I’m not sure what the signs of the Apocalypse are but two of them are probably tonight’s Emmy Awards show finishing on time and the Academy actually giving Tatiana Maslany the Emmy for Lead Actress in a Drama.
Seriously. Who’d a thunk it? The members of the Academy must have actually watched some of the multitude of screeners with which they were deluged with this year.
I’m so stoked about this that I’m not terribly ticked off by many of the other choices (not that will keep me from commenting…) – all of which follow the jump.
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Louie Anderson as Christine Baskets – FX Networks: Baskets
Bold choice – and the right one. Anderson is fantastic as sad clown-wannaChip Baskets’ mom.
Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
Aziz Ansari, and Alan Yang – Master Of None: Parents
Damn! The Academy started off strong!
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Kate McKinnon as Various characters – NBC: Saturday Night Live
About time – almost as overdue as Ms. Maslany…
Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Jill Soloway – Amazon: Transparent: Man On The Land
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – HBO: Veep
Even in its fifth season, Veep and Louis-Dreyfus kick much tuchus. They are just that good.
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jeffrey Tambor – Amazon: Transparent
Again, the best choice (again) – and one of the best acceptance speeches.
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Voice – NBC
Outstanding Writing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special
D.V. DeVincentis – FX Networks: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: Marcia, Marcia, Marcia
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
Regina King – ABC: American Crime
Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special
Susanne Bier – AMC: The Night Manager
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Sterling K. Brown – FX Networks: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
Sarah Paulson – FX Networks: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Courtney B. Vance – FX Networks: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Again, no contest.
Outstanding Television Movie
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (Masterpiece) – PBS
A huge (but not unwelcome) surprise
Outstanding Limited Series
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – FX Networks
I can forgive the Academy for going with Fargo – but it’s hard…
Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special
Patton Oswalt – Netflix: Patton Oswalt: Talking For Clapping
Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – HBO
With John Stewart gone and Full Frontal sadly not nominated, this was the only real choice (sorry, Bill…)
Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special
Thomas Kail – Grease: Live: FOX
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Key & Peele – Comedy Central
A nice way to finish their run.
Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss – Game Of Thrones: Battle Of The Bastards
Not even remotely a surprise.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Maggie Smith as Violet – Downton Abbey: PBS
Not one of the nominations didn’t deserve to win. How often does that happen?
Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Miguel Sapochnik – Game Of Thrones: Battle Of The Bastards: HBO
Not at all unexpected.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Ben Mendelsohn – Netflix: Bloodline
Another case of the Academy actually watching the screeners.
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot: USA Network
I did not. see. that. coming! Best opening line of an acceptance speech ever (‘Please tell me you’re seeing this too!’) – doubly effective because it works both for Malek and his character, Elliot.
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black: BBC America
YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! (About bloody time!)
Outstanding Comedy Series
Veep – HBO
Outstanding Drama Series
Game Of Thrones – HBO
There were four nominated shows that I would have been completely happy about. This is one of them.
Photo of Tatiana Maslany as The Clone Club courtesy of BBC America