2014 Emmy Awards: Battle Of The Retro Superstars


The new “Golden Age” of television folks get so worked up about shows that take place in the past. This year’s Emmy nominees explore the history of prohibition-era Atlantic City (Boardwalk Empire), Edwardian England (Downton Abbey) and a ’60s medical lab in St. Louis (Masters Of Sex). But nestled among the contenders are some legends from the first golden age of TV. Mel Brooks began his career on Your Show of Shows and Ellen Burstyn and Maggie Smith appeared on the Kraft Television Theatre. I’ll be rooting for the folks who could have won their first award 50 years ago who might be taking home a second tonight. Here are some of my favorite nominees from the black-and-white era who are still shining strong today.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Maggie Smith
Downton Abbey

Diana Rigg
Game Of Thrones

Jane Fonda
The Newsroom

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Robert Morse
Mad Men

Beau Bridges
Masters Of Sex

Bob Newhart
The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Cicely Tyson
The Trip To Bountiful

Ellen Burstyn
Flowers In The Attic

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
Betty White
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special – 2014
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America

Outstanding Variety Special – 2014
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Mel Brooks

Inside The Actors Studio
James Lipton, Executive Producer

Outstanding Music Direction
Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn (Great Performances)

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
The Spoils Of Babylon
(Performed by Steve Lawrence)