Many might say that the thrill of a job well done is its own reward, but pretty trophies are pretty rad too and awards season is about to kick off with television's annual celebration of itself at the Emmy Awards, which will air on NBC August 25th with Late Night host Seth Meyers running the show from the stage. Before the pagentry, though, we must deal with the crippling anger and sheer joy that comes with the ritual that is the Emmy nominations, an act that was carried out this morning by Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly.
While this years ballot surely reflects television's changing tastes and trends from last season to this season, there are certain staples that seem to rise above such things like Game of Thrones (which secured 19 total nominations), Mad Men (as it prepares to head off into the sunset), Breaking Bad (which did), Louie and HBO as an entity, which brought in 99 nominations to outpace all other networks. While those shows always seem to be mortal locks every year, there is also room for some fresh blood and this season saw a few impressive debuts, most notably True Detective, Fargo and Silicon Valley, which find themselves competing for best series honors in the drama, comedy and miniseries categories and various individual acting honors (save for Silicon Valley, which is a bit of a snub for the members of that talented ensemble).
As always, the snubs tend to draw more attention than a lot of the projects that get selected and this year is no different. Golden Globe winner Andy Samberg is absent from the lead actor in a comedy list as is his show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the Orphan Black Clone Clubbers have taken to social media to voice their intense displeasure over the snub of Tatiana Maslany. Other names come to mind as well like Melissa McBride from The Walking Dead, David Tennant and Olivia Colman from Broadchurch, Dean Norris from Breaking Bad, Mindy Kaling from The Mindy Project, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones and Craig Ferguson's Late Late Show. I could rattle off another dozen names, but that's the beauty of these nomination ceremonies - they really make you sit down and reflect on the year in television and think about some of the best performances that you saw.
Below, you'll find the list of the official nominees, but feel free to let us know about who you think got snubbed.
Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking BadDownton AbbeyGame of ThronesHouse of CardsMad MenTrue Detective
Lead Actor in a Drama
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)Jeff Daniels in (The Newsroom)Jon Hamm in (Mad Men)Woody Harrelson in (True Detective)Matthew McConaughey in (True Detective)Kevin Spacey in (House of Cards)
Lead Actress in a Drama
Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex)Claire Danes (Homeland)Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)Julianna Marguiles (The Good Wife)Kerry Washington (Scandal)Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)Josh Charles (The Good Wife)Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Supporting Actress in a Drama
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)