Everything you need to know about the top shows and actors before the grand awards ceremony this week
Open is the new closed
Times certainly are changing and the world is indeed growing more openminded with Laverne Cox becoming thefirst transgender actress to be nominated.She plays Sophia Burset in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. Speaking of her role, Cox says it actually is a fantastic platform to speak about rights for the LGBT community. She has been nominated in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category.
For this year, the epic fantasy, Game of
Thrones, leads the nomination parade with
19 nods for the final round in a drama series
including Best Drama Series. Fargo has 18
nominations for Mini-Series, The Normal
Heart has 17 for Made For Television Movie,
Saturday Night Live is at 14 for Reality Series
and Orange is The New Black has 12
nominations for Comedy.
For the record
Setting the bar very high for people who
come after him, Hector Ramirez has broken
another record this year, albeit his own.
Nominated for a whopping 72nd time, this
silent cameraman has gone from being the
official camera person in 1978 on CBS shows
to being the person in charge for even this
year’s Emmys ceremony.
Made for keeps
The statuettes given out on the
stage to the winners are really imitations
of the originals. The actual awards that
are taken home are given to the winners
backstage after the acceptance speech.
Apparently, they make extra trophies
just in case there are multiple winners in
a category. If left unused, they are stored
for the following year.
Apparently, the Emmy statuette was
designed by television engineer Louis
McManus, who used his wife as the
model. It is said that the TV Academy
rejected 47 designs before finalising
this one for the 1948 event. The statuette
with wings represents the muse of
art and the atom represents the “electron
of science” that made the wonder
of TV possible following the advent of
the Atomic Age.
When announcing the awards for an acting
category, the presenters usually only
announce the television series. What is
less known though, is that the award is
given out for one particular episode rather
than the whole series! So although you
might have your fingers crossed for
someone for the series, you’d rather
have them crossed when the producers
pick their top episode to submit.
So bad, it’s good
At the announcement of the nominations, Breaking Bad officially
entered the Guinness Book of Records as the highest rated show of
all time. Since its television debut, Breaking Bad has been amongst the
top 10 television series of 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Apparently, its
viewership doubled from the fourth to the fifth season. While behind
Game of Thrones in nominations, the series still has 16 category nominations.
Game of Thrones won the top prize for being the most downloaded
television programme for the year.
While Dennis Franz (NYPD Blue),
the late James Gandolfini (The Sopranos),
Glenn Close (Damages) and Sally Fields
(Brothers and Sisters) are names known
for acting skills, it is surprising to know that
the first ever Emmy was not given to a
human! The first award in 1949 was, in fact,
given to a puppet. Three awards
were given away and Judy Splinters, a puppet,
won in the Outstanding Television
Personality category. Shirley Dinsdale was
the ventriloquist on the 15-minute show
on local television in Los Angeles.
Uzoamaka Nwaneka “Uzo” Aduba (born
1980 or 1981) is an American-born actress
of Nigerian ancestry who debuts on
American prime time playing the character
of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Orange
Is the New Black, for which she has
received a nomination under the
Outstanding Guest Actress
in a Comedy Series category.
Currently on a record-breaking
185th nomination, Saturday Night Live
is the most nominated series in the history of
television. The sketch comedy show has
seen the likes of Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch,
Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Will
Forte and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, all of whom
went on to become writers, directors, actors
and producers from this show, returning as
guest writers for a few episodes.
Matthew McConaughey joins
the ranks of actors who have been
nominated for an Academy and Emmy
award in the same year. He now stands tall
beside Dame Helen Mirren, Helen Hunt, Jeff
Bridges and Forest Whitaker. Quite the
frontrunner for his role as feisty detective
Rust Cohle in True Detective, the Oscar winner
has odds in his favour to win both top
prizes in the same year
With the addictive show Mad Men set
to wrap up next year (shooting has
already finished), time is running out
for the cast to win Emmys for acting.
Apart from Jon Hamm, Robert Morse,
John Slattery, January Jones,
Elisabeth Moss and Christina
Hendricks, all being nominated time
and again since the show began, their
record of winning stands at a
disappointing zero for 28, despite the
show itself winning four in a row for
Best Drama Series.