My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series”

Here is what the “Lead Actor in a Drama Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people).

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

- Aden Young (Daniel Holden, Rectify)

– Matthew Rhys (Philip Jennings, The Americans)

– Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates, Bates Motel)

– Rami Malek (Elliot Alderson, Mr. Robot)

– Justin Thoreaux (Kevin Garvey, The Leftovers)

– Michael K. Williams (Leonard Pine, Hap and Leonard)

 

Runner-Up: Cillian Murphey (Thomas Shelby, Peaky Blinders)

From episode one Aden Young has given one of the greatest performances on television, often in silence. Daniel’s eminent exile from Paulie, in accordance with his plea bargain, hung over season four but it was business as usual for Young, as he hit every note of Daniel’s acceptance of his choice with customary panache.

 

And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? Voice your thoughts in the comments below and organize your own nominee list using the  official Emmy ballot.

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are).  but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series”

Here is what the “Lead Actress in a Drama Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people).

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

- Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates, Bates Motel)

– Keri Russell (Elizabeth Jennings, The Americans)

– Eva Green (Vanessa Ives, Penny Dreadful)

– Kiele Sanchez (Lisa Prince, Kingdom)

– Melissa Benoist (Kara Danvers,Supergirl)

– Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones, Jessica Jones)

 

Runner-Up: Ruth Wilson (Alison Bailey, The Affair)

Norma Bates’ fate is infamous but after seeing her come to life over four seasons (versus the timeline of Hitchcock’s movie, when all her dialogue was filtered through Norman’s head first) episode nine this year hit like a ton of bricks. Norma got to be her most happy this season. She also had the deal with the denial of pain she was feeling, over having to be afraid of the person she loved most. Vera Farmiga will still be on the show next season, but the sense of loss fans felt all the same can be credited to her portrayal of one of cinema’s most well-known, but rarely to this detail, mothers.

 

And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? Voice your thoughts in the comments below and organize your own nominee list using the  official Emmy ballot.

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are).  but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2016: “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series”

Here is what the “Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people).

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

- Jonathon Tucker (Jay Kulina, Kingdom)

– Dylan Baker (William Crandall, The Americans)

– Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero, Bates Motel)

– Costa Ronin (Oleg Burov, The Americans)

– David Dawson (King Alfred the Great, The Last Kingdom)

– Clayne Crawford (Ted Talbot, Jr., Rectify)

 

Runner-Up: Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot, Gotham)

Jonathon Tucker is my cheat this Emmy season. I don’t have DirecTV so haven’t had a chance to watch season 2 of Kingdom yet (when the DVD comes out I’ll snatch that up). Season one’s Jay Kulina was electric, in his varied interactions between different members of his family. I don’t see season two being a major departure from the groundwork Tucker established of a very loyal, angry force of nature.

 

And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? Voice your thoughts in the comments below and organize your own nominee list using the  official Emmy ballot.

Also be sure to check back July 14th when the official nominees get announced.

(P.S. No worries if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are).  but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)

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Narrative Rising

The Compass

In recent years television has become infamous for making the likes of Snooki famous. At the same time, the late twentieth century onwards has been one of television’s brightest stretches, an ongoing era of narrative that consists of more than arguing about a show’s romantic leads, chuckling at stereotypes played for laughs on sitcoms, and listening in awe to a wise, loner detective solve his case in the final ten minutes. All of a sudden, viewers have to remember what happens from week to week, look up charts online to keep track of characters and their allegiances, feel compelled to buy t-shirts with quotes and logos plastered on the front. New technology has made that kind of commitment viable but it is these narrative shows that deserve all the credit for generating such strong fandom responses. The industry is taking notice, too, realizing the profit and loyal audience that comes from airing programming with a little more depth than the typical standalone-episode dramas or comedies. Paid cable may have gotten there first, when the widely considered leader of the pack, The Sopranos, first premiered in 1999, but now basic cable and network channels are moving in pursuit of this growing television trend. The question is, what exactly makes up this elusive narrative format, and why does it reap so much popular and critical appeal?

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My Dream Emmy Ballot 2013: Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama

UPDATE:

I have a chance of picking a winner for lead actress in a drama! Vera Farmiga has been nominated (and, considering Bate’s Motel only started this spring, that’s some pretty fast recognition). Now, I imagine name exposure from her role in the film, Up in the Air may have helped. The show’s origin work also happens to be a Hollywood classic. Still, a prequel to Hitchcock’s Psycho is exciting in concept but very easily botched. Attempting to bring to life a character who only ever existed as an unseen damaging influence over cinema’s infamous serial killer, Norman Bates- a bit tricky. Farmiga deserves all the attention she gets for the multiple layers she provides Norma: her version of maternal paranoia makes all the crazy situations she falls into not outrageous but great TV. Freddie Highmore may be giving a fantastic performance as well, making a new name for himself after years of successful parts as a child actor, but Norma is the Bates to watch.
 
Connie Britton also snags a nomination for a first season show. Maybe it takes revealing a powerful singing voice to bring Mrs. Coach the award she’s had coming to her for since Friday Night Lights. Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose?
 
I have enjoyed Khandi Alexander’s work since ER, so am disappointed that her, and Treme in general, have been ignored.
 
Then again, Rectify, the best show of 2013, has received no attention either, so what do I know? It seems Netflix and not Sundance is going to be spotlighted for newly starting to have original content, and as a person who likes her shows on a television, not a computer, I think this is a mistake (admittedly have never seen House of Lies; simply remain on the fence about its distributor and that trepidation has, fairly or unfairly, biased me against the program at present).
 
Here is the official nominations list.
 

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Here is what the “Lead Actor” and “Lead Actress in a Drama Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only pick six people, so even my honorable mentions section is missing worthy individuals).
 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

– Bryan Cranston (Walter White, Breaking Bad)

ADEN YOUNG (Daniel Holden, Rectify)

Aden Young as "Daniel Holden"

– Nathan Fillion (Richard Castle, Castle)

– Jon Hamm (Don Draper, Mad Men)

– Wendell Pierce (Antoine Baptiste, Treme)

– Matthew Rhys (Philip Jennings, The Americans)

 
 

Runner Ups:
David Boreanaz (Seeley Booth, Bones)
Charlie Hunnam (Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller, Sons of Anarchy)
Timothy Hutton (Nathan Ford, Leverage)
Timothy Olyphant (Raylan Givens, Justified)
Damian Lewis (Nicholas Brody, Homeland)

 
 
 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

– Khandi Alexander (LaDonna Baptiste-Williams, Treme)

– Connie Britton (Rayna James, Nashville)

– Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley, Downton Abbey)

VERA FARMIGA (Norma Bates, Bates Motel)

Vera Farmiga as "Norma Bates"

– Elizabeth Moss (Peggy Olson, Mad Men)

– Katey Sagal (Gemma Teller Morrow, Sons of Anarchy)

 
 

Runner Ups:
Glenn Close (Patty Hewes, Damages)
Julianna Margulies (Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife)
Keri Russell (Elizabeth Jennings, The Americans)
Tatiana Maslany (Sarah, Beth, and others, Orphan Black)
Radha Mitchell (Marta Walraven, Red Widow)

 

Honorable Mentions: Emily Deschanel (Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, Bones), Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White/Mary Margaret, Once Upon a Time), Joanne Kelly (Myka Bering, Warehouse 13), Stana Katic (Kate Beckett, Castle), Jessica Raine (Jenny Lee, Call the Midwife)

 
And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Voice your thoughts in the comments below, and feel free to organize your own nominee list using the official Emmy ballot

(P.S. It doesn’t matter if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are) but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)
 

-Aden Young screencap credited Sundance, Vera Farmiga screencap from here

 

My Dream Emmy Ballot 2013: “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series”

UPDATE:

Can no member of an FX drama get nominated? Justified? Sons of Anarchy? The Americans? Poor Walter Goggins.
 
The silver lining is I’m very happy for Peter Dinklage and Aaron Paul. It’s a complete toss up between those two.
 
Here is the official nominations list.
 

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Here is what the “Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” category would look like if I was in charge of the Emmys (unfortunately, you can only nominate six people, and even my honorable mentions section is missing worthy individuals).

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

WALTON GOGGINS (Boyd Crowder, Justified)

Walton Goggins as "Boyd Crowder"

– Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad)

– Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones)

– Steve Zahn (Davis McAlary, Treme)

– Dayton Callie (Wayne Unser, Sons of Anarchy)

– Luke Kirby (Jon Stern, Rectify)

 
 

Runner-Ups:
Charles Esten (Deacon Claybourne, Nashville)
Michael Kenneth Williams (Chalky White, Boardwalk Empire)
Jordan Gavaris (Felix, Orphan Black)
Max Thieriot (Dylan Massett, Bates Motel)
Goran Visnjic (Nikolai Schiller, Red Widow)
John Slattery (Roger Sterling, Mad Men)
Matt Czuchry (Cary Agos, The Good Wife)

 

Honorable Mentions: Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut), Kim Coates (Alex ‘Tig’ Trager, Sons of Anarchy), Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley, Downton Abbey), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates, Bates Motel), Robert Carlyle (Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin, Once Upon a Time), Josh Charles (Will Gardner, The Good Wife)
Michael Cudlitz (Officer John Cooper, Southland), Colin Donaghue (Hook/Killian Jones, Once Upon a Time), Seamus Denver (Kevin Ryan, Castle), Dean Norris (Hank Schrader, Breaking Bad), Mandy Patinkin (Saul Berenson, Homeland), Dax Shepard (Crosby Braverman, Parenthood), Jonathan Jackson (Avery Barkley, Nashville), Sam Palladio (Gunner Scott, Nashville)

 
And let the debates begin! Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? Voice your thoughts in the comments below, and feel free to organize your own nominee list using the official Emmy ballot.

(P.S. It doesn’t matter if your choices are long shots (certainly many of mine are) but it’s nice to pretend they have a chance anyway.)
 

-picture from here