Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Emmy Nominations Are Out!

Special congratulations to HBO and our Flaming Nose favorite miniseries John Adams and its twenty-three nominations, including much-deserved Lead Actor and Actress nods for Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, and Supporting Actor noms for three John Adams actors -- David Morse as George Washington, Tom Wilkinson as Benjamin Franklin, and Stephen Dillane as Thomas Jefferson. I think you know who I'm rooting for in that last category; as fine as Morse and Wilkinson were, Dillane's Jefferson was positively transforming and completely unforgettable. Fellow nominees Dennis Leary and Bob Balaban from HBO's Recount were also great, but please...this one belongs to Dillane, can we just agree on that? (Pictured right, Dillane, Giamatti & Wilkinson).

Also making great showings were many other Nose favorites. AMC's scintillating Mad Men nabbed an unprecedented-for-basic cable 16 noms, including Outstanding Drama, Lead Actor (Jon Hamm), and several other major categories. Showtime's devilishly delicious Dexter also was recognized in the Outstanding Drama category, as well as a nom also for Michael C. Hall as Lead Actor, for a total of five nominations. HBO's endearingly goofy Flight of the Conchords received four noms, including directing and writing, and two in the music & lyrics catetory. The stunning series finale of Ricky Gervais' Extras received six prominent noms, including Lead Actor for Gervais, Outstanding Made for TV Movie, Outstanding Writing, and an exceedingly well-deserved supporting actress nomination for the absolutely riveting and affecting performance of Ashley Jensen as Maggie. (Pictured above, Gervais & Jensen).

A special shout-out to Bryan Cranston's Lead Actor nomination for his completely shattering performance in AMC's drama Breaking Bad, which got three additional noms. We will dissect the categories further as we get closer to the September ceremonies, but I have to admit now that despite the presence of Michael C. Hall and Jon Hamm in the Lead Actor category, I don't think anyone gave as consistently devastating a performance as Cranston. Just a knock-out....

Other Nose faves 30 Rock (and the adorable hilarious Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin), The New Adventures of Old Christine (and the adorable hilarious Julia Louis-Dreyfus), The Office and so many others also ended up on the Emmy lists. It's difficult to digest the totality of the nominations in one gulp; we recommend visiting the official Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy website to peruse the list at your leisure and draw some conclusions of your own. You can sort the list by several parameters, so parse away; we certainly will be!

1 comment:

Jane said...

Ms. Lisa...Thank you so much for this most thorough breakdown of the Nose fav's that were nominated. It's like a dream come true, suddenly the Academy recognizes real talent and innovation. We expected John Adams and Dexter and Mad Men. But even our more obscure beloved series like Flight of the Conchords and (miraculously) that final episode of Extras that I think should be enshrined and studied forever. I think we have to was a very good day for TV. As our banner says...the Nose Knows...and today's nominations are a lovely validation.