Make Your Case: Actor in a Drama Series

For the next week, (Pop) Culturally Informed will be running a brand new series called Make Your Case, where Ben and Nina will take on one major category in turn for next week’s Emmys, pick who they think should win, and make their case. Note: We aren’t going to say who WILL win, but who should. Sometimes these will be one and the same- but we like to choose the road less traveled. Enjoy!

Okay, let’s get this out of the way: if Jeff Daniels wins again, I’m done. Seriously, I’m done forever. I’ll leave Earth.

That aside, this category could not be more packed with talented dudes. We’ve got both leads from True Detective, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. We’ve got Bryan Cranston, fresh off the final season of Breaking Bad. We’ve got Kevin Spacey, fresh off a Southern-fried murder spree on House of Cards. And we’ve got poor old Jon Hamm, whose work on Mad Men will go unrecognized forever and ever because the world is a horrible place. But, that being said, I have to get behind a continued McConaissance – Matthew McConaughey, for the win.

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Make Your Case: Best Actress in a Comedy Series

For the next week, (Pop) Culturally Informed will be running a brand new series called Make Your Case, where Ben and Nina will take on one major category in turn for next week’s Emmys, pick who they think should win, and make their case. Note: We aren’t going to say who WILL win, but who should. Sometimes these will be one and the same- but we like to choose the road less traveled. Enjoy!

Okay, I know I’ve said this about almost every category, but I actually love every nominee in this category. Every single one. I love Lena Dunham (Girls) for being unafraid and honest and hilarious on Instagram. I love Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) because she never fails to make me laugh embarrassingly loudly and I would watch an entire movie of her throwing watermelons at people. I love Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) even though I don’t watch her show, because she’s just kind of a total badass. I love Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) for finding the timing and jokes and humanity in an otherwise irritating character. I really truly deeply love Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) because she’s just fucking incredible in every way. But the lady I love most of all in this category is Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation), because not only is she the actual goddamn greatest, but it’s ABOUT TIME.

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Make Your Case: Best Actress in a Drama Series

For the next week, (Pop) Culturally Informed will be running a brand new series called Make Your Case, where Ben and Nina will take on one major category in turn for next week’s Emmys, pick who they think should win, and make their case. Note: We aren’t going to say who WILL win, but who should. Sometimes these will be one and the same- but we like to choose the road less traveled. Enjoy!

Let me begin by saying that this is an excellently stacked category. We have mainstays like Claire Danes (Homeland) and Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), both of whom have taken home this particular statue before. We have buzzy fan favorites like Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Robin Wright (House of Cards). We also have Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), whom I have already forgotten about. (Her?)

These are all lovely and talented women, but I’m going to have to make a decision here, and it’s not easy – but my gut has to go with Kerry Washington. I know, I know. Allow me to explain.

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Make Your Case: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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For the next week, (Pop) Culturally Informed will be running a brand new series called Make Your Case, where Ben and Nina will take on one major category in turn for next week’s Emmys, pick who they think should win, and make their case. Note: We aren’t going to say who WILL win, but who should. Sometimes these will be one and the same- but we like to choose the road less traveled. Enjoy!

I would venture to say we have two extremely strong contenders in this category this year, with the other nominees falling far behind. Julie Bowen is lovely, but old news. Allison Janney did her best with a mediocre CBS sitcom. Anna Chlumsky continues to do lovely work on Veep. And also Mayim Bialik is here. So that leaves us with two extremely strong nominees vying for that lovely golden statue this Sunday. You have the incomparable Kate Mulgrew, who gave an exquisite performance as prison cook Red on Orange is the New Black (remember, she’s nominated for Season One, not Season Two). And then you have the actress who I’ll be making a case for, Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon.

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Make Your Case: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

For the next week, (Pop) Culturally Informed will be running a brand new series called Make Your Case, where Ben and Nina will take on one major category in turn for next week’s Emmys, pick who they think should win, and make their case. Note: We aren’t going to say who WILL win, but who should. Sometimes these will be one and the same- but we like to choose the road less traveled. Enjoy!

I feel I have to be upfront here – I only have a passing familiarity with most of these nominees. Mostly because I don’t watch Downton Abbey or The Good Wife. Sorry, Maggie Smith and Christine Baranski… oh, and Joanne Froggatt, I legitimately have no idea who you are. (I have seen a bunch of sassy Maggie Smith quips from Downton, though, and she fucking rocks.)

That being said, now that I’ve made it clear that I shouldn’t be writing this article at all, we’re down to two lovely ladies from shows I actually do watch: Christina Hendricks from Mad Men and Lena Headey from Game of Thrones, my pick for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

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Make Your Case: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

For the next week, (Pop) Culturally Informed will be running a brand new series called Make Your Case, where Ben and Nina will take on one major category in turn for next week’s Emmys, pick who they think should win, and make their case. Note: We aren’t going to say who WILL win, but who should. Sometimes these will be one and the same- but we like to choose the road less traveled. Enjoy!

Man, this category is a goddamn doozy. In one corner, you have Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), with whom I am totally unfamiliar. (Sorry. I tried that show. It made me tired.) In another, Josh Charles (The Good Wife), triumphantly coming off of a highly emotional death scene. In another, Jon Voigt (Ray Donovan), who I was not fully confident was still alive. In another, Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), everybody’s favorite Jewish grandpa. In another (whatever shape this is has too many corners), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), who delivered a heartbreaking, painful, and ultimately triumphant performance in the second half of his final season. And, finally, we have Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), my pick to win the Emmy on August 25.

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DISCUSSION: Emmy Nominations 2014

Welcome to the first in many entries leading up to this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards! In this initial post, Nina (N) and myself (B) will go through each of the major categories on the big night and give our initial musings and opinions on Television’s highest “honor.”

B: Oh, the Emmys. An awards show filled with shows/actors being placed into strange categories, and mediocre shows (for the most part) rising up their critically-acclaimed brethren. Nina, is this the year where I finally pull my hair out when Modern Family wins Best Comedy for the 5th year in a row?

N: I hope so! I think you’ll look good bald. But I wouldn’t, and my hair would be on the floor too. At least the list of nominees this year includes a whole bunch of newcomers and strong contenders that might be exactly the shake-ups the Emmys need.

B: Well, let’s get right into it, shall we…

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