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The CatDoggys (Part 1)
I was always going to do a blog post about the Emmys. Always, always, always. Award shows are, for some reason or another, one of the few things I'm unreservedly interested in. Most of my bookmarks are to Oscar-season websites and Emmy prediction stuff and even ones dedicated to the Grammys and Tonys (to get the full EGOT, so to speak). But, after Shining Raichu came to me for the idea of a C&M "Guess the Emmy results" game, I thought why not do one better? Why not give out my own awards? I have pretty good taste in TV, if I do say so myself, and I haven't done a proper blog post in a long time. Let's do it!
Of course, this was about a month ago, and I told myself I was going to watch most of the stuff nominated (as well as what many people called 'quality' television) before the official ceremony on Sunday. Cut to the present, where I've JUST finished watching the last show on my list (Game of Thrones), and I'm officially ready to give out the CatDoggy Awards to their very deserving recipients.
As well as this, I'm going to use this opportunity to showcase my predictions in the aforementioned Emmy guessing game, so yay to that. Turns out I can't figure out how to do two columns. Sucks to be me.
Part 1 of this is going to be for the main Comedy Awards (apart from Guest Acting, as I wasn't going through that barrage of hundreds of pages of nominated entries). For each list, I've done what an Emmy voter would do and sift through the longlist of all submissions in each category. Unlike other award shows like the Oscars or the Tonys, each actor (or production company in the case of the Best ___ Series Awards) submits themselves in the category that they think best represents them. For example, the cast of Modern Family all submit themselves in the Supporting Acting categories in an apparent act of solidarity. While I disagree with a number of placings in this regard (Ed O'Neill is easily the leading actor of the aforementioned show, yet is nominated for a supporting performance... whatevs), I've kept people in their respective categories for the most part.
I've typed waaaaaaaay too much, so let's get on with this, shall we?
- Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
- Louis C.K. – Louie
- Steve Carrell – The Office
- Johnny Galecki – The Big Bang Theory
- Joel McHale – Community
- Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress
- Courteney Cox – Cougar Town
- Kaley Cuoco – The Big Bang Theory
- Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
- Tina Fey – 30 Rock
- Laura Linney – The Big C
- Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
Outstanding Supporting Actor
- Chris Colfer – Glee
- Donald Glover – Community
- Nolan Gould – Modern Family
- Ed O’Neill – Modern Family
- Chris Pratt – Parks and Recreation
- Danny Pudi – Community
I've written way too much already, but this was the hardest category to whittle down. I can't believe I haven't nominated Ron F'ing Swanson, but this is such a competitive field. Glee has fallen apart this year, and Kurt's moralizing played a big part of that, but Colfer's performance, if anything, improved substantially over the second season. I think he's going to win the Emmy, as well. That Modern Family's Luke is not an Emmy nominee is a travesty. He's easily the funniest cast member and he's only 11. MADNESS! Ed O'Neill, while clearly the leading man, has the best underplaying deadpan delivery I've seen on TV all year. Chris Pratt has the warmth of a teddy bear and the comedic chops of... something very funny. As Nick Offerman gets more of the attention for Parks and Rec, it's hard to see the work that Pratt does. If this award were for individual episode contribution, Danny Pudi would win in a heartbeat for the "Critical Film Studies" episode of Community. Watch it if you haven't already, it's amazing. However, the most consistently funny, well-acted character on TV is Troy Barnes, also from Community. Every time Glover cries in pain, I cry with laughter. He can make the oldest joke in the book sound fresh and new. I honestly don't understand why he's not a movie star right now... in 10 years time, maybe. For now, he'll have to settle for a CatDoggy.
Outstanding Supporting Actress
- Kaitlin Olson – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
- Busy Phillips – Cougar Town
- Aubrey Plaza – Parks and Recreation
- Melissa Rauch – The Big Bang Theory
- Naya Rivera – Glee
- Sofia Vergara – Modern Family
Honourable mentions (in descending order): Heather Morris – Glee | Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory | Ellie Kemper – The Office | Christa Miller – Cougar Town | Merritt Weaver – Nurse Jackie
Like Ron F'ing Swanson, it kills me not to have Brittany S. Pierce on this shortlist. And while the supporting men was the hardest category to whittle down, these ladies provide the largest quotient of quality in any category (comedy or drama). Olson is the unsung hero of Sunny: her ability to not only keep up but surpass the creators in levels of depravity is a marvel. Plus, she does a kickass ostrich impression. Phillips and Plaza have equally hard jobs in polar opposites (relentless optimism and pessimism, respectively), but they manage to make their characters feel real when they could easily feel like caricatures. Rauch is BBT's secret weapon, and the only actor who manages to transcend the often clunky style of comedy that seems to be its bread-and-butter. She has her own rhythms that gel and clash with the rest of the cast in such a funny way. And Vergara... well, part of the reason she's here is because of her accent and rack, but it takes a really good actress to make a real character out of an accent and rack. Rivera wins this because she's the heart and soul of the part of Glee that I still like - the one that's fading slowly, slowly away. She can make you laugh and cry, often in the same scene.
- 30 Rock
- Cougar Town
- It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
- Parks and Recreation
Tomorrow, I'll do drama (and hopefully type less... this took a LOT longer than I thought)!