Thursday, July 19, 2012

2012 Emmy Award Nominations

We're taking a break from our Batman week to comment on the nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, which have just been announced. Here are some thoughts and reactions regarding the british invasion.


Comedy Series
30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Girls (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
Veep (HBO)

Who's missing: Parks and Recreation, Louie, Community, Glee
HBO did pretty well here with three nominations, however the three best comedy series on television (and Glee) weren't nominated including 'Parks and Recreation' which got in last year. Whatever, unless 'Girls' got nominated and I have something to root for when 'Modern Family' inevitably wins.

Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime)
Mad Men (AMC)

Who's missing: The Good Wife, Justified, Dexter
I think this is the first time ever in which there isn't a broadcast network nominee among the contenders, which is both shocking and telling about the television age we're living in. 'Mad Men' has won four times and could win a fifth, but it seems like 'Downton Abbey' is coming strong and I think the brits make take this one.

Lead Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock (NBC)
Don Cheadle - House of Lies (Showtime)
Louis C.K. - Louie (FX)
Jon Cryer - Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Who's missing: Of the people that had a chance, Johnny Galecki.
This is pretty much what we could have expected of this category. It's not a very exciting list, but considering the shows the Academy likes it's pretty good. Let's hope Louie can somehow win.

Lead Actor in a Drama
Hugh Bonneville - Downton Abbey (PBS)
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad (AMC)
Michael C. Hall - Dexter (Showtime)
Jon Hamm - Mad Men (AMC)
Damian Lewis - Homeland (Showtime)

Who's missing: Kelsey Grammer (Boss), Dustin Hoffman (Luck), Timothy Olyphant (Justified)
Here's when you start seeing the power of 'Downton', Hugh Bonneville gets in over Emmy-darling Kelsey Grammer and Awards-magnet Dustin Hoffman. This list is actually pretty good, although it's kind of sad that Timothy Olyphant doesn't return after being nominated last year in favor of yet another nomination for Michael C. Hall.

Lead Actress in a Comedy
Zooey Deschanel - New Girl (FOX)
Lena Dunham - Girls (HBO)
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Tina Fey - 30 Rock (NBC)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep (HBO)
Melissa McCarthy - Mike & Molly (CBS)
Amy Poehler - Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Who's missing: Laura Dern (Enlightened), Laura Linney (The Big C), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
They expanded this to seven nominees and still some Golden Globe winner Laura Dern, and last year nominees Laura Linney and Martha Plimpton couldn't get nominated. This might be the most competitive category of the year, because I don't know who of these ladies would win.

Lead Actress in a Drama
Kathy Bates - Harry's Law (NBC)
Glenn Close - Damages (FX)
Claire Danes - Homeland (Showtime)
Michelle Dockery - Downton Abbey (PBS)
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife (CBS)
Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men (AMC)

Who's missing: Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Mereille Enos (The Killing), Emmy Rossum (Shameless)
Claire Danes is so good in 'Homeland' and the show has so much buzz and she just won the Golden Globe so she has to win right? Just wait until Emmy night to see Kathy Bates win for freaking 'Harry's Law'...

Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Ty Burrell - Modern Family (ABC)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern Family (ABC)
Max Greenfield - New Girl (FOX)
Bill Hader - Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Ed O'Neill - Modern Family (ABC)
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family (ABC)

Who's missing: Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Chris Colfer (Glee), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
The 'Modern Family' category remains the 'Modern Family' category. And I am starting to get over the fact that Nick Offerman will never be nominated for his brilliant performance as Ron Swanson, because when you get snubbed and Bill Hader from SNL gets in? That has to be the most random nomination ever.

Supporting Actor in a Drama
Jim Carter - Downton Abbey (PBS)
Brendan Coyle - Downton Abbey (PBS)
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones (HBO)
Giancarlo Esposito - Breaking Bad (AMC)
Jared Harris - Mad Men (AMC)
Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad (AMC)

Who's missing: John Slattery (Mad Men), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Walton Goggins (Justified), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Now, here's the kind of thing I was talking about when I said 'Downton Abbey' was coming strong. Glad to see Esposito and Harris get recognized for their amazing work in their (spoiler alert!) final season. One of them may well end up the winner considering they have the showy tapes, but then again so do past winners Dinklage and Paul.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik - The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Julie Bowen - Modern Family (ABC)
Kathryn Joosten - Desperate Housewives (ABC)
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family (ABC)
Merrit Weaver - Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Kriten Wiig - Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Who's missing: Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Jane Lynch (Glee)
Wow, the Emmys not nominating Betty White and Cloris Leachman? Seems like the days of yore are gone and I don't complain. I mean, we get Mayim Bialik who is the best thing about 'Big Bang Theory', the lovely Merrit Weaver and the late Kathryn Joosten. But expect either one of the 'Modern Family' gals or Kristen Wiig in her farewell season to win.

Supporting Actress in a Drama
Christine Baranski - The Good Wife (CBS)
Joanne Foggatt - Downton Abbey (PBS)
Anna Gunn - Breaking Bad (AMC)
Christina Hendricks - Mad Men (AMC)
Archie Panjabi - The Good Wife (CBS)
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey (PBS)


Who's missing: Kelly MacDonald (Boardwalk Empire), Angelica Huston (Smash), Rose Byrne (Damages)
Anna Gunn gets in for 'Breaking Bad' and I'm happy because she deserves it.

OK, now that you've seen the list if you are not thinking 'Downton Abbey' wins Drama Series then I think you are wrong. I am convinced now.

Some Other Nominations:

  • The three best comedies might not have been nominated for Series, but they pack the writing category were Louie, Girls, Community's 'Remedial Chaos Theory' and two episodes of 'Parks and Recreation' were nominated. How great is THAT category?
  • Just in case your were wondering, 'Downton Abbey' did get nominations for best direction and writing. So, yes, the win is inevitable. 
  • The hilarious and lovely Bob's Burgers gets a nomination for Best Animated Program and that's great.
  • 'Sherlock' finally breaks through with nominations for Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, directing, writing and Made for television Movie or Miniseries.
  • In guest acting news, Ben Feldman (Ginsberg on Mad Men) and Mark Margolis (Tio Salamanca in Breaking Bad) both get in! And Uma Thurman gets nominated for her guest role in 'Smash' because... I have no idea.

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