August 26, 2014 at 7:22 am #330191
I have a theory. HBO’s submission of True Detective as a Drama Series was not a very popular move. Many thought it was a strategic move by HBO so it could sweep both Drama awards and Movie/Mini awards for True Detective and The Normal Heart.
And yet, HBO lost many, many, many of its favored awards in those races. No McConaughey, no Ruffalo, no directing for Murphy, no supporting for Roberts or Bomer. No writing for Kramer. And on the Drama side, True Detective only won Directing.
Did the TV Academy punish HBO for their foolish category switcheroos?August 26, 2014 at 7:31 am #330193
On the drama side of things, the academy couldn’t resist giving Breaking Bad all the awards, since it was their last time. I think it was more that they favoured Breaking Bad as opposed to hating on True Detective. Sherlock had been overdue an emmy sweep, and although S3 wasn’t as strong, it was only “His Last Vow” which was the strongest of the 3 episodes, and Cumberbatch and Freeman both deserved emmys.
If Breaking Bad wasn’t there, HBO would have had no problem in the drama categories. True Detective and Game of Thrones would have gone head for head for drama, with McConaughey and Dinklage taking the acting categories.August 26, 2014 at 7:34 am #330194
No, voters weren’t thinking “I have to punish HBO”.
“True Detective” had strong competition. It really only lost Lead Actor thanks to a superb submission by Bryan Cranston. Drama Series and Writing were unlikely given the quality of the work and the strength of the competition.
“The Normal Heart” was definitely not punished. It got its nominations based on hype, importance, subject matter and the play’s reputation and success but when it was time to evaluate its elements (acting, writing, directing, editing), the flaws became clear.August 26, 2014 at 9:39 am #330195
I think they didn’t punish them for category switching, because the problem wasn’t the fact that they switched, but that True Detective just wasn’t as strong as BB. It absolutely deserved the directing win, but nothing else. The strategic element is more important next year, when (provided the show is just as good or better), it will be able to keep those nominations and become HBOs new series contender, with GOT losing steam.August 26, 2014 at 10:18 am #330196
HBO was only given four trophies at the telecast, which seems like a record low given their usual dominance at the Emmys.August 26, 2014 at 10:50 am #330197
That’s a interesting theory. Personally, I feel like the big Breaking Bad goodbye hug was inevitable (and deserved) so that’s what I think happened. Next year might be Mad Men raining on TD’s parade lol.August 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm #330198
Or that maybe True Detective isn’t as good as it thinks it is?August 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm #330199
Not rilly. The voters were obviously obsessed with BB’s ending. I think given that it hadn’t won Wtg or Dir, it kinda had to finally win one. People weren’t really predicting TD in Series.
Over in Supporting, BB won both and that obviously had nothing to do with True Detective.
Only Cranston>McC was somewhat surprising, but people did think the former had the better tape, and the voters do love repeats.
The Normal Heart is weirder, but honestly I don’t think it’s very good so I can’t be upset.