HBO’s “The Normal Heart” Racks Up The Emmy Nominations

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I can’t really explain to you why I feel such overwhelming triumph at the announcement of HBO’s The Normal Heart Emmy nominations. After all, I had nothing at all to do with its production and/or execution. I suppose that I was just so enamoured by the movie that I’ve crossed the dividing territory between “fan” and “psycho”.

Of course, even in my review, I’d already predicted that it would be nominated for several Emmy awards. It was just such a wonderfully done movie that there was no way it could be justifiably overlooked. Mark Ruffalo, of course, received a nomination for Lead Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie category. In the category for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a TV Miniseries of Movie, I’d naturally assumed that Matt Bomer would have been nominated. He was, obviously, but also nominated in this same category were Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina and Joe Mantello, which means that four out of the six nominations in that category were for The Normal Heart. Holy hell and wow! Jim Parsons was also nominated, once again, for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy, making him nominated for a role in both a comedy and drama… talk about versatility! The movie was further nominated in the Outstanding TV Movie category.

Other nominations which made me scream and cheer on the inside were:-

–          Jessica Lange – Lead Actress In A TV Miniseries or Movie, “American Horror Story: Coven”

–          Sarah Paulson – Lead Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie, “American Horror Story: Coven”

–          Kathy Bates – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie, “American Horror Story: Coven”

–          Angela Bassett – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie, “American Horror Story: Coven”

–          Frances Conroy – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie, “American Horror Story: Coven”

–          Julia Roberts – Outstanding Supporting Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie, “The Normal Heart”

–          Benedict Cumberbatch – Lead Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

–          Martin Freeman – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

–          Betty White – Outstanding Reality Show Host, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”

–          Joan Cusack – Oustanding Guest Actress in a Comedy, “Shameless” (all kinds of hell yes!)

–          Adam Driver – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, “Girls”

–          Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, “Modern Family”

–          William H Macy – Outstanding Actor in a Comedy, “Shameless”

–          Lena Dunham – Outstanding Actress in a Comedy, “Girls”

–          Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Outstanding Actress in a Comedy, “Veep”

Game of Thrones scored a whopping 19 nominations (surprise, surprise), but the most important seems to be for Best Drama. However, Peter Dinklage was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama, which is incredibly well-deserved, as was Lena Headey’s nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama, so I won’t complain. Diana Rigg also got a nod for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama! I hadn’t even considered her for a nomination, but I’m so overwhelmingly happy at the news. She was absolutely amazing as Lady Olenna Tyrell, and I loved her from her very first scene. Quite a few people are annoyed that Pedro Pascal didn’t receive a nomination, which I do believe he should have gotten, but I guess that’s just the nature of these things. Also, while I’ve never watched Orange is the New Black (I know, please don’t crucify me, I’ll get on it soon), I’m incredibly happy that Laverne Cox was nominated in the Guest Actress in a Comedy category.

There’s no doubt that I have to watch the Emmy award show when it airs on August 25th, but the nominations are so close in terms of my favourites that I’m gonna be more of a nervous wreck than the actual nominees. Well done, Emmy’s… well done.

Click here for the complete list of nominees.

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