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    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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Leader board
    For this year, the epic fantasy, Game of
    Thrones, leads the nomination parade withUntitled-15
    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.Untitled-17
    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 winnersUntitled-18
    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.
    Model wife
    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 ofUntitled-19
    the Atomic Age.
    High pressure
    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.

    Strings attached
    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.

    First timers
    Uzoamaka Nwaneka “Uzo” Aduba (born
    1980 or 1981) is an American-born actress
    of Nigerian ancestry who debuts on
    American prime time playing the characterUntitled-20
    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.

    Thank God
    it’s Saturday
    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, WillUntitled-21
    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.

    Double whammy
    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 theUntitled-22
    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

    Last shot
    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 timeUntitled-23
    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.

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