EMMY’S HITS AND MISSES

The judges of the pres­ti­gious TV awards have once more lived up to their rep­u­ta­tion for mak­ing con­tro­ver­sial nom­i­na­tions

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - NEWS - FRA­ZIER MOORE

It starts mo­ments af­ter Emmy nom­i­na­tions are an­nounced: a whole lot of head-scratch­ing over for­got­ten shows and ac­tors. It’s no dif­fer­ent this year, with snub-cit­ing and sec­ond-guess­ing at fever pitch fol­low­ing last week’s an­nounce­ments.

How could Emmy judges turn a blind eye to­ward the eye-pop­ping Starz se­ries Amer­i­can Gods?

How could TBS’ hi­lar­i­ous Angie Tribeca go un­recog­nised for a sec­ond year? And what about Oprah Win­frey, whose star­ring per­for­mance in the HBO film The Im­mor­tal Life of Hen­ri­etta Lacks got an Emmy cold shoul­der, as did her OWN net­work’s drama Queen Su­gar?

Granted, there were some pleas­ant sur­prises.

Bill Camp’s pitch-per­fect per­for­mance as a world­weary de­tec­tive in HBO’s The Night Of was recog­nised among this lim­ited se­ries’ 13 nods. So was Jackie Hoff­man as the hi­lar­i­ous Ma­macita in FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan.

Net­flix’s haunt­ing an­thol­ogy Black Mir­ror de­servedly wan­gled a nom­i­na­tion with an episode submitted as a TV movie.

And fans of lac­er­at­ing top­i­cal hu­mour were cheered by the slate of nom­i­nees for best va­ri­ety talk along­side CBS’ just-for-fun The Late Late Show with James Cor­den: TBS’ Full Frontal with Sa­man­tha Bee, ABC’s Jimmy Kim­mel Live, HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Ma­her and, most no­tably, CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Col­bert, which in its sec­ond sea­son has soared on a po­lit­i­cal acid trip. (Odd guy out: NBC’s The Tonight Show star­ring maybe-too-nice Jimmy Fal­lon.)

It was some con­so­la­tion to see Keri Rus­sell and Matthew Rhys both nom­i­nated for a sec­ond year for their per­for­mances on FX’s cold­war drama The Amer­i­cans, which has gen­er­ally re­ceived a “nyet” from Emmy judges. And it was also great to see Rhys snag a sec­ond nom­i­na­tion for Com­edy Se­ries Guest Ac­tor for his por­trayal on an episode of HBO’s Girls. On the other hand, Girls and its cre­ator Lena Dun­ham were over­looked in its fi­nal sea­son.

So was HBO’s eerie The Left­overs, which left the air af­ter three sea­sons ig­nored by Emmy. And what’s the deal with HBO’s com­edy-drama Di­vorce that seemed so out-of­sight, out-of-mind af­ter its first sea­son aired last fall that even Snubs lists snubbed it.

Of course, the big win­ners, with 22 nom­i­na­tions apiece, were HBO’s wor­thy West­world and NBC’s Satur­day Night Live. It was hard to view SNL’s haul with­out eye­brows raised.

SNL seized three of six nom­i­na­tions for best sup­port­ing ac­tress (Vanessa Bayer, Les­lie Jones and Kate McKin­non).

It grabbed three out of six of the com­edy se­ries “guest ac­tor” nom­i­na­tions (Dave Chap­pelle, Lin-Manuel Mi­randa and Tom Hanks). It landed two of six “guest ac­tress” nods (for guest hosts Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy). And it handed a “sup­port­ing ac­tor” nom­i­na­tion to Alec Bald­win, a fre­quent drop-in im­per­son­at­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, while shut­ting out all of its male cast mem­bers.

Since Emmy judges love it this much, maybe SNL should be awarded its own cat­e­gory. Emmy win­ners an­nounced Septem­ber 17

Im­pres­sive drama West­world, star­ring vet­eran thes­pian Sir Anthony Hop­kins, scored a whop­ping 22 Emmy nom­i­na­tions.

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