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It Wasn’t The Gayest Emmys Ever After All

It Wasn't The Gayest Emmys Ever After All

While “The Normal Heart” did end up winning best TV movie, expectations that tonight might be the “gayest” Emmys fell flat. The entire cast of “The Normal Heart” was shut out (even in best supporting actor, where they made up 4 of the nominees), and the movie also lost both writing and directing honors for Larry Kramer and Ryan Murphy.  “Orange is The New Black” also got shut out of every category it was up for tonight, including best comedy series and best comedy directing (for none other than Jodie Foster for an episode of the show called “Lesbian Request Denied”).  Andre Braugher, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Taylor Schilling and Kate McKinnon also lost….

The only really “gay” things about the evening — beyond “Heart”‘s sole win — were big wins for “Modern Family” and out actor Jim Parsons, but that’s hardly enough to be excited about — and that surely fails in comparison to years when “Angels in America” or “And The Band Played On” or “Will & Grace” dominated.

Full list of winners:


Outstanding Drama Series
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“True Detective”

Best Actor – Drama
Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels – “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”
Woody Harrelson – “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey – “True Detective”
Kevin Spacey – “House of Cards”

Best Actress – Drama
Lizzy Caplan – “Masters of Sex”
Claire Danes – “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery – “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Marguilles – “The Good Wife”
Kerry Washington – “Scandal”
Robin Wright – “House of Cards”

Best Supporting Actor – Drama
Aaron Paul – “Breaking Bad”
Jim Carter – “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage – “Game of Thrones”
Josh Charles – “The Good Wife”
Mandy Patinkin – “Homeland”
Jon Voight – “Ray Donovan”

Best Supporting Actress – Drama
Anna Gunn – “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Forggatt – “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey – “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranksi – “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks – “Mad Men”

Outstanding Writing For a Drama Series
“Breaking Bad” – Ozymandias by Moira Walley-Beckett
“Breaking Bad” – Felina by Vince Gilligan
“Game oThrones” – The Children by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
“House oCards” – Chapter 14 by Beau Willimon
“True Detective” – The Secret Fate oAll of Life by Nic Pizzolatto

Outstanding Directing For a Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire” – Farewell Daddy Blues, directed by Tim Van Patten
“Breaking Bad” – Felina, directed by Vince Gilligan
“Downton Abbey” – Episode 1, directed by David Evans
“Game oThrones” – The Watchers On the Wall, directed by Neil Marshall
“House oCards” – Chapter 14, directed by Carl Franklin
“True Detective” – Who Goes There, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga 


Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family”
“Orange is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”

Best Actor – Comedy
Louis CK – “Louie” 
Don Cheadle – “House of Lies”
Ricky Gervais – “Derek”
Matt LeBlanc – “Episodes”
William H. Macy – “Shameless”
Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory”

Best Actress – Comedy
Lena Dunham – “Girls”
Edie Falco – “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy – “Mike and Molly”
Amy Poehler – “Parks and Recreation”
Taylor Schilling – “Orange is the New Black”

Best Supporting Actor – Comedy
Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Adam Driver – “Girls”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson – “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell – “Modern Family”
Fred Armisen – “Portlandia”
Tony Hale – “Veep”

Best Supporting Actress – Comedy
Mayim Bialik – “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen – “Modern Family”
Allison Janney – “Mom”
Kate Mulgrew – “Orange is the New Black”
Kate McKinnon – “Saturday Night Live”
Anna Chlumsky – “Veep”

Outstanding Writing For a Comedy Series
“Episodes” – Episode 305 by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik
“Louie” – So Did the Fat Lady by Louis C.K.
“Orange Is the New Black” – I Wasn’t Ready (Pilot) by Liz Friedman
“Silicon Valley” – Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency by Alec Berg
“Veep” – Special Relationship by Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Armando Iannucci

Outstanding Directing For a Comedy Series
“Episodes” – Episode 309, directed by Iain B. MacDonald
“Glee” – 100, directed by Paris Barclay
“Louie” – Elevator Part 6, directed by Louis C.K.
“Modern Family” – Vegas, directed by Gail Mancuso
“Orange Is the New Black” – Lesbian Request Denied, directed by Jodie Foster
“Silicon Valley” – Minimum Viable Product, directed by Mike Judge

TV Movie/Minseries

Outstanding Miniseries
“American Horror Story Coven”
“Bonnie & Clyde”
“The White Queen”

Outstanding TV Movie
“Killing Kennedy”
“Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight”
“The Normal Heart”
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”
“The Trip to Bountiful”

Best Actor – TV Movie/Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch – “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Chiwetel Ejiofior – “Dancing on the Edge”
Idris Elba – “Luther”
Martin Freeman – “Fargo”
Mark Ruffalo – “The Normal Heart”
Billy Bob Thornton – “Fargo”

Best Actress – TV Movie/Miniseries
Minnie Driver – “Return to Zero”
Jessica Lange – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Sarah Paulson – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Cicely Tyson – “The Trip to Bountiful”
Kristen Wiig – “The Spoils of Babylon”
Helena Bonham Carter – “Burton and Taylor”

Best Supporting Actor – TV Movie/Miniseries
Colin Hanks – “Fargo”
Jim Parsons – “The Normal Heart”
Joe Mantello – “The Normal Heart”
Alfred Molina – “The Normal Heart”
Matt Bomer – “The Normal Heart”
Martin Freeman – “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Best Supporting Actress – TV Movie/Miniseries
Frances Conroy – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Kathy Bates – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Angela Basset – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Allison Tolman – “Fargo”
Ellen Burstyn – “Flowers in the Attic”
Julia Roberts – “The Normal Heart”

Outstanding Writing For a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
“American Horror Story: Coven” – Bitchcraft by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk
“Fargo” – The Crocodile’s Dilemma by  Noah Hawley
“Luther” by Neil Cross
“The Normal Heart” by Larry Kramer
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”(Masterpiece)  by Steven Moffat
“Treme” – …To Miss New Orleans by David Simon and Eric Overmyer

Outstanding Directing For a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
“American Horror Story: Coven” – Bitchcraft directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
“Fargo” – The Crocodile’s Dilemma directed by Adam Bernstein
“Fargo” – Buridan’s Ass directed by Colin Bucksey
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” directed by Stephen Frears
“The Normal Heart’ directed by Ryan Murphy
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”  directed by Nick Hurran

Variety/Reality Series

Outstanding Variety Series
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Outstanding Writing For a Variety Series
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”
“Inside Amy Schumer”
“Key Peele”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Outstanding Writing For a Variety Special
“The Beatles: The Night That Changed America”
“Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays”
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards
“Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles”
67th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Directing For a Variety Special 
“The Beatles: The Night That Changed America” directed by Gregg Gelfand
The Kennedy Center Honors directed by Louis J. Horvitz
The Oscars directed by Hamish Hamilton
“Six By Sondheim” directed by James Lapine
“The Sound Of Music Live!” directed by Beth McCarthy Miller; theatrical direction by Rob Ashford
67th Annual Tony Awards directed by Glenn Weiss

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice” 

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