When Gold Derby chatted with Cory Monteith last year he revealed to our senior editor Daniel Montgomery his views on his favorite "Glee" music performances, what it's like to host award shows and how he feels as a straight man about the struggle for gay rights. Watch the video chat below. Highlights:
FAVORITE MUSIC NUMBER ON 'GLEE'": "Seeing Matt Morrsion and Gwyneth Paltrow do that 'Umbrella' mash-up, that was an amazing number to be part of."
'GLEE' BEING NOMINATED FOR, AND WINNING, AWARDS: "It's always incredible to see the shows and the talent at these award shows. It always blows my mind to think about this, a Fox pilot that started so humbly a couple of years ago, now winning all these awards. Tremendous. It never gets old. Meeting heroes of mine at the SAG Awards last year …. It's kind of an electricity."
HOSTING THE TEEN CHOICE AND GLAAD AWARDS: "Teen Choice Awards were very technical. There were a lot of moving parts. There were a lot of rehearsals and stuff like that. The GLAAD Awards were more organic, kind of just hit the ground running, hit the mark and stand and deliver …. I love the idea of hosting award shows, so if anybody watching this wants me to host their awards show, I'm your guy."
BEING AWARE OF THE GAY RIGHTS MOVEMENT: "Being aligned with 'Glee' has absolutely made me more aware of it. It's one of the defining challenges at this point in our human evolution. This is the equivalent human rights struggle for our generation. We're going to look back 50 years from now and be shocked that this is what we're having to deal with."
PORTRAYING THE YOUNG FINN: "It's always terrific to play a character younger than yourself. It expands your own life in a strange way. My own life experience cannot help but give me perspective on what Finn Hudson goes through."
MUSICALTHEATER: "The whole world of musical theater was introduced to me by 'Glee,' so musical theater is still the most unknown of the musical genres, but I'm getting better. (My favorite is) rock music or any derivative of rock."
Over the years, Emmy has demonstrated an affinity for certain familiar genres in the races for Best Comedy and Best Drama: the family sitcom (“The Cosby Show,” “Modern Family”), the office comedy (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Office”), the police procedural (“Hill Street Blues,” “NYPD Blue”) and the courtroom drama (“The Defenders,” “The Practice”). And the races for Best TV Movie and Miniseries have been filled with historical biopics (“Eleanor and Franklin,” “John Adams”) and literary adaptations (“Roots,” “Nicholas Nickleby”).
But Emmy has continually turned a blind eye to science-fiction and fantasy programs. The following 25 programs tried to overcome Emmy's sci-fi/fantasy curse and while some fared better than others, none but "Lost" were able to take the top prize.
Above: She saved the world a lot. But despite the protestations of critics, neither the show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" nor lead actress Sarah Michelle Gellar were ever nominated for Emmys. Series creator Joss Whedon received a single writing nod in 2000, losing to "The West Wing"; to date, that is the only time a show on the WB, UPN, or CW networks has ever been nominated for an award presented on the Emmy telecast.
Click arrow to right of photo to see how 24 other sci-fi and fantasy shows fared at the Emmys.
Every actor submits only one sample episode, which will be judged by other actors (ranging from 25 to 75 per category jury) between July 28 and August 14. TV series submit six, which will be split into three pairs to be distributed randomly to about 300 voters. We now have uncovered every single title submitted for the 2014 races. CLICK HERE FOR THE EPISODES
We analyze the pros and cons
of episodes submitted by actors
to Emmy judges
Who submitted well? Click links below to read our in-depth analysis of each actor's episode entry.
DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
Kate Burton ("Scandal")
Jane Fonda ("The Newsroom")
Allison Janney ("Masters of Sex")
Kate Mara ("House of Cards")
Margo Martindale ("The Americans")
Diana Rigg ("Game of Thrones")