Sherlock Emmy Nominations 2016

All for The Abominable Bride:

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

  • Benedict Cumberbatch 

Outstanding Television Movie

  • The Abominable Bride 

Outstanding Cinematography For A Limited Series Or Movie

  • Suzie Lavelle, ISC, Director of Photography

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special

  • Douglas Sinclair, Supervising Sound Editor Paul McFadden, Dialogue Editor Jonathan Joyce, Sound Editor Stuart McCowan, Sound Editor Howard Bargroff, Sound Editor Rael Jones, Music Editor Jamie Talbut, Foley Editor Julie Ankerson, Foley Artist 

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Limited Series Or Movie

  • Howard Bargroff, Re-Recording Mixer John Mooney, Production Mixer Peter Gleaves, ADR Mixer Nick Wollage, Music Mixer 

Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role

  • Danny Hargreaves, SFX Supervisor Henry Brook, SFX Senior Technician Dewi Foulkes, SFX Technician JC Deguara, VFX Supervisor Natalie Reid, VFX Producer Sara Bennett, 2D Supervisor Matias Derkacz, 2D Lead Neil Alford, 2D Lead Amy Felce, Matchmove Supervisor 

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Best Man

Sherlock - The Great Game

“I’m not ignoring it, I’m putting my best man onto it, right now.”

John “Who’s that?

John is oblivious to the fact he is Sherlocks best man. Little mirror in the future there!

Sherlock - The Hounds of Baskerville

“No, I can’t leave London at the moment, far too busy. But don’t worry, I’m putting my best man onto it.”

I love the little pat when he says this!

John still baffled.

Sherlock - The sign of three

“So in fact……I’m your best………..”       

John “……………man”

Sherlock describes John as his best man twice, before John asks Sherlock to be his. Its so sweet he still has no idea that he is Johns best friend till this point.

The Two "Speeches" in Sherlock

Twice has the word “speech” been used in this television show and in two different contexts. Sherlock giving a best man speech at John’s wedding was the second one. The first was John speaking at Sherlock’s grave. “I made a little speech” (TEH) vs “You’ll have to make a speech” (TSOT). One made by John, one by Sherlock. But they are meant to be understood the same way. They both are send-offs filled with praise. They both lead into the two men falling into pits of despair afterwards. Because John getting married IS EQUAL TO Sherlock dying. At the end of John’s speech, he becomes a soldier again, turning on his heel with a stiff upper lip. At the beginning of Sherlock’s speech, we hear him say “into battle”. One is from John’s POV, the other from Sherlock’s POV, but the intended message is the same: speeches are for graciously letting go of the love of your life.

"Nothing is clever. Everything is ordinary."

This. THIS is the moral of BBC Sherlock. Sherlock himself wants to be extraordinary so he suppresses his impulses, fears, and sentiment because they hold him back. But he’s not a god, he’s an ordinary man. Moriarty told Sherlock in TRF his biggest weakness was assuming everything to be clever when, in reality, nothing is clever.

We were even shown this idea in TEH when Mycroft came to 221b. We assumed they were playing chess but they were actually playing operation. We saw the board, we heard the pieces clunking, we know how intellectual these two men are…. but they were playing a children’s game instead. We, like Sherlock, are being lulled into thinking this story is extraordinary when it is not.

This show is about love. Nothing else. And love is ordinary.

Don’t be fooled by the work. Don’t be as blind as Sherlock. This story isn’t about the work.

This is about drinking too much with your best friend. This is about a Christmas party with wine, sitting, and carols on the violin. This is about quiet mornings eating breakfast together. This is about giggling at inappropriate times. This is about friends becoming family. About nights in watching television. About arguing over groceries. About jealousy. About loss, grief, and redemption.

And all of those things are ordinary.