Smart ladies love awards shows, 2015 Emmy award nominees we’d like to see

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Tomorrow morning, the Emmy nominations will be announced and we will all be disappointed, as our countless dream Emmy nominees will be ignored in favor of shit no one watches. But for one glorious day, we wanted to share who WE think should be nominated each major category, if we had any say in the matter. Which we don’t. None.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Melissa


Broad City is created and produced by women and airs on basic cable. Clearly the show has many strikes against it, according to the people awarding these damn things, but it makes me laugh every week. (Veep may be the only other show that delivers consistent belly laughs for me but it’s already getting a nomination.)

Katie

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Jane the Virgin was my favorite comedy last year AND it made me read subtitles. Inside Kimmy Schmidt was the show that made me laugh the most but it did have a very unfortunate Native American plot that always made me uncomfortable. Next year I will be screaming to the high heavens for Catastrophe (this is my plea for everyone to watch this show on Amazon, it is six episodes and hilarious).

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Melissa


Last Man on Earth was such an intense, bizarre show, and Will Forte made me love it even more, which is quite the feat considering what a dick Phil Miller is.

Katie

So I’m going to go totally out of left field for this one but I really enjoyed Gael García Bernal as a batshit crazy genius conductor in Mozart in the Jungle –I still giggle every time I think of how he says the name “Hailey.”  Also Lola Kirke is a far better actress than her sister Jemima.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Melissa


This year on Broad City, Abbi Jacobson danced naked in her apartment AND had an awkward experience with a dildo AND got stuck in a massive hole for an afternoon AND was perfection the whole way.

Katie


Ellie Kemper in Inside Kimmy Schmidt because she was hilarious but more importantly, never let the viewer forget that Kimmy went through a deeply traumatic experience which grounded all of the absurdity and made the last couple of episodes even more fantastic by giving them emotional stakes.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Melissa

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In hopes that Katie will do the right thing by the world and talk about Rogelio, I want to see Tituss Burgess’ name on the nominees list the most. Or TJ Miller. Ok, Tituss Burgess, because Kimmy Schmidt would have been just a sweet show about a cult without him. He added the (super) strange.

Katie

I LOVE BOTH TITUSS AND ROGELIO! How do you choose between “Pinot Noir” and all of Rogelio’s fabulous hashtags. Since Melissa picked Tituss Andromedon (THANK GOD) I can pick Jaime Camil AKA Rogelio AKA Jane’s dad and how he is at the top of a very long list of things I love about Jane the Virgin. His bromance with Jane’s ex Michael is my second favorite thing (all of my favorite things about Jane are most likely Rogelio-related). [Also, best Emmy campaign ever? -M]

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

 

Melissa

Uncomfortable Native American plotline aside, Jane Krakowski is one of the crown jewels of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; however, if I could pick one nominee it would be the phenomenal Kristen Schaal on Last Man on Earth. I love Carol’s outfits, her penchant for crafting and making terrible food, but most of all, I love her weird-ass personality and the compassion that Schaal imbues in her. I also want to point out how funny January Jones is on this show too!

Katie

Ummmm…I don’t watch nearly enough comedy. How about all of the supporting female cast of Parks and Recreation.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

 

Melissa

Jon Hamm is totally winning for Mad Men but since I still love that someone so hot and serious on one show can be so good at comedy, I will pick him as the cult leader in Kimmy Schmidt here. We really love that show apparently. I hope it gets ALL the nominations.

Katie


Juanes on Jane the Virgin!!!

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Melissa

I know, I keep picking Broad City. I LOVE IT. Susie Essman as Ilana’s mother was the most genius bit of casting all year. Their journey to get knockoff purses STILL has me laughing.

Katie

Rita Moreno as Rogelio’s mother on Jane the Virgin! Wait Did Rita Moreno sing on Jane the Virgin? Who hires Rita Moreno and doesn’t have her sing? SHAMELESS INCLUSION OF A MUSICAL NUMBER!

Outstanding Drama Series

Melissa


I haven’t gotten to talk about it much on the blog, which is one of the reasons I started pop-culture-a-go-go, but Better Call Saul is one of the most Melissa shows ever, as it seamlessly blends drama and comedy so well. I am so glad it was renewed, because I do NOT know what I am going to do without Justified.

Katie

NOT Game of Thrones. Mad Men? Hannibal? Penny Dreadful? Orphan Black? THE AMERICANS!?!?!? It’s definitely The Americans I think that was by far my favorite show this year. It is must watch TV –not that stupid rapey Game of Thrones (my anger will not die it’s like my rage at spending all those years watching Lost. Only recently have I forgiven Evangeline Lily. STUPID KATE! ARGH!).

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Melissa

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Not a lot of gifs from s3. Via.

Not a lot of gifs from s3. Via.

Whatever, Jon Hamm will probably win this, but Matthew Rhys in The Americans continually delivers one of my favorite performances on TV. It is so nuanced and smart, even when he has to pretend to hit on a teenager to get to her parents.

Katie

Jon Hamm is finally going to win for Mad Men right? RIGHT? That being said (or asked) Mads Mikkelsen is pretty fucking terrific on Hannibal and so darn dreamy even while eating people. I am still kind of in shock Hannibal has been cancelled it’s a pretty amazing network TV show.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Melissa


Who doesn’t love Cookie? NO ONE. I bet Taraji P. Henson is so happy she left Person of Interest because she is a STAR now. She hosted SNL!!

Katie

Eva Green, Keri Russell, Kerry Bishé, Taraji P. Henson, Elisabeth Moss, and Tatiana Maslany. Yeah I loved a lot of ladies this year on TV. I will only focus on two: Eva Green on Penny Dreadful and Kerry Bishé on Halt and Catch Fire. Eva Green is the queen of giving all of yourself to your work and also completely giving in to camp (skip to around the 6 minute mark in the video above to see just how great she is). She is a delight and I’m super happy Showtime picked up Penny Dreadful for season three. Kerry Bishé as Donna is the only reason to watch Halt and Catch Fire (well you should also watch for Toby Huss and Lee Pace’s hair/eyebrows) she has taken the trope of the sad put-upon wife/mother with dreams outside the house and set it on fire. The more screen-time Halt and Catch Fire has given her has made the show actually good. I’m not sure if this season counts for this Emmy year or next but regardless Bishé should be honored for turning a wannabe prestige show into a prestige show. Seriously watch Halt and Catch Fire, season 1 is on Netflix and season 2 is currently airing on AMC.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Melissa


I would like Walton Goggins to get one last nomination for playing the great Boyd Crowder on Justified. He didn’t get to do as much showboating this season, but that final scene with Timothy Olyphant? HEARTBREAKING.

Katie

Stan’s beard. Roger Sterling playing the organ. For a person who watches a shit-ton of TV all I can think about is Mad Men.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Melissa


All the women on Orange is the New Black are great and so many of them had a banner year (the Emmy eligibility period includes season 2 only). Lorraine Toussaint won the Critics’ Choice Award, but I have very strong feelings for Uzo Adubo–in season 2, Suzanne was Vee’s bulldog, but also showed some sensitivity. She’s even BETTER in season 3, so if the academy has seen that, they might nominate her early.

Katie

Holly Taylor as Paige on The Americans is phenomenal. I viscerally care and worry about this child–that’s how good of an actress she is.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Melissa

Usually in final seasons, the big bad disappoints me–White Power Todd? REALLY??! But Boone on Justified, a henchman of Sam Elliott’s Avery Markham (also great) was scary as fuck and totally unhinged, thanks to the excellent work of Jonathan Tucker.

Katie

Simon Russell Beale who plays Mr. Lyle on Penny Dreadful is the BEST. Is season 2 even allowed to be nominated? Again I’m confused about the rules. If it can’t be Lyle, how about Stan’s beard.

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Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Melissa


I can’t really think of anyone I want to win and the list of potential nominees bores me, so I will choose Kiernan Shipka. Rewatching Mad Men, I never could have predicted she would be as engaging an actor as she is now. I cried for her all season, she did fantastic work.

Katie

Hmmmmm….ummmmmm….I’ll think of someone I promise. Kiernan Shipka was also fantastic on Inside Kimmy Schmidt!

Outstanding Narrator

Some of the hilarious stuff he reads every week. Via.

Some of the hilarious stuff he reads every week. Via.

We both believe the wonderful Anthony Mendez from Jane the Virgin, should not only be nominated, but win it all. We can’t think of a funnier, more biting, narrator.

3 Comments

  1. Amy Poehler has to win. But Broad City BEST get nominated. Also, a thousand times yes to everything you say about Catastrophe. Did you know that Sharon Horgan is who is writing the new SJP show for HBO? AND that Tom Scharpling is going to work on it? Safe to say I AM IN.

    And I have always been super-annoyed by TJ Miller, but Ehrlich is the funniest thing ever.

    • I haven’t seen Catastrophe yet but just signed up for Amazon Prime so I hope to watch it soon. It looks amazing!
      SEE TJ MILLER IS MAGICAL and that is why he should win all the awards. I actually don’t know why I like him so much. I should probably seek professional help.

  2. My TJ Miller ire came from listening to him on Doug Loves Movies. But I am totally on board now!

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