Adam Driver's performance as Adam Sackler shows that Girls isn't just about the girls.
In season 1, he was – let's face it – pretty darn weird. Season 2 gave us more of him, although in some not-so-nice situations with the girl he was dating. But as the boyfriend of Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham), he proved himself to be loyal, loving and the one constant in her somewhat messy life.
It was actually kind of hard to watch Adam pull away from Hannah this season – (spoilers) he got a job on Broadway and began spending more time focusing on work and less on her. But it was also enjoyable watching him come into his own, working hard to keep Hannah happy while finally finding personal success.
For all you non-watchers of The Good Wife, it must be tiresome to hear critics complain year after year that star Julianna Margulies has been denied an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her thrilling work as Alicia Florrick.
Well get over your bad self; you're about to hear it again!
No one is more deserving of a chance at the podium than Margulies, and not just because the series was criminally overlooked for outstanding drama series.
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Aaron Paul is up for an Emmy for Breaking Bad. He's already won two (in 2010 and '12) and while he should probably earn another just for the nuanced pronunciation he brought to his character's multiple recitations of the word "b----," his performance as Jesse Pinkman in the show's fifth and final season hit an all-time high, as evidenced by the scene above.
With apologies to Modern Family, it's time for the Pritchett-Dunphy clan to step aside.
There's a reason why The Big Bang Theory – which is nominated for outstanding comedy series – is the most-watched comedy for four years running: the stars are revered, the jokes are ample, and Sheldon's wardrobe of superhero T-shirts make us wish we could all do our clothes shopping at San Diego Comic-Con.
But enough with limiting the accolades to Jim Parsons, Emmy voters; though we can't deny his comedic chops, his irresistibly fussy Sheldon isn't the only reason for the show's overwhelming success.
This is Anna Chlumsky's second straight year being nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series as Amy Brookheimer, Selina Meyer's chief of staff on HBO's Veep. That's potentially a thankless White House job, and potentially a thankless role for an actress: Amy is one of the few sane characters on the show.
There are shows that have more smarts than Game of Thrones.
There are shows that have more to say about the human condition than Game of Thrones.
There are many (very many) shows that have more subtlety than Game of Thrones.
But there are no shows that have more more than Game of Thrones.
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Neither Luther nor Idris Elba have won an Emmy yet. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, that is a crime greater than any the show addressed during its three-season run. Elba picked up a Golden Globe in 2012 for it, but considering the most recent season of Luther is the last, the time is now to reward the actor and the show.
For three seasons, Elba so fully inhabited Luther's gray car coat that we're not really sure where the character began and where Elba ended, which is really worrisome, because that's also what we thought about his portrayal of Baltimore drug lord Stringer Bell in The Wire.
The scene above is gripping, unsettling and must have been taxing to film. In short, it's everything great TV is supposed to be, and the perfect example of why Luther, showrunner Neil Cross and Elba all deserve to walk home with Emmys on Monday night.
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Though her character doesn't necessarily have as much, well, character as Crazy Eyes, Taystee or Red, without Taylor Schilling's Piper Chapman, there wouldn't be an Orange Is the New Black. That's why she's up for outstanding lead actress in a comedy.
Often the steady shoulder to cry on for the emotionally damaged inmates around her, Chapman is at her best and most interesting when she has a moment of weakness (see: the incredibly disturbing final scene of season 1). And there were plenty of those in season 2, whether she was (spoilers) breaking down on an airplane, going crazy in a cell after her ex-girlfriend betrayed her (above) or scheming to get back at her ex-fiancé and ex-best friend.
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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.