If I had an Emmy Ballot 2016

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Emmy nominations are nearly out for the 2016 telecast, so I thought I’d make a quick post for what shows and actors I would nominate, if I were lucky enough to have a ballot. Feel free to disagree or make suggestions in the comments.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Brooklyn 99 (Fox)

Last Man on Earth (Fox)

Love (Netflix)

Master of None (Netflix)

Silicon Valley (HBO)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Veep (HBO)

That’s right, I couldn’t break the tie between these seven. Each of the various series had episodes one right after the other that made for an extremely enjoyable half hour (or longer, in the case of the Netflix shows).

Near Misses: The Grinder, Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

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Outstanding Drama Series

11.22.63 (Hulu)

The Leftovers (HBO)

Mr. Robot (USA)

Wayward Pines (Fox)

The Leftovers and Mr. Robot were arguably my two favorite shows on television, and so insanely weird (and I mean that in a very good way). Wayward Pines was also trippy, and 11.22.63 was James Franco and J.J. Abrams at their respective bests.

Near Misses: None.

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Outstanding Limited Series

All the Way (HBO)

The People vs. O.J. Simpson (FX)

Show Me a Hero (HBO)

These were the three limited series that captivated my attention this year. Wish I could also nominate the O.J. documentary that ESPN ran, but that will get awards aplenty.

Near Misses: None.

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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Rob Lowe, The Grinder

Paul Rust, Love

Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley

Will Forte, Last Man on Earth

Unsurprisingly, these are all the leading men from the nominated shows for my best comedy series. The only one to miss out? Samberg.

Near Misses: Andy Samberg, Brooklyn 99; Ben Feldman, Superstore; H. Jon Benjamin, Archer; Fred Savage, The Grinder.

 

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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Matt Dillon, Wayward Pines

James Franco, 11.22.63

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Justin Theroux, The Leftovers

Again, all the lead actors from my votes for drama series.

Near Misses: None.

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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Colin Farrell, True Detective

Cuba Gooding, Jr., The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero

Courtney B. Vance, The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Bryan Cranston as LBJ was perfection, but I think Courtney B. Vance will win all of the awards for his masterful portrayal of Johnnie Cochran.

Near Misses: none.

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Gillian Jacobs, Love

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Michaela Watkins, Casual

Noel Wells, Master of None

NBC at one time employed all of these actresses (Community, The Office, Seinfeld, and SNL, respectively). Bet they wish they could build a new comedy block around them now.

Near misses: America Ferrara, Superstore

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Carrie Coon, The Leftovers

Regina King, The Leftovers

Krysten Ritter, Jessica Jones

That’s it. I’m sure women from Game of Thrones or other shows are deserving, but to me, this is the list.

Near Misses: none.

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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series

Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience

Rachel McAdams, True Detective

Sarah Paulson, The People vs. O.J. Simpson

OK, let’s discuss the elephant in the room: The Girlfriend Experience is CRAZY. Bonkers. My friend Tessa (read her blog here) and I love shows where the main characters are a little nuts. See: The Leftovers. GFE takes it to a whole other level. I didn’t love every episode, but Keough commits the whole way. As for McAdams, she was easily the best part of a very weak second season of True Detective.

Near Misses: none.

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Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn 99

Gary Cole, Veep

T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley

Martin Starr, Silicon Valley

Kumail Nanjiani, Silicon Valley

Timothy Simons, Veep

Zach Woods, Silicon Valley

There’s no way I couldn’t include all of the supporting guys from Silicon Valley. They each had various episodes to shine this season. I think this is like when all of the supporting players on West Wing would get nominated every year. Also, Gary Cole is my dark horse for his deadpan deliveries on Veep. Hopefully the numbers are in Kent’s favor.

Near Misses: Kevin Dunn, Veep; Tony Hale, Veep; Reid Scott, Veep; Joe Lo Truglio, Brooklyn 99.

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Outstanding Support Actor in a Drama Series

 

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Christopher Eccleston, The Leftovers

That’s it. That’s the list. Here’s hoping Christian Slater wins this award to make up for the lack of pomp and circumstance he deserves for Kuffs.

Near Misses: none.

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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Sufe Bradshaw, Veep

Claudia O’Doherty, Love

Amanda Peet, Togetherness

Kristen Schaal, Last Man on Earth

Carol Kane, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Melissa Fumero, Brooklyn 99

Lena Waithe, Master of None

 

 

A difficult category for me to pare down, so I’m leaving it at seven. These actresses are all incredible. Shout out to the legend Carol Kane for still cracking me up decades after Taxi.

Near Misses: none.

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Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Amy Brenneman, The Leftovers

Carly Chaikin, Mr. Robot

Ann Dowd, The Leftovers

Melissa Leo, Wayward Pines

Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

Ann Dowd’s Patty is one of the most haunting characters of the modern TV era, and her interplay with Justin Theroux’s Kevin made season 2 enchanting.

Near Misses: none.

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So, that’s it. Again, tell me what shows I’ve overlooked (yes, yes, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead are all amazing, I’m sure) in the comments.

 

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