The 66th annual Emmys nominations came out last week, and while there really aren't too many surprises, there are a few glaring omissions. Many of the nominees have been up before and many are previous winners from established series like Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Modern Family, Homeland, Big Bang Theory, Luther, Orange is the New Black, Veep. We have blogged all of these excellent offerings more than once and there is something in here for everybody.
New this year is True Detective, (12 nominations) which I recommended in a Matthew McConaughey post a while back. This is dark, darker, darkest, but if there were better performances this year than Matthew and Woody Harrelson I don't know whose they were. They are both nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and are up against a lot of the usual suspects—Jon Hamm, Bryan Cranston, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Daniels. Jon Hamm keeps getting nominated but has never won, Bryan Cranston has already won three, Kevin Spacey has two Oscars, and Jeff Daniels won last year for The Newsroom. Harrelson won for supporting actor way back in 1989 for Cheers and I wouldn't mind at all if he took it home—he also was riveting in True Detective. But my money is on Matthew as his really is a brilliant performance and he is hot off his Oscar win earlier this year.
As far as omissions, to my mind the most egregious was Canadian Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black. This is a powerful series and deserves its own post, so watch for this in the next few weeks.
The ceremony will be held on Monday August 25. The ceremony is one month earlier than usual due to NBC's conflicts with the broadcast of Sunday Night Football and the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Comedian and late-night talk show host Seth Meyers will host the show for the first time.