August 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm #1202188062
Voting just started, so if you were a voter and had the chance to vote for ONLY ONE show, which one do you think DESERVES to win and WHY?August 17, 2017 at 3:22 pm #1202188065
The only shows on my personal list that made it in are are Stranger Things and The Handmaid’s Tale. Either one would be a great winner but I’d probably go with Stranger Things because that was consistently great and engaging in my opinion.
Better Call Saul would also be a great episode, which was my #8 drama, so it almost made my personal list. I though Chicanery was amazing but this season was not consistent at all for me. I thought it tarted decent. And got significantly better each episode until Chicanery, and then decreased significantly in quality every episode after that until the great finale.
I’d probably put Westworld at #4 because even though it was very messy it was engaging, well crafted, and well acted.
The Crown is next for me. I thought it was interesting but in my opinion there was nothing special about it outside of its absolutely amazing craftsmanship. I thought the performances were all around great as well.
This is Us was entertaining and enjoyable but at times I found it very cheesy and superficial. While I enjoyed it a lot if was standard popcorn fare in my opinion and did nothing special. Some performances were great and some justify why there needs to be a TV version of the Razzies.
In last place I have the Razzie worthy House of Cards for its boring, convoluted season that had terrible writing and cringe worthy character motivations. The change in show-runners also caused the writers to not give the actors the sophisticated material they deserve so the performances weren’t as great as they have been.August 17, 2017 at 3:50 pm #1202188078
2. Stranger Things
3. The Handmaid’s Tale
All of the others had significant problems.August 17, 2017 at 4:08 pm #1202188085
The Handmaid’s Tale
Nothing else comes close to the magnificent Editing, Writing, Cinematography, and Acting of this perfect season. All 10 episodes were spellbinding to slightly varying degrees. Plus, the show is relevant as heck for the Trump era were are currently living in.August 17, 2017 at 4:20 pm #1202188094
The Handmaid’s Tale. A lot of shows, particularly dramas, are hard for me to get into (I’ll finish the second episode of The Leftovers someday I swear) but with this one I was hooked. It’s so atmospheric, the show draws you into this world in such a realistic way making you wonder if this actually could happen and how far into the future. Elisabeth Moss floored me. A truly great performance. A lot of nominees have one of two really good episodes, but she is consistently phenomenal throughout. I binged watched the show after the nominations came out do while I was looking for episodes for Ann Dowd and Samira Wiley could pick I couldn’t choose for Moss. She makes for such a compelling protagonist, just being alone with her you know you’re in good company. I can’t say enough about her performance, it’s just one of the best I’ve seen in a while. The scenes between Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes in his study are clostrophic and anxiety inducing and every little glance says a thousand words. Joseph Fiennes was great in a tricky role that made him be disgusting but also sensitive. The show made you feel awful for the Handmaids, of course, but also allowed you to see the situation from the Waterford’s perspective. It would have been so easy for the show to make them just “evil” but they have layers and are vulnerable. Yvonne Strahovski is the prime example of this. I had no idea that she was capable of this kind of work. It still baffles me that it was Ann Dowd and Samira Wiley, not Yvonne Strahovski and Madeline Brewer. I feel like Madeline Brewer isn’t getting the due she deserves in the forums as much as Strahovski. Once again, Janine wasn’t just “crazy.” You saw her spirit and sanity being destroyed by the system and she made us feel that but also never let us figure her out. The show is intense and soft and touching and terrifying and a million other things. I might be a little over the top in my praise for this show but it just impressed me so much. This is the show that should win Best Drama Series hands down.August 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm #1202188109
THis has nothing to do with the forum topic, but if somebody told me that The Handmaid’s Tale was going to get 2 supporting actress nominations, I would’ve told them it’d be Madeline Brewer and Yvonne Strahovsky.August 17, 2017 at 5:04 pm #1202188111
I vote for Handmaid’s but I would be happy if Westworld (and Stranger Things) win too.August 17, 2017 at 5:15 pm #1202188113
The Handmaid’s Tale is an amazing season of television. The performances, editing, directing, everything were incredible from start to finish. Elisabeth Moss gave the best performance of the year, imo (I haven’t seen The Leftovers). If she doesn’t win, that will be insane.
Second for me would be Stranger Things where I thought it was something different and every episode I loved. Great characters and super engaging storyline. Lots of wonderful details involved.
I’d be super happy if either of these shows won. I think one of them will win too.
I’d rank it..
1. The Handmaid’s Tale
2. Stranger Thing
3. This Is Us
5. Better Call Saul
6. The Crown
7. House of Cards (shouldn’t even be nominated, imo)August 17, 2017 at 5:26 pm #1202188119
If I had to rank them:
1. The Handmaids Tale
3. Stranger Things
4. Better Call Saul
5. The Crown
6. House of Cards
7. This Is UsAugust 17, 2017 at 5:27 pm #1202188120
Agreed. If Samira got nominated for Orange Is The New Black, then should would definitely get the win. She good in Handmaid’s Tale, but not enough material. I hope they give her more material for next season.August 17, 2017 at 5:58 pm #1202188135
The winner should be either Rectify, OITNB, or The Leftovers but oh well.
I did some thinking, and even though The handmaids Tale and Stranger Things are very close in quality for me, I would much prefer Stranger Things to win because it’d be a major step forward for the industry. I should point out that I’d vote for Stranger Things even if I never thought of this, but this makes me want it to win even more.
For years the movie and TV industry has had a huge bias towards genre fare. People thought (I wasn’t around them but I’ve heard accounts from experts from the era saying so) Star Wars and ET were sure things to win, but they lost to more Oscar Friendly movies. The Emmys have been better, but they have still snubbed great genre shows such as Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Leftovers.
The Emmys have gotten better in recent years, rewarding the first season of Lost (The episodes they submitted were very grounded, though) and the last two seasons of Game of Thrones. But Stranger Things is a show with a slimy monster staring little kids, one of which is a girl with superpowers. In fact, it’s very similar to ET, which lost best picture to Ghandi. That was a very similar race to this year, with Ghandi being The Handmaid’s Tale.
Sure genre shows have won before, but Stranger Things is a blatantly sci-fi show with kids. Two things that awards groups hate. A win Stranger Things could help to create a new mentality in the industry. Hopefully it’ll cause the voters to start rewarding acclaimed shows with kids as the lead, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Freaks and Geeks. And acclaimed sci-fi such as Battlestar Galactic. Stranger Things winning drama series would be proof that the academy is evolving, and hopefully it’ll prevent the snubs of genre classics in the future. You could say the same for Westworld, but Stranger Things is way more outside the academy’s taste. And if Stranger Things wins, hopefully it’ll rub off on the movie industry as well (which is currently having an amazing year for genre films that will hopefully reflect in this years Oscars)August 17, 2017 at 6:01 pm #1202188139
1.The Handmaid’s Tale
2.Better Call Saul
4.This is Us
103377290.House of Cards
Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.August 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm #1202188153
1. The Crown
2. The Handmaid’s Tale
3. Stranger Things
5. Better Call Saul
6. House of Cards
7. This Is UsAugust 17, 2017 at 6:36 pm #1202188156
I’d be happy with any of Westworld, Handmaid’s Tale or Stranger Things, but Stranger Things is my first choice.
I agree with Hunter that it would be a huge step forward for the Emmys, but also, as a weird personal bias, I’d love Netflix to get the first Emmy Series win for a streaming show after Amazon beat it at the Globes and Hulu at TCA.
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