The 2014 Emmys: winners and losers

The good news first of all: Juli and Juli did indeed win, even if the failure to nominate The Good Wife for Best Drama still hangs heavily over the whole thing. In the Drama category Breaking Bad saw off the challenge of True Detective, although the latter’s (merited) win in the Direction category provides further fuel for my argument that it looks like a great drama, even if, perhaps, it isn’t. (And in the absence of True Detective from the category it should have been in, Fargo picked up Miniseries. Excellent.) The voters also rewarded the Breaking Bad actors and writing, with Cranston, Gunn, Paul, and Moira Walley-Beckett coming out on top. Big love, too, for Allison Janney, picking up Best Supporting in a Comedy (Mom) to add to the Guest award she got just over a week ago for Masters of Sex; and for Louis C.K., deservedly winning best comedy writer for the astonishing ‘So Did The Fat Lady’ episode of Louie.

I didn’t watch American Horror Story: Coven, so I don’t know whether Kathy Bates deserved to beat Allison Tolman for Fargo, although I feel very sorry for Tolman, who was fantastic. I feel sorrier, though, for the other nominees in the categories where Sherlock, inexplicably, cleaned up: admittedly Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Stephen Moffat all submitted the best episode for consideration, but really. And in the Comedy categories, rather as with Breaking Bad the voters went back to what they know and like: Mod Fam, Parsons, Burrell.

Big losers were Orange Is The New Black – insert thing I promised never to say again – although of course Uzo Aduba scored last week in the Guest category; and Game of Thrones, which failed to add to its haul of Creative Arts awards, and didn’t even win Best Dragon, or whatever’s in Game of Thrones. Perhaps I should watch it before making snarky comments.

After last year’s completely off-the-wall Emmys, this one maybe went to the other extreme, with lots of previous winners being rewarded again. Perhaps next year, with Breaking Bad out of the picture – not that it isn’t deserving – there might be room to shake things up a bit.


3 thoughts on “The 2014 Emmys: winners and losers

  1. e August 26, 2014 / 8:12 pm

    So wait one second. There was a cumberbatch nom and a cumberbatch win but not a cumberbatch cumberbund?

  2. snoskred747 August 26, 2014 / 10:28 pm

    As soon as I saw Ty Burrell win that award, I knew how the rest of the night was going to turn out. I knew Aaron Paul would win, I knew Anna Gunn would win, I was still a little unsure if Bryan would win but I had a feeling he would.

    The Emmy voters did pick people who deserved to win but you cannot help but think there was an element of pure laziness in there. You could also have mistakenly thought you were watching a rerun of previous years.

  3. CJ Cregg August 26, 2014 / 10:51 pm

    I’m sure I read that BC and Martin Freeman were working elsewhere so neither made it. They were cumberbusy 😉

    Yay for my favourite Julianna Margulies obv. Josh and Christine were robbed. I feel for Amy Poehler too. If it’s any consolation, you looked beautiful, Amy! GOT deserved something, but the Emmy bunch think Downton Abbey is cutting edge so I’m not surprised it didn’t.

    Struggling to get excited about all the people/shows who win it every year winning it again but whatevs.

    Just been watching E! Live! From the Red Carpet – am surprised by the number of red dresses on the red carpet. I’d be worried about clashing! Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s was the best of the reds for me. I think Natalie Dormer probably looked the best overall though special mention to Allison Janney – I didn’t love her dress but her face and hair looked gorgeous.

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