Today was the big day; the announcement of the 2014 Emmy nominations. In a surprising twist, the horror genre was well represented among the nominees despite some very glaring exclusions. If anybody can explain to me why Penny Dreadful and Hannibal are nowhere to be seen among the many deserving, and undeserving nominees, please let me know.
As a TV-baby who has watched every single episode of American Horror Story in "real time", I am going to focus on the love that Coven was shown. Can you believe a show with raping minotaurs, zombie/human threesomes, and a cross dressing, self mutilating butler with a doll fetish has been bestowed with six acting nominations? Six?! This is certainly cause for a little Stevie Nicks dance party, no?
Nominated in the Best Miniseries category, AHS:Coven is up against Bonnie and Clyde, Fargo, Luther and Treme. Let's break this down. Bonnie and Clyde was supposed to be a tv event, but it just kind of came in and went out with a whimper. Fargo has extremely good word of mouth from both critics and viewers alike; they may be the real competition here. Luther is one of the "best shows that you're not watching" and I think that is exactly what will work against it. (Seriously kids, all three seasons of Luther are on Netflix and you need to watch them. It is a seriously compelling dramatic series with a seriously talented and seriously handsome lead. Seriously.) Treme? Come on, Treme mostly got nominated because it is a critical darling and this was it's last season. I have really great hopes for American Horror Story taking this category.
In the Best Actress category we have Jessica Lange (obviously) and Sarah Paulson. Despite the fact that having two actresses from the same show splits the votes, it's even more interesting that they played mother and daughter, respectively, on the show. Lange played Fiona Goode like her life depended on it. Every time you think you have seen the best performance from this woman, she proves you wrong and makes you root for an exceptionally selfish and ugly human being. Fiona Goode was opposite of good, but the bitch was fierce, honey! I loved every single second that Lange owned the screen.
No slacker herself, Paulson played Cordelia Fox, daughter of Fiona, with a wonderful mix of fear, anger and heartbreak. Her character went through so many terrible things in the show and though she always seemed a bit meek, she came out on top at the end. All hail The Supreme.
Lange and Paulson are up against Helena Bonham Carter, Minnie Driver, Kristen Wiig and Cicely Tyson. Wow. Talk about stiff competition; this category could really go any possible direction.
Alright, the Best Supporting Actress category is a real doozy. Frances Conroy, (Myrtle Snow) Kathy Bates (Delphine LaLurie) and Angela Bassett (Marie Leveau) have all been nominated. This is simultaneously epic and infuriating. All of these women deserve the win, but only one can have it. Allison Tolman, Julia Roberts and Ellenn Bursten round out the category. Just in case you're not brushed up on your Oscar history, there are three oscar winners and one oscar nominee in this field alone. Basically, this is an embarrassment of riches.
Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Casting, Outstanding Art Direction, Outstanding Hairstyling, Outstanding Costumes, Outstanding Makeup, Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup, Outstanding Music Composition, Outstanding Sound Editing and Outstanding Sound Mixing are also up for grabs. American Horror Story leads the horror television race with 17 nominations. While it is certainly wonderful to be a part of this horror renaissance occurring on our tv's, I am kind of surprised that AHS received so many nominations while Hannibal and Penny Dreadful were completely left out and The Walking Dead was barely acknowledged. I love Ryan Murphy and I am always first in line for anything that he does, but I can't help feeling all of these fierce witches may have stole a little bit of thunder from their peers. Surely, they could have made room for a Ms. Vanessa Ives?
How do you feel about all of this Emmy nomination hullaballoo? Are you excited, disappointed, angry ? Please, tell me your thoughts and feels.