The show's coming up at the end of this month (August 25 on NBC, as a matter of fact), and since I'll be on vacation when it airs, I'll drop these tidbits your way. The first is a fascinating infographic that came my way from Ben Clifford, who's done some cool infographics for the Hollywood entertainment website TheWrap. This one gives us an insight into predicting who's going to walk away with the hardware on the big night.* As always, you can click on the image to get a better look.
*Just to tell you something of my age, whenever it comes to Maggie Smith I still think of her winning an Oscar for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
In the second piece, our friend Lisl Magboo steers us to some interviews with this year's nominees (many of whom are familiar to us classic TV fans) at the Archive of American Television site. I won't do the usual screen captures as there are so many, but each of these interviews is well-worth checking out - as are all the videos at the Archive. I can't tell you how many times they've come in handy for me! Like any good restaurant menu, pick and choose from the following categories.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Veep)
- On the challenges of playing "Selina Meyer" on Veep
- On how Selina Meyer is modeled after a real politician
- Christopher Lloyd on casting Modern Family
- Steve Levitan on winning multiple Emmys for Modern Family
DramaJulilan Fellowes for Outstanding Drama Series (Downtown Abbey)
Vince Gilligan for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Breaking Bad), Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Breaking Bad)
Matthew Weiner for Outstanding Drama Series (Mad Men)
- On fame and what he's gotten out of Mad Men success
- On the autobiographical nature of his characters on Mad Men
Janie Bryant for Outstanding Costumes for a Series (Mad Men)
- On her role as the costume designer and the attention to detail on the show
- On her collaborative process with Matthew Weiner
Robert A. Dickinson for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special (The Oscars, the Tonys)
Linda Ellerbee for Outstanding Children's Program (Nick News with Linda Ellerbee)
Louis Horvitz, Outstanding Director for a Variety Special (The Kennedy Center Honors)
Susan Lacy for Outstanding Documentary of Nonfiction Series (American Masters)
George Schlatter for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special (Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley)
My thanks again to Ben and Lisl for making my job a lot easier, and more enjoyable.