Emmy Nominations, 2013 . . .

. . . are about as predictable as you’d expect them to be. You’d think I’d get used to this after so many years, but hope breaks me every time.

I’m far too bored to list each and every nominee, but if you’re interested in that kind of thing, the complete breakdown is here. Otherwise, here are a few, mostly disappointed thoughts:

1. I love Peter Dinklage on Game of Thrones; really, I do. Tyrion is pretty much everybody’s favorite character, and Dinklage does a magnificent job with the role. That being said, he had considerably less to do this season, and I wish Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime) had been nominated instead. Come on, you guys! This scene!

This scene — probably NSFW due to Naked Male Butt — is so good.

2. On a similar note, Michelle Fairley also failed to get a nomination for her work as Catelyn Stark. Really, Emmy Decider People? Really? Did you see “The Rains of Castamere?”

3. Justified continues to be ignored by everyone everywhere. You’d think I’d get used to that, too, but I never do.

4. I haven’t watched Orphan Black yet, and even I’m surprised that Tatiana Maslany wasn’t nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama. Well. I suppose only a little surprised — Orphan Black is science-fiction, after all, and I’m pretty sure there’s some bylaw that states Emmy nods can only go to speculative shows that are on HBO. See the casts and creative teams of Fringe, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Farscape, etc. for other various snubs.

5. There was only one pleasant surprise on the entire list, and that was Kerry Washington’s nomination for Scandal. I’m glad for her — the show is a soap, but it’s an excellent soap, and she’s a great lead spearheading a fantastic cast. Still one pleasant surprise is not exactly what I’d call a win.

I will be watching The Emmys this year. I always do, but I suspect the fashion will be vastly more entertaining than the actual ceremony itself.

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10 Responses to Emmy Nominations, 2013 . . .

  1. Macabre says:

    I’m disappointed that The Americans didn’t get any love.

    • I haven’t watched The Americans myself, but I’ve read that it’s really good. I like Keri Russell and Margo Martindale, but the words “Cold War” and “KGB” kind of automatically make my eyes glaze over. Unless we’re talking The Hunt for Red October. Or Jumping Jack Flash. Then I’m on board. 🙂

  2. Dave Nielsen says:

    It’s funny how people can have such radically different opinions. I find Dinklage’s performance embarrassingly bad (especially his accent). I’ve liked him a lot in other things, but not in this. But, then, I find a lot of the characters were miscast. I do like the one who plays Brienne. And The Hound is surprisingly good.

    • Yeah, I think you’re in the minority on that one. 🙂 I like Brienne and the Hound quite a bit, but I think my only serious casting gripe is Kit Harington, who I think makes a pouty and fairly one-note Jon Snow. Otherwise, I love the cast.

      • Dave Nielsen says:

        It seems not. Google “Peter Dinklage bad accent” and you’ll find plenty of people who like his performance but hate the accent. I don’t know why he couldn’t have just used his normal accent – there’s no reason that, just because it’s fantasy, you’ve got to put on a British accent (especially since Britain has numerous different regional accents).

        I forgot to mention Charles Dance, who is probably the one character I’d say they got exactly right. Well, except he’s not totally bald and is sans mutton chops, but that’s a good thing.

        • Oh, I’ve heard that the accent isn’t good before. It doesn’t bother me, but you know, American. I can’t really judge British. Still, when I said you were in the minority, I meant specifically in regards to your dislike of Peter Dinklage’s general performance, regardless of accent. Most people who I’ve read or talked to have really enjoyed how he portrays the character.

          I do have to disagree on one thing, though: when his brother, sister, and father are all sporting English accents — put-on or natural — I don’t think Tyrion can sound like he comes from New Jersey. It has nothing to do with epic fantasy, although I’d actually enjoy seeing an epic fantasy where everyone had American accents for once.

          Charles Dance’s Tywin is actually not quite how I read him in the book, but I don’t care because Charles Dance is AMAZING in this show.

  3. Dave Nielsen says:

    Yes, i know what you meant. I was just saying, and I guess the way I put it gave the wrong impression, that other people agree at least about the accent if not the performance. As far as the accents go, I guess they’re all over the place anyway, so I’m not sure Tyrion having an American, New Jersey accent would be that big a deal:

    http://gawker.com/what-is-going-on-with-the-accents-in-game-of-thrones-485816507

    • Yeah, I still think it would be way too jarring. Admittedly, that’s partially because of my own inability to distinguish a lot of English regional accents, but even so, I think an American accent thrown in the middle would really just not work at all.

      • Dave Nielsen says:

        Well, it’s too late now. They’ve gone with the faux English accent, and it would be even more jarring were he to suddenly start speaking Joisey. 🙂

        It seems not. Google “Peter Dinklage bad accent” and you’ll find plenty of people who like his performance but hate the accent.

        I was sure I’d put something like “It seems not (at least about the accent)” but when I was editing what was originally far too long I must have cut out more than I meant to. D’oh! 🙂

  4. Jim King says:

    I notice that when they do male nudity – and this is for almost any movie or TV show – it’s rarely frontal whereas almost all female nudity is going to be frontal (although they often, even on a show like Californication, don’t want to show everything – breasts seem to be okay, but nothing more). Not that I particularly want to see another guy’s dong, but still.

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