (hello, off-season!) and indulging ourselves with a LOT of Emmy posts over the next few days. Humour us…
I’m delighted I get to talk about the Leading Men categories – or “Outstanding Lead Actor” if you want to be formal about it – because of the high swoon factor amongst the nominees. Obviously, though, that’s not the point, so, er, anyway, let’s start with the surprises – finally FINALLY, Kyle Chandler’s been nominated for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama” for his work on Friday Night Lights. He’s always been brilliant (even if I’m only on season 2 just now) and the only thing wrong with his nomination is that it didn’t happen years ago.
But hang on! Matthew Fox is nominated too! And his valedictory turn in Lost this year deserved it, so I’m delighted for him as well. Am I supposed to choose between them?
I guess I should be grateful then that Timothy Olyphant didn’t make the cut for Justified, and make it even harder to pick my winner, but I don’t feel grateful. His performance was perfect. Nuanced, mesmerising and perfect. And, like Fox and Chandler, it would have been someone new in the list of nominees. Instead, we get the old guard of Laurie, Hall, Hamm and Cranston, yet again. We all know I’d keep Jon Hamm in because a) I love him and b) he needs to win sometime DAMMIT, but, good as the other three guys are, I’d have preferred to see Olyphant in there instead of any one of them. Not that he’d have a hope of winning, I don’t think – it’s Foxy vs Hamm vs Chandler for me. So Cranston’ll probably win it again. Sigh.
To be honest, I’m a lot less invested in the “Oustanding Lead Actor in a Comedy” category. As you know, I don’t “do” comedies so the only one of these shows that I’ve watched this season is Glee, and yes, Matthew Morrison’s Mr Shu is lovely and fun and everything, but I’m surprised to see him nominated. Was he this year’s best lead actor in a comedy? I have no idea. Why has Chuck’s Zachary Levi missed out on a nomination yet again? Again, I have no idea (and I’m not happy about it). But who’s going to win? Well….
Tony Shalhoub’s fine in Monk, but it finished ages ago. Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory has his fans too, but I don’t think he’s going to take it either. And The Office’s Steve Carrell and Curb’s Larry David have both been around for ages, and been nominated many times; I think their ships have already sailed. Baldwin or Morrison, then? Personally, I’d give it to Matt because a) I like a change and b) he deserves extra credit for all the rapping he has to do. But I doubt these are the same criteria used by the Emmy voters; Alec will probably take it again.