The 2016 Emmy nominations were announced at 1:30am local time yesterday, and I decided that I’d sleep through it. I’m perfectly happy with that decision. I don’t really have much to say about the Emmy nominations that haven’t already been said, but as usual there are some things that are great, and some not so great. You can find the full list of nominations here (okay, it’s not the full list, it excludes the Creative Arts categories, which I’ll peruse later).
The huge success story of the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards is HBO, nearly sweeping the drama, comedy and limited series categories, with a few exceptions. Aside from that however, this is the least angry I’ve been watching the Emmys, and that’s because the majority of the awards felt deserved, even when they went to people who had won them previously. I was happy about results and disappointed about others, but this year the majority of the awards felt right, and there weren’t any odd tributes to the year 1963. I’m writing this on the fly, so I’ll see how this goes, I have no idea what happens next. I will put my predictions tallies up at the end of the post though.
It’s after 11:30 pm and I just realised that I still haven’t written anything today. September really hasn’t been a good month for my writing. Luckily for me, there are still Emmy predictions to make, as I haven’t covered the final awards that will be presented on Sunday/Monday at the ceremony hosted by Andy Samberg. There aren’t that many categories left, but I think these ones are still fairly important. Sketch comedy has had a revival over the past few years, between Inside Amy Schumer, Key and Peele and the 40th season of Saturday Night Live, and one of the better changes to the Emmy categories this year is that Variety Series are split into Variety Talk Series and Variety Sketch Series. There is a whole host of other problems with the new category rules, but that’s for another time. Onto the nominees! This is the least interesting of my predictions, because the people I want to win are the people who will most likely win, in a strange twist of fate. Also I don’t watch that many Variety Series.
It turns out that September is the point at which I become a terrible blogger, and as I said, Wednesday to Friday is super busy, even though that only started this week. I also finally bought Ocarina of Time for my 3DS, which is great because I get stuck and have problems! This is what happens when all I play is Pokemon. Anyway, because I’ve had such a busy day, it’s time for Emmy Predictions: Limited Series and Television Movie Edition, which will once again be chosen using the randomiser because I don’t think I’ve even seen one of these, but I need to go and read the categories to be sure.
In a strange twist of fate, Wednesday to Friday has become the most hectic period of myweek, and between going to the state Wakakirri finals last night and choir practice tonight, I won’t have time to watch Utopia, because I’m fairly sure I’ll fall asleep as soon as I get home from choir. So that means it will be another day of Emmy predictions, this time in the Comedy categories. I’ve seen at least one episode of most of the dramas that have been nominated this year, not so much the comedy side of things. Four years ago I think I watched one drama in a sea of comedies, now it’s the opposite. Half the problem is that the licensing deals for comedies in Australia aren’t as good as those for dramas, so unless it’s on Comedy Central, HBO or by Louis C.K., there’s almost no way to watch them legally. Let’s see how this goes.
In a stroke of luck, I have found myself incredibly busy this week, and thankfully the Emmys are here for me in my time of need. I don’t have time to review anything today, so I’m going to do predictions for Drama Series today, and then the Comedy and Miniseries/Movie categories will have to wait until the weekend. You can find a full list of nominees over on Variety. I’m not 100% up to date on all of these shows: I’ve stopped watching Downton, House of Cards and Homeland, I didn’t finish the first season of HTGAWM, and I’m in the process of watching the first season of Empire. Australian broadcast dates are difficult. Onto the predictions!
There has been a leadership challenge in the Australian government this afternoon, but I make a point to not talk about politics on this blog unless it’s part of what I’m reviewing. I’ve been quite busy today, so I haven’t had much time to watch anything, so that gives me a chance to have a look at the winners for the Creative Arts Emmys, which were held last weekend. The Creative Arts awards are for the people who are in the crew of a television show: editing, design, cinematography and sound mixing – basically all the people who get played off at the Oscars because they’re not famous enough to be allowed to make a big speech even though they’re the leaders in their fields. I know that Bradley Whitford beat John Hamm, but that’s about it, so I’m going to pull up a winners list and then we’ll get started. This isn’t going to be a comprehensive analysis, I’m just going to comment on the things that are important to me.