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.