2014 Emmy Nominations: ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘True Detective’ among the honored

By Bill Carter

New York Times News Service

Published: Thursday, July 10 2014 10:00 a.m. MDT

Notable omissions included Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men,” Tatiana Maslany for “Orphan Black,” Keri Russell for FX’s “The Americans” and Vera Farmiga for A&E’s “Bates Motel.”

On the men’s side it was all non-broadcast contenders: Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson for “True Detective,” Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad,” Jeff Daniels for HBO’s “Newsroom,” Kevin Spacey for “Cards” and one more nomination for Jon Hamm of “Mad Men,” who has never won this award.

Omissions included Michael Sheen of “Masters of Sex,” James Spader of “Blacklist” and Matthew Rhys of “The Americans.”

Netflix scored a bit of a surprise nomination for Ricky Gervais in the lead actor category for his show “Derek.” He was joined in that group by regulars like Jim Parsons of “Big Bang,” Louis CK of “Louie,” Don Cheadle in Showtime’s “House of Lies” and Matt LeBlanc in Showtime’s “Episodes.” A newcomer there was William H. Macy, which Showtime elbowed into the comedy categories to try to get some nods, and got this one.

The category for best actress in a comedy included mostly repeat performers: Amy Poehler of “Parks and Recreation,” Melissa McCarthy of “Mike and Molly,” Edie Falco of “Nurse Jackie,” Lena Dunham of “Girls.” Again “Orange” broke into the party with its star Taylor Schilling.

The strategizing that went into the gaming of categories was evident and in some cases paid off. For instance, “Fargo” and “True Detective” have the exact same format (closed-ended series with plans for additional seasons with different casts) but both claimed a host of nominations in separate categories — mini-series vs. drama series — when they could have canceled each other out had they gone head to head.

Falco always gets some grief for being listed in the comedy actress group because her performance is so dramatically compelling — but she is at least in a half-hour show, the format of all the other comedy nominees.

Then there is the category of outstanding guest actor in a comedy series, which somehow now includes the stars who guest host “SNL” — including, this year, Jimmy Fallon and Louis C. K. Both stars would have shown up in the list of nominees anyway, since C. K. has multiple nominations for his “Louie” series and Fallon is up for the first time as host of NBC’s “Tonight Show.”

A list of nominees in the major categories is below. (The full list is available at the Emmys website.)

Best Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

“Louie” (FX)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

“Silicon Valley” (HBO)

“Veep” (HBO)

Best Drama Series

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)

“Downton Abbey” (PBS)

“Game of Thrones” (HBO)

“House of Cards” (Netflix)

“Mad Men” (AMC)

“True Detective” (HBO)

Best Mini-Series

“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

“Bonnie & Clyde” (Lifetime)

“Fargo” (FX)

“Luther” (BBC America)

“Treme” (HBO)

“The White Queen” (Starz)

Best Actor In A Comedy Series

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes” (Showtime)

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” (Showtime)

Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX)

Ricky Gervais, “Derek” (Netflix)

William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)

Best Actress In A Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, “Girls” (HBO)

Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly” (CBS)

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)

Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)

Best Actor In A Drama Series

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom” (HBO)

Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” (HBO)

Woody Harrelson, “True Detective” (HBO)

Best Actress In A Drama Series

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Lizzie Caplan, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Kerry Washington, “Scandal” (ABC)

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