Riz Ahmed Addresses Systemic Lack of TV Diversity in Emmys Press Conference

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Riz Ahmed won the Best Actor in a Limited Series at last night’s Emmy awards, becoming the first person of Asian heritage to receive an Emmy for acting. While this is significant, Ahmed pointed out in a press conference after his win that one trophy does not mean a finite change to the “systemic issue of inclusion.”

“I don’t know if any one person’s win, or one person snagging a role, or one person doing very well, changes something that’s a systemic issue of inclusion,” he explained. “I think that’s something that happens slowly over time. If there’s enough isolated examples of success over time then the dots start joining up and it is not as slow a process as it sometimes is.”

Take a look at his press conference.

 

 

In terms of diversity, this year’s Emmys proved historic: Donald Glover became the first black man to win an Emmy for comedy directing for Atlanta, and Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win for comedy writing for Master of None. 

Ahmed’s acceptance speech also addressed issues of race and xenophobia:

“It’s always strange reaping the rewards of a story that’s based on real world suffering,” he said. “If this show has shone a light on some of the prejudice in our society, Islamophobia, some of the injustice in our justice system, then maybe that’s something.” Take a look below.

 

SNL, Stranger Things, & Westworld Are the Big Winners of the Creative Arts Emmys

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Over this past weekend, the Creative Arts Emmys took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Ahead of television’s biggest night, the upcoming Primetime Emmys (this Sunday at 8 PM EST), Saturday Night Live, Stranger Things, and Westworld have established themselves as fronting the pack, with 5 wins each.

13th, Samurai Jack and The Night Of each took home four Emmys, and Big Little Lies, The Handmaid’s Tale, Veep, Hairspray! Live and Drag Race each scored 3.

Most notably, Melissa McCarthy and Dave Chappelle both scored wins for their turns as guest hosts on SNL. Alexis Bledel took home the Guest Actress in a Drama prize for her work as the gender traitor Ofglen on Handmaid’s Tale. Stranger Things, Big Little Lies, and Veep all took home awards for Best Casting.

Take a look at the full list of winners below:

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us” — “The Big Day”)

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale” — “Late”)

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Dave Chappelle (“Saturday Night Live” — “Host: Dave Chappelle”)

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Melissa McCarthy (“Saturday Night Live” — “Host: Melissa McCarthy”)

Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

Kim Estes (“Dicks”)

Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

Jane Lynch (“Dropping the Soap”)

Casting for a Drama Series

Carmen Cuba, Tara Feldstein Bennett & Chase Paris (“Stranger Things”)

Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special 

David Rubin (“Big Little Lies”)

Casting for a Comedy Series

Dorian Frankel & Sibby Kirchgessner (“Veep”)

Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour)

David Miller (“Veep”)

Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)

Colin Watkinson (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series

Donald A. Morgan (“The Ranch”)

Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie

Fred Elmes (“The Night Of”)

Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)

Jeff Beal (“House of Cards” — “Chapter 63”)

Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special (Original Dramatic Score)

Jeff Russo (“Fargo” — “Aporia”)

Original Main Title Theme Music

Michael Stein, Kyle Dixon (“Stranger Things”)

Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series 

Jennifer Lilly (“Master of None”)

Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series

Peter Chakos (“The Big Bang Theory”)

Stunt Coordination For a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie

James Lew (“Marvel’s Luke Cage”)

Period/ Fantasy Costumes for a Series, Limited Series or Movie

Michele Clapton, Alex Fordham, Emma O’Loughlin & Kate O’Farrell (“The Crown”)

Production Design for a Narrative Period Program (One Hour or More)

Martin Childs, Mark Raggett & Celia Bobak (“The Crown”)

Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special (Original Dramatic Score)

Jeff Russo (“Fargo” — “Aporia”)

Children’s Program

“Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas” (HBO)

Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour or Less)

Jim Gloster, Andrew Leitch & Kimberly Wannop (“Veep”)

Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One Hour or More)

Julie Berghoff, Evan Webber & Sophie Neudorfer (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)

Keith Rogers, Scott Weber, Roger Stevenson, Kyle O’Neal (“Westworld” — “The Bicameral Mind”)

Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program

Eddie Perez (“Shameless”)

Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within a Scripted Program 

HBO, Kilter Films & Bad Robot (“Westworld”)

Commercial 

John X Hannes & Smuggler (“Calling JohnMalkovich.com – Squarespace”)

Special Visual Effects

Jay Worth, Elizabeth Castro, Joe Wehmeyer, Eric Levin-Hatz, Bobo Skipper, Gustav Ahren, Paul Ghezzo, Mitchell S. Drain, Michael Lantieri (“Westworld” — “The Bicameral Mind”)

Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role 

Thomas Mahoney, Matthew Wheelon Hunt, Alex Gitler, Sina San, Michael Capton, Jon Anastasiades, Ryan Bauer, Mark Anthony Nazal, Randy Little (“Gotham” — “Heavydirtysoul”)

Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie

Chris Clark, Ralph Michael Abalos, Wendy Southard & Helena Cepeda (“Feud: Bette & Joan”)

Music Supervision

Susan Jacobs (“Big Little Lies” — “You Get What You Need”)

Sound Editing for a Series

Bradley North, Craig Henighan, Jordan Wilby, Jonathan Golodner, Tiffany S. Griffth, Sam Munoz, Sam Munoz, David Klotz, Noel Vought & Ginger Geary (“Stranger Things”)

Sound Mixing For a Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation

Andy D’Addario, Gary Gegan, Marco Fiumara (“Mozart in the Jungle” — “Now I Will Sing”)

Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or Special

Nicholas Renbeck, Marissa Littlefield, Steve Visscher, Ruth Hernandez, Sara Stern, Luciano Vignola, Odin Benitez, Ruy Garcia, Wyatt Sprague, Warren Shaw, Roland Vajs, Heather Gross, Dan Evans Farkas, Grant Conway & Marko Costanzo (“The Night Of”)

Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie, or Special

Eryn Krueger Mekash, Michael Mekash, David Leroy Anderson, James Mackinnon, Jason Hamer, Melanie Eichner, Cristina Himiob,  Maiko Chiba (“American Horror Story: Roanoke”)

Sound Mixing For A Limited Series or Movie

Nicholas Renbeck, Michael Barry, Felix Andrew, Larry Hoff (“The Night Of” — “The Beach”)

Short Form Comedy or Drama Series

“Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training”: “Better Call Saul” (AMC)

Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series

Joey Zapata, Pavy Olivarez, Bruce Samia & Donna Anderson (“Westworld”)

Main Title Design

Michelle Dougherty, Peter Frankfurt, Arisu Kashiwagi, Eric Demeusy (“Stranger Things”)

Contemporary Costumes for a Series, Limited Series or Movie

Alix Friedberg, Risa Garcia & Patricia McLaughlin (“Big Little Lies”)

Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or Movie

Jay Cassidy & Nick Houy (“The Night Of”)

Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic)

Eryn Krueger Mekash, Robin Beauschense, Tym Buacharern, Kim Ayers, Becky Cotton, David Williams (“Feud: Bette and Joan”)

Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series

Dean Zimmerman (“Stranger Things”)

Original Interactive Program

Felix & Paul Studios (“The People’s House – Inside the White House With Barack and Michelle Obama”)

Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)

Christien Tinsley, Myriam Arougheti, Gerald Quist, Lydia Milars, Ed French (“Westworld” — “The Original”)

The Emmy Noms This Year Are Maybe The Most Exciting Ever

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The Emmy nominations this year are stacked, and reminded us just how much amazing television has come out in the past twelve months. We’re actually giddy as we present to you some important highlights that are sure to make this year’s show a real nail-biter.

First, and most importantly, we have Big Little Lies, which, to our delight and no one’s surprise, was nominated for Outstanding Limited Series and garnered noms for not one, not two, not three, but four of our High Rulers: yes, we’re talking Nicole and Reese, obviously, but also the divine Laura Dern, and, of course, Miss Shailene Woodley as Jane. Oh, and Alexander Skarsgard was deservingly nominated as well, bringing the total count for the show to 6 noms.

Leading the pack are two of our faves: Saturday Night Live and Westworld, with 22 noms each. SNL really had a big year, and has been appropriately acknowledged: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Tom Hanks, Dave Chapelle, and Lin-Manuel Miranda all were recognized for their hosting chops. Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon all scored nods as cast members, and, of course, Mr. Alec Baldwin earned himself a Supporting Actor nod, having immortalized his Trump impersonation during election season. With Westworld, we’d like to draw attention to our lovely ladies Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton, who both were recognized for their roles as Dolores and Maeve, respectively.

What makes this year’s awards so exciting is that those nominated include a refreshing mix of critics’ picks and fan favorites – one show that has won the hearts of both is The Handmaid’s Tale, which raked in noms for several of its cast members, incuding Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Alexis Bledel, as well as for Best Drama Series. Stranger Things also did very well, earning a whopping 18 nominations, most excitingly for Best Drama and for young rising star Millie Bobby Brown.

Other things we’d like to note: Feud: Bette and Joan earned a very impressive 18 nominations and Veep took 17. A few of our faves we’ like to call out: Riz Ahmed killed it in The Night Of, and we love you. He also earned a nom for his guest spot on Girls, as did Hannah’s Mom, Becky Ann Baker, and Matthew Rhys. Our girl Sam Bee picked up a Best Variety Series. Oh, and Game of Thrones starts too late and so is ineligible, if you were confused. But it’s nice that they can share the wealth.

The Emmys are hosted by Stephen Colbert and will take place September 17 on CBS.

DRAMA SERIES

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

House of Cards

Stranger Things

This Is Us

Westworld

COMEDY SERIES

Atlanta

Black-ish

Master of None

Modern Family

Silicon Valley

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Veep

LIMITED SERIES

Big Little Lies

Fargo

Feud: Bette and Joan

Genius

The Night Of

TELEVISION MOVIE

Black Mirror: San Junipero

Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Sherlock: The Lying Detective

The Wizard of Lies

LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Anthony Hopkins, Westworld

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us

LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Zach Galifianakis, Baskets

Donald Glover, Atlanta

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Claire Foy, The Crown

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Keri Russell, The Americans

Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld

Robin Wright, House of Cards

LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY

Pamela Adlon, Better Things

Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie

Allison Janney, Mom

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie

LEAD ACTOR, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective

Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies

Ewan McGregor, Fargo

Geoffrey Rush, Genius

John Turturro, The Night Of

LEAD ACTRESS, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES

Carrie Coon, Fargo

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan

Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan

Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us

David Harbour, Stranger Things

Michael Kelly, House of Cards

John Lithgow, The Crown

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY

Louie Anderson, Baskets

Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Tony Hale, Veep

Matt Walsh, Veep

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale

Chrissy Metz, This Is Us

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY

Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Kathryn Hahn, Transparent

Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live

Judith Light, Transparent

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

SUPPORTING ACTOR, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES

Bill Camp, The Night Of

Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan

Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

David Thewlis, Fargo

Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan

Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES

Judy Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Bette and Joan

Regina King, American Crime

Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies

Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

VARIETY TALK SERIES

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

The Late Late Show with James Corden

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Real Time with Bill Maher

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

Billy on the Street

Documentary Now!

Drunk History

Portlandia

Saturday Night Live

Tracy Ullman’s Show

REALITY TV, COMPETITION

The Amazing Race

American Ninja Warrior

Project Runway

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Riz Ahmed, Girls

Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live

Tom Hanks, Saturday Night Live

Hugh Laurie, Veep

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Saturday Night Live

Matthew Rhys, Girls

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Becky Ann Baker, Girls

Angela Bassett, Master of None

Carrie Fisher, Catastrophe

Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live

Wanda Sykes, Black-ish

Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan

Brian Tyree Henry, This Is Us

Gerald McRaney, This Is Us

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Denis O’Hare, This Is Us

BD Wong, Mr. Robot

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale

Laverne Cox, Orange is the New Black

Ann Dowd, The Leftovers

Shannon Purser, Stranger Things

Cecily Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder

Alison Wright, The Americans

FASHIONS OF THE EMMYS 2014: Star-Maker Gowns, Beach-y Babes + Duds

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Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

I paid a lot of attention to the red carpet last night. It was an emotional journey–one that I live-tweeted my way through (are you following @BlackBook!?) and, in the process, became really flustered by how many women wore red gowns. The Emmys being a bigger event than the humble VMAs, there were a lot of looks to take in, and a lot of reactions to process.

If you didn’t watch, feel free to trust my sartorial judgment, and if you did, feel free to tweet me and tell me how wrong or right I am! Cool? Here goes!

The Winner: Lizzy Caplan
That Donna Karan Atelier dress was a starmaker. Caplan’s long been on the rise, but a look like this one is iconic, and she wore it with perfect grace.

 

Reds on the Red Carpet: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
I got in a bit of a tizzy when I realized just how under-utilized half the rainbow was on this year’s red carpet, but Julia looked flawless in Carolina Herrera. Some people are lucky enough to work wonders in the simplest of garments and this was a lovely example of that. The crowd was practically a sea of red, but Uzo Aduba also looked radiant in Christian Siriano’s design in the bright hue.

 

The Object of the Male Gaze: Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara both embraces and laughs at her own overt sexuality and is pretty lovable in the process. Her strapless, curve hugging Roberto Cavalli was gorgeous in spite of her declaration that she couldn’t bring boyfriend Joe Mangienello because he is too hot.

 

The Can-do-no-wrong-in-my-book: Lena Dunham
Was it a dress? Was it a top and a skirt? (It was the latter and it was by Giambattista Valli). Who knows but I love Lena Dunham so much that I will let her wear whatever she damn pleases. Though proportionally speaking the Peter Pan collar pink blouse was too much fabric in conjunction with that ombré-d wedding cake of a skirt, I loved seeing Lena explore new color palettes to complement her new bleach-blonde ‘do. I think she would have stunned in a strapless top with all that skirt going on, but like I said, in this case, my fandom supersedes my critical ability and I will be the first to admit it! Theoretically speaking, Sarah Hyland’s was probably the better of the cake-invoking skirts, but Lena’s comes out on top for its loud personality.

 

The Minimalist Bride: Kristen Wiig
This dress would make a very pretty wedding gown (it’s Vera Wang after all), but oh well, white is a nice color, it’s August, and many celebs choose longer lengths for the red carpet. It fit her well, but in a casual way, and in some pictures she almost looked like an edgy Jen Aniston. Very chic.

 

Sleekest: Robin Wright
Ralph Lauren suit, androgynous hair– the whole thing was so simultaneously effortless and polished. Absolutely love.

 

Best Departure: Julie Bowen
The Modern Family star usually sticks to solid colors that accentuate her killer body. They look good and that’s cool. But last night’s ‘70s-inspired Peter Som gown was the definition of a pattern done right. It’s not easy, so major kudos to Bowen for owning it.

 

The Secret Beach Goddess: Amy Poehler
It’s easy to forget that Amy Poehler is kind of a bombshell underneath the barrage of suits Leslie Knope wears on Parks and Recreation. But then the Emmys (or the Globes) come around and there’s Amy with The OC-worthy beach waves in a silver Theia gown.

 

Bland but Beautiful: Taylor Schilling
Taylor Schilling, that’s Piper to anyone with a Netflix account, wore a beaded nude Zuhair Maurad gown that hit in all the right places. Props, too, to the gorgeous racerback.

 

Undecided: Kiernan Shipka
Kiernan Shipka is a red carpet favorite, and objectively speaking, this Antonio Berardi dress (put on hold by Rachel Zoe’s styling team minutes after it hit style.com) is a stunner. Still, Shipka is still just 14 and I thought a little more color and youthfulness would have been lovely on the young starlet.

 

The Makeover: Gwen Stefani
OK, so it wasn’t quite a makeover, but I don’t think I was alone when it took me a moment to recognize Gwen Stefani tonight. Clad in metallic Versace and pin straight blonde hair, Stefani looked sleek and semi-futuristic.

 

The Try-Again-Next-Year Crew

Debra Messing: Honestly, if I had that red hair I would put on an emerald colored gown and never take it off. Sometimes you just shouldn’t mess with perfection. This black sheer thing was shapeless and did nothing for Messing who is a beaut!

 

Sarah Paulson: #Sorrynotsorry that this is the stuff of nightmares. It looks, quite frankly, like Paulson had an accident in a tulle factory, or got caught in a swarm of ladybugs.

 

Laura Prepon: She could have looked so good, and yet, she looked like she got stuck in the prom department at a Midwest department store. Sigh.

The Best of the Emmys Red Carpet, Feat. Thakoon, Chanel, and a Faux-Bob

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As E! kicked off the red carpet judging for Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, stylist George Kotsiopoulos wondered aloud whether the attendees would please the Us Weeklys or the fashion rags more. It turned out there wasn’t much risk-taking – a quiet red carpet to match a quiet Emmys – though there were a few favorites looks stolen straight from the spring runways to better please the fashion crowd.

Possibly the evening’s best-dressed, an actress who wasn’t eligible to be nominated, nor was she presenting, was Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling, whose modern, sexy dress was custom made for her by Thakoon Panichgul. Thakoon, whose feminine frocks rarely make red carpet appearances, must spot something special about the actress to have sought her out for this. These red carpets can be the convergence of fashion with entertainment – the starlets taking heed from stylists, or seeking to please the fashion powers that be, forming sartorial relationships for the successful road ahead. For instance, it’s impossible to think of Anne Hathaway on the red carpet without thinking of Valentino – even after her Oscar’s dress switch and burn.

Taylor Schilling in Thakoon

The high ‘90s neckline of Schilling’s white, slit-front, cut out silk crepe number did little to tone down her smokiness, which, matched with her a dark eye, a dark red lip and movie star waves, made quite the impression. After binge-watching Orange is the New Black, and seeing the style Schilling brings to the red carpet, I’m looking forward to seeing more and more of her, on screen and off.

One young gun who stays in fashion’s favor time and again is Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka, who shone in age appropriate and adorably cheerful Delpozo.

Delpozo

Presenter and How I Met Your Mother actress Cobie Smulders was respectfully understated in a pale pink J. Mendel dress that couldn’t have fit her better.

Worth a mention for her chic faux-bob, Homeland star Carrie – I mean Claire Danes, who tried short hair on for the night thanks to stylist Peter Butler. My vote is for her to cut it, though this sleek look probably wouldn’t work well with her… crazy character.

Claire Danes

Another notable, though for her accessories, was the star of New Girl. If there’s ever an occasion to bust out the planet-sized cocktail jewelry, Zooey Deschanel found it on Sunday’s red carpet with Chanel’s tourmaline ring. Paired with her nail art, it’s not too serious – and given the stone’s color, the look matches both her personality and her aesthetic.

Still can’t stop thinking about Taylor Schilling’s Thakoon, though…

I Don’t Know How the Emmys Work Anymore

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Happy Emmy Nominations Day! No one celebrates this holiday, not even me, so let’s get this over with. We have our Emmy nominations (finally, right?!), and it looks like the usual suspects are leading the pack: Mad Men, 30 Rock, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, and Game of Thrones all have a buttload of nominations. There are so many nominations! So many. Too many? Possibly!

Here’s what I find really confusing: why are there so many nominees? I miss the old days when only five people and five TV shows were nominated in each category. Obviously I take it as a personal affront that seven women were nominated for their leading roles in a comedy series. Seven! That is too many. And it seems that every other category has at least six nominees! Six! That is too many, Emmys! Get it together; some of us have to write blog posts about this shit! (You can see the full list of nominees here. Go crazy.)

Also, why was American Horror Story nominated as a miniseries? Did you guys forget that it’s coming back for a second season? And, with that in mind, why is Downton Abbey nominated as a series, when last year it was a miniseries? Things are SO COMPLICATED this morning. 

Dear Emmys: you can’t nominate everyone and everything. The end. Now, just give Julianne Moore the damn thing for her Sarah Palin impression and let’s get on with it. 

What Was the Phone-Hacking Joke Fox Cut From Alec Baldwin’s Emmys Skit?

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Do you know what Sunday’s Emmys could’ve used? A really good joke about phone-hacking. It would have cemented the ceremony’s place in the pantheon of legendary Emmys nights, along with the celebrated 39th Emmy Awards when Bob Newhart performed the Heimlich maneuver on Bruce Willis, saving the Moonlighting star’s life. (Don’t look for that story on the Internet – it’s a well-guarded Hollywood secret). The agonizing thing is that the Emmys had a phone-hacking joke, but Fox pulled the plug on it.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Alec Baldwin had pre-taped a sketch that included a phone-hacking joke for last night’s opening number, but later insisted his appearances be pulled from the show entirely after learning the News Corp subsidiary refused to poke fun at itself. (Something Baldwin & Co. do beautifully on 30 Rock where NBC is concerned.)

Saturday, Baldwin tweeted, “I did a short Emmy pretape a few days ago. Now they tell me NewsCorp may cut the funniest line.” The line, apparently, was about the phone-hacking scandal in the UK where journalists at newspapers owned by News Corp (which owns Fox, who broadcast last night’s Emmys) evesdropped on the voicemail boxes of crime victims and celebrities like Gordon Ramsay and Hugh Grant. Alec Baldwin demanded he be deleted from the bit entirely. He later tweeted, “Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little.”

Morning Links: Alec Baldwin Ditches the Emmys, Bravo Confirms ‘Housewives’ Firings

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● Alec Baldwin ditched last night’s Emmys ceremony after Fox cut a phone-hacking joke from the pre-taped skit he’d done. “Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke,” he later tweeted. “Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little.” [Deadline] ● Modern Family won the most Emmys, but Friday Night Lights‘ Kyle Chandler was able to sneak the Best Actor in a Drama award, so full hearts, you know? [NYT] ● After first making a terrible scene there, Lindsay Lohan left her cell phone at the Boom Boom Room. Lucky for her, a good Samaritan returned the phone without asking for a reward or leaking whatever sort of “personal stuff” she has on there. At least not yet. [TMZ]

● Jill Zarin, Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon, and Cindy Barshop have been dropped from Real Housewives of New York because Bravo wants “the glamor of the ‘Sex and the City’ movies rather than the twitter wars and bickering.” Ouch. [HuffPost] ● Ryan Gosling says that in Sandra Bullock and Rachel McAdams he “had two of the greatest girlfriends of all time,” and he blames show business for making things impossible. “It takes all of the light, so nothing else can grow,” he told The Times. [Us] ● Jay-Z is none too pleased to hear that Kelly Rowland is headed out on tour with Chris Brown. [Digital Spy]

Morning Links: Selena Inks ‘Justin’ On Her Wrist, January Jones Petitions for Shark Meat Ban

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● Is that “Justin” on Selena’s wrist permanent ink or not? Inquiring tween minds must know – there’s revenge to plot! [Huff Post] ● James Franco bought a yarn sculpture that a 13-year-old Tumblr-using fan made in his likeness, and now the girl thinks that they are “mentally married.” [CTV] ● In his new book, Deer in the Headlights, Levi Johnston says Bristol wanted to get pregnant in revenge for her mother’s pregnancy. Johnston just went along because he was “too dumb” to use protection, amongst other things. [NYDN]

● Jeremy Piven took his three Emmys for a walk through Soho in a double-wide stroller, because he has always been more than a little crazy. (He might have been filming a skit for the Emmys.) [BWE] ● January Jones says no to shark fin soup, and hopes you will do the same. Call your governor today! [Huff Post] ● Kate Plus 8 is over and fans are “devastated,” the kids are “questioning,” and Kate Gosselin is “a little scared,” she says. Reality television lifestyle addiction is apparently a very real thing, and Kate’s public withdrawal is getting sad. [EW]