June 27, 2014 at 10:33 am #320600
The guest, main title, reality, variety and animation categories already have their own threads, but discuss all other craft and technical categories here.
I am writing a series of articles analyzing specific categories and will also post them here.June 27, 2014 at 10:37 am #320602
Nominated last year: Downton Abbey (third casting nomination including 2011 when miniseries), Game of Thrones (third nomination), The Good Wife (fourth nomination), Homeland (second nomination, 2012 winner), House of Cards (first nomination, 2013 winner)
It can be hard at the Emmys for nominees to regain nominations once snubbed and this is true in no category more so than Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series. Not since the category was created fourteen years ago has a drama reaped non-consecutive nominations. Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire are past winners that were dropped last year, so they have an uphill battle.
As most casting occurs in the earlier years of a show, this category has logically been dominated by new shows. Not since Law & Order in 2002 has a drama been nominated for a season later than its fifth. Since then, only three dramas have been nominated for their fifth seasons: The West Wing, The Sopranos and Mad Men, which are not coincidentally the only three dramas to have won Outstanding Drama Series multiple times in the 2000s.
This means that The Good Wife is in trouble after having been nominated for its first four seasons, even though many are expecting a major comeback for it in other categories. After having been nominated for its first four seasons, Friday Night Lights was dropped from this category its fifth year, even though the series was more popular with the Television Academy than ever then, as that was the only time that it received an Outstanding Drama Series nomination. Likewise, 24 had been nominated for its first four seasons, but was dropped for its fifth year, despite that also being the apex of its popularity, as that was the one year that it won best drama. Unlike The Good Wife, both of those shows were also previous winners here, so The Good Wife is lucky to have gotten this far.
Another trend in this category is that the incumbent winner is nominated the next year. The only exception to this was Six Feet Under, which won in 2001 and 2002, then took a long hiatus and was ineligible in 2003. It was not nominated when it returned for 2004, but as aforementioned, no drama has ever reaped nominations in non-consecutive years.
It is rare that a drama receives its first casting nomination for a season other than its first. The last time that this happened was 2010 when a close race resulted in six nominees that included Big Love and Dexter on their only nominations for this award. House of Cards was the only new drama that the Emmys really embraced last year; it was the only one to receive more than three nominations. Masters of Sex and True Detective are the ones coming in hot this year.
The wildcard is Breaking Bad, which was snubbed for its first five seasons. If nominated, it would be the first ever to receive its first nomination here after its fourth season, which Dexter did. However, since this category’s creation, Breaking Bad has been the only Outstanding Drama Series winner never to have been nominated for casting, so it is an outlier regardless. The recent SAG win by Breaking Bad for Best Drama Ensemble is in its favor, as 2004 winner CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is the only other never to have been Emmy-nominated for casting.
Downton Abbey • Jill Trevellick • Season 4
Game of Thrones • Nina Gold & Robert Sterne • Season 4
House of Cards • Julie Schubert & Laray Mayfield • Season 2
Masters of Sex • Bernard Telsey & Risa Bramon Garcia & Tiffany Little Canfield • Season 1
True Detective • Alexa L. Fogel & Christine Kromer • Season 1
Boardwalk Empire • Meredith Tucker • Season 4
Breaking Bad • Sharon Bialy & Sharon Thomas • Season 5B
The Good Wife • Mark Saks • Season 5
Homeland • Judy Henderson • Season 3
Mad Men • Carrie Audino & Laura Schiff • Season 7AJune 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm #320603
Nominated last year: Girls (second nomination, 2012 winner), Modern Family (fourth nomination, 2010 winner), Nurse Jackie (fourth nomination), 30 Rock (sixth nomination, 2008, 2009, 2013 winner), Veep (second nomination)
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series saw a massive upset last year when the final season of 30 Rock scored the series its third trophy in the category. It overcame the odds in every way. In the last decade, 30 Rock has been the only comedy to win for casting a season other than its first or second. It is the only comedy in that time to have won more than once. It is the only comedy or drama in that time to have nominated for its seventh season. Finally, it was the first comedy since Weeds in 2009 to return to the race after being snubbed, as 30 Rock was in 2012.
Aside from last year, this Primetime Emmy Award understandably favors new comedies that have just formed their ensembles. As shows age, it becomes increasingly difficult to retain a nomination in this category and it is very difficult to return once snubbed. Last year happened to be a bad one for new comedies, as far as the Emmys were concerned. In fact, not a single one reaped a nomination in any Emmy category, including the technical awards.
This year, four new comedies are strong contenders in this race. Orange is the New Black has already won the Satellite Award for Best Ensemble on Television and was casted by the same woman who won this Emmy for Girls two years ago. Orange is the New Black features the largest comedy cast on television and primarily comprises lesser-known actors; both of these were true for Glee when it won three years ago.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine was bolstered by its Golden Globe wins earlier this year and also has a big name behind its casting. Allison Jones won this back in 2000 for Freaks and Geeks, which launched the careers of James Franco and Seth Rogen. She has received eight nominations in this category since then, for Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, United States of Tara and Veep. HBO has two new contenders in Looking and Silicon Valley, complementing their incumbent nominees Girls and Veep.
Although it has been nominated at the Screen Actors Guild Awards the last two years for Best Comedy Ensemble, The Big Bang Theory has never been nominated for its casting by the Emmys or the Casting Society of America and it keeps aging, so it is unlikely that it receives a nomination now for its seventh season, even if multiple regular and guest cast members are nominated individually. Although it features an extensive guest cast, Louie is also yet to be nominated here. Perhaps it is being penalized for having only one regular cast member in Louis C.K.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine • Allison Jones & Juel Bestrop • Season 1
Orange is the New Black • Jennifer Euston • Season 1
Modern Family • Jeff Greenberg • Season 5
Silicon Valley • Jeanne McCarthy & Nicole Abellera • Season 1
Veep • Pat Moran • Season 3
Girls • Jennifer Euston • Season 3
Looking • Carmen Cuba • Season 1
Louie • Gayle Keller • Season 4
New Girl • Michael V. Nicolo • Season 3
Nurse Jackie • Ross Meyerson & Julie Tucker • Season 5July 3, 2014 at 11:00 am #320604
Nominated last year: The Exes (first nomination), How I Met Your Mother (fourth nomination, 2006, 2013 winner), Mike & Molly (second nomination), 2 Broke Girls (second nomination), Two and a Half Men (eighth nomination, 2007, 2011, 2012 winner)
CBS has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series the last five times and claimed four of five nomination slots both of the last two years. The Television Academy might as well rename this the CBS Award. That the American Society of Cinematographers splits its awards into hour-long and half-hour categories (and has not nominated a multi-camera series since 3rd Rock from the Sun for 1997) further calls into question the existence of this category, but this is irrelevant to predicting it.
How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men are the only series to have won this Emmy—and each has done so multiple times—that are still eligible; however, shows tend to fall off the academy radar toward the ends of their runs. For example, Will & Grace won this award four times from six consecutive nominations, but it was dropped in 2006 for its final season.
All eight previous nominations and three wins for Two and a Half Men were under director of photography Steven V. Silver, who left the series this year for the new CBS comedy Mom. Silver has somehow never been nominated for work outside of Two and a Half Men, most notably including every season of The Big Bang Theory, which typically leads CBS in Emmy nominations.
Also new for CBS this year is The Millers, shot by Gary Baum, who has been nominated four times in the last four years for three different CBS sitcoms: Mike & Molly which he is again eligible for, 2 Broke Girls for its pilot and Gary Unmarried, which is no longer on the air.
The only multi-camera cinematography nominees in the last four years not on CBS have been on TV Land (Retired at 35 in 2011 and The Exes in 2013) and Disney (Wizards of Waverly Place in 2011 and Pair of Kings in 2011 and 2012). The new Kirstie is TV Land’s best bet to complement The Exes because other entries Hot in Cleveland and The Soul Man have been consistently snubbed. Disney’s best bet may now be Dog with a Blog by John Simmons, who reaped two nominations for Pair of Kings, although he was snubbed for both series last year.
How I Met Your Mother • Christian La Fountaine • “Daisy”
Mike & Molly • Gary Baum • “Weekend at Peggy’s”
The Millers • Gary Baum • “Driving Miss Crazy”
Two and a Half Men • Mark Thomas Davison • “Baseball. Boobs. Boobs. Baseball.”
2 Broke Girls • Christian La Fountain • “And the Near Death Experience”
The Big Bang Theory • Steven V. Silver • “The Proton Transmogrification”
Dog with a Blog • John Simmons • “Stan Runs Away”
The Exes • George Mooradian • “When Haskell Met Sammy”
Kirstie • Wayne Kennan • “Little Bummer Boy”
Mom • Steven V. Silver • “Pilot”July 3, 2014 at 11:48 am #320605
God, that is a depressing category.July 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm #320606
Nominated last year: Boardwalk Empire (fifth nomination, 2011, 2012 winner), Breaking Bad (fifth nomination), Game of Thrones (first nomination), Homeland (first nomination), House of Cards (first nomination, 2013 winner), Mad Men (fifth nomination, 2008 winner)
Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series has a history of nominating series that get very little Primetime Emmy Awards love elsewhere, from UPN’s Everybody Hates Chris in 2006 to ABC’s Pan Am in 2012, but last year’s lineup basically mirrored that of Outstanding Drama Series and this year is likely to do the same.
Breaking Bad has been nominated every season, but was curiously never up for the equivalent award given out by the American Society of Cinematographers, whose voting membership overlaps with the Television Academy.
On the other hand, Game of Thrones has won the ASC Award the last two years, but only gained its first Emmy nomination for cinematography last year. This is probably due to how the show has shown up on the Emmy ballot. While a show like House of Cards has one cinematographer that they use for every episode, Game of Thrones instead employs a constant rotation of guests in order to accommodate the unorthodox manner in which they shoot episodes simultaneously and non-sequentially. With each cinematographer submitting themselves, Game of Thrones has ended up with as many as six entries on the ballot and has surely split its votes in the process. House of Cards is able to pool all of its support for its one submission. This year, Game of Thrones has submitted just four episodes, so it may even pick up a second nomination.
Boardwalk Empire won the Emmy and the ASC Award for both of its first two seasons and saw multiple episodes nominated each year by both groups. Unlike Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, industry support for Boardwalk Empire has been softening as the series ages, but with the track record that it has in cinematography, it should lose its nominations in other categories before it is wholly snubbed here. Other former Emmy favorites that are on the decline are Mad Men and Homeland, both of which have been inconsistently nominated here.
The same series has won this award and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series the last three years (House of Cards and Boardwalk Empire twice). That puts True Detective in a good position, as it is the early directing frontrunner for a midseason episode that features a six-minute tracking shot and it has submitted that same episode for cinematography.
Boardwalk Empire • David Franco • “Erlkönig”
Breaking Bad • Michael Slovis • “Granite State”
Game of Thrones • Jonathan Freeman • “Two Swords”
House of Cards • Igor Martinovic • “Chapter 18”
True Detective • Adam Arkapaw • “Who Goes There”
Boardwalk Empire • Bill Coleman • “Farewell Daddy Blues”
Breaking Bad • Arthur Albert • “Buried”
Game of Thrones • Rob McLachlan • “Oathkeeper”
Homeland • David Klein • “The Star”
Mad Men • Christopher Manley • “Waterloo”July 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm #320607
A dark horse for Cinematography in a multi camera series would be Hot in Cleveland. IMOJuly 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm #320608
It is, but I could not justify a top ten placement when it has been snubbed for all three seasons thus far, while it has been recognized for its art direction, editing, makeup and acting.July 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm #320609
It is, but I could not justify a top ten placement when it has been snubbed for all three seasons thus far, while it has been recognized for its art direction, editing, makeup and acting.
Do you know what they submitted for Art Direction this year? I know that they won the Art Direction Emmy a couple of years ago.July 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm #320612
I agree with most of these. But, I’m not sure if Silicon Valley will get a casting nod over Girls.July 7, 2014 at 5:07 pm #320614
Editing might unfortunately be all that I have time to write articles about; I will probably end up just posting predictions with no analysis on the rest of the series technical categories on Wednesday.