The 2015 EMMYs are Coming!


The nominees for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning and the absence of Breaking Bad was certainly felt in a number of categories – though some trends (like The CW being ignored) continued.

Following the jump, a list of the major nominations and the occasional bit of commentary. The 2015 Emmy Awards will be given out live, on FOX, on Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA (2014 winner: Breaking Bad)

Better Call Saul

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


House of Cards

Mad Men

Orange Is the New Black

Better Call Saul slipped neatly into the Breaking slot. Who didn’t see that coming? Homeland was, somehow, nominated despite being less than half the show it once was (yes, Orphan Black would have been a better choice – but so would The Americans and Justified’s brilliant final season!).


LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA (2014 winner: Bryan Cranston)

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Cut Live Schreiber and insert Matthew Rhys (The Americans) and this list would have been much better. Come to think of it, Timothy Olyphant (Justified) would have been a better choice than Jeff Daniels.


LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (2014 winner: Julianna Margulies)

Claire Danes, Homeland

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Tatiana got a nomination! Woo-hoo! (Which doesn’t explain how The Americans’ Keri Russell was overlooked and Claire Danes got in…)


SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (2014 winner: Anna Gunn)

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Strong, strong category. I’d love to see Lena Headey win, but every nominee here could win and it wouldn’t really be a surprise.


SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA (2014 winner: Aaron Paul)

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Exit Aaron Paul, enter Jonathan Banks. Any of Banks, Ben Mendelson, Peter Dinklage or Alan Cumming could win and this category would I would not be surprised. What did surprise me was that Walton Goggins was not nominated over Jim Carter, but I guess a Harlan County drawl just isn’t as sexy as a posh English accent (yes, I’m bitter!).


GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (2014 winner: Allison Janney)

Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones

Rachel Brosnahan, House of Cards

Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder

Allison Janney, Masters of Sex

Khandi Alexander, Scandal

Margo Martindale, The Americans

Will Allison Janney pull off the repeat? Personally, I’d like to see Diana Rigg or Margo Martindale take home the golden girl, but again, no matter who does get the EMMY, it won’t be much of a surprise. This is a very strong category.


GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (2014 winner: Joe Morton)

Alan Alda, The Blacklist

Michael J Fox, The Good Wife

  1. Murray Abraham, Homeland

Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards

Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex

Pablo Schreiber, Orange Is the New Black

Alda made such a great villain on The Blacklist that I’d love to see him win.


OUTSTANDING COMEDY (2014 winner: Modern Family)


Modern Family

Parks and Recreation

Silicon Valley


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt


Jane the Virgin should be on this list. I just can’t decide between the tired Modern Family and Parks and Recreation as the show it should have replaced. Someday the Academy will nominate a CW show for Best Comedy (or Drama) and the shock will be so great that world will implode.


LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2014 winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus)

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

Jackie is a dramatic role in a show that leans 75% to the dramatic. Putting her on this list is just wrong. Anna Faris would have been a better (and far more appropriate choice – as would Fresh Off The Boat’s Constance Wu, or black-ish’s Tracee Ellis Ross)).


LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2014 winner: Jim Parsons)

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

Louis C.K., Louie

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Will Forte, Last Man on Earth

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

No complaints here.


SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2014 winner: Allison Janney)

Niecy Nash, Getting On

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Allison Janney, Mom

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent

Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Wow! Great category!


SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2014 winner: Ty Burrell)

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Adam Driver, Girls

Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tony Hale, Veep

No complaints here.


GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2014 winner: Uzo Aduba)

Gaby Hoffmann, Girls

Pamela Adlon, Louie

Elizabeth Banks, Modern Family

Joan Cusack, Shameless

Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory

Tina Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Again, no complaints here.


GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2014 winner: Jimmy Fallon, SNL)

Mel Brooks, The Comedians

Paul Giamatti, Inside Amy Schumer

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live

Bradley Whitford, Transparent

Jon Hamm, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Great choices here – and wouldn’t it be ironic if Jon Hamm won an EMMY for his guest starring role on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and not Mad Men?


REALITY SHOW HOST (2014 winner: Jane Lynch)

Tom Bergeron, DWTS

Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway

Cat Deeley, SYTYCD

Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

Bergeron is the still the class of this category.


REALITY SHOW COMPETITION (2014 winner: Amazing Race)

The Amazing Race

Dancing With the Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

I have no horse in this race.


VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES (2014 winner: Colbert Report)

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Last Week Tonight

Late Show With David Letterman

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Last Week Tonight. And The Late Late Show with James Corden should have been nominated.



American Crime

American Horror Story: Freak Show

The Honourable Woman

Olive Kitterridge

Wolf Hall

Wonderful choices all – but I have to admit to a slight preference for The Honourable Woman (best thing Maggie Gyllenhaal has ever done, and that’s saying something!).



Agatha Christie’s Poirot — Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case


Grace of Monaco

Hello Ladies: The Movie

Killing Jesus


I have no horse in this race, but hope Killing Jesus finished dead last in the voting.



Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Queen Latifah, Bessie

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honourable Woman

Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

Emma Thompson, Sweeney Todd

Brilliant choices – but again, The Honourable Woman is Gyllenhaal’s best work, so…


LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2014 winner: Benedict Cumberbatch)

Timothy Hutton, American Crime

Ricky Gervais, Derek Special

Adrien Brody, Houdini

David Oyelowo, Nightingale

Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Timothy Hutton is never less than great, but he hasn’t been this good since he won the Oscar for Ordinary People.



Regina King, American Crime

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Mo’Nique, Bessie

Zoe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge

I am seeing a lot of coin tossing here.



Richard Cabral, American Crime

Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show

Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie

Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge

Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

What Finn Wittrock did in Freak Show is not something I’ve ever seen before.