2014 Emmy Nominations Announced – FULL LIST – And Why Breaking Bad Should Sweep The Awards


So, here’s the FULL list of the 2014 Emmy Nominations that were announced this morning by Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly. Take a quick scan for you favorites, then we’ll chat.


Drama Series

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective

Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory

Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Lead Actor in a Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge

Martin Freeman, Fargo
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Idris Elba, Luther
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Lead Actress in a Drama
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Claire Danes, Homeland
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Kerry Washington, Scandal

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Lead Actor in a Comedy
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc,, Episodes
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
William H. Macy, Shameless

Lead Actress in a Comedy
Lena Dunham, Girls

Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Reality Competition Program
The Amazing Race

Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Variety Series
The Colbert Report

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

American Horror Story: Coven

Bonnie & Clyde
The White Queen

Television Movie
Killing Kennedy

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Las Vow
The Trip to Bountiful

Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Supporting Actress in a Drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Guest Actor in a Drama
Paul Giamatti, Downton Abbey

Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex
Joe Morton, Scandal

Guest Actress in a Drama
Margo Martindale, The Americans

Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Kate Mara, House of Cards
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
Kate Burton, Scandal

Writing for a Drama
Moira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad

Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones
Beau Willimon, House of Cards
Nic Pizzolatto, True Detective

Directing for a Drama
Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire

Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad
David Evans, Downton Abbey
Neil Marshall, Game of Thrones
Carl Franklin, House of Cards
Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective

Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Guest Actor in a Comedy
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory

Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Steve Buscemi, Portlandia
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
Gary Cole, Veep

Guest Actress in a Comedy
Natasha Lyonne, Orange Is the New Black

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Joan Cusack, Shameless

Writing for a Comedy
David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes

Louis C.K., Louie
Liz Friedman and Jenji Kohan, Orange Is the New Black
Alec Berg, Silicon Valley
Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, and Armando Iannucci, Veep

Directing for a Comedy
Iain B. MacDonald, Episodes

Paris Barclay, Glee
Louis C.K., Louie
Gail Mancuso, Modern Family
Jodie Foster, Orange Is the New Black
Mike Judge, Silicon Valley

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Colin Hanks, Fargo

Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart

Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, American Horror Story: Coven

Noah Hawley, Fargo
Neil Cross, Luther
Larry Kramer, The Normal Heart
Steven Moffat, Sherlock: His Last Vow
David Simon and Eric Overmyer, Treme

Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, American Horror Story: Coven

Adam Bernstein, Fargo
Colin Bucksey, Fargo
Stephen Frears, Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
Ryan Murphy, The Normal Heart
Nick Hurran, Sherlock: His Last Vow

Variety Special
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks

The Beatles: The Night That Changed America
Best of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special
Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays
The Kennedy Center Honors
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles

Writing for a Variety Series
The Colbert Report

The Daily Show
Inside Amy Schumer
Key & Peele
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Writing for a Variety Special
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America

Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
67th Annual Tony Awards

Directing for a Variety Series
James Hoskinson, The Colbert Report

Chuck O’Neil, The Daily Show
Jonathan Krisel, Portlandia
Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live
Dave Diomedi, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Directing for a Variety Special
Gregg Gelfand, The Beatles: The Night That Changed America

Louis J. Horvitz, The Kennedy Center Honors
Hamish Hamilton, The Oscars
James Lapine, Six by Sondheim
Beth McCarthy Miller and Rob Ashford, The Sound of Music Live!
Glenn Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards

Special Class Program
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards

The Oscars
Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony
The Sound of Music Live!
67th Annual Tony Awards

Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program
Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama

Childrens Hospital
Parks and Rec in Europe
The Soup: True Detective
Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show Starring Bruno Mars

Short-Format Nonfiction Program
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

COSMOS: A National Geographic Deeper Dive
I Was There: Boston Marathon Bombings
Jay Leno’s Garage
Park Bench With Steve Buscemi
30 for 30 Shorts

Interactive Program
Comedy Central’s @midnight

Game of Thrones Premiere – Facebook Live and Instagram
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Digital Experience
The Voice

Children’s Program

Dog With a Blog
Good Luck Charlie
Nick News With Linda Ellerbee – Family Secrets: When Violence Hits Home
One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp
Wynton Marsalis – A YoungArts Masterclass

Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

Jeremy Irons, Game of Lions
Daniel Craig, One Life
Jane Lynch, Penguins: Waddle All the Way
Henry Strozier, Too Cute!
Whoopi Goldberg, Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley

Structured Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
Shark Tank
Undercover Boss
Who Do You Think You Are?

Unstructured Reality Program
Alaska: The Last Frontier

Deadliest Catch
Flipping Out
Million Dollar Listing New York
Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan

Documentary or Nonfiction Special
JFK (American Experience)

Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert
Running From Crazy
The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy
The Squazre
Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley

Documentary or Nonfiction Series
American Masters

COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey
Pioneers of Television
The World Wars
Years of Living Dangerously

Information Series or Special
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

Inside the Actors Studio
Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman
The Writers’ Room

Animated Program

Bob’s Burgers
South Park
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project


Whew, that’s a long list. My own personal scan was for Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Anna Gunn and Aaron Paul. Some people are weary of these folks being nominated, but I’ll tell you why they all should win: Because I said so.

When’s the last time you were curled up in a fetal position, alternately screaming and crying over a TV drama? You can’t, can you?  Each and every episode STUCK in our collective brains for days. VISCERAL is the only word that can describe the final season of Breaking Bad for me. I ached during the horrific episode Ozymandias where Hank (where was Dean Norris’s nod?) was so brutally shot and killed by those asshole white supremacists, who then run off with Walt’s $80 million( of hard-earned meth money) and a screaming, terrified Jesse. Walt then makes his crazy way home to maniacally force his family to pack up and leave with him, which incites a terrorizing fight with a kitchen knife and Walt fleeing with baby Holly–leaving Skylar (Anna Gunn) kneeling and wailing in the middle of the street as she watches Walt speed away. 


You can’t tell me just those five minutes alone didn’t kick you in the gut. Jesus H. I felt it all over again.


All Hail The King. You’re goddamned right.

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