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Much of True Detective's appeal is based on Matthew McConaughey's riveting performance as (true) Detective Rustin Cohle and the loopy, dark cop-buddy chemistry he summoned with real-life pal Woody Harrelson, to say nothing of Nic Pizzolatto's dense, allusion-heavy dialogue.
But the show's visual style deserves a big shout-out as well, and it's for a combination of all of those reasons that it deserves to walk home with the Emmy for best drama.
Pizzolatto and director Cary Fukunaga sketched a compelling, singular vision of Louisiana (and Texas) for the show: Inspired by photographer Richard Misrach's work documenting Louisiana's "Chemical Corridor," Petrochemical America, they developed a stark, bleached look for the show.
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Though Woody Harrelson's Martin Hart spent much of True Detective being a straight man to Matthew McConaughey's Rustin Cohle and doling out droll reaction lines like, "Stop saying odd s---," Harrelson wasn't just comic relief.
There's a reason why Downton Abbey made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the most critically acclaimed television show – it's so good.
From the lavish set decoration to the exquisite costumes to unforgettable performances from cast members including Emmy nominees Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter and Joanne Froggatt, the British series – which has already won 11 Emmys over the years and is up for outstanding drama – is in a class all of its own.
Ending a beloved show can be a tricky proposition. The ending to The Sopranos was befuddling, people are still upset over the aborted ending to Twin Peaks, and the finale to How I Met Your Mother was divisive, to say the least.
But the ending to Breaking Bad? Well, that might have been the closest the Western Hemisphere has come to television-watching unity since the M*A*S*H closer. The show's final episode had something for everyone: Fans of action, acting and underrated power-pop all walked away satisfied.
As Cersei Lannister, matriarch of the Seven Kingdoms and one-half of television's most famous incestuous couple, Lena Headey, who's nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, is the vinegar in Game of Thrones' sumptuous feast.
Bryan Cranston has already picked up a few Emmys for his portrayal of Walter White (in 2008, '09 and '10.)
But based on the show's volcanic two-part fifth season, he deserves another one. (Or four. Let's just give him four.)
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Yield to the Era of McConaughey. You thought it was over with his Oscar win, didn't you? Well, you thought wrong. It's just getting started.
McConaughey's role as the masculinely-named (true) Detective Rusin Cohle doubled-down on the grimness of his appearances in films like The Paperboy and Killer Joe, and added a dose of surreal, philosophical weirdness, thanks to showrunner Nic Pizzolatto's riffs on religion, nihilism and the psychosphere.
Kerry Washington could swap Olivia Pope's white hat for a gold Emmy on Monday night, making awards show history.
PEOPLE spoke to the Scandal star about her second consecutive nomination for playing the feisty political fixer on the ABC drama.
Does it feel any different the second time around?
Maybe, I don't have as much anxiety the second time around. Sometimes when you do things for the first time, you're more anxious, because it's the first time, so I think maybe I'm not as anxious as last year, although I don't remember being very anxious last year either. I think it's a bit more surreal, because I can't believe it's happened two years in a row. It's such an honor.
Lifetime released its trailer for the network's upcoming biopic The Brittany Murphy Story Friday – and it's dramatic.
Flashes of Murphy (played by Grey's Anatomy's Amanda Fuller) struggling with pill bottles and harassed by paparazzi and reporters in her face pass quickly in the footage, while words like "paranoid" and "targeted" flicker between scenes – all set to a haunting, slow-burning cover of Haddaway's "What Is Love" by Canadian import Kiesza.
The clip ends with a distraught Simon Monjack (Murphy's husband, played by Eric Petersen) telling reporters, "You all killed her!"