Guards – easily the best and most timely TV show of the last year – was the biggest winner today with the announcement of 2020. Primetime Emmy nominations. The comic book adaptation of the tale of superheroes fighting (or, in some cases, reinforcing) white supremacy won 26 nominations. It’s the most of any series and all that would attract before your eyesGame of Thrones the world. There were winners for the exceptionally limited series; stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya-Abdul Mateen II and Jovan Adepo; and composers Trento Reznor and Atticus Ross.
With that headline, everything looks good in the Emmy world, right?
Unfortunately, beyond the nomination Guards were impressively uneven, mixing fist-sucking choices (Ramy Youssef for the best comedy actor!) with headaches (Mandaloras for exclusive drama series?) and pure, misdirected, infuriating.
Yes, we need to talk a lot about us, but we have to start with Rhea Seehorn, Bob Odenkirko and You better call Saul.
Saul had a good morning with seven nods, including an incredible drama, plus one for his digital shorts, where Seehorn Kim Wexler teaches legal ethics. But Odenkirk, who was nominated in every previous year of the series and has never been better than he was in his entire fifth and best season, was most likely crushed by Steve Carell of Apple TV +. Morning show. The bigger name is Carell (partly because he once made Odenkirk famous for the role of Mikhail Scott Office) and Apple, which pushed the middle Morning show up to eight nominations, has more marketing muscle than AMC. Seehorn is even less well-known than Odenkirk, but she has shown the best dramatic performance on television over the years, without an Emmy recognition, and the trend unfortunately continues here.
But even the nominations that were supposed to be the most important Saul ̵1; Vince Gilligan for directing that stunning desert episode! Cinematography for the same episode or one that reflects Jimmy! – It wasn’t there. (Somehow, Ozarkas received du cinematic references suggesting the category be renamed “Exclusive use of the blue filter”.) Even some wishes Saul Like Giancarlo Esposito, who remains excellent but underutilized, offered institutional laziness by getting nominated for this season’s break performer Tony Dalton. Series got involved in an all-time season – one that is similar to his Emmy darling’s performance at the pinnacle of Walter White’s power – and voters shrugged together, ticked a few boxes and set out to look for brighter things.
OK. When that sound doesn’t come, let’s look for good things. In Good placeLast season, voters finally noticed that the show featured not only Ted Danson and Maya Rudolph, but also with farewell nominations William William Harper and D’Arcy Carden. The funniest TV comedy What we do in the shadows, earned eight nominations, including excellent comedy cycles and three different writing nodes. (I’m pulling Stefani Robinson’s screenplay for “On the Run,” also known as “The One With Jackie Daytona’s Toothpick.”) Youssef actually received several nominations for both acting and directing the strangest episode. Frames The second season (starring Mia Khalifa), though the show itself couldn’t break the field of the comedy series during the lazy second season Kominsky method. And now anger blew again, thinking about how Kominsky was nominated but Better things completely fell off the radar of the TV academy.
Hold together, hold together … What else was good? Well, Toni Collette was nominated for the aptly named Netflix Miniseries Unbelievable. But for some reason wasn’t her extraordinary comrades Kaitlyn Dever and Merritt Wever? They, of course, had a harder time presenting themselves as a limited series or film in which they had to compete with stars such as Cate Blanchett and Kerry Washington, but still.
At least that category was – something else good! – one of the few where most of the nominees were black. At a time when the television business is being forced to do better when it comes to representation, the actual candidates in effect were actually about 40 percent white. Rudolf alone chose two different nominations for a comedy guest actress Good place and SNL, plus one more of her voice work Big mouth. And the math is the same, apart from two short feature categories that may need to be abbreviated as “Buckets.” (Latinx representation? Not so much when there are no zero candidates.)
It was also not a bad day to be in new rapid wars. Disney + Mandaloras the fifth show of all shows was shown, 15 of them, although none was for Baby Yoda and Apple has to Morning show campaign.
Last year’s big Emmy winners, Game of Thrones and Flea bag, finished their runs, leaving a fairly wide field for any virtual ceremony that ABC is planning for September. If we bet now, I think Guards, Inheritanceand Schitt’s Creek has the biggest night. But then, a few months ago, I fantasized about the trophies raised by Odenkirko and Seehorn together behind the scenes, so you might want to beware of putting money where my mouth is.