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My 18th Annual Television Awards – ANNOUNCING WINNERS!

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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    Hi all!

    I’m finally ready to share the nominees for my 18th annual television awards! For those unfamiliar, I created my own TV awards in 1997 when I was 13-years-old, basically as an excuse to heap awards on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which is still the all-time leader in nominations (104) and wins (32).

    I don’t follow Emmy categorizations. I put actors and shows where I want: for instance, “Sherlock” and “Treme” are series, and I’ve decided to move anthologies to the Special Class categories, which are my funky catch-alls for the reality, variety, movies, and miniseries I watch in any given year.

    I’ll unveil my nominees over the next couple of days, and winners probably by early August. Feel free to discuss any or all of my choices whether you agree or disagree. Discussion is half the fun.

    (I’ll get ahead of the first issue: “The Good Wife” isn’t here; I’m not a regular watcher and have never been wowed by the show.)

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    24Emmy
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    Do you have a list of previous winners?

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I’ll start with my GENERAL FIELD categories.

    Pictures are examples of a nominee in the category and are not meant to indicate the winner. That question comes up a lot. I just like to add a little visual interest to the presentation.

    BEST EPISODE
    Breaking Bad” – “Felina” – Vince Gilligan
    Breaking Bad” – “Ozymandias” – Moira Walley-Beckett, Rian Johnson
    Hannibal” – “Mizumono” – Steve Lightfoot, Bryan Fuller, David Slade
    The Killing” – “Six Minutes” – Veena Sud, Nicole Kassell
    Looking” – “Looking for the Future” – Andrew Haigh
    The Walking Dead” – “The Grove” – Scott M. Gimple, Michael E. Satrazemis

    BEST CASTING
    Broadchurch
    Fargo
    The Killing
    Louie
    Masters of Sex
    Orange is the New Black
    The White Queen

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
    Breaking Bad
    Hannibal
    House of Cards
    The Killing
    True Detective

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN
    Downton Abbey
    Game of Thrones
    Masters of Sex
    The White Queen

    BEST EDITING
    Breaking Bad
    Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey
    How I Met Your Mother
    Sherlock
    The Square
    Treme

    BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN 
    Game of Thrones
    Hannibal
    Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony
    True Detective
    The White Queen” 

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Do you have a list of previous winners?

    I have long, long, long lists of previous winners. A lot of categories and a lot of changes over the years, but here’s my history of comedy and drama series winners.

    BEST TELEVISION SERIES:
    1997-1999: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

    I had one category for comedy and dramas, but I split them into separate races in 2000.

    BEST DRAMA:
    2013: “Southland”
    2012: “Breaking Bad”
    2011: “Doctor Who”
    2010: “Breaking Bad”
    2009: “Breaking Bad”
    2008: “The Wire”
    2007: “The Wire”
    2006: “24”
    2005: “Lost”
    2004: “The Sopranos”
    2003: “24”
    2002: “Six Feet Under”
    2001: “Once and Again”

    BEST COMEDY:
    2013: “Louie”
    2012: “Louie”
    2011: “Louie”
    2010: “Modern Family”
    2009: “Pushing Daisies”
    2008: “30 Rock”
    2007: “The Office”
    2006: “Scrubs”
    2005: “Arrested Development”
    2004: “Arrested Development”
    2003: “The Simpsons”
    2002: “Friends”
    2001: “Sex and the City”
    2000: “Everybody Loves Raymond” 

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    Riley
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    As your nominees per category so far vary from four to seven, is it correct to assume that you nominate however many you feel deserve a nomination, perhaps somewhat akin to the thinking behind the current Best Picture system?

    His 17th Annual Television Awards: http://www.goldderby.com/forum/topics/view/5576
    His 16th Annual Television Awards: http://www.goldderby.com/forum/topics/view/2647
    His 15th Annual Television Awards: http://www.goldderby.com/forum/topics/view/157

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    As your nominees per category so far vary from four to seven, is it correct to assume that you nominate however many you feel deserve a nomination, perhaps somewhat akin to the thinking behind the current Best Picture system?

    His 17th Annual Television Awards: http://www.goldderby.com/forum/topics/view/5576
    His 16th Annual Television Awards: http://www.goldderby.com/forum/topics/view/2647
    His 15th Annual Television Awards: http://www.goldderby.com/forum/topics/view/157

    Sort of.

    My baseline is 6, but for some of the technical categories I nominate only as many as I felt strongly about, which wasn’t always that many.

    The vast majority of categories have six nominees, and a few went to seven when there were so many great candidates I didn’t want to leave someone out. Sort of like my own personal 2% rule: If my #7 choice was within 2% of the esteem of my 6th place choice — and because I said so, haha — I went ahead and nominated seven.

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    Irishmovielover4ever
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    I’m always a fan of your awards and your first set of nominees are really good.

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    Tom_Scavo
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    I take it you don’t watch The Good Wife?

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I take it you don’t watch The Good Wife?

    Not regularly. I’ve probably watched about a dozen episodes in total over the years, and I’ve always thought of it as a solid-but-nonessential procedural. I know it was supposed to have had a creative renaissance over the last year, but it won’t be present among my nominees.

    There’s only so much television one man can watch, and I already watch too much of it, haha  

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Next up, SPECIAL CLASS!

    As I mentioned above, these are catch-all categories, so the programs and performances that compete against each other are often apples and oranges. But I’d rather have odd and misshapen categories to recognize good work instead of no categories at all.

    BEST SPECIAL CLASS SERIES

    The Colbert Report
    Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey
    Inside Amy Schumer
    Key and Peele
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
    Portlandia

    BEST SPECIAL CLASS OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL

    Fargo
    Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
    The Normal Heart
    The Square
    The Trip to Bountiful
    The White Queen

    BEST SPECIAL CLASS ENSEMBLE

    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
    Fargo
    The Normal Heart
    Saturday Night Live
    The White Queen

    BEST LEAD PERFORMER – SPECIAL CLASS SERIES

    Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, “Portlandia”
    Stephen Colbert, “The Colbert Report”
    Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey”
    Craig Ferguson, “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”
    Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, “Key and Peele”
    Amy Schumer, “Inside Amy Schumer”

    BEST LEAD FEMALE – SPECIAL CLASS/DRAMATIC SPECIAL

    Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
    Ellen DeGeneres, “86th Annual Academy Awards”
    Rebecca Ferguson, “The White Queen”
    Jessica Raine, “An Adventure in Space and Time”
    Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful”
    Kristen Wiig, “The Spoils of Babylon”


    BEST LEAD MALE – SPECIAL CLASS/DRAMATIC SPECIAL

    David Bradley, “An Adventure in Space and Time”
    Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
    Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
    Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
    Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
    Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”

    BEST FEATURED FEMALE – SPECIAL CLASS

    Amanda Hale, “The White Queen”
    Faye Marsay, “The White Queen”
    Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
    Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”
    Cecily Strong, “Saturday Night Live”
    Allison Tolman, “Fargo”

    BEST FEATURED MALE – SPECIAL CLASS

    Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
    Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
    Taylor Kitsch, “The Normal Heart”
    Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”
    John Oliver, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
    Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart”
    Blair Underwood, “The Trip to Bountiful”

    BEST SPECIAL CLASS WRITING

    The Colbert Report
    Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey
    Fargo
    Inside Amy Schumer
    Key and Peele
    The Normal Heart
    Portlandia

    BEST SPECIAL CLASS DIRECTING

    Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey
    Fargo
    The Normal Heart
    Portlandia
    The Square
    True Detective 

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    Laactingnyc
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    I’m so glad you gave The White Queen lots of love. Especially Amanda Hale.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I’m so glad you gave The White Queen lots of love. Especially Amanda Hale.

    I generally like costume dramas, but I was especially surprised by how good “White Queen” was. Great ensemble from top to bottom, unflinchingly dark and complex. It doesn’t portray any of its characters as just one thing; we sympathize with all of them, we bristle at some of their bitterness, pettiness, and cruelty, and we understand the mortal danger they face if they don’t become ruthless. What a frightening time to be alive.

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    Next are my three categories singling out NEW SERIES.

    I’ve had these from the very beginning and it’s a great time capsule of first-year shows. Past winners include “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997), “The Sopranos” (1999), “Gilmore Girls” (2001), “Lost” (2005), “The Colbert Report” (2006), and “Friday Night Lights” (2007).

    Most of my winners ran for several seasons, but great short-lived shows have also won, like “Boomtown” (2003), “Pushing Daisies” (2008), and the divisive but underappreciated “Dollhouse” (2009).

    Last year’s award went to “The Americans.”

    BEST NEW TELEVISION SERIES

    @Midnight
    The Bridge
    Broadchurch
    Looking
    Masters of Sex
    Orange is the New Black

    BEST ACTOR IN A NEW TELEVISION SERIES

    Demian Bichir, “The Bridge”
    Andy Daly, “Review”
    Jonathan Groff, “Looking”
    Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
    Michael Sheen, “Masters of Sex”
    David Tennant, “Broadchurch”

    BEST ACTRESS IN A NEW TELEVISION SERIES

    Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”
    Olivia Colman, “Broadchurch”
    Ilana Glazer, “Broad City”
    Abbi Jacobson, “Broad City”
    Diane Kruger, “The Bridge”
    Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black” 

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    ^ A funny post, but nobody’s forcing anyone to click on a thread.

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