The Emmy’s have never been known for rewarding geek shows. But in 2013… they’re still not, on the whole. But the nominations certainly threw up some interesting things.
American Horror Story
This little oddity is leading the field with 17 nominations, largely thanks to its unique format, which allows it to fit into the Miniseries or Movie rather than Drama category, where competition is less fierce. But it’s always nice to see a weird little show about all sorts of wacky supernatural goings-on up against Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in Behind the Candelabra.
Game of Thrones
Deservedly, GoT’s excellent third series has garnered a tonne of noms, including Best Drama Series, where it’s up against perpetual winner Mad Men. If there’s any justice, it should stand a good chance in that category. I can only see Breaking Bad and House of Cards getting in its way – Homeland and Mad Men both had comparatively weak series’, and Downton Abbey just really shouldn’t be there at all.
It also has three actor nominations – Peter Dinklage is up for Supporting Actor again (despite the fact that he’s clearly the Lead Actor these days…), with Emilia Clarke getting a surprise nomination for Supporting Actress and Dame Diana Rigg brilliantly getting a Best Guest Actress nomination (which, frankly, she should absolutely romp home with). Clarke’s is the only unexpected nomination, and one I can’t help but think Michelle Fairley, Maisie Williams and Lena Headey deserved more. And nothing for Nikolaj Coster-Waldau?
Most surprising of all – Game of Thrones didn’t pick up a Best Directing nod for The Rains of Castamere. How is that possible?
For the first time ever, TV shows that have never been broadcast on TV are picking up nominations in major categories. The David Fincher/Kevin Spacey powerhouse drama House of Cards has done predictably well, and Arrested Development picked up three nominations, including Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Jason Bateman.
Aside from the fact that the Arrested Development nods should clearly have gone to Will Arnett and David Cross rather than Bateman, this is a pretty monumental swing. A stuffy old awards body is recognising online drama. This is going to change things.