Complete results of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, with my own opinions in.
S-Should have won
N-Should have been nominated
BEST DRAMA SERIES
N-The Good Wife
Breaking Bad’s one of the all-time great drama series, but not a single network drama was nominated. The best one on the Big Four? CBS’s The Good Wife.
BEST COMEDY SERIES
I watch Modern Family, but this may have been its weakest year. Veep, however, has been sharp as ever.
BEST ACTOR DRAMA
W-Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
S-Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
N-Damian Bechir, The Bridge
If True Detective had just applied in the mini-series category… Anyway, this may have been the deepest category in the history of the Emmys, but Bechir should have had Jeff Daniels’s spot.
BEST ACTRESS DRAMA
W-Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
S-Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
N-Keri Russell, The Americans
Glad Margulies finally won the Emmy for her work, and on the series’ strongest season.
BEST ACTOR COMEDY
W-Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
S-Louis C.K., Louie
N-Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Sheldon Cooper’s one of those iconic sitcom characters, but Louis C.K. delivered what felt like three Woody Allen mini-series this year.
BEST ACTRESS COMEDY
W-Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
S-Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
N-Anna Faris, Mom
I loved JLD on Veep, but just once I’d like Poehler to win it.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR DRAMA
W-Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
S-Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
N-Christopher Heyerdahl, Hell on Wheels
Can’t argue against Paul’s heartbreaking work as Jesse Pinkman, but next year, can the voters please pay attention to what Heyerdahl’s doing as the unkillable Swede?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS DRAMA
W-Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
S-Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
N-Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
I’m happy for Gunn. She had a tough role as a wife and mother who finds herself trapped in a Grand Theft Auto world. Hendricks is the best actress on a show that has a few.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR COMEDY
W-Ty Burrell, Modern Family
S-Andre Braugher, Brokklyn Nine-Nine
N-Nick Offerman, Parks & Recreation
Of the nominees, Andre Braugher’s the best straight-man on television, but come on, Ron Swanson is one of the best characters of all time and he’s never even been nominated?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS COMEDY
W-Allison Janney, Mom
S-Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
N-Yvette Nicole Brown, Community
Though the redhead should get it. Mulgrew’s come a long way from Star Trek Voyager.
The Normal Heart
BEST ACTOR, MINI OR MOVIE
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
BEST ACTRESS, MINI OR MOVIE
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, MINI OR MOVIE
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, MINI OR MOVIE
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
BEST REALITY-COMPETITION SHOW
The Amazing Race
BEST VARIETY SERIES
The Colbert Report
BEST WRITING DRAMA SERIES
BEST DIRECTING DRAMA SERIES
BEST WRITING COMEDY SERIES
BEST DIRECTING COMEDY SERIES
BEST WRITING, MINI OR MOVIE
Sherlock: His Last Vow
BEST DIRECTING, MINI OR MOVIE
BEST WRITING, VARIETY
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
BEST DIRECTING, VARIETY
67th Annual Tony Awards
Overall, it was a pretty good Emmys broadcast. Seth Meyers had more misses than hits, but he kept things moving. Too bad Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman didn’t attend. It would’ve been nice to see their speeches. The “In Memorium” was heart-breaking. So many good talents lost in one year, but Billy Crystal’s tribute to Robin Williams took the cake.
NBC and Fox didn’t win a single category.