Emmy Awards nominations potential surprise: Watch out for ‘Horace and Pete’

‘Of course’ I totally acknowledge that “Horace and Pete” could be completely overlooked in Thursday’s announcement of the Emmy Awards nominations. Having aired on Louis C.K.‘s website it has no network behind it and really low viewership. ‘But maybe’ it could be the big surprise of the day. Here are three reasons why:

1. Snob appeal
The episodes are theatrical one-scene talkfests over which the creator had complete creative control. Emmy voters love that air of pretension.

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2. Emmy magnets
Multi-hyphenate C.K. has earned 32 Emmy nominations in the past five years, with five wins. And the cast he assembled for “Horace and Pete” is full of Emmy darlings. Edie Falco was the first woman to win for leading performances in both a drama series (“The Sopranos” – 1999, 2001 and 2003) and a ccomedy series (“Nurse Jackie” – 2010) and has racked up 13 nominations. Alan Alda is the only winner of Emmys for writing (Best Comedy Writing for “M*A*S*H” in 1979), directing (Best Comedy Directing for “M*A*S*H” in 1977) and acting (Best Series Actor for “M*A*S*H” in 1974, Best Comedy Actor for “M*A*S*H” in 1974 and 1982, Best Drama Supporting Actor for “The West Wing” in 2006). He has been nominated 34 times in all, including a Best Drama Guest Actor bid last year for “The Blacklist.”

Jessica Lange and Laurie Metcalf have both gone three for seven at the Emmys. Lange has reigned twice in the movie/mini races in lead (“Grey Gardens” – 2009; “American Horror Story: Coven” – 2014) and once in supporting (the original “AHS” – 2012). And Metcalf owned Comedy Supporting Actress for three years running beginning in 1999 for her work on “Roseanne.” And co-star Steve Buscemi has racked up six Emmy nominations over the years.

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3. It’s the apple in the orange cart
“Horace and Pete” is different to any other drama series contender. The way it’s shot, the way it feels, the way it looks, the way it smells, etc… it will stand out on the ballots. The challenge is trying to figure out where it will get nominated. I’m predicting Falco is nominated for Drama Supporting Actress, since voters no longer have “Nurse Jackie” to voter for and that Metcalf gets in for Guest Actress. And it may just take the Drama Series slot vacated by “Mad Men.”

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