Yes, there are a lot of elements of the Emmy nominations that we are bitter about, but we also found reason to cheer this year. Here are some of the Emmy picks we thought were most deserved.
Josh Charles’ send-off nomination
Charles got nominated once before for the show’s second season, but he’s been sadly absent from the Emmy rolls since then. Although the show’s stellar fifth season deserved even more awards recognition that it got, thankfully his incredible final arc on the show got the credit it deserved. Dying on-screen is always a good way to get awards, but Charles’ work in episodes like “Hitting the Fan” and “The Decision Tree,” as he wrestles with Alicia’s betrayal of the firm, is what really got him in there. - DS
Lizzy Caplan sneaking in for Masters of Sex
Downton Abbey’s stubborn refusal to move gently into that good night continues to clog up the drama category, which really only had room to add True Detective, but the superior Masters of Sex at least managed to grab a Best Actress nomination for its luminous lead, Lizzy Caplan. - DS
Lena Headey replacing Emilia Clarke for Game of Thrones
Clarke’s nomination for Supporting Actress last year was perfectly worthy: she had a bunch of impressive content in Thrones’ third season revolving around her liberation of the slave army. But a repeat nomination this year would have smelled a little stagnant, considering that Daenerys’ plot was one of the less-popular elements of the fourth season. Instead, Lena Headey’s underpraised work as Cersei got in, a worthy recognition of the difficult job she does making one of the show’s most villainous characters relatable. - DS