A historic 'Simpsons' snub, and 12 more 2014 Emmys talking points
There’ll be plenty of time to celebrate what the Emmys got right (see the full list of nominees here) and to argue about what they got wrong—but this is not the place for that. Instead, we’re taking a step back to discuss weird bits of trivia about the award show’s less starry categories. You know, the stuff that’s really important. Such as:
— “Twin Bed” got an Emmy nomination: Yes, the SNL tune officially known as “Home for the Holidays (Twin Bed)” is competing against Key & Peele‘s take on Les Mis, “Merroway Cove” from Disney Channel’s animated Sofia The First, “Bigger!” from the Tony Awards, “No Trouble” from PBS’s A Christmas Carol — The Concert, and one more…
— Sons of Anarchy‘s lone nomination is in original music and lyrics: You wouldn’t expect a show about biker gangs to be recognized for its music, but “Day Is Gone,” written in part by creator Kurt Sutter and played over the sixth season finale, marks Sons of Anarchy‘s only Emmy nod.
— This is the first year The Simpsons has been denied a nomination for Outstanding Animated Program: The long-running sitcom snagged Animated Program nominations from 1990-1992, then spent two years submitting itself for Outstanding Comedy Series instead. (The ploy didn’t work, even though The Simpsons was in its prime in 1993 and 1994.) It returned to the Animated Program category in 1995 and has been nominated there every year since… until now.
— The Sound of Music Live! got four nominations: for special class program (up against things like the Oscars, the Tonys, and the opening ceremonies of the Olympics), technical direction, directing for a variety program, and music direction. Maybe Emmy voters listened to Carrie Underwood’s advice about Jesus.
— Two programs have near-lockouts in two categories: guest actress (comedy) and supporting actor (miniseries): Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Aduba, and Laverne Cox all earned nominations for work on Orange is the New Black, while Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello, Alfred Molina, and Matt Bomer all got noms for The Normal Heart. Mostly, this proves that while you can quibble about what Emmy voters choose to watch, when they do find something they enjoy, they really enjoy it.
— Key & Peele got hairstyling and makeup nominations: The sketch show’s nods make sense given the number of wigs Key and Peele like to put on. But then there’s…
— The Originals’ hairstyling nomination: I mean, I guess their hair was really, really luscious.
– Daniel Craig narrated something, and it was great: Yes, James Bond apparently narrated a nature documentary called One Life, and got an Emmy nomination for his trouble. We want to go watch it right now. Also, his competition in the Outstanding Narrator category is just as great: Jeremy Irons for Game of Lions (Scar as a narrator!), Jane Lynch for Penguins: Waddle All The Way, Whoopi Goldberg for Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley, and Henry Strozier for Too Cute!
— Barack Obama! Okay, the president himself wasn’t nominated—but the episode of Between Two Ferns featuring him was (for Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program). No word on whether the head of state is interested in leaving behind the world of politics for the world of short-format live-action entertainment programming.
— The grab bag that is the stunt coordination in a comedy series category: This category includes Community‘s one nomination, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s one nomination, one of Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s two (the other is for Andre Braugher over in the supporting acting category), Shameless, and Sam & Cat (which doesn’t feature a cat—we checked).
— Almost Human, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The 100 all scored their only nominations in the special and visual effects category: Which makes this the drama version of the stunt coordination category. Also nominated: Cosmos (in one of its 12 nominations!) and Game of Thrones.
— Sleepy Hollow got a nomination for main title theme music: We guess Emmy voters like songs that sound like they’re coming from a haunted mansion.
— Jodie Foster got a nomination too: For her work on Orange Is the New Black. Foster directed “Lesbian Request Denied,” the first season episode that dug into Sofia’s (Laverne Cox) backstory.