Today the 2004-2005 nominations have been announced. You can see the full list of nominees at www.Emmys.com. When the date draws closer I will have a full list of my predictions, but for know I would like to highlight some notable nominees, and possibly misses, and random notes.
First up, in Outstanding Animated Program (Less than one hour) Family Guy, of all shows, was nominated. I love this show and was upset when it was cancelled the first time: who would have though that DVD sales would get it back on the air, much less nominated for an award?! I am not sure what it's chances are up against previous winners like The Simpsons, and Samurai Jack. In the award for one hour or more we get Star Wars: The Clone Wars Vol. II, another very cool nomination, one which may have a chance of winning.
The whole Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series can go. I am not sure any of these shows deserve nominations. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy That 70's Show, but this was its worst season yet. Then there's, George Lopez, Two and a Half Men, and Will & Grace? Come on, must not be many multi-camera shows available.
Hell must be freezing over, since American Idol is nominated for Outstanding Art Direction For A Variety, Music Program, Or Special. This show shouldn't even be on the air.
Outstanding Casting? Never heard of this category before, and there is one for Comedy and one for Drama. The good news in Comedy is that Scrubs is nominated; this show deserves so much more recognition than it gets. On the Drama side it is nice to see House and Lost in the mix.
Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-camera Series? Cinematography is the last thing I think about with a bunch of sitcoms.
Now you can't have Outstanding Costumes for a Series without Alias, can you? Good news is that it is here.
Under Direction there are some good nominees, including an episode of Monk. On the drama sided there was the excellent Lost pilot, and the Quentin Tarantino episode of CSI. And let's not forget Rescue Me, another excellent addition from the summer cable seasons. Grrrr, another nomination for American Idol.