The prime time Emmy Award Nominations were announced this morning live from the Television Academy in North Hollywood, CA. The Emmys who are notorious for not spreading the wealth, did a better job this year with new and first time nominees.
The nominating committee seemed to recognize the creative dismal descent of Modern Family. This is something I have been mourning for a long time. It feels more and more contrived and formulaic and you can smell the plot points coming from a mile away. Although the show did receive its fifth best comedy series nomination in a row, the number of nominations for its much honored cast is decidedly lower this year. The ensemble often receives six nominations, two in the best supporting actress category and four in the best supporting actor category. That has been cut in half this year. Eric Stonestreet, Sophia Vergara and Ed O’Neill have been shut out. This is the first time for Vergara and she has never won before. Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen who have both won before were nominated and Jesse Tyler Ferguson who receives his fifth nomination in a row is in the running again. Let’s hope that this is his year and he finally takes home the gold.
Also Modern Family is not the most nominated comedy this year either, it is Orange is the new Black with 12 nominations. The original Netflix series is part of the record 31 nominations for Netflix. This also includes the nomination for best drama series for House of Cards and all its nominations. Netflix’s huge presence at the nominations reinforces the changing landscape of what is television? How does where and when you view a program help define if it is television.
Some of the performers nominated this year are really raking up numbers.
Betty White 21 nominations
Julie Louise-Dreyfus 15 nominations
Christine Baranski 12 nominations
Edie Falco 12 nominations
John Hamm 10 nominations
Julianna Margulies 10 nominations
Bryan Cranston 9 nominations
For all the nominations and a really fun database that you can play online with for hours click HERE on the EMMY WEBSTIE.
Friday, February 5, 2016, Watertown, NY