Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Baker Street dozen Emmy nominations!

What, no "Outstanding Art Direction"? What the Hell, Emmy Awards!!!

Okay, I'm kidding. In an amazing feat this morning, BBC Sherlock's "His Last Vow" captured a full twelve Emmy nominations in all of the same categories as the previous season's "A Scandal in Belgravia" . . . with the excaption of "Outstanding Art Direction." I blame the absence of Lara Pulver and her muse-like inspiration of the art direction, unless you're of the camp that think it was Benedict Cumberbatch's nude scenes that helped that cause.

Sherlock's major opponent in nearly every category this time out is Fargo, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman actually at odds in the best actor category for those two serieses. (For some plainly strategic reason, Martin is in "Best Supporting Actor" for his Sherlock work.) Personally, I have to give a little love to another of Sherlock's competitors, that wonderful Idris Elba BBC series, Luther, which could actually split the Brit-love vote.

Can Sherlock beat the much-beloved, and oh-so American neophyte, Fargo? Will the other nominees break up the winnings for either of those shows? And this is Sherlock's third round in three of its categories -- any Emmy love for a repeat suitor? Just one freakin' Emmy would be nice after seventeen not-quites. And yes, it is an honor just to be nominated. (Poor Orphan Black. She's an orphan!)

Here's the dozen that Sherlock's "His Last Vow" got the nod for, if you want a very capsulized version:

Best TV Movie 
Best Actor (TV Movie or Mini-series)
Best Supporting Actor (TV Movie or Mini-series)
Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special 
Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special 
Outstanding Casting For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie

Outstanding Costumes For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Miniseries Or A Movie

Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or A Movie

And for those of you who are keeping score at home: Elementary still stands with two nominations and no wins from 2013 in the categories of "Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music" and "Outstanding Main Title Design," both of which went to DaVinci's Demons. Which is a shame, because even I'd give an award to Elementary's opening credits.

And now we also have to see if Ian McKellen's newly retitled movie Mr. Holmes is going to be good enough to bring ol' Sherlock Holmes an Oscar for the mantle at 221B Baker Street. Well, that and cross our fingers when the Emmys come on this fall . . . can't get ahead of ourselves.

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