Emmy Nominations Announced; Will Any of These Moms Walk Away with a Golden Statue?
byKaitlin StanfordJul 11, 2014
In case you missed it, funny girl Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly got up bright and early yesterday morning to bring us 2014's highly anticipated Emmy nominations. And while there was plenty of uproar throughout the day about all the snubs (of which, there appeared to be many), not everyone in Hollywood was left unhappy.
For starters, the powers that be at HBO should be pretty happy campers, since they racked up a ton of nominations between "True Detective," "Game of Thrones" and "Veep" — nineteen nominations in all. (All well-deserved, we might add.) FX also took in their fair share of Emmy nods, with 18 for their new series "Fargo" and the incredibly creepy "American Horror Story: Coven."
Other big winners yesterday? Hollywood moms — who, by our count, lay claim to an impressive 29 Emmy nods combined.
Here's the rundown of nominated moms, by category:
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Kerry Washington, "Scandal"
Robin Wright, "House of Cards"
These uber-talented mamas are up against Michelle Dockery's portrayal of Lady Mary in "Downton Abbey," which we will always have a soft spot for. But if we're going to be honest, we're rooting for Claire on this one — we love us some "Homeland," and her endlessly engaging Carrie Matheson leaves us biting our nails every week. Running a close second, though, is Kerry Washington's turn as Olivia Pope, in ABC's addicting drama, "Scandal."
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly"
Another great category packed with ladies we love — which sure makes it hard to commit to a fave. The category's other contender is Taylor Schilling, for her turn as Piper Chapman in "Orange is the New Black" (which is definitely the main reason we renewed our Netflix subscription). But who are we kidding: Julia's got this category on lock. "Veep" is hands-down one of the best comedies on TV right now, and the actress' hilarious portrayal of Vice President Selena Meyer seems to get better and better with every episode. (Side note: We loved her even more for teaming up with actual real-life veep Mr. Joe Biden for these HBO ads — which you must watch, if you haven't already.)
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"
Lena Headey, "Game of Thrones"
Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"
Is there anything better than Maggie Smith in "Downton Abbey"? Her role as the hilarious and sharp-as-a-whip Dowager Countess of Grantham may be small, but it is amazing to watch. Then again, wouldn't it be great if Anna Gunn finally scored a statue for that epic last season of "Breaking Bad"? (Which we're still torn up about.) Also up in this category are Joanne Froggatt for her role as the sweet-natured Anna in "Downton Abbey" and Christina Hendricks for the bold yet increasingly complex Joan Harris in "Mad Men" — another show close to our hearts.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"
Kate Mulgrew, "Orange Is the New Black"
Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory"
Anna Chlumsky, "Veep"
Seriously, where is Mindy Kaling on these lists? It must have been pretty hard for her to read off the nominations and realize her own snubbage. But we digress. Julie Bowen was enjoyable as ever this year as Claire Dunphy on the always-hilarious "Modern Family," but then again so was the also-nominated Allison Janney in CBS' dark (and not-talked-about-enough) comedy "Mom." Also up for an award was Kate McKinnon of "Saturday Night Live," but typically, SNL-nominated actors rarely snag a statue on awards night (unless as a guest star).
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Helena Bonham Carter, "Burton and Taylor"
Minnie Driver, "Return to Zero"
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Coven"
Our money is on Lange for this one — how can you compete with the supremely sinister Fiona Goode? Her spectacular portrayal of the supreme witch has many saying she's at her best. Other contenders are Cicely Tyson ("The Trip to Bountiful") and Kristen Wiig ("The Spoils of Babylon"). While Wiig always has a place in our hearts, we weren't the biggest fan of the intentionally absurd "Spoils of Babylon."
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Angela Bassett, "American Horror Story: Coven"
Ellen Burstyn, "Flowers in the Attic"
Julia Roberts, "The Normal Heart"
It seems likely that "American Horror Story: Coven" will walk away with something in this category, since it's clearly an Emmy favorite this year and gave nods to three costars in total (the other two nominations went to Kathy Bates and Frances Conroy). But who will it be? The race is tight between Basset, Bates and Conroy, who always turn in such great performances. Another possibility? Allison Tolman, who has been fabulous so far in "Fargo."
Moms also placed well in the guest actress categories, too, with Tina Fey ("Saturday Night Live"), Melissa McCarthy ("Saturday Night Live") and Joan Cusack ("Shameless") getting nods for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, against "Orange Is the New Black" actresses Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox. Meanwhile, moms nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama include Margo Martindale ("The Americans"), Diana Rigg ("Game of Thrones"), Jane Fonda ("The Newsroom") and Kate Burton ("Scandal"). They'll be up against newcomer Kate Mara ("House of Cards").
Excited for the awards show this year? So are we! But you'll have to wait a bit — the 66th Annual Emmy Awards won't be airing until Aug. 25, on NBC. The good news: They're being hosted by the hilarious Seth Meyers.