(This is an extended preview of the PopRox column coming in Sunday’s Pocono Record. And don’t forget, I’ve got two tickets to give away to the Dark Knight Rises premiere party July 19 at the Pocono Community Theater. Enter the contest now, the deadline is Tuesday!)
It may not be as glitzy as the Oscar nomination ceremony, but let’s all start looking forward to July 19 when the nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards are announced.
Who knows where Emmy voters will go this year? Here’s to hoping they nail a couple on my longshot wish-list:
Giancarlo Esposito as Gus on Breaking Bad (supporting actor, drama)
Last year for this column, I said if Margo Martindale didn’t get a nomination for Justified, then it would be enough to permanently discredit the Emmys as a fraud award. That’s about how strongly I feel for Esposito this year. Unquestionably the best acting performance of the year, man or woman, comedy or drama, lead or supporting. Maybe even movie or TV. Then he went on Once Upon a Time, hammed it up something fierce, hammed it up even further in an episode of Community and pretty much ruined all that momentum he had. At least Natalie Portman had the Oscar in her hands before she let anyone see Your Highness or Thor. Poor Gus — as Esposito will heretofore be known — never even got that chance. Let’s hope the Emmys look by those … indiscretions.
Jason Gann as Wilfred the Dog on Wilfred (supporting actor, comedy)
The first TV person that really gives Eric Cartman a run for his money on the comedic delivery of swear words. Maybe it gets a little tedious watching Wilfred pull the football away from Elijah Wood Lucy-style in every episode, but what never gets boring is watching Gann do what should be almost impossible — acting like a dog who acts like a human but still is a dog. I know, that sounds pretty weird.
No nominations for Sons of Anarchy.
Not because it doesn’t deserve it, far from it since this may have been the show’s best season. Katey Sagal definitely deserves an acting nod as Gemma, and Charlie Hunnam as Jax and Ron Perlman as Clay deserve consideration too. But I’m hoping Sons of Anarchy doesn’t get nominated for jack squat because that will bring series creator Kurt Sutter back to Twitter rants about how old and out-of-touch Emmy voters are. There also will be some suggestive places for those voters to stick their Emmy statues. And that will be fun. He’s been too tame on Twitter lately.
Robert Carlyle as Mr. Gold/Rumpelstiltskin on Once Upon a Time (best supporting actor, drama)
For the most part, Once Upon a Time is enjoyable fun, almost like the 2012 version of Love Boat without the C-list guest stars. The characters are pretty two-dimensional, they’re there to serve the purpose of supporting the main story of the cat fight between Emma and the Mayor. There is one exception in the cast: the lovelorn, is-he-good-or-bad duality and conflict of Carlyle’s Rumpelstiltskin. He’s worth the price of admission every week, even somehow making us forget that this was once Begbie, his career-defining role in Trainspotting.
Fewer nominations for Modern Family.
Last year, the sitcom had four of the six nominations for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series, and two of the six supporting actress nominees. In a down season, can we let some other people play in the sandbox? Spread the wealth! Ed O’Neill, Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen, and let’s cut it off there.
New, younger blood for female comedy.
Just about every entertainment awards outfit is thought of as old and crusty, just checking off familiar names no matter what the role. Since it was a really good year for debut comedies, why not award the young-blood women behind them? Zooey Deschanel (32) is a lock for New Girl, we all know that. But how about the rest of the 30-ish crowd? Shickshinny native and 31-year-old Krysten Ritter as Chloe in Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23? Casey Wilson as Penny in Happy Endings at age 31? Let’s go really young and say 22-year-old Jane Levy as Tessa in Suburgatory. All deserving but somehow all longshots because Tina Fey and Edie Falco are already entrenched.