The Emmy nominations are out for 2013 and once again they have overlooked one of the best shows on television. Justifed is touted by many critics as the best drama on televison. Yet it does not receive one major nomination. Not for actor, not for supporting actor and not for best drama, all categories which should have seen a nod for Justified.
I realize that all these award shows are a bunch of political nonsense, but they could at least try to appear to be relevant. You only have to look at Kyle Chandler winning for the last season of Friday Night Lights. Does anyone believe he would have won had it not been the final season? That just happened to be the one and only year Timothy Olyphant has been nominated. Forget Olyphant and Hamm, they went with sentiment.
And who isn't tired of the Jon Hamm verses Bryan Crantston thing. Get over it. Hamm has been nominated every year and has never won. If they don't believe he is good enough to win (even the year Cranston was out) then he will never win, so why nominate him every year. Let's get some new blood in the nominations.
That brings us to Cranston. Cranston does that thing that Emmy voters love. He chews up the scenery in over the top dramatice style. Don't get me wrong, Cranston is a fine actor but not so good that he should take the prize home every year. Let's spread the love.
That leaves Hugh Bonneville for Downtown Abbey, Jeff Daniels for Newsroom, Damien Lewis for Homeland and Kevin Spacey for House of Cards. Space shouldn't even be in this catergory. House of Cards is a Netflix original program, which can only be streamed from Netflix. In my opnion, this should be a separate category.
Jeff Daniels name was not mentioned in any of the Emmy predictions that I have read and yet he was nominated. Newsroom is a snore. I believe Emmy votes love to see names they recognize from the movies. Daniels and Spacey both fit into that category.
I will be the first to admit that the writers on Justified haven't exactly delivered on giving Olyphant material that would elicit that Emmy award performance. Givens character was passed over time and again last season in order to focus more on the Boyd and Ava storyline, which is a shame. That is a conversation for another time. In spite of the limited material, Olyphant delivered a beautiful, touching performance in the scene with his dying father. The emotions he portrays with nothing more than facial expressions is heads above any over the top, scenery chewing performance any other actor has delivered.
Olyphant aside, there are other great actors on Justified who are, in my opinion, worthy of a nomination. Nick Searcy is tough and funny as Art Mullen. Walton Goggins has the scenery chewing performance down to an art. He is never mentioned for a nomination, but I believe Raymond J. Barry's performance as Raylan's dad Arlo is Emmy worthy.
I truly believe that the Emmy nominating committee are elitist snobs. The love shows based in L.A. and New York, but move toward the middle or the south and they turn their nose up. They will not embrace a show about U.S. marshals fighting crime in the rural hills of Kentucky. Hillbillies! They just can't relate. They would rather prove their intelligence and sophistication by nominating the Don Drapers and Earls of Grantham. After all we can't have those hillbillies taking home thier coveted Emmy.
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