Emmy nominations exalt ‘Mad Men’ finale, ‘Transparent’ premiere

By: | Published: July 17, 2015 8:38 AM

The final season of AMC's period advertising drama "Mad Men," Netflix's political thriller "House of Cards," and Amazon's new transgender comedy "Transparent" garnered 11 nominations each on Thursday for the 67th Emmy Awards, the highest honors in television.

The final season of AMC’s period advertising drama “Mad Men,” Netflix’s political thriller “House of Cards,” and Amazon’s new transgender comedy “Transparent” garnered 11 nominations each on Thursday for the 67th Emmy Awards, the highest honors in television.

Premium cable channel HBO led all networks with 126 nominations, including 24 for medieval fantasy “Game of Thrones,” more than any other show.

“Mad Men,” which chronicled the advertising world and shifts in American society during the 1960s through its main character, Don Draper, ended its eight-year run this year and is likely to be a favorite to win its fifth award for outstanding drama series, the top Emmy.

Jon Hamm earned his eighth nomination for his dark portrayal of Draper, but has never won. He will vie for best actor in a drama against Kevin Spacey, who plays the diabolical Frank Underwood in “House of Cards.”

“Transparent” is the top new series among nominees, after having won critical acclaim and Golden Globes for its comical and human portrayal of a family patriarch who transitions to life as a woman. The role is played by Jeffrey Tambor, who will be a favorite to win best actor in a comedy series.

“Transparent” put Amazon Inc on the television map last year and helped the online retailer earn 12 nominations, its first ever.

Netflix Inc, the online streaming service that has paved the way for digital platforms, garnered 34 nominations, including seven for the new quirky comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

While it was a good year for actors of color in the acting categories, Fox’s new popular hip-hop series “Empire” did not earn a best drama nomination, one of the biggest snubs of the 2015 Emmys.

“Empire” lead Taraji P. Henson will compete against Viola Davis of “How To Get Away With Murder” for best drama actress. It was the first time two African-American women had been nominated in that category, said Cynthia Littleton, managing editor of television at trade publication Variety.

“None have ever won, so this could be the year that changes,” she said.

In the best actress comedy category, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is up for her fourth straight Emmy win for her portrayal as the hapless president in HBO’s “Veep.”

“As President, my staff and I are too busy doing the people’s business to watch television,” Louis-Dreyfus said after “Veep” earned nine nominations. “Nonetheless, we are thrilled to be a part of this celebration of creativity. (Go Jon Hamm!).”

Emerging comedian Amy Schumer was nominated for her first acting Emmy for her raunchy “Inside Amy Schumer,” and veteran Lily Tomlin earned her 22nd nod, this time for playing a New Age septuagenarian in “Grace and Frankie.”

Among the leading comic men, Will Forte was nominated for new apocalypse comedy “The Last Man on Earth,” and Anthony Anderson received his first nomination as the father in African-American cultural identity comedy “Black-ish.”

Thursday’s nominations confirmed the narrowing chasm between the stalwart network broadcasters and the digital newcomers. ABC took 42 nods, NBC and CBS 41 each and Fox 35, just one ahead of Netflix.

The Emmys will be presented in a ceremony hosted by comic actor Andy Samberg in Los Angeles on Sept. 20 and broadcast live on the Fox TV network.

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