Emmy 2014 Winners and Losers: The Nerd Perspective

The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards are behind us, a new season of television is on our doorstep. While we could do a long and laborious recap of the winners, but you come to Raging Nerds for a little bit of rage, right?

The Winners (Nerd version)
If you watched the telecast of the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, you probably felt a bit hollow because Game of Thrones, probably one of the nerdiest shows on television, went home empty handed, right?

Well not exactly. In fact, Game of Thrones won four Emmy Awards: Outstanding Art Direction, Outstanding Costuming, Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup, and Outstanding Special and Visual Effects. So why didn’t you hear about it? Technical awards for television, know as the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, are given out on a different night. It helps to think of visual storytelling as being broken down into two categories: the art and the science. Because the average person only cares about the people we directly associate with the story (the artists), their award show gets more coverage. So Game of Thrones was not shut out this year. In fact, one of the winners has the honor of being the youngest person in Emmy history to receive the award for technical work.

COSMOS also won big at the Creative Arts Emmys. The documentary, hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson, took home Emmy awards for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Series, Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, and Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Series.

Let’s pretend for a moment that whatever your personal feelings about The Big Bang Theory, you consider it a nerd show. Hey, Chuck Lorre wrote the original theme for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, so there is at least some overlap. The Big Bang Theory took home one Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing in a Comedy Series. Actor Jim Parsons also took home a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Sheldon Cooper. It was Parson’s seventh Emmy nomination and fourth win.

The last big nerd winner at the Primetime Emmy Awards and Creative Arts Emmy Awards was the BBC/PBS series Sherlock. Sherlock won four Creative Arts Emmy Awards: Single Camera Picture Editing, Outstanding Sound Editing, Outstanding Music Composition, and Outstanding Cinematography. All were won for the episode “His Last Vow”. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman each won awards for their acting in the episode “His Last Vow”. Stephen Moffat, head writer and show runner for Sherlock and Doctor Who took home his first Emmy for writing the script of “His Last Vow”.

So don’t believe anyone who tells you nerds and nerdy things don’t win Emmy awards. The complete list of winners at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards is below.

Best Drama Series: Breaking Bad

Best Actor in a Drama: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Best Actress in a Drama: Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Best Directing, Drama: Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Decetive

Outstanding Writing, Drama: Moira Walley-Beckett, Breaking Bad


Best Comedy: Modern Family

Best Actor, Comedy: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress, Comedy: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy: Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy: Allison Janney, Mom

Best Directing, Comedy: Gail Mancuso, Modern Family

Outstanding Writing, Comedy: Louis C.K., Louie


Best Miniseries: Fargo

Best Movie: The Normal Heart

Best Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock

Best Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven

Best Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven

Best Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Martin Freeman, Sherlock

Best Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Colin Bucksey, Fargo

Outstanding Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Stephen Moffat, Sherlock

Best Variety Series: The Colbert Report

Outstanding Writing, Variety Special: Sarah Silverman, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles

Best Directing, Variety Special: Glenn Weiss, “67th Annual Tony Awards”

Best Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race



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