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Emmy Nominations 2012

21 Jul

Lets talk about the Emmy nominations.

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First the snubs, any and all of Revenge, really Academy, no Gabriel Mann, (Nolan), no Ashton Holmes (Tyler), don’t get me started on the lack of Emily Van Camp or Madeline Stowe.

But the biggest and longest running Emmy injustice is their failure to recognize John Noble, Walter Bishop on Fringe. This man consistently turns in a stand out performance week after week, for 22 episodes. Not some mini-series of 6 or 12, yes I am talking to you Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), John Hamm ( Mad Men) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad). It’s like giving teacher of the year to a substitute, its lame.

And while we are on the subject, how does Veep and Girls get nominated, they weren’t that funny. Where all the broadcast sitcoms really that bad, what about Community and Parks and Recreation. Oh Academy is HBO paying you guys off or something. And Lena Dunham‘s nomination for lead actress is an insult to the rest of the women on the list.  I hope Amy Poehler wins, that would be sweet.

Did you know that there are no other supporting actors in a comedy on any other show other than Modern Family, that all but one slot went to that show is ridiculous.

I have learned with these awards that it is politics and favorites, its high school all over again. Just like life, work is nothing more than high school repeated with cliques and pets, and so are these awards. Ok, bitterness rant over.

More disappointments, Vincent Kartheiser and John Slattery from Mad Men, but, Jared Harris’ nomination makes it a little better.

What about Person of Interest, or Blue Bloods. Does the Academy have any other channel besides HBO?

What was I happy with, it was nice that Downton Abbey was recognized, unfortunately its was a horrible season. I was very happy that Brendan Coyle (Mr. Bates) was recognized. He is by far my favorite Downton character.  Good to see Louis C.K. get nominated, I am not a fan of the show, but I respect what he is doing.

Also good, but expected, Claire Danes and Damian Lewis from Homeland, I think Claire is the odds on favorite to win. Damian not so much, it would be great if John Hamm finally won. Hamm gave a fantastic performance this season, Weiner gave him some very complex material this past season and Hamm delivered. His performance was so understated, those performances are usually undervalued because the actor isn’t chewing up the scenery. 

I was extremely pleased to see Ben Feldman’s name on the list for best supporting actor in a drama, he was a great addition to Mad Men this season, I can’t wait to see what Weiner does with him next year. This actor has a come a long way from being Jane’s guardian angel Fred on Drop Dead Diva.  The supporting actor in a drama category is the tightest race there is, Dylan Baker, Michael J. Fox both for The Good Wife, Jeremy Davies (Justified), Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad) and Jason Ritter (Parenthood).

There were some other nominations that were pretty much a gimme, but deserving none the less. Woody Harrelson and Julianne Moore for Game Change, Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman for Hemingway and Gellhorn and Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock. 

All in all, no surprises (well none in a good way), Veep and Girls were bad surprises.  The rest was as pretty much as expected.

The Emmy’s will be given out on September 23rd, Jimmy Kimmel is hosting, he brings the funny so at least we have that.

What are your thoughts on the nominations? Did one of your favorites get left off the list? Sound off in the comments below.

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Mad Men “Signal 30”

15 Apr

I have been in love with Vincent Kartheiser since Another Day in Paradise, that love was cemented when he was cast to play Angel’s son Connor on Angel.  Tonight’s episode of Mad Men, “Signal 30” was a tour de force by Kartheiser, this should be his Emmy submission and win.

There was so much speculation about this episode, Signal 30 is the code for car accident fatality and also the name of the drivers ed movie that was used in the 60’s, we saw a bit of it in tonight’s episode. You can also catch the whole thing on You Tube, it’s pretty gross even by today’s standards. People thought someone was going to die, stunt doubles for Lane and Pete were listed as part of the episode.  In the end it was another master fake out by team Weiner, good job, bravo.

The entire episode was another in a long list of Mad Men masterpieces, I really enjoyed John Slattery’s direction.  The levels that Kartheiser took us through tonight, from hitting on high school girls, (creepy), to trying to keep up with big brother Don, who fixes fawcetts and passes on hookers. Pete can’t catch a break, he is a broken man who has “nothing to offer”.  There is a part of me that says Pete is getting what he deserves, years of being a first class jerk, but the vulnerability he showed to Don in the elevator broke my heart. John Hamm‘s reactions and line delivery were so tight, these are two skilled actors at the top of their game.

 There were definitely parallels between Lane and Pete tonight, two lost men trying to find their way and have some meaning. Their fight at the end was fantastic, and no one stopping them made it so realistic. The advertising world is cut throat, it is kill or be killed and that scene summed it up perfectly. Or course the fight was more about man vs. man then advertising, but the industry supports that attitude. It will be interesting to see how they interact going forward. Poor Lane, he kissed Joan and she rejected him, but she was so classy and sweet about it. I don’t think she could have let him down any gentler.

Megan and Don are growing on my as a couple, but if they have a baby I am going to spit nails. She really knows how to handle him, and I think Don likes being handled. Betty was such a child he had to be the parent, Megan is an adult and that means Don can be also.  I wonder how much longer he will stay faithful to her, a tiger doesn’t just change their stripes that quickly.

I would love to hear the rest of the story Kenny was writing at the end of the episode, maybe AMC can convince Weiner to publish it or run it in Vanity Fair under Ken’s pen name.

What did you think? Was it as great as I thought?

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