It may be a great piece of news for “Homeland” fans but on Sunday the drama series won a significant number of statues in Emmy’s 2012. “Homeland” may have emerged as the winner in most categories but it was “Downton Abbey” that got most number of nominations to its credit. Awards in categories like – best drama series, best writing in a drama series, best actress, and best actor have been swept away by “Homeland” at this year’s Emmy’s.
(Jimmy Kennel hosting the Emmy’s 2012)
After winning the award for best actor, Damian Lewis said ‘I thought I’d show up just in case’
Fans of the drama series “Breaking Bad” weren’t really happy either, as the series lost out on critical award categories like the best drama series, actress and actor award. Aaron Paul has however managed to pick up the award for best supporting actor but nothing else fell on the way of “Breaking Bad”. Fans this year were really hoping big for the series this year. I feel that the show has been so well put together that sometimes it becomes hard to digest the flow of events from one to another. However the way the climax is usually unfolded, it makes it worth the effort to watch the show. This spring the show was one of the best things going around on TV at the moment.
(Gideon Raff, Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa after receiving the Emmy for outstanding writing in the series “Homeland”)
To talk of the performances, the edgier depiction of Carrie by Claire Danes was truly awesome to watch and well deserved by the actress in my opinion. The role played by Danes has the potential to keep you hooked to the couch and revere it for days after watching. Bringing the character to life was a difficult balance to tread for the actress and overdoing it was easier for any actor than to do it right. Any performance that could give stiff competition to that of Claire Danes performance is that of Sergeant Nicholas Brody played by Damian Lewis in “Homeland” for which he has already got an Emmy. Damian Lewis played the role with such expertise that the audience kept thinking about what is the intention behind Brody’s moves. He also gave a great acceptance speech on the podium saying, “I’m one of those pesky Brits, I apologize,” He also said “I don’t really believe in judging art, but I thought I’d show up just in case.”
(Julianne Moore after hearing the announcement of her winning the Best Actress in a movie/miniseries for her role in Game Change)
The probable left out flaws in the exposition of some drama series was apparent and disturbing both but Homeland had me glued to the screens for most part of the season. Not to mention that Mad Men seemed to be losing its sheen and grasping screenplay in its fifth season (all these observations are part of my personal opinion and you too can come up with your take on all the performances, dramas and actors in the comment box below). This should however do not suggest that I am against it winning the Emmy with stiff competition from Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad. It was a deserving clinch for the drama series. Much to the information for all those Homeland fans out there, the series is going to be out on TV soon and people on both sides of the Atlantic can treat themselves to this one hell of a thriller.
(Claire Danes and Damian Lewis with their Best Actor and Actress Emmy’s)
Just as big a night it went on to become for the Homeland, it wasn’t as satisfactory an event for the Downton Abbey on the other side of the pendulum. The supporting actress statue that was taken away by Dame Maggie Smith for her role as Dowager Countess, her constantly raised eyebrows went onto creating the right the impact on me at least. The impact her gestures in the show had on me was as strong that I don’t see anything wrong occurring with her being chosen for the honors. I enjoyed her reactions when Shirley McLain tries to entertain her serenading but Dowager seems least interested in her performances. Nevertheless it’s a pity that the show could perform in other categories at the Emmy’s like leading actress – Michelle Dockery, leading actor – Hugh Bonneville, supporting actor – Brendan Coyle, Jim Carter and best drama.
When it comes to issue of acting honors given away this year- I am content with most of them but the idea of Downton nominated in the best drama category shocked me to an extent. In the earlier seasons there were some scenes that looked quite absurd- The Tingle being one of them. However, its feels after seeing the first two episodes of third season that it is going to be better this time.
(Aaron Paul with his Emmy for Best Supporting Actor)
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman however are two other British actors who could not make it to the Emmy’s in the lead actor and supporting actor in a miniseries or movie category respectively. Instead Kevin Costner and Tom Berenger took the statues home for their part in the much acclaimed period drama called Hatfield and McCoy’s. UK audience can relish the show this autumn on Channel 5 and make an opinion on whether the award was rightly handed out or not.
Emma Thompson was also nominated for her role in The Song of Lunch that happens to be created by BBC 2 on the Christopher Reid’s poem. Alan Rickmann also starred in the movie besides Emma. The award in this category was taken away by Julianne Moore for her role as Sarah Palin in the HBO movie Game Change. I have no qualms with Julianne winning in the category considering the way she acted with relative precision in the movie. Game Change has also got the award in best direction and best movie category to its credit.
Whatever may be your reaction on the awards given away in Emmy’s this year, you can take out your wrath or ecstacy below. We will be happy to hear out your take on the same.
Source: The Guardian
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