Each year an awards show comes around that recognizes excellence in television. No, not the Golden Globes. The Emmy’s. Next to the Tony Awards (because Erin also likes Broadway theatre), the Emmy’s are my absolute favorite awards show of the year. Even better then the actual awards show is nomination day, when all the nominees for actors/actress/and series are announced. Each year there are surprises and each year there are snubs. Unfortunately, there have been more and more snubs. The Emmy’s have failed to recognize some of the most excellent performances on TV today.
Erin’s Top 10 List of Emmy snubs/future wishes (in no particular order):
1. Nick Offerman (Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Parks and Recreation): Offerman’s portrayal of Parks director Ron Swanson is one of the most flawless performances in TV comedy today. Swanson’s outward distain for anything government related, his love for everything meat, and his impeccable talent of wood carving make him the perfect anecdote for Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope (who also deserves an Emmy). Unlike Poehler though, Offerman has never even been nominated for an Emmy.
2. Parks and Recreation (Outstanding Comedy Series): For the past several years the Emmy’s have seemed to turn a blind eye to some of the best comedy series on TV, Parks and Rec. included. Still blinded by their love for Modern Family, Parks has yet to even garner a nod from the Emmy’s. The characters, the story lines, the overall hilarity of the show just keeps getting better each season.
3. Michael C. Hall (Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Dexter): Unlike the last two mentioned, Michael C. Hall HAS been nominated in his category each year and each year he has lost. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Bryan Cranston on Breaking Bad and have been ecstatic when he wins, but Michael C. Hall’s shining moments came in season 4 (the Trinity Killer season). This season should have won him the Emmy. Hall’s continual performance of Dexter has left me wanting more each season. Hall is a multi-talented actor who deserves some high praise and award recognition.
4. The Walking Dead (Outstanding Drama Series), Jon Bernthal (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series), David Morrissey (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series): Now, all these potential nominations/snubs are all separate but tie together in the same series. Last season, Bernthal’s Shane was killed off after a heart breaking final confrontation with group leader and best friend Rick. Never have I rooted so much for a character to go, and that’s where I have to give Bernthal a nod. He made Shane insufferable in all the right ways. The Walking Dead hasn’t been the strongest show on television but in its 3rd season, it is shining. If not for previous years this show deserves a nomination for the upcoming awards season. Which brings me to David Morrissey’s character of The Governor. Another actor who has made his character, the Governor of the little surviving town of Woodbury, insufferable, evil, and sadistic. I want to hate The Governor so much but give Morrissey all the awards at the same time.
5. Giancarlo Esposito (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Breaking Bad) and Anna Gunn (Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Breaking Bad): This year Esposito’s frightening portrayal of drug kingpin Gus Fring took a backseat to Aaron Paul’s heart breaking performance of Jesse Pinkman. As much as I love Paul and his character, Esposito should have gone home with the award. It was his one chance and his performance blew the series out of the water. Anna Gunn was nominated as well for her performance as main character Walter White’s wife, Skyler White. Skyler often went head to head with Walt, disagreeing with his choices when it came to his “work.” Season 5 proved to be Gunn’s strongest with her all to real portrayal of a wife just trying to protect her family.
6. Mandy Patinkin (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Homeland): Patinkin is the definition of a triple threat. His portrayal as Saul Berenson leaves the audience speechless episode after episode. So, you can imagine how speechless I was last season when he did not receive a nomination. Things are looking up though as Patinkin has already been nominated for a Golden Globe. Season 2 of Homeland gave Saul many shining moments. If he is not nominated in next years Emmy’s, it is what I will call a real travesty.
7. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Outstanding Comedy Series), Danny DeVito (Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series): Perhaps the members of the Emmy committee have no idea FX network and its shows exist. Perhaps they just hate crude humor. But, It’s Always Sunny has been on for 8 seasons now and has yet to garner any recognition. This isn’t as surprising as only networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. seem to get recognized in the comedy category and the shows nominated are usually family friendly shows. It’s Always Sunny and DeVito’s character are anything but family friendly yet the show has had many strong seasons and deserves the right recognition.
8. Shameless (Outstanding Drama Series), Emmy Rossum (Lead Actress in a Drama Series), William H. Macy (Supporting/Lead Actor in a Drama Series): One of the biggest snubs over the past 2 years have been the Emmy’s lack of recognition towards the Showtime series Shameless. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the only actress to obtain a nomination was Joan Cusack for her guest starring role as Sheila. Shameless is strong enough to play in a league with the big boys, along with the actors on the show. I’m actually dumbfounded on this one as both seasons so far have proven very strong and the show is on the beloved Showtime network.
9. Jennifer Carpenter (Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Dexter): Carpenter’s Debra Morgan has never been my favorite character. But, this past season she has proven her name is ready to be dropped into the Emmy hat. Deb’s incapability to handle Dexter’s “dark passenger” has been Carpenter’s all-star moments on the show. It’s time this girl gets the nom she deserves.
10. Robert Carlyle (Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Once Upon a Time): This last one is a little bit of a stretch, seeing as Once Upon a Time is not a show I would consider just nominating on its own. Even though I love the show and characters, it’s not comparable to past nominees in the drama category. However, Robert Carlyle’s evil and conniving Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold is strong enough to deserve a nomination. His ability to play sympathetic and heart breaking within an evil souled character is phenomenal.
Honorable Mentions: Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut on Breaking Bad), Justin Kirk (Andy Botwin on Weeds), Zachary Quinto (Dr. Thredson/Bloody Face on American Horror Story: Asylum), Lily Rabe (Sister Mary Eunice on American Horror Story: Asylum) and or Sarah Paulson (Lana Winters on American Horror Story: Asylum)