2014 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Inevitables, Snubs and Surprises

  • Attention TV lovers everywhere: it’s our Christmas! But instead of waking up to presents under the tree, we woke up to this year’s 2014 nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards. What does that mean? It means we now have a chance to bitch, and complain, and speculate and get hyped all at the same time!

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

    For a full look at the all the major categories and their nominees, check this out. And of course, for every Breaking Bad (nominated, duh) there is a surprise, and for every Game of Thrones (19 total nominations) there are plenty of notables left on the wayside.
    Check out the slideshow over there for this year’s biggest snubs, shockers and the shows that were obviously locked in in for months.

  • Inevitable - Game of Thrones

    Unsurprisingly, Game of Thrones won the day with 19 different nominations. Excellent performances across the board, a massive fan base and plot twists that occasionally make me cry. Oh, and dragons. No surprise here.

  • Snub - Charles Dance, Outstanding Supporting Actor

    Speaking of Game of Thrones, no love for Tywin? Charles Dance as the Lannister patriarch is a sight to behold. At least there is always next year. Wait.

  • Surprise - Kate Mulgrew, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

    This isn't a surprise because of Ms. Mulgrew's performance, but because until this her award ceremony highlight was arguably a 1980 Golden Globe nomination for Columbo spinoff, Kate Loves a Mystery.

  • Inevitable - Bryan Cranston, Lead Actor in a Drama Series

    Was this nomination for Breaking Bad obviously coming? You're goddamn right.

  • Double Snub - Hannibal, Outstanding Drama Series, Mads Mikkelsen, Lead Actor in a Drama Series

    Apparently, Emmy voters have weak stomachs. Competition is fierce in both categories, understandable. I still think it could and should have snuck in there, maybe even over Mad Men (I said it and I don't regret it).

  • Surprise - Lizzy Caplan, Lead Actress in a Drama Series

    Ironically nominated for Masters of Sex, Ms. Caplan was up until this point an Emmy nomination virgin. She's come a long way since Mean Girls.

  • Inevitable - Matthew McConaughey, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

    We can debate until the end of eternity whether True Detective is a Drama Series or a Mini-Series (cough, mini-series, cough), but Mr. McConaughey's turn as Rust Cohle has no room for questioning.

  • Snub - Pedro Pascal, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

    Mr. Pascal's Emmy hopes were crushed like a Red Viper's skull in the hands of an 8-feet-tall giant. Which in any other situation would be an oddly specific example.

  • Surprise - Woody Harrelson, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

    I honestly thought Matthew McConaughey's performance would leave no room for sharing. Is there any way that Mr. McConaughey and Mr. Harrelson can both win, and their acceptance speech can just be 20 minutes of Rust Cohle and Marty Hart bickering? A man can dream.

  • Inevitable - Billy-Bob Thornton, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

    Another big move name that came to the small screen and absolutely killed it. Quite literally, in this case.

  • Snub - Tatiana Maslany, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

    For the second year in a row, the Orphan Black star is left out. I think it's gotten to the point where the show will just have to keep cloning her until at least one of her perfomances lands her a nomination.

  • Surprise - Lena Headey, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

    For as long as Game of Thrones has been running, this is Ms. Headey's first nomination. Which I'm pretty sure would make Cersei pretty mad. And since I'm pretty sure Lena Headey is just Cersei in real life, I hope for the Emmy Awards' sake she wins.

  • Snub - Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Remember when Brooklyn Nine-Nine won two Golden Globes? Yeah, the Emmy voters don't either.

  • Surprise - Silicon Valley, Outstanding Comedy Series

    Not that Silicon Valley isn't funny. I'm just shocked that there is a comedy about nerdy guys nominated for an Emmy and it is not Big Bang Theory.