Oswald

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - EN­TER­TAIN­MENT -

Low­down: This one feels very much like a two-horse race, with the also-rans be­ing ca­ble­series stars Dern, Dun­ham and Falco and 30 Rock alumna Fey; Louis-Drey­fus and Poehler are lead­ing the field with un­ques­tion­ably hi­lar­i­ous per­for­mances in shows that are clearly and un­de­ni­ably laugh-gen­er­at­ing come­dies. It’s a well-de­served photo fin­ish.

The en­ve­lope, please: Louis-Drey­fus Ja­son Bate­man, Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment Jim Par­sons, The Big Bang The­ory Matt Le­Blanc, Episodes Don Chea­dle, House of Lies Louis C.K., Louie Alec Bald­win, 30 Rock

Low­down: Bald­win is an Emmy favourite, and could gen­er­ate some thanks-for-the-mem­o­ries votes now that 30 Rock is done, and Par­sons has es­tab­lished him­self as the fun­ni­est player on a main­stream net­work sit­com. Bate­man could at­tract a block of votes be­cause of all the at­ten­tion Net­flix’s re­vival of Ar­rested De­vel­op­ment gen­er­ated, and C.K., a one-man cre­ative jug­ger­naut on a lesser-known ca­ble com­edy, cer­tainly de­serves se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion.

The en­ve­lope, please: Par­sons Break­ing Bad Down­ton Abbey Game of Thrones Home­land House of Cards Mad Men

Low­down: Once again, the drama-se­ries cat­e­gory pro­duces a list of nom­i­nees that should be kept handy as a primer sheet for any­one who says there’s noth­ing good on TV these days. This is the golden age of tele­vi­sion, and here’s all the proof you need. Top to bot­tom, a great col­lec­tion

Out­stand­ing drama se­ries

Out­stand­ing lead ac­tor in a com­edy se­ries of shows, but there’s re­ally only one choice here.

The en­ve­lope, please: Break­ing Bad 30 Rock Girls Louie Mod­ern Fam­ily The Big Bang The­ory Veep

Low­down: It’s the ca­ble come­dies vs. the net­work sit­coms — did Emmy vot­ers opt for safer, tra­di­tional broad­cast fare, or edgier, more out­there spe­cialty-net of­fer­ings? Mod­ern Fam­ily and Big Bang are even money on the net­work side, and Louie and Veep are equally wor­thy atop the made-for-ca­ble bracket. If this is a play-it-safe vote, Big Bang will tri­umph ... but the bet­ting here is that it won’t be.

The en­ve­lope, please: Veep

BONUS CAT­E­GORY:

Low­down: Not sur­pris­ingly, a very di­verse col­lec­tion of nom­i­nees — AHS: Asy­lum topped all pro­grams with 17 nom­i­na­tions, but that won’t be enough to earn it the big prize. Top of the Lake was a beau­ti­fully crafted but largely un­no­ticed crime drama, and Al Pa­cino’s per­for­mance in Phil Spec­tor def­i­nitely caused a stir. Michael Dou­glas and Matt Da­mon de­liv­ered fear­less per­for­mances that turned Can­de­labra into the most talked-about movie of the year.

The en­ve­lope, please: Be­hind the Can­de­labra

Out­stand­ing com­edy se­ries

Out­stand­ing minis­eries or movie Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Asy­lum Be­hind the Can­de­labra The Bible Phil Spec­tor Po­lit­i­cal An­i­mals Top of the Lake

AP PHOTO/CBS, MICHAEL YARISH

Jim Par­sons, right, and Si­mon Hel­berg in a scene from The Big Bang The­ory.

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