Everybody’s Chattin’ + Question of the Week on Emmys winner wishlist

Happy Midweek everyone! Just two more days until Friday, yay 😉 I’m going to hit two birds with one stone again today in combining two post *series* in one.


Ok, so let’s start with some of my favorite posts from the past week:

  • The legendary director Steven Spielberg’s been is a lot of my fellow bloggers’ minds lately thanks to Michael, Kellee and Aurora‘s Spielberg Blogathon. Here are a few notable posts celebrating his work:
    Michael wrote about his TV work on an Amazing Stories series ‘The Mission’ episode, whilst Richard chose to highlight Spielberg’s keen talent on directing his actors. Bubbawheat reviewed Spielberg’s adaptation of one of my all time favorite comics The Adventures of Tintin and Monkeyboy wrote why he loved Spielberg’s 1971 movie Duel.
  • Speaking of celebration, do wish Josh big congrats on his third Blog-aversary!
  • ChattinVisualParallelsMargaret‘s brilliant Visual Parallel series is back, this time she sets her astute eyes on comparing David Fincher’s Zodiac + Se7en.
  • As I’m still putting finishing touches on my August Blindspot, but Chris has just posted his thoughts on Studio Ghibli’s Castle in the Sky.
  • Dan participated in a 1984 Blogathon and chose a film I had never heard of: Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes [with Christopher Lambert as Tarzan!] from the director of Chariots of Fire.
  • Chattin_BoyhoodNow these two movies couldn’t have been more different from each other, but the reviews are both awesome: Mark reviewed Boyhood, whilst Mikey reviewed Into The Storm, which I will attest is definitely more enjoyable than the movie!
  • Last but not least, Kristin observed the movie trends of the last five years, some of which are sadly not going anywhere anytime soon.

Now for Question of the Week!

Since it’s still fresh on everyone’s mind, well some of us anyway, I thought I’d pick your brains simply out of curiosity. Now, I only watch clips of it afterwards but I didn’t tune in LIVE because frankly, I don’t watch hardly any TV to be rooting for anyone.

EMMY2014logoOut of those I did watch, only Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman (and they both won, wahoo!) and Dame Maggie Smith were the only nominees whose performances I’ve actually seen, and none of those awesome Brits attended the event. Besides, my darling Toby Stephens wasn’t nominated [grrr!!], which is a shame as his fantabulous, superlative performance as Captain Flint in Black Sails is as deserving as any of those leading actors, but naturally he’s overlooked as he’s not famous enough for them to notice [heh]. Anyway, enough with the rant, I kind of know he won’t get a nod anyway, but in my heart he’s already won an Emmy [and Golden Globes + whatever other TV award there is out there] 😀

Now, my lovely pal Melissa has posted a recap, so check out her top 12 good, bad & the ugly moments of the Emmys. From the Twitter reactions as well as some articles like this one, it seems that there’s a whole lot of déjà vu thing going on this year as the majority of winners are previous winners.

I had to double check these photos were taken from this week and not last year.
I had to double check these photos were taken from this week and not last year.

Though I don’t watch the show, I could see why Breaking Bad swept the major acting awards. It seems like a phenomenal show, heck even my crush Toby himself said it’s his favorite show, that and Boardwalk Empire. Clearly he’d rather do those shows than his mum’s period drama Downton Abbey, ahah. I have only seen one episode of Modern Family and to be honest with you I think it’s waaay overrated. But again, enough with the rant, this is supposed to be a question for YOU dear friends, esp. you who watch way more TV than me [which is basically everybody, ahah]. Surely you all have actors/actresses you think are more deserving than most of the people nominated here, so I’d love to know who they are so we can all commiserate 😀

So my question to you is:

Which actor/actress who’s never been nominated for an EMMY before that you wish had gotten a nod?

62 thoughts on “Everybody’s Chattin’ + Question of the Week on Emmys winner wishlist

  1. Thanks for the shout-out for our recent #SpielbergBlogathon, Ruth. Thanks for that, along with Ted’s and your contributions.

    In answer to your question, Timothy Olyphant’s work in JUSTIFIED in underappreciated in my mind.

    1. My pleasure Michael! It’s been fun participating & reading others’ posts.

      I’ve been hearing tons of great things about Justified and Olyphant’s work but man, I never saw his name in the Emmys noms, what a shame.

  2. That’s easy. Scarlett Johansson for either Lost in Translation or Girl with the Pearl Earring at the Oscars instead of Diane Keaton for her very overrated and overblown performance in Something’s Gotta Give.

    1. Ahah sorry I should’ve been more clear. I meant the Emmys not Oscar, I’ve revised the question. In any case, I haven’t seen either Johansson’s nor Keaton’s performance so I can’t comment on that.

      1. Oh, OK. Then I really wish Michael Sheen got nominated for Masters of Sex as he is really great in that show. I hope he gets nominated next year as his work in this current season is phenomenal.

  3. Thank you Lady Ruth!!!!!!! Oh boy they just rehashed all the awards this year. I am a big Breaking Bad fan, but there were many shows this year that were equally great and better. BB has already, through the years won ton of awards, enough already, give someone else an award. True Detective was so original and great, it should have won and if not that one, then Game of Thrones. What HBO has created doesn’t really stand up to this last season of BB. Peter Dinklage for GoT was the biggest disappointment for me this year, his performance was phenomenal ugh it hurts to think about it! Ohhh girl don’t get me started! Modern Family was okay, same stories are told every season, boring and not fresh.The Goldbergs is ten times funnier.

    And of course the biggest disappointment and snub and it was all over the internet for a reason, Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black. She plays like 6 characters, each one completely different, she is fabulous! If anything YouTube a clip so you can see her in action. I think you would like her! 🙂 (sorry for the long rant)

    1. HELLO Queen Mel! Ahah well I’ve already started w/ my rant so it’s everyone’s turn! 😉

      Yeah I’m surprised True Detective didn’t win more, but hey that hunky director Cary Fukunaga won right? His Jane Eyre was beautifully-atmospheric! I knew lots of GoT fans were disappointed about Dinklage snub.

      Which one is The Goldbergs? Is that a new show? Sorry I’m so out of the loop, LOL.

      WOW, Tatiana played six different characters? Heh, that’s a shame she wasn’t recognized!

      1. Oh yes I ranted away. LOL. Thank you for agreeing with me on that too, Cary is so adorable and cool. Glad he did win though. I had no idea he did that Jane Eyre! Now I can totally see it. He likes to focus a lot on the landscapes of a scene, so it make sense. So cool, of course you knew that!

        Goldbergs is on ABC too it’s about a family in the 80’s, it’s super funny and cute. I like it way better than Modern Family. Yes Tatiana is a clone on the show, so she plays quite a few characters. It is not your type of show really, but I think you would appreciate her as an actress. 🙂

    2. I actually thought Dinklage overacted in that trial scene. The real outrage is Pascal not even getting nominated. In some ways he managed to make me forget how awful of the adaptation this season was, he really became his character.

            1. Yay! 😀 Well I figure there are so many great performances there. Of course they should give an honorary Best Actor award for my darling Toby too while we’re at it! 😉

  4. Great to see Sherlock doing so well at the Emmy’s – very deserving.

    By the way, I love Modern Family but the middle seasons aren’t as good as the first or last. It seemed to be dying a death but they resurrected it with the last – brilliant – season. Very funny and back to its old self!

    1. Yeah Sherlock is definitely a stellar show, well-written and well-acted. Well glad that you enjoyed Modern Family Dan, for me it doesn’t seem like a show I could get hooked on.

  5. Brittani

    Melissa McBride for The Walking Dead. She’s fantastic on that show. It’s too bad the show itself is so poorly written and inconsistent because she really shines on it.

  6. Ted S.

    As you know I don’t care about award shows and I didn’t realized the Emmys was on last night and even broadcast since the ratings for these kind of shows have been dipping every year.

    To answer your question, I’m with Michael, Justified is such an underrated show and Timothy Olyphant deserves some kind of recognition for his role on the show. I think along with The Walking Dead, it’s the only show on TV that I won’t miss. I do hope they would turn the show into a movie after it’s over, it would work great on the big screen.

    1. I knew you’d answer Olyphant Ted, hey it’d be nice to get a review of Justified from you [wink, wink] That might be a show I could get into if I have the time, that is.

      1. Ted S.

        I was going to write a review of it when last season started but totally forgot, the new season starts in the winter. I’ll do a write up about it soon!

        1. Ooooh!! Can I hug you? You made my day Cindy!!! 😀 I’m so in love with him right now I feel that every other actor is like a downgrade, ahah. Even in those CBeebies Bedtime Stories on BBC (they’re all on youtube), you can see what an amazing talent he is, and yes VERY easy on the eyes too!

          I actually just ordered ‘The Machine’ Bluray from Amazon & hope it’ll arrive by this weekend! The film itself is not perfect but still well worth a look, and Toby is simply magnificent. I don’t use that word often in describing a performer but it’s not hyperbolic at all when it comes to Toby. You have seen him as Mr Rochester in 2006 ‘Jane Eyre,’ yes? If not I will lend you my own DVD right to your house, it’s a MUST SEE!

          1. I have heard your gushes regarding Jane Eyre but have not seen it. Thanks for reminding me. I’m brewing in my mind a post regarding period pieces and this one has to be included. 🙂

            1. Ahah well the gushing is NOT without reason Cindy! Please please do see it soon, trust me you won’t be disappointed! Here’s the trailer: http://youtu.be/xV4qpvF-e80

              It’s available on Netflix dvd, let me know if you can’t find it and I’d be happy to lend it to you via mail 😉

              Can’t wait to read your post on period pieces!

  7. How nice to trip over a shout-out when I was just catching up on your posts. Thank you so much Ruth. It’s a little bit of a cheat since he did get an Emmy Nomination 30 years ago (Coincidence), but Keith Carradine was great in Fargo this year. The scene between his character and Billy Bob Thorton, was the best five minutes of TV I saw in the last year (and maybe a lot longer). Neal McDonogh was robbed of a nomination for Justified the year before as was Jim Beaver. Looks like you have some Justified fans reading your blog.

    1. Hello Richard! It’s a GREAT article on Spielberg, I love that you didn’t just do a straight review.

      Oh, is Keith Carradine David’s brother? I don’t think I’ve ever seen him in anything. Oh I know who Neal McDonough is, he was good in Timeline & Captain America, kind of an underrated actor methinks. Yeah my pal Ted & Michael are huge fans of JUSTIFIED.

    1. I think lots of people are happy w/ Breaking Bad not only because it’s deserving but also because it the last time they’d ever be up for an Emmy. Bummer about Tatiana being shut-out, seems that she definitely deserves a nod.

  8. This is a question I cannot answer. Not because it is a secret, but because I have never watched the Emmy’s so I would have no idea who to pick….let me pick some random actor: Dwayne Johnson….pretty sure he hasn’t received an Emmy nod 😉

  9. Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black, the biggest snub in my opinion, should have been a no-brainer but sci-fi doesn’t ever seem to get any love, does it? The reboot of Battlestar Galactica is a good example of that. I was as surprised as anybody on how fantastic it really was. It was brilliant at using the show to speak about The Iraq Wars just as M.A.S.H. used The Korean War to speak about The Vietnam War back in the 70’s.

    Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins are certainly deserving for Justified.

    Elisabeth Moss for Mad Men. While the show has faltered some Moss certainly has not.

    Melissa McBride really broke out this year for The Walking Dead as Carol. She blew it out of the water for “The Grove” episode. It was just devastating to watch that one.

    Keri Russell as an 80’s cold war, Russian spy for the under appreciated The Americans. Remember when she was known best for her hair style changes than anything else? Well she’s changed all that. Matthew Rhys isn’t too shabby either. This was the best clip I found of them together.

    I don’t get all the love for Modern Family but I guess that’s just my taste. Then again I don’t really care for Community, Parks and Recreation and The Big Bang Theory. Give me an episode of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The League or Veep any day. Maybe it’s the whole network vs. cable thing. Honestly the last network comedy that I truly loved was Arrested Development and now that’s on Netflix. Go figure.

    1. Ted S.

      Yes, I agree with you about Keri Russell in The Americans, that’s another show I won’t miss. I was never a fan of hers until I started watching the show. The Grove episode in The Walking Dead was maybe the highlight of last season, great stuff!

      I used to like watching Community but then it became too self aware and I got bored with it. Still love watching Parks & Rec and The League. I don’t get why The Big Bang Theory is such a huge hit, I watched like two episodes and got bored with it. I need to watch It’s Always Sunny in Philly.

      1. I think the problem is that The Big Bang Theory is about nerds for regular folks. On the other hand The IT Crowd (Chris O’Dowd, Richard Aoyade) from Britain is about nerds for nerds.

        Sunny’s great especially when they add Danny DeVito in season 2. The description of being like “Seinfeld on crack” is apt since there actually is and episode where they’re ON crack. LOL.

        I thought “The Grove” was the highlight of the entire run of the series. Other than Daryl and now Carol I haven’t found another character to latch onto. In any kind of horror/survival program that’s everything. Curious to have seen where Darabont would have taken the show.

    2. Oh yeah Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys are both excellent in The Americans! I haven’t seen all of season 1 yet but have been impressed w/ the episodes I did watch.

      As for Battlestar Galactica reboot, I’ve only seen one episode so far but I might see more. I LOVE the Ron Moore’s BSG series, I remember bingeing on that a few years ago. Yeah it seems that sci-fi shows don’t get as much love 😦

        1. Ah I see! Yes the 2004-2009 Ron Moore reboot is excellent! I wish Caprica were better but I miss all actors in the show, esp the two Adamas & Starbucks. In fact I was just talking about it w/ my friend at work how many characters I love from that show!

  10. I pretty much gave up on the Emmys a few years ago when Alec Baldwin continued to win/get nominated over Steve Carrell for The Office. It’s unreasonable and completely boring that the same people/shows get nominated and/or win every year. I don’t even watch Shameless but from what I’ve seen, Emmy Rossum not getting recognition was a real shame. William H. Macy was nominated but he’s barely on the show this past season; Rossum has been the leading character for a long time.

    Next year, I don’t even want to see Eva Green not get nominated for Penny Dreadful.

    1. Hello Katy! I don’t care for Baldwin, I’d watch Carrell any day over him. Oh yeah, it seems that Shameless got shut out often don’t they? I don’t watch it but it seems that it’s a well-written & well-acted show all around.

      Oh right about Penny Dreadful, that seems to be a daring performance from Eva Green. I’d love to see Timothy Dalton get a nod too but that’s even more unlikely 😦

  11. Thank you for the link! Well, Stephen was nominated for John Adams so I’m gonna go with Michelle Fairley because her not being nominated for season 3 of Thrones is actually the reason I swore off Emmys. They mean nothing to me. To not even nominate her was just insane.

    1. Oh hey, that’s cool Stephen was nominated for John Adams! Did he even attend Emmys last year then?

      Fairley played Stark’s mother right? Oh I remember your posts on her, I’d think there are tons of GoT actors who should be nominated. I thought of Pascal right away too, man he seems to have elevated his role with his performance, at least from what I’ve read.

  12. Tough question; I can’t think of the actors who have been nominated! Has PS Hoffman been nominated? By the way, thanks so much for pushing my Boyhood review. I’m so glad you liked it.

  13. Glad to see someone else think Modern Family is overrated. The fact that it won over shows like Louie, Veep, Orange is the New Black, and Silicon Valley really shows how out of date the Emmys are.

    I have to say it’s a huge disgrace no one from The Wire was ever nominated. More recently, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, and Aziz Ansari of Parks and Rec all deserve nominations as well as Keri Russell of The Americans.

  14. There’s something about awards shows and seasons and all that jazz that just doesn’t interest me. It’s all politics. The way the winners are chosen. Nothing is actually to do with the people who watch it, and that’s what really matters.

    Saying that, it’s brilliant that Breaking Bad got some more awards. Though, was a little sad that it was probably the only time Matthew McConoughey and Woody Harrelson would get nominated for True Detective and they had to walk away with nothing!

    Be great to see shows like Justified and The Americans get some noms. And maybe next year, Manhattan will get a couple – that is a fantastic new TV show.

  15. Thanks so much for the link, Ruth!

    I was so thrilled about the Emmy wins for Cumberbatch and Freeman. Who would’ve predicted that Sherlock would win more Emmys than True Detective?!

    I wish Michael Rosenbaum had been nominated for Smallville. He was the best thing about that show. Corey Stoll deserved a nomination for House of Cards as well.

  16. As far as Emmy nominations go, take your pick from The Walking Dead cast. Andrew Lincoln, Melissa McBride, Norman Reedus. I also think the Lost cast should’ve earned more Emmy recognition. People like Josh Holloway, Evangeline Lilly, Jeremy Davis and Nestor Carbonell. Can you tell I’m a fan? Haha.


  17. Thanks for the link, Ruth! I really appreciate that. Man, a day off the blogosphere and I come back to this . . . definitely a great way to return though!

    As for the Emmy’s, I ended up not watching (half forgetting, half not caring as much), although I was very pleasantly surprised to see the wins for Sherlock (both Cumberbatch and Freeman, yay!). As far as Modern Family goes, I have watched several reruns, and I enjoy the show. Given that, I don’t understand how it performs as well as it does at the Emmy’s. There are so many other better comedies out there in my opinion (like Arrested Development, previously HIMYM, etc), that I don’t understand its popularity. Heh, oh well.

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