The 2013 Emmys have come and gone and it was full of surprises (Jeff Daniels?!), but did the right people win?
I mean, despite the Emmys promise to award the best in TV, Modern Family won it’s fourth consecutive award for Best Comedy even though it was nominated against Louie and 30 Rock. Don’t get me wrong, Modern Family is a great show though many people were hoping Tina Fey’s post-SNL brain child would at least the award for sentimental value (it wrapped up its last and final season earlier this year) and, well, Louie is excellent.
At least they picked up awards before. Here’s a list of a few people who grace our TV with brilliance and yet have never been recognized by Emmy voters for their work.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Outstanding Actor in a Mini Series or TV Movie
Dearest Benny was nominated last night for his stellar performance in the HBO mini-series Parade’s End, but unfortunately the gold went to Michael Douglas for Behind the Candelabra. Benedict is an actor who is perpetually nominated but almost never wins anything, despite his amazing acting abilities and legion of fans. And not even Sherlock Holmes himself would be able to figure out why he has never won for his portrayal of the famed detective in BBC’s amazing Sherlock.
Amy Poehler, Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Last night after Veep’s Julia Louis Dreyfus picked up the award for Best Actress, Parks and Recreation showrunner Mike Schur tweeted, “I simply do not understand it. #Poehler.” We don’t understand it either, Mike! Not only is Amy Poehler a beautiful tropical fish (that makes no sense if you don’t watch Parks and Rec, which YOU SHOULD) she is perfect in her portrayal as Leslie Knope. In a perfect world Amy would have won years ago for her performances on SNL but this year’s Emmy’s showed us that the world is anything but perfect.
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Outstanding Variety Series
It is simply shocking to me that TV’s Craig Ferguson does not have an Emmy. Craig has been on our screens for almost 20 years in some way or another – first as Drew Carey’s prickly boss Mr. Wick in The Drew Carey Show, all the way until now hosting the Late Late Show which he has done since 2005 (he was even on an episode of SpongeBob!). The Late Late Show is a variety show in every sense of the word: Craig sings, dances, does sketches, and all while interviewing guests (and writing books and doing stand-up in his spare time). Ferguson might be the hardest working TV personality that does have any awards to show for it. Who knows, maybe Emmy voters can’t stay up until 12:35.
Happy Endings, Outstanding Comedy Series
Happy Endings was an a-mah-zing show and will definitely be on lists of saddest cancellations for years to come, and the fact that it wasn’t nominated for (tragically) its last season really ticked me off – it definitely could have taken the place of Modern Family or The Big Bang Theory on this year’s list of nominees. Sadly, the Emmys of late seem to reward shows based on ratings and hype, of which Happy Endings had neither. Oh well, we’ll always have Mandonna. (Also, see this list of best moments on Happy Endings.)
Game of Thrones, Outstanding Drama Series
(I used a clip of the opening credits because every other clip I liked had nudity or swearing. You can look that up on your own time!)
Unpopular opinion time: Game of Thrones is better than Breaking Bad. Yes, the exploits of teacher-turned-super villain Walter White is one of the pioneering shows of the “Golden Age of Television” but Game of Thrones has dragons, you guys! Game of Thrones manages to successfully balance about 200 plot lines (possibly an exaggeration) all without having to write in scenes that seem to be there just to shock the audience (and create buzz on Twitter. Seriously is there a buzzier show on right now?) and not actually advance the plot. Take it from Parks and Rec‘s Ben Wyatt:
Part of this is the work of author of the series George R.R. Martin, but Game of Thrones just really is great TV. It’s probably the most epic , well-written, and beautifully shot show on right now, and deserves some Emmy love for that. What other show has the balls to kill off almost every character you’ve ever loved?
VERY HONOURABLE MENTION: His Handsomeness Jon Hamm, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Jon Hamm is a very handsome man. A very.
(what, you’re not into hot guys eating burgers?)
And he also happens to be a great actor too; he’s absolutely captivating in his portrayal of the womanising alcoholic Don Draper on Mad Men. His character and show were the very first to be part of TV’s “Golden Age” (there’s that phrase again), he should have won years ago. I’m not saying that Jeff Daniels shouldn’t have won last night (I am one of 5 people in the entire world who like The Newsroom) but…actually I am saying that. They say that it’s an honour to be nominated, but the real honour for Hamm will be when he wins and we can see his gorgeous face making an acceptance speech.