It’s that time of the year again! This year’s Emmy nominations are one sleep away and we’re eager to see our favorite actors and shows get the accolades they deserve!
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The Emmy’s conclude the end of the 2016 TV season while simultaneously ushering in a new Fall start for many of our favorite shows. As the type of person who loves everything the about the Emmy’s (and who is thankful that there is no actual proof that I drink a little too much wine and then hold the remote like the elusive award and practice giving a speech) it’s my favorite awards show!
So naturally, I keep a list of all the shows and actors/actresses who put forth some of the best TV in the past season. This year my unofficial wishlist features so many women that I am already prepared to be elated for those who do get nominated and disappointed for those who don’t.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
- Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
- Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones
- Constance Zimmer – UnReal
- Robin Wright – House of Cards
- *Honorable Mention: Hayley Atwell – Agent Carter
Last year my choice for a win was none of other than Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany. After three seasons (at the time) of playing a majority of the core cast, Maslany was finally rewarded with a nom and while she ended up losing to the indomitable Viola Davis (I mean I still think that playing six main characters so differently that you forget it’s the same actress is better than removing a wig and yelling about a dick pic on a cell phone but nobody asked me at the time), it’s probably not so shocking that she’s still my top choice for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
And while I would love to see Tatiana take home the statuette, the beauty of a nominee wishlist is that there are more than enough slots to fill and it’s some really tough competition! Seeing Jessica Jones‘ Krysten Ritter and the show itself get a nomination would be exceptional! Krysten wasn’t on Breaking Bad long enough to enjoy the show’s turn at being a shoe-in for the big prize but she’s definitely staked her claim as the title character of Netflix’s second Marvel venture. And it would be nice to see a superhero show with a female lead get itself all the way to the Emmy’s. In some alternate universe Agent Carter‘s Hayley Atwell also gets nominated but given that the show has since been canceled it’s unlikely Peggy Carter will ever get the recognition she deserves.
Although, both these leading ladies should probably step aside for UnReal’s Constance Zimmer. Who can only be trumped by her former House of Cards co-star Robin Wright.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
- Regina King – American Crime/The Leftovers
- Danielle Brooks – Orange is the New Black
- Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
- Sophie Turner – Game of Thrones
- Rachael Taylor –Jessica Jones
- Melissa McBride – The Walking Dead
- *Honorable Mention: Samira Wiley – Orange is the New Black, Emilia Clarke & Maisie Williams – Game of Thrones
And if you thought this list was tough, there are so many more choices for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Regina King should be nominated for both The Leftovers and American Crime. Actually she should probably win but only because I don’t think Orange is the New Black will nominate Danielle Brooks – who plays Taystee. She may not have had much of an arch in season four but her performance stole the show at the end of the season! I mean they could also nominate Samira Wiley, which would be just as fitting! But OITNB always has a lot of choices. Similarly, Game of Thrones will probably split the vote between Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey but it would be nice if instead Sophie Turner and/or Maisie Williams found their names in the category. Frankly, I think Lena and Sophie put forth much more compelling performances than Emilia but I can see why they consistently nominate her. Game of Thrones should win a lot this year and it would be deserving of every award!
Again, in the hopes of continuing to give Jessica Jones the praise it deserves, Rachael Taylor -who plays Trish Walker – is a worthy contender. But if I’m being honest, I’d love to see The Walking Dead‘s Melissa McBride take the prize! Despite the listless, infuriating and questionable entirety of season six Melissa consistently gave her all! And if Game of Thrones can win last year for a season that sparked a tremendous amount of backlash (and inspired my master’s thesis) then there’s hope that Carol will stop having to endure all the torture-porn the writers can throw at her!
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
- Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
- Justin Theroux – The Leftovers
- Rami Malek – Mr Robot
- *Honorable Mention: Charlie Cox – Daredevil
My wishlist for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series is a little leaner. I don’t feel like I need to explain or defend this choices as much.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
- Kit Harington – Game of Thrones
- Chris Eccleston – The Leftovers
- Jon Bernthal – The Punisher
- David Tennant – Jessica Jones
- *Honorable Mention: Kristian Nairn – Game of Thrones, Jordan Gavaris & Kristian Bruun – Orphan Black
For Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series Chris Eccleston’s performance in The Leftovers that actually had me in tears several times throughout the season! Granted none of these people come close to exceeding Jon Bernthal’s turn at Daredevil‘s Punisher. His character – Frank Castle – was so popular in his introductory season that it’s spawned a spin-off! I did include David Tennant’s turn as Kilgrave in Jessica Jones because he really brought something creepy the already mind-controlling manipulative villain and what a great category to see two adversaries of different shows face off for the same award! The only reason Bernthal has a one-up in Tennant is that Frank Castle wasn’t so much the bad guy but you’ll need to watch season two of Daredevil to learn more.
I would be remiss if I didn’t start off with Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington. Although, there are a number of other GoT actors who could also be nominated. Kit deserves it for being forced to keep Jon Snow’s fate a secret for a year alone! I’m inclined to find a spot for Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Isaac Hempstead Wright but anyone from Game of Thrones is going to share the category with Kit it should be Kristian Nairn!
Outstanding Drama Series
- The Leftovers
- Game of Thrones
- House of Cards
- Orange is the New Black
- *Honorable Mention: Mr Robot
While any of these shows would be a solid choice, if you had asked me back in October I would have said that The Leftovers deserved all the awards. And it’s true, it does. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it then you’re missing out! But if we I were a betting kind of person (and I’m not) I’d go all in for Game of Thrones. Which lived up to the hype and raised every episode to an exceptional space! Meanwhile, House of Cards tackled some really relevant topics like gun control and provided some really interesting commentary on the current political climate. While always self-aware with Frank Underwood’s 4th wall breaks, the finale brought an entirely new layer to the lengths our anti-heroes will go! Orange is the New Black was also emotionally relevant. Finding it’s footing in relevant topics and then bringing them to life with heartbreaking results. Mr Robot is a bit of a wildcard at the moment but it’s first season was breakout hit! Hopefully season two lives up to the precedence.
As far as the comedies go, I’m sure the usual shows will be nominated. Veep swept most of those categories last year and given the results of the election this season, it’d be nice to see Selina Meyers…I mean Julia Louis-Dreyfus win again! It goes without saying, this is by no means a comprehensive list, just my personal faves! For a full list of the nominees check back here at Hidden Remote tomorrow!
The 68th Emmy Awards Nominations will be broadcast LIVE tomorrow – July 14th at 11:30AM ET / 8:30AM PT.
Is there any show or actor/actress you think deserves to be nominated?