john elliott looks at his favorite and least favorite moments from this morning’s noms …
Okay, so let’s be honest here: The Emmy nominations this morning were a little bit boring. There’s a lot of stuff that we expect to see, and it’s pretty easy to comb the categories and take a look at years’ past and know who’s going to have a shot, if not win outright.
So, I’m going to skip with the pleasantries of analysis and just jump to five points of interest, namely:
MY FOUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT THE 2012 EMMY NOMINATIONS
1. LOUIS C.K.’S BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES NOM
I love Louie. You should, too. It’s maybe the most daring and uncomfortable thing on television, and its humor comes from a place of honesty and unpredictability. And the fact that Louis C.K.’s meteoric rise from cult hero to A-lister is recognized here is pretty cool.
2. CLAIRE DANES’ NOMINATION FOR HOMELAND
You’ve come a long way since pining for Jordan Catalano, Ms. Danes. Homeland is the best thing on Showtime, and Danes is the emotional core of this edgy and dangerous show. It’s good to have her back in a place where her talent really shines.
3. MARGARET CHO’S NOM FOR KIM JONG-IL ON 30 ROCK
It’s been a bumpy two years for what used to be my favorite TV comedy, as it’s devolved into something like a live-action Family Guy. But every time Cho showed up as Kim, she brought the house down, in bite-sized increments. If she doesn’t win, it’s criminal. This was casting genius at work.
4. KRISTEN WIIG’S NOM FOR SNL
We’ll miss you, Kristen. Bigger and better things ahead.
Now, let’s get to:
ONE THING THAT REALLY SUCKS.
1. GIRLS GETTING ATTENTION
Gang, this show is terrible, racist, poorly written, weirdly assembled, and lazy. Its nominations are a sign that the empress has no clothes, and no one cares. Also, it’s nominated as a comedy series. That’s like calling a fork a back-scratcher.
So, folks, what do you think? All in all, a list that has few unexpected twists, but I’m looking forward to the awards.
For a complete list of the nominations, click here.