Taylor Schilling and Uzo Aduba in “Orange Is the New Black’/Photo © Netflix
The 2014 Emmy nominations were announced this week, and judging by the list of nominees, this is going to be a great year for television series based on, or inspired, by books.
"Game of Thrones," based on George R.R. Martin's long-running fantasy saga A Song of Ice and Fire, and "Orange Is the New Black," based on the Piper Kerman's memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, both racked up dozens of nominations.
HBO's "Game of Thrones" received a nomination for Best Drama Series. Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister, received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama series. Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Diana Rigg, who plays Lady Olenna Tyrell, received a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama. Feature director Neil Marshall received a nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the episode "The Watchers on the Wall".
The series' impressive visual and sound effects, lavish costumes, music and costumes earned it a lion's share of nominations. These included Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series (episode: "The Children"), Outstanding Art Direction (episode: "The Laws of Gods and Men"), Outstanding Makeup for a Single Camera Series (episodes "Oathkeeper," "The Children"), Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (episode: "The Mountain And The Viper"), Outstanding Sound Editing, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama (episodes: "The Watchers On The Wall," "The Children"), Outstanding Visual or Special Effects (episode: "The Children"), Outstanding Costumes for a Series (episode: "The Lion and the Rose"), and Outstanding Hair Styling. The program also received an Outstanding Interactive Program nomination for its innovative web and social media companion material.
"Orange Is the New Black" earned a nomination for Best Comedy Series, and Taylor Schilling was nominated for Best Lead Actress in a comedy series for her role as Piper Chapman. Cast members Kate Mulgrew (Galina "Red" Reznikov),Natasha Lyonne (Nicky Nichols), Uzo Aduba (Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren), and Laverne Cox (Sophia Burset), all received nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
The series was also nominated for Outstanding Single Camera Editing for a Comedy Series (episodes: "Tit Punch, "Can't Fix Crazy," and "Tall Men With Feelings"), as well as Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series. Notable actress and director Jodie Foster was nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the episode "Lesbian Request Denied."
"True Detective" was also a notable presence on the list. While "True Detective" isn't based on a book, it has incorporated many references to Robert W. Chambers's 1895 dark fiction classic, The King in Yellow, and fans of the series have made the book more popular than ever before. The series received a nomination for Best Miniseries, and Outstanding Drama. Leads Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are both up for a Best Actor in a Drama Series awards.
The show also received nominations for Outstanding Casting, Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series (episode: "Who goes There"), Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (episode: "Who Goes There"), Outstanding Lighting Design Direction, Outstanding Makeup for a Single Camera Series (episode: "The Secret Fate of All Life"), Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (episode: "Form and Void"), Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series ("The Secret Fate of All Life"), Outstanding Direction for a Drama Series (episode: Who Goes There), Outstanding Art Direction for a Contemporary Fantasy or Drama Series (episodes: "Form and Void," "The Locked Room," "Seeing Things"), and finally, a nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera series.
"Boardwalk Empire," based on Nelson Johnson's book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City. It received a Nomination for Outstanding Art Direction for a Period Series Miniseries or Movie.
"House of Cards" is based on the Michael Dobbs novel of the same name. Actor Reg E. Cathey, who played "Freddy," received a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
"House of Lies" is based on Martin Kihn's book House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time. Don Cheadle, who plays Marty Kaan, received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
"Flowers in the Attic" is based on the gothic romance by V.C. Andrews. Ellen Burstyn, who played the cruel grandmother Olivia Foxworth, in this most recent adaptation of the novel, received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
"Justified" is based on Elmore Leonard's novels Pronto and Riding the Rap. It received a nomination for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Contemporary or Fantasy Series for the episode "A Murder of Crowes."
"Killing Kennedy," based on Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot, received a nomination for an Outstanding Television Movie Award.
"Masters of Sex" is based on Thomas Maier's biography Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love. Lizzy Caplan, who plays sex researcher Virginia Johnson, received a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor In a Drama Series.
Finally, "The White Queen," based on Philippa Gregory's trilogy The Cousins' War (The White Queen, The Red Queen, and The Kingmaker's Daughter) received a nomination for Outstanding Miniseries.
It's obvious that "Game of Thrones" and Orange Is the New Black" are going to garner a few awards. Likewise for "True Detective." The rest of the shows are only nominated for one or two awards each, and in most cases, they're going against the former two, as well as many other television programs that aren't based on books at all, like "The Big Bang Theory" and "Modern Family," both fantastic shows with raves from critics.
We'll have to wait to see who wins what, but it looks like all of the above are winners for literary-minded television viewers.