Guards – Easily the best and timely TV show of last year – was the big winner in today’s announcement of nominations for the Emmy Award for the 2020 premium show. A fairy tale adaptation of a comic book about the struggle against superheroes (or, in some cases, reinforcing) the supremacy of whites has achieved a huge 26 nominations. This is the largest to date for any series, and the total amount that would look in the eyes of the pre-Game of Thrones world. There were nods to outstanding limited series; stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya-Abdul Matin II and John Adepo; and composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
With such a title, everything looks good in the world of Emmy, right?
Unfortunately, the nominations are over Guards were strikingly uneven, mixing the choice with a fist (bought by a fist (Rami Youssef for best actor in a comedy!) with a head scratching his head)Mandalorian for outstanding drama series?) and pure, wrong, anger.
Yes, we have a lot to talk about here, but we need to start with Rhea Seehorn, Bob Odenkirk and You better call Saul.
Saul passed a decent morning with seven nods in total, including an outstanding drama, plus one for digital shorts, where Kim Wexler Seehorn teaches legal ethics. But Odenkirk, who was nominated every previous year in this series, and who has never been better than him throughout the fifth and best season, most likely came across Steve Carell of Apple TV + Morning show. Carrell is a big name (partly because he once dressed Odenkirk as Michael Scott in Office), and Apple, which pushed the average Morning show up to eight nominations, has more marketing musculature than AMC. Zehorn is even less of a name than Odenkirk, but she has been giving the best dramatic performances on television for many years, without Emmy recognition, and the trend unfortunately continues here.
But even the nominations that were supposed to be the signs Saul “Vince Gilligan directed this stunning desert episode!”; Cinematography for the same episode, or the one with a reflection of Jimmy! – was not there. (Somehow, Ozark gained two the cinema nods, suggesting that the category should be renamed. Exclusive use of the blue filter.) Even some nods Saul still offered institutional laziness like Giancarlo Esposito, who remains excellent but underused, getting a nominal role in this season’s breakthrough Tony Delton. Series returned to the season of all time – one that can be compared to the parent show “Emmy-beloved” at the peak of Walter White – and voters collectively shrugged, checked a few boxes and went in search of shiny things.
OK. When this oppression does not come out, let’s look for some good things. IN Nice placeLast season, voters finally noticed that the show featured actors other than Ted Danson and Maya Rudolph, with farewell nominations for William Jackson Harper and D’Arcy Cardin. The funniest television comedy, What we do in the shadows, received eight nominations, including outstanding comedy series and three different nods. (I’m pulling up Stephanie Robinson’s screenplay for “On the Go,” aka “Jackie Dayton’s Toothpick.” Frames Season two (the one from Mia Khalifa), although the show itself could not break the field of the comedy series for the lazy second season Cominsky’s method. And now anger is raging again, thinking about how Kominsky was put forward, however The best things completely fell off the radar of the TV academy.
Hold together, hold together … What else was good? Well, Tony Collett was nominated for the apt Netflix ministry Impossible. But somehow her extraordinary co-stars Caitlin Dever and Merritt Wever were not? They have, admittedly, taken a tougher road, serving as leaders in a limited series or film where they had to compete with stars such as Cate Blanchett and Carrie Washington, but still.
At least, this category was – something else is good! – one of several where most of the nominees were black. At a time when the television business is pushing for the best when it comes to representation, the current candidates in general were actually about 40 percent non-white. Rudolf himself took two nominations for guest actress in the comedy Nice place and SNL, plus another for her voice work Big mouth. And the math is the same, whether you count the two short-acting categories that you might need to reduce to “Quibis.” (Latinx representation? Not so much, with zero nominees.)
It was not a bad day to be new in the current wars. Disney + ‘s Mandalorian brought home the fifth most nomination of any show, out of 15, though none for Baby Yoda, while Apple should be happy with its Morning show campaign.
Last year’s big Emmy winners, Game of Thrones and Fleabag, finished their runs, leaving a relatively wide field for any kind of virtual ceremony that ABC has scheduled for September. If we were placing bets now, I would guess Guards,, Sentence, and Shitt’s Scream have the biggest night. But then, a few months ago, I fantasized about Odenkirk and Seehorn lifting trophies together behind the scenes, so maybe you want to beware of putting your money where my mouth is.