Sherlock Winning Three Emmys Was Elementary


Sherlock “His Last Vow” (PBS) did quite well at the 66th Primetime Emmys at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday. It is elementary to deduce why it walked away with three Emmys. The overall quality of the BBC import is stellar, from the directing to the writing to the casting and the acting.

Steven Moffat, who picked up an Emmy for Best Writing for a Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special, claimed that he thought Sherlock was pretty much through with the cycle of collecting awards, saying that winning the Emmy was “utterly thrilling,” but that he “didn’t think we’d win anything.”

Breaking Bad dominated multiple categories and the comedy Modern Family still proved it is to be reckoned with by adding to its Emmy count. Also, with competition from shows like Fargo and The Normal Heart, maybe Moffat did not think Sherlock could compete.

In his acceptance speech, Steven Moffat thanked his wife, who he referred to as being “a sexy producer,” as well as his co-writer Mark Gatiss, who also plays Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft Holmes, a mover and shaker in the British governmental power structure.

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) won the Emmy for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries and Martin Freeman’s (Dr. John H. Watson) was an Emmy for Outstanding supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries. Neither actor was at the Primetime Emmys 2014 in Los Angeles to have their Emmys presented to them in person.

The version of Sherlock Holmes that Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss created is one that is set in modern-day England, though many elements of it are firmly grounded in the Sherlock Holmes tales of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock is brilliant and has incredible abilities of deduction; John H. Watson is an actual medical doctor, a military officer back from Afghanistan. The duo inhabit a flat on Baker Street, just as they do in the short stories by Doyle. The arch-nemesis of Sherlock is Moriarty, in both cases. Actor Andrew Scott is excellent in the role, seeming to take a delightful glee in outwitting Holmes…when he is able to do so.

Another series that Martin Freeman stars in, Fargo (FX), took home the Emmy for Best Miniseries. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were both nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, Cumberbatch for Sherlock and Freeman for Fargo. Cumberbatch beat him for the Emmy in this category.

Martin Freeman beat out competition from Colin Hanks of Fargo, and The Normal Heart (HBO) actors Alfred Molina, Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello and Matt Bomer, to win the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries.

Both Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch also act together in The Hobbit trilogy. Freeman plays Bilbo Baggins, the main protagonist of The Hobbit, while Cumberbatch does the voice of the dragon, Smaug.

Sherlock has been picked up by the BBC for a fourth season and they will begin production on a Sherlock Christmas Special in January 2015 for the following Christmas. After they complete the Sherlock Christmas Special, production will begin on the fourth season, which Moffat has said would be “devastating,” to many of the characters.

At the Primetime Emmys 2014, Breaking Bad picked up five Emmys. For anyone who has not yet seen Sherlock, though, give it a chance. It is as equally “elementary” as to why it deserved the three Emmys that it won, as it is why Breaking Bad won its five. The two series are very different from each other in most respects, but they both have strong writing and excellent casts who put their all into the roles that they play. That is why both series did so well at the 66th Primetime Emmys.

Written By Douglas Cobb

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4 Responses to "Sherlock Winning Three Emmys Was Elementary"

  1. Jennifer   August 30, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Sherlock actually won a total of seven Emmys, not just the three.

    • Douglas Cobb   August 30, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      That’s right, Jennifer, but I was just mentioning the Primetime Emmys that the show won that Monday night, not the four Creative Arts Emmys which it also won earlier. You are correct, though, in that Sherlock won seven Emmys altogether.

  2. Ethan Waugh   August 26, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Happy for the Sherlock Stars to win the awards. Sherlock is one of the best fiction miniseries to watch and its stars are ultimate to watch on television. Congratulations to both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on winning their awards for best actor and supporting actor.

  3. Al   August 26, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Benedict also did motion capture.


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