My 5 Favorite 2014 Emmy Nominations: 'Scandal' Guest Stars and More
My 5 Favorite 2014 Emmy Nominations: 'Scandal' Guest Stars and More
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The 2014 Emmy nominations are out, and there's a lot to love and a lot to be angry about. Optimists can look at the domination of great shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad wile pessimists can steam about the absurd snub of Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany.

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However, I always enjoy looking at the smaller technical categories for a dose of good news. This year has many extremely deserving and long overdue nominees, from Archer and Sons of Anarchy to Scandal and Louie. Here are five of my favorite lesser-publicized categories.

Scandal's Guest Stars

Scandal star Kerry Washington picked up a well-deserved second Emmy nomination for Lead Actress, but I'm more excited for the show's two Guest Acting nominations. Kate Burton and Joe Morton each earned their first nominations for the show's two most wickedly entertaining characters. Burton, as Vice President Sally Langston, had a remarkable season as the religious zealot who killed her closeted gay husband and Morton, as Olivia's diabolical father, stole every scene with his epic long-winded speeches. Both could easily win their categories.

Outstanding Special and Visual Effects

This category boasts five incredibly impressive nominees. There's the pilot episode of FOX's cancelled futuristic cop drama Almost Human, the scientific documentary Cosmos, the season finale of Game of Thrones (with the skeleton fight), the finale of the CW's The 100 and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. That's an action-packed category.


For the first time ever, FX's Archer is finally nominated for Outstanding Animated Program. This is a long overdue nomination for not only the best animated series on TV, but one of the funniest shows overall, animated or live-action.

Outstanding Music and Lyrics

I'm always obsessed with this category, and this year's nominees include some great songs. There's the "Twin Bed" holiday song from SNL, Neil Patrick Harris' "Bigger" opening number from last year's Tony Awards and an original song from FX's Sons of Anarchy. In six seasons this is only the second Emmy nomination ever for SOA, with the other being for its Main Title Theme Music. It's a shame the Emmys only recognize the show's music, but it's better than nothing. Check out some of this year's Emmy-nominated songs here.

Louie's Writing and Directing

Louie picked up nominations for Comedy Series and Lead Actor, but it's the two nominations in the Writing and Directing categories that are the most deserved. For Writing, the show is nominated for "So Did the Fat Lady," a funny and heartbreakingly honest look at an overweight woman's desire to be loved. For Directing, the show's big hurricane episode was nominated. Those were truly the best written and directed episodes of the season.

Honorable Mentions

Though this list is limited to the smaller categories, I'd also like to commend the Emmys for three major acting nominations that were overdue as well. The Good Wife's Josh Charles, Game of Thrones' Lena Headey and Shameless' William H. Macy all received first-time nominations despite being in their fourth or fifth seasons. It's rare for the Emmys to nominate someone after overlooking them for so long, but all three of these stars delivered their best work yet in the past year.

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