It has been an outstanding year already for American television with the appraisal of highly commended shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Homeland. Our expectations for original content, creative art direction and strong actors grows every year as directors and writers set bolder standards for television viewing.
The 66th Annual Emmy Awards 2014 are being held at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles on the 25th August, one month earlier than their usual September date. The awards will be hosted by comedian and late-night talk show host Seth Meyers for the first time, however Meyers is no stranger when it comes to presenting awards ceremonies with multiple Webby Awards already down, he has adapted to the pressure. In an interview he discussed his preparations for the show, understanding that
“It’s very important to front-load the comedy. Once people start category counting from the back in that last half hour, you know you’ve lost them.”
The countdown kicked off on Saturday 16th August with the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, also held at the Nokia Theatre. The ceremony celebrated and honoured the recognition of technical and similar achievements in Primetime television, including the role of guest actor. Celebrities attended the event, which had a total of 80 categories to be awarded. Heidi Klum wowed in an incredible blue tassled gown designed by her own Project Runway designer Sean Kelly whom she thanked on Twitter. The dress expanded spectacularly like a peacock tail when she span around.
Actress Kate Mara adopted this season’s yellow trend as she stepped out in floral embellished Dior dress and Cat Deeley looked summery in a feminine two piece by Noir Sachin and Babi. Netflix comedy Orange is the New Black walked away with the award for casting whilst Game of Thrones won the award for ‘Outstanding Costume Design’.
As excitement and expectations grow for the main event next Monday, the discussions and predictions begin. The rise and success of the comedy series star means that there are some very plausible contenders in the lead actor and actress section for both comedy and drama this year. Girls actress Lena Dunham is up against talents like Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling and Melissa McCarthy for her role in Mike and Molly, although there is some debate as to how comical shows like OITNB and Nurse Jackie really are.
The nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in the drama categories are particularly strong with Michelle Dockery up for her role as Lady Mary in Downton Abbey, Claire Danes for her portrayal as bi-polar agent Carrie Mathison in the acclaimed Homeland and Oscar’s Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey for his part in the gritty True Detective. Kevin Spacey, Woody Harrelson and Kerry Washington are also amongst those nominated.
The awards, chosen by the Academy of Televison Arts and Sciences, will be broadcast live in the US on Monday afternoon. We are as excited to see what is in store on the red carpet as we are for the award presentation! Stay tuned.