Emmys Observed: Our Picks for Outstanding Directing in Drama and Comedy

The year of the tracking shot.

Where tvDownload’s Drew and Vinnie open up the floor to discuss the picks for this year’s Emmys!

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Tim Van Patten for Boardwalk Empire, “Farewell Daddy Blues”
Vince Gilligan for Breaking Bad, “Felina”
David Evans for Downton Abbey, “Episode 1”
Neil Marshall for Game of Thrones, “Watchers on the Wall
Carl Franklin for House of Cards, “Chapter 14”
Cary Joji Fukanaga for True Detective, “Who Goes There?”

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Iain B. McDonald for Episodes, “Episode 309”
Paris Barclay for Glee, “100”
Louis CK for Louie, “Elevator, Part 6”
Gail Mancuso for Modern Family, “Vegas”
Jodie Foster for Orange is the New Black, “Lesbian Request Denied”
Mike Judge for Silicon Valley, “Minimum Viable Product”

Vinnie: For Drama, as much as Vince Gilligan has become the showrunner God that reigns supreme over all other showrunners, I think this one comes down to True Detective vs Game of Thrones. Basically, it is tracking shot v. tracking shot.

There’s that super long one from TD.

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Or the super circular one from GOT.

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Even though 6 minutes is longer than 53 seconds, I think “Watchers on the Wall’ had more going on besides the tracking shot, so Neil Marshall gets the….nod.


As for Comedy, do I want Jodie Foster to win because she’s Jodie Foster? Or Gail Mancuso to win for letting me tell people she’s my aunt since 2009? Decisions decisions.

Nicole: For Drama: Alright I see your tracking shots and raise you Vince Gilligan’s swirly upward circle shot (Sorry, I don’t speak director).


For Comedy: The only reason I don’t want Jodi Foster to win is because she has a tendency to give overly emotional, basically incoherent acceptance speeches. Spare me the sequel of the “I’m not honey boo-boo” rant of 2013.

Is there such thing as a sympathy vote? Because if there is it would have to go to Paris Barclay for having to endure the no-doubt excruciating process of filming Glee’s uncomfortably hyper-sexual rendition of ‘Toxic’ performed by high school cheerleaders who apparently moonlight in the Red Light District….Barf city.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVAvIcMaRK8]

Jack: Glee is still on television?

For drama, just give it to House of Cards. Pile the awards high before the third season totally sucks. Besides, if you didn’t get chills from the final scene of the season 2 finale, start walking away from me.


And for comedy, Silicon Valley had an incredible ensemble cast who totally nailed it in the pilot.


Vinnie: As, uh, sweet? Hot? Whatever that kiss is from House of Cards, Neil Marshall directed a way better one in Thrones, because that’s what men do.


Molly: How come Mad Men isn’t nominated for anything?!

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