2012 Emmy Nominations


The 2012 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning. Like any other awards there were some big snubs. Some how Louie & Parks and Recreation weren’t nominated for best comedy (even though they’re the best two comedies on television). But there were some choices that definitely make me happy. I love all the critical attention Homeland is receiving because it’s an incredible show and I highly recommend you watch the 1st season before the second begins this fall. After the jump is the nominations and I’ll bold what I think deserves to win and gives a few random thoughts a long the way.

Outstanding Drama Series:
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game Of Thrones
Homeland
Mad Men

Thoughts: I’m not a fan Game of Thrones, but I can definitely get behind Mad Men, Homeland, or Breaking Bad winning here.

Outstanding Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Girls
Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep

Thoughts: BLAH. Louie and Parks should really be here. Based on the choices, I have to go with Girls. I loathe the Big Bang Theory, stopped watching 30 rocks seasons ago, and have only seen one episode of Veep. However, the episode was hilarious and awesome.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Thoughts: Seriously, watch Homeland. The show is brilliant and Claire Danes is amazing. Mad Men doesn’t use Elisabeth Moss enough. Which is too bad.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damien Lewis, Homeland

Thoughts: Is this really a question?

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation

Thoughts: Amy Poehler is my hero.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House Of Lies
Louis CK, Louie
Jon Cryer, Two And A Half Men
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Thoughts: These are some terrible nominees… No way Louie will win, but he deserves it SO MUCH.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Jared Harris, Mad Men
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Thoughts: Really? FOUR actors from Modern Family? Is this a joke? Where’s Adam Scott?

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Thoughts: Wow. The Emmy’s terrible taste really shines through in the comedy sections…

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series:
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Jeremy Davies, Justified
Ben Feldman, Mad Men
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
Jason Ritter, Parenthood

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series:
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy
Julia Ormond, Mad Men
Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife
Jean Smart, Harry’s Law
Uma Thurman, Smash

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock
Greg Kinnear, Modern Family

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Kathy Bates, Two And A Half Men
Margaret Cho, 30 Rock
Dot Marie Jones, Glee
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Miniseries or Made-for-TV-Movie:
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Luther
Sherlock

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV-Movie:
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Idris Elba, Luther
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV-Movie:
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Ashley Judd, Missing
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV-Movie:
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
Martin Freeman, Sherlock
Ed Harris, Game Change
Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story
David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV-Movie:
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
Judy Davis, Page Eight
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Reality-Competition Series:
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Host of a Reality Series or Reality-Competition Series:
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

Outstanding Reality Program:
Antiques Roadshow
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
MythBusters
Shark Tank
Undercover Boss
Who Do You Think You Are?

Outstanding Nonfiction Series:
American Masters
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Frozen Planet
Inside The Actors Studio
The Weight Of A Nation

Outstanding Variety Series:
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Thoughts: I LOVE THE DAILY SHOW

Outstanding Variety Special:
Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America’s Golden Girl
Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker
The Kennedy Center Honors
Mel Brooks And Dick Cavett Together Again
Tony Bennett: Duets II

Outstanding Animated Program:
American Dad, “Hot Water”
Bob’s Burgers, “BurgerBoss”
Futurama, “The Tip Of The Zoidberg”
The Penguins Of Madagascar: The Return Of The Revenge Of Dr. Blowhole
The Simpsons, “Holidays Of Future Passed”

Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program:
Adventure Time, “Too Young”
Disney Phineas & Ferb, “The Doonkleberry Imperative”
MAD, “Kitchen Nightmare Before Christmas/How I Met Your Mummy”
Regular Show, “Eggscellent”
Robot Chicken, “Fight Club Paradise”

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance:
Hank Azaria, The Simpsons
Maurice LaMarche, Futurama
Dan Povenmire, Disney Phineas & Ferb
Rob Riggle, Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs. Nice
Brenda Strong, Desperate Housewives
Kristen Wiig, The Looney Tunes Show

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series:
Boardwalk Empire, “To The Lost,” Tim Van Patten
Breaking Bad, “Face Off,” Vince Gilligan
Downton Abbey, “Episode Seven,” Brian Percival
Homeland, “Pilot,” Michael Cuesta
Mad Men, “The Other Woman,” Phil Abraham

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series:
Curb Your Enthusiasm, “Palestinian Chicken,” Robert B. Weide
Girls, “She Did,” Lena Dunham
Louie, “Duckling,” Louis CK
Modern Family, “Baby On Board,” Steven Levitan
Modern Family, “Virgin Territory,” Jason Winer
New Girl, “Pilot,” Jake Kasdan

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series:
Downton Abbey, “Episode Seven,” Julian Fellowes
Homeland, “Pilot,” Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, and Gideon Raff
Mad Men, “Commissions And Fees,” Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton
Mad Men, “Far Away Places,” Erin Levy and Matt Weiner
Mad Men, “The Other Woman,” Semi Chellas and Matt Weiner

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series:
Community, “Remedial Chaos Theory,” Chris McKenna
Girls, “Pilot,” Lena Dunham
Louie, “Pregnant,” Louis CK
Parks & Recreation, “The Debate,” Amy Poehler
Parks & Recreation, “Win, Lose, Or Draw,” Michael Schur

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series:
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Portlandia
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

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