Get ready, get set, and GO to the 2014 Primetime. This year’s hoop-de-do is the 66th annual celebration of the best in television broadcasting and programming. It’s going to be broadcast in real time from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, where the most important things on earth occur on a daily basis. NBC will be airing the show Monday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. Seth Meyers, of Late Night and Saturday Night Live fame will emcee the event, and we’re sure it’s going to rock. Tickets to the award show and the after parties are available at VIP Concierge, your passport to exciting.
Over 16,000 members of the Television Academy voted for the nominees from June 9th to the 20th. Now that the nominations have been completed, it looks like the competition will be fierce. This is the biggest night in television every year even if another British television program is hijacked and remade in the states. Here’s a list of some of this year’s nominees and who I’d pick if I could vote.
For Best Dramatic Series, you have AMC’s Breaking Bad, PBS’s Downton Abbey, The Game of Thrones on HBO, Netflix’s House of Cards, AMC’s Mad Men and HBO’s True Detective. Personally, I’d pick True Detective, in case you’re interested. Breaking Bad is so last year, and I don’t really care for the rest of the batch. Mad Men has its moments, but it’s sometimes just plain annoying.
For Best Actor in a Drama Series, I’d have to go with Matthew McConaughey from True Detective. Woody Harrelson did a fine job, but not he wasn’t as intense as McConaughey. Bryan Cranston has already garnered plenty of awards for Breaking Bad. I don’t like the Netflix version of House of Cards, and if you’ve seen the original, you know why, so I couldn’t vote for Kevin Spacy. The rest of the bunch–Jeff Daniels from The Newsroom and Jon Hamm from Mad Men–just didn’t do a better job than McConaughey.
I’d choose Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery for Best Actress. Honestly, I haven’t seen Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex, Homeland’s Clair Danes, Juliana Margulies in The Good Wife, or Scandal’s Kerry Washington. I couldn’t pull the string for Robin Wright in House of Cards for the same reason I wouldn’t vote for Kevin Spacy. See above.
As far as Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, I’d vote for Peter Dinklage, even though I don’t particularly like Game of Thrones. I could go for Mandy Patinkin in Homeland, but that would be because I’m a fan of Patinkin, but I haven’t seen the show. Aaron Paul had his day in the sun with Breaking Bad, Jim Carter from Downton Abbey is good, but not better than Dinklage. The wee man steals every scene he’s in. I’ve never seen The Good Wife, so I couldn’t very well choose Josh Charles, now, could I? I’d vote for Jon Voight just for his performance in Midnight Cowboy, but I haven’t seen Ray Donovan, and I have seen Dinklage.
Maggia Smith is my pick for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She really perks Downton Abbey up with her snarky lines. I don’t really like Anna Gunn from Breaking Bad. Christina Hendricks from Mad Men isn’t better than Smith. Nor is Lena Headley in Game of Thrones. Like I just said, I’ve never seen The Good Wife, so voting for Christine Baranski would be hypocritical.
You can be sitting right there among all the nominees. All you need is ticket to the award show. The 2014 Primetime Emmy® Awards are sure to be filled with surprises, and the after parties will be awash in booze. So get a move on and grab your tickets to the show before they’re all snatched up.