Sad isn’t it — the Emmy nominations are the first thing since March that I’ve chosen to comment on using this blogging platform. I’ve seen at least 10 movies since The Edge of Seventeen I’d like to review soon. I let all of Girls‘ final season blow by without weighing in — one of my two or three favorite shows of all time. Yet, here I am again. It’s the Emmys, the academy that completely ignored Girls and its terrific final season, save a few guest appearance and music nominations.
Therein lies my greatest beef. These are a few of my other thoughts:
For guest actress in a comedy series
Is Carrie Fisher a wild card candidate for a post-humous award? Possibly. But Melissa McCarthy. Her guest-starring turn as Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, on SNL shook up the world. The first of her four Spicer sketches was one you knew was the stuff of legends as you were watching it — and ripe for an award. Also seeing reports that Spicer’s days in the White House are limited, there may not be another opportunity for the Emmys to properly distinguish her performance.
For lead actress in a limited series or movie
A play-the-odds predicament. Six nominees. Four shows. Forget who’s most deserving. Will same-show nominees Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, of Big Little Lies, and Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, of Feud, take votes from one another? That could improve the odds for Felicity Huffman and Carrie Coon.
For lead actress in a drama series
The Crown, with Claire Foy, was my favorite new show of the year. Tales of the British monarchy, what can I say, they’re my muse, and The Crown was seriously terrific. But my wife and I are watching The Handmaid’s Tale. We have to rest a week between episodes, it’s that daunting and that good. It’s impossible to me that Elisabeth Moss doesn’t win this Emmy. She’s paid her dues — six nominations for Mad Men, one for Top of the Lake. Nothing to show for it. Until now.
For supporting actress in a comedy series
I’m a fan, so it’d be pleasing to see Vanessa Bayer exit SNL with an Emmy; though, I’m not so sure she’s be the top pick from SNL contenders in this category (Hi, Kate McKinnon). Also, where’s Jemima Kirke’s nomination for her part in Girls? But someone not nominated can’t win, so for goodness sake give the thing to Anna Chlumsky already.
For outstanding comedy series
Write-in for Girls.