As I talked about yesterday, the Emmy nominations (who's up for what and where) came out today. I'm really disgusted with how cable shows are shut out every year for the big name categories. As good as The West Wing used to be, there is no way anyone can justify placing it above Battlestar Galactica for drama. That's just ridiculous. West Wing has been steadily going down hill ever since Aaron Sorkin left the show, and it's already been canceled. Amazing. And where is Six Feet Under? I've never seen that show but I've heard nothing but praise for it, and I know Alan Ball deserves better than this.
And with all these frilly niche categories like art direction and hairstyling, I wonder why the hell there aren't categories for things that aren't so niche, like action/adventure, or science fiction, or what about best script and best showrunner? It's almost a bit of a joke, isn't it? Welp, on with the dog and pony show.
Outstanding series/Movie Drama: Grey's Anatomy, House, The Sopranos, 24, and The West Wing. Comedy: Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Scrubs, and Two And A Half Men. Miniseries: Bleak House, Elizabeth I, Into The West, and Sleeper Cell. Nonfiction: American Masters, Biography, Deadliest Catch, Inside The Actors Studio, 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America Made For Television Movie: Flight 93, The Flight That Fought Back, The Girl In the Cafe, Mrs. Harris, and Yesterday. (I am not listing reality programs, that crap is not television. --ed)
Outstanding Cinematography (Single Camera) CSI, "Gum Drops" Lost, "Man Of Science, Man Of Faith" (Could you be any less original? --ed) The Sopranos, "The Ride" 24, "9:00 PM - 10:00 PM" Everybody Hates Chris, "Everybody Hates Funerals"
Outstanding Hairstyling For A Series (kill me please --ed) Alias, Desperate Housewives, Rome, Six Feet Under, and Will & Grace.
Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Dramatic Underscore) Masters Of Horror, "Dreams In The Witch House" Rome, "Triumph" Stargate: Atlantis, "Grace Under Pressure" Supernatural, "Pilot" (What, can't be bothered to name your damn pilot? --ed) 24, "6:00 AM - 7:00 AM"
Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Get Ed, Masters Of Horror, Over There, Prison Break, and Rome.
Several Sci Fi channel shows scored nominations. Battlestar Galactic, Outstanding Costumes For A Series, for "Lay Down Your Burdons (Part 2)". The Triangle, Outstanding Main Title Design. Stargate: Atlantis, Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Dramatic Underscore), for "Grace Under Pressure". Battlestar Galactica, Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing For A Series, for "Scattered". Battlestar Galactic, Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series, for "Resurrection Ship (Part 2)". Mammoth & The Triangle, Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special.
As was expected, House, Grey's, Lost, and 24 all did very well. Battlestar Galactic got snubbed for best drama, even though it obviously belongs on that list. Lee Goldberg talks about the Emmys and BSG over here, while everyone else I thought would write about this is a total bust.
There are a ton of categories, so I've condensed the list down to 45 by combining categories that share a common theme, such as: Outstanding Art Direction, which has the subcategories of: Multi-Camera Series; Miniseries, Or Movie; Single-Camera Series; Variety, Music Program, Or Special. This becomes: Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series/Miniseries, Or Movie/Single-Camera Series/Variety, Music Program, Or Special.
Outstanding Animated Program (under 1 hour)/(1 hour or more) Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series/Miniseries, Or Movie/Single-Camera Series/Variety, Music Program, Or Special Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special/Comedy Series/Drama Series Outstanding Choreography Outstanding Cinematography For A Single-Camera Series/Multi-Camera Series/Miniseries Or Movie Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming - Single-Camera Productions/Multi-Camera Productions Outstanding Commercial Outstanding Costumes For A Series/Miniseries, Movie Or A Special Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series/Drama Series/Variety, Music Or Comedy Program/Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special/Nonfiction Programming Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series/Comedy Series/Miniseries Or A Movie/ Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing For A Series Outstanding Picture Editing For A Special (Single or Multi-Camera)/Nonfiction Programming (Small team entries - Primarily single-camera productions)/Nonfiction Programming (Large team entries - Primarily multi-camera productions) Outstanding Hairstyling For A Series/Miniseries, Movie Or A Special Outstanding Main Title Design Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic, Multi-Camera) For VMC Programming Outstanding Makeup For A Series (Non-Prosthetic)/Miniseries, Movie, Or A Special (Non-Prosthetic) Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Dramatic Underscore)/Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Dramatic Underscore) Outstanding Music Direction Outstanding Music Lyrics Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series/Comedy Series/Miniseries Or A Movie Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie/Comedy Series/Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series/Drama Series/Miniseries Or A Movie Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie/Comedy Series/Drama Series Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series/Drama Series Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series/Drama Series Outstanding Individual Performance In A Variety Or Music Program Outstanding Comedy Series/Drama Series/Miniseries/Made For Television Movie/Variety, Music Or Comedy Series Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special Outstanding Children's Program Outstanding Nonfiction Special Outstanding Special Class Program Outstanding Nonfiction Series Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Outstanding Reality Program Exceptional Merit In Nonfiction Filmmaking Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series/Miniseries, Movie Or A Special/Nonfiction Programming (Single Or Multi-Camera) Outstanding Single-Camera Sound Mixing For A Series/Miniseries Or A Movie/ Outstanding Multi-Camera Sound Mixing For A Series Or Special Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special Or Animation Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series/Miniseries, Movie Or A Special Outstanding Stunt Coordination Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video For A Series Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series/ Nonfiction Programming/Variety, Music Or Comedy Program/Drama Series/Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
(Note to Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Outstanding means "Distinguished from others in excellence". The word loses its meaning in a list.)
All of the nominations can be had by downloading this PDF, or looking at this web page. The awards will be broadcast live on August 27th. I probably will not be watching.
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