morning of the Emmy Award nominations is one of my favorite days of the
year. It's like Christmas, opening up the presents to see what got
nominated. I especially love the minor categories that might not get a
lot of attention, but are equally exciting.
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This year, I certainly love that Game of Thrones
got 16 nominations, including one for supporting actress Emilia Clarke. And the massive love for the Veep
ensemble (nominations for supporting stars Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky) are cool. But now I'd like to focus on my favorite minor nominations that may not be grabbing big headlines.Carrie Preston for The Good Wife
The nominees for Guest Actress in a Drama Series are all pretty outstanding. Margo Martindale for The Americans
, Jane Fonda for The Newsroom
, Joan Cusack for Shameless
, Linda Cardellini for Mad Men
and Diana Rigg for Game of Thrones
are all quite deserving. But my favorite is Carrie Preston as wacky lawyer Elsbeth Tascioni on The Good Wife
. She stole every scene she was in and, since Martha Plimpton won in this category last year for another wacky female lawyer on The Good Wife
, she might just win.
"The Rains of Castamere" for Writing
Red wedding. That's all you need to say to understand why this episode of Game of Thrones
was nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series. No moment on TV even came close to matching that brilliance. Of course it will have stiff competition with two Breaking Bad
's "Q&A" (the episode where Brody was brought in and interrogated) and the fourth episode of Downton Abbey
(which featured a birth and a death). Curiously, this is the first year that no Mad Men
scripts were nominated.30 Rock and The Office Finales for Writing
Two brilliant series finales of two Emmy-winning comedies will compete against each other this year. The final episodes of 30 Rock
and The Office
are both nominated for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. That is one intense showdown, competing against Louie, Episodes and another 30 Rock
episode.Elementary for Main Title Sequence
I'm happy that Elementary
scored two Emmy nominations, both for its super-cool opening credits. Nominated for Main Title Sequence and Main Title Theme Music, it's completely deserved.
ELEMENTARY: Main Title Sequence from Ryan Robertson....reno on Vimeo.
"More or Less the Kind of Thing You May or May Not Possibly See on Broadway" from The Neighbors
The nominees for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics are always good for a laugh or two (past winners including Saturday Night Live
's "Dick in a Box" and Jimmy Kimmel Live
's "I'm F***ing Matt Damon"). This year my personal favorite is this big, splashy musical sequence from ABC's alien comedy The Neighbors
. With lines like "I want to slap the entire cast of Glee," it's cheeky and fun. Also, it's written by Disney legend Alan Menken (he wrote the songs from The Little Mermaid
, Beauty and the Beast
). If he wins, it will make him only the 12th person to win the coveted EGOT (winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony).
"The Rural Juror" from 30 Rock
As much as I love the song from The Neighbors
, it faces stiff competition (and not just from a song from Nashville
, two from Smash
and the closing number from the Tony Awards). This hilarious song from the finale of 30 Rock
saw Jenna singing a sweet goodbye, using the theme song from her unpronounceable film The Rural Juror
The Emmy-Nominated It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
For the first time ever, this FX comedy received an Emmy nomination! Sure, it's for Stunt Coordination for a Comedy or Variety Series, but it's such a funny show that I'll take whatever I can get.(Image courtesy of CBS)