It’s a Good Day To Be A Geek! – The 2012 Emmy Nominations

With the midnight shows of The Dark Knight Rises only a few scant hours away, thousands of fanboys and fangirls are more excited about going to the movies tonight than even Fred (Pee Wee Herman) Willard.

Batman is all you’re hearing about in Hollywood. With TDKR accounting for 85% of all advance ticket purchases, Movie Suits are falling over themselves predicting The Bat will outperform The Avengers. Me? I think the feat is certainly doable… But with almost a 3 hour running time and no 3D tix premium to gouge extra money from the fan base– out doing Joss Whedon’s colossus will take some heavy lifting. (Personally, I think The Dark Knight Rises will score big, then drop precipitously in Week Two when the relentlessly dark subject matter that thrills Jose so much dampens repeat business amongst average movie-goers.)

Even with all the Bat-Talk, who knew today would be such a banner day for Geek TV Lovers too? But Emmy Voters delivered Geek Treats galore– surprising many with a few nominations that, frankly, few thought they had in them to give.

Yes, Big Bang Theory got nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series (again) while Community got skunked (save for one measly writing nomination)… And the second season of The Walking Dead was deservedly ignored except in three tech categories… But I seriously expected that. (Who knew The Emmys even had a Prosthetic Make-Up Category? I certainly didn’t.)

Even with most of the usual fan-faves being ritually ignored (as they are almost every year), there was still much to geek out about.

Take a look at the Outstanding Mini-Series or Movie category:

American Horror Story • FX Networks • Twentieth Century Fox Television

Game Change • HBO • Playtone and Everyman Pictures in association with HBO Films

Hatfields & McCoys • HISTORY • Thinkfactory Media in association with History

Hemingway & Gellhorn • HBO • Attaboy Films and A Walrus & Associates in association with HBO Films

Luther • BBC America • A BBC and BBC America Co-Production

Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) • PBS • Hartswood West for BBC / Cymru Wales in co-production with Masterpiece

and, concurrently, Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie:

Game Change • HBO • Playtone and Everyman Pictures in association with HBO Films
Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt

Hatfields & McCoys • HISTORY • Thinkfactory Media in association with History
Kevin Costner as ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield

Hatfields & McCoys • HISTORY • Thinkfactory Media in association with History
Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy

Hemingway & Gellhorn • HBO • Attaboy Films and A Walrus & Associates in association with HBO Films
Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway

Luther • BBC America • A BBC and BBC America Co-Production
Idris Elba as John Luther

Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) • PBS • Hartswood West for BBC / Cymru Wales in co-production with Masterpiece
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

I would have lost every penny I possess betting on these nominations.

Sure, I fully expected both Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton to be nominated for Hatfields & McCoys. Not only was H&M the highest rated US Cable Mini-Series ever– it was also excellent… With a surprisingly great performance by Kevin Costner.

Given how Costner ripped through that mini, I have severe doubts that IMJ Faves Idris Elba (for Luther) or Benedict Cumberbatch (as Sherlock Holmes) have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning in the category. But stranger things have happened. There’s an outside chance Emmy Voters will split between Costner & Paxton– allowing one of these other deserving actors to win instead.

Strangely enough, I have seen all the nominated performances… And as much as I love Luther and Sherlock, I would be just as happy if any of these actors win in this category.

I’m simply amazed that Emmy Voters actually copped to watching BBC America or even PBS. For readers not in the States, BBC America shows commercials– usually, loud infomercial-quality adverts for garden hoses and kitchen gadgets– during the programs. I’ve never met a Doctor Who fan that didn’t want to cry (or worse) while attempting to watch a Who episode on BBC America. The commercial placement within these eps is so haphazard and seemingly arbitrary (with literally no concern for dramatic timing), it’s as if deaf and blind monkeys made the decisions.

At least US dwelling fans of Steven Moffat’s Sherlock get treated with more respect. PBS, short for the Public Broadcasting System, has much stricter commercial guidelines they must abide by– saving their ad blurbs for before and after the programs.

Yes, of course there were many slights… And several repetitive nominations. Emmy Voters– more than those for other States-based entertainment award-giving organizations– are well-known for getting into ruts when nominating popular actors in popular TV Shows. Just for example: William Shatner, as brilliant as he could be on David E. Kelley’s Boston Legal, owes his several awards in a row to Emmy voters going the safe and easy route.

These ruts also go a long way in explaining why there is no room for, say, Community’s Joel McHale in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category– but still plenty of room for Big Bang’s Jim Parsons (the winner last year for his portrayal of the insipid Sheldon Cooper) or even Jon Cryer— though his Two and a Half Men role as Alan Harper had always been nominated in the supporting actor category until this year.

Believe me, if there was ever an actor deserving of an award for putting up with and surviving massive amounts of bullshit… It’s Jon Cryer. Too bad that’s not an actual Emmy category… Then McHale could get some well deserved recognition too.

[Screencap via Deadline]

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5 Responses to It’s a Good Day To Be A Geek! – The 2012 Emmy Nominations

  1. Locusmortis says:

    your mention of the ads on BBC America reminded me of the faux ads on The Fast Show skits for Chanel 9 Neus

  2. dimaman15 says:

    I recently showed a friend of mine “A Scandal In Belgravia.” This person knew practically nothing about Sherlock Holmes as a character going into the viewing other then watching the first Robert Downey Jr. adaptation. Literally seconds after Scandal was down he went on Amazon and bought the two seasons of Sherlock and is now reading the collections of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories.

    • dimaman15 says:

      sorry wrong vid

    • Insideman says:

      I can totally understand why that happened. (Not the video switch– the person becoming engrossed by Sherlock.) 😀

      • dimaman15 says:

        Just to clarify what happened, both videos are in my “favourites” page on youtube and I went through there to get to the sherlock vid. When I copied and pasted the address to the sherlock vid on here it instead, for some reason, posted the metal vid.

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