Emmys 2014: My Picks

So, a buddy of mine showed me the full list of nominees for the Emmys this year – and though I disagreed with some of them, I feel that it probably highlights the balance of television right now… There is none. Television today is either of an extreme level, sometimes superseding the effect of movies – or a poor one, either due to bad overused CGI, horrible writing or basic directing.

Now, he challenged me to go over every category, and pick my winner (therefore not removing or adding nominees). This I’ve done, and if you’d like to see my winners – here’s the list:

Drama series
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Comedy series
“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

Miniseries
“Fargo” (FX)

TV Movie
“The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Actor in a drama
Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”)

Actress in a drama
Robin Wright (“House of Cards”)

Actor in a comedy
Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”)

Actress in a comedy
Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”)

Actor in a miniseries or a movie
Martin Freeman (“Fargo”)

Actress in a miniseries or a movie
Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Coven”)

Reality-competition program
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)

Variety series
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)

Supporting actor in a drama series
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)

Supporting actress in a drama series
Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”)

Guest actor in a drama series
Reg E. Cathey (“House of Cards”)

Guest actress in a drama series
Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”)

Writing for a drama series
Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad”)

Directing for a drama series
Cary Joji Fukunaga (“True Detective”)

Supporting actor in a comedy series
Adam Driver (“Girls”)

Supporting actress in a comedy series
Kate Mulgrew (“Orange Is the New Black”)

Guest actor in a comedy series
Jimmy Fallon (“Saturday Night Live”)

Guest actress in a comedy series
Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”)

Writing for a comedy series
Alec Berg (“Silicon Valley”)

Directing for a comedy series
Jodie Foster (“Orange Is the New Black”)

Supporting actor in a miniseries or a movie
Matt Bomer (“The Normal Heart”)

Supporting actress in a miniseries or a movie
Frances Conroy (“American Horror Story: Coven”)

Writing for a miniseries, movie or a dramatic special
Larry Kramer (“The Normal Heart”)

Directing for a miniseries, movie or a dramatic special
Nick Hurran (“Sherlock: His Last Vow”)

Variety special
“Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays” (HBO)

Writing for a variety series
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

Writing for a variety special
“Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays” (HBO)

Directing for a variety series
Chuck O’Neil (“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”)

Directing for a variety special
Hamish Hamilton (“The Oscars”)

Special class program
“The Oscars” (ABC)

Short-format live-action entertainment program
“The Soup: True Detective” (E!)

Short-format nonfiction program
“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (Crackle.com)

Interactive program
“Game of Thrones Premiere — Facebook Live and Instagram” (HBO)

Children’s program
“Degrassi” (Nickelodeon)

Host for a reality or reality-competition program
Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”)

Narrator
Jeremy Irons (“Game of Lions”)

Structured reality program
“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)

Unstructured reality program
“Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan” (BBC America)

Documentary or nonfiction special
“JFK” (PBS)

Documentary or nonfiction series
“Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey” (FOX/NatGeo)

Informational series or special
“Vice” (HBO)

Documentary filmmaking
“Brave Miss World” (Netflix)

Writing for nonfiction programming
Mark Zwonitzer (“JFK”)

Directing for nonfiction programming
Jehane Noujaim (“The Square”)

Animated program
“Archer” (FX Networks)

Short-format animated program
“Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network)

Character voice-over performance
Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy”)

Art direction for a contemporary or fantasy series
“True Detective”

Art direction for a period series, miniseries or a movie
“American Horror Story: Coven”

Art direction for a contemporary program
“Silicon Valley”

Art direction for variety, nonfiction, reality or reality-competition program
“Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey”

Casting for a comedy series
“Orange Is the New Black”

Casting for a miniseries, movie or a special
“The Normal Heart”

Casting for a drama series

“True Detective”

Choreography
Derek Hough (“Dancing With the Stars”)

Cinematography for a multi-camera series
“How I Met Your Mother”

Cinematography for a single-camera series
“Breaking Bad”

Cinematography for a miniseries or movie
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Cinematography for nonfiction programming
“Vice”

Cinematography for reality programming
“The Amazing Race”

Commercial
“Misunderstood” (Apple)

Costumes for a series
“Mad Men”

Costumes for a miniseries, movie or a special
“American Horror Story: Coven”

Single-camera picture editing for a drama series
“True Detective”

Single-camera picture editing for a comedy series
“Orange Is the New Black” (Michael S. Stern)

Multi-camera picture editing for a comedy series
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”

Single-camera picture editing for a miniseries or a movie
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Editing for short-form segments and variety specials
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”

Editing for nonfiction programming
“Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey”

Editing for reality programming
“The Amazing Race”

Hairstyling for a single-camera series
“Mad Men”

Hairstyling for a multi-camera series or special
“Key & Peele”

Hairstyling for a miniseries or a movie
“American Horror Story: Coven”

Lighting design/lighting direction for a variety series
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Lighting design/lighting direction for a variety special
“Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show Starring Bruno Mars”

Main title design
“Silicon Valley”

Makeup for a single-camera series
“True Detective”

Makeup for a multi-camera series or special
“Key & Peele”

Makeup for a miniseries or a movie
“American Horror Story: Coven”

Prosthetic makeup for a series, miniseries, movie or a special
“The Normal Heart”

Music composition for a series
“Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey”

Music composition for a miniseries, movie or a special
“Fargo”

Music direction
“The Oscars”

Original music and lyrics
“Day Is Gone” from “Sons Of Anarchy”

Original main title theme music
“COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey”

Sound editing for a series
“The Walking Dead”

Sound editing for a miniseries, movie or a special
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Sound editing for nonfiction programming
“COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey”

Sound mixing for a comedy or drama series
“House of Cards”

Sound mixing for a miniseries or a movie
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Sound mixing for a comedy or drama series (half-hour) and animation
“Veep”

Sound mixing for a variety series or special
“The Oscars”

Sound mixing for nonfiction programming
“COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey”

Special and visual effects
“Game Of Thrones”

Special And visual effects in a supporting role
“The Walking Dead”

Stunt coordination for a comedy series or a variety program
“Community”

Stunt coordination for a drama series, miniseries or movie
“Game of Thrones”

Technical direction, camerawork, video control for a series
“Saturday Night Live”

Technical direction, camerawork, video control for a miniseries, movie or a special
“The Oscars”

*Disclaimer: I’ve not seen all of the nominees’ work, and therefore cannot fully value every nominee in a category. I am extremely limited with regards to reality shows – but, due to HBO and Netflix appearing in Scandinavia now I should have most drama and comedy series covered.

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