Thursday, July 19, 2012

64th Annual Primetime Emmy Nominees-- And My Five Cents...

Television Academy of Arts & Sciences members, we need to talk.

While you have taken some great steps this year, with your slight out of the box Emmy nominee list, the emphasis is on "steps" and "slight," rather than "strides." Personally, I'm thrilled to see new talent like Lena Dunham and Merritt Wever receive accolades, but it is a small price to pay for still snubbing Nick Offerman and Parks and Recreation in general. 

I guess Downton Abbey is a way of embracing a new kind of programming, too, but it makes me sad that just because what is effectively a soap opera is on PBS, it gets praise, while something as delicious and decadent as Madeleine Stowe on Revenge does not. 

Additionally, slipping Ashley Judd a bone by recognizing her in the "Miniseries or Movie" category for Missing is just laughable. In the days of Google, you're not fooling anyone here, not even Middle America.

Homeland definitely deserves all of the Emmys, and Connie Britton deserved one for Friday Night Lights, so a retroactive statue for American Horror Story might have to suffice. For now. Jessica Lange was a no-brainer, and I hate to say it because it sounds cynical, but once Kathryn Joosten passed away, so was she. There is no way those two ladies won't sweep their respective categories, and at least with the latter, we will all be swept away by tears. So if the Emmy broadcast wants to win its own award for being emotional eventful television, this is the way to do it.

However, Uma Thurman getting accolades for an unironic, OTT diva on Smash just returned your opinions to insanity and irrelevancy. And I still can't fully condone celebrating actors who have to do the best they can with crappy material because in the end, you can only paint a pretty face on a turd for so long (that's the expression, right?), and we still end up celebrating lackluster projects. I'm looking at you, last season of Dexter, Harry's Law, and Mike & Molly

By the way, does anyone else think Alec Baldwin should just pull himself out of the running, Murphy Brown style?

You can read on for the key nominees and click here and here for my own comedy and drama dream ballots (respectively and respectfully).

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
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Louis C.K., Louie
  • Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
  • Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
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
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Max Greenfield, New Girl
  • Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
  • Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Outstanding Comedy Series
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
  • Girls (HBO)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Veep (HBO)
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
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
  • Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
  • Steve Buschemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis, Homeland
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 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 Drama Series
  • Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Homeland (SHO)
  • Mad Men (AMC)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
  • Connie Britton, American Horror Story
  • Ashley Judd, Missing
  • Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Julianne Moore, Game Change
  • Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
  • Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
  • Idris Elba, Luther
  • Woody Harrelson, Game Change
  • Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
  • American Horror Story (FX)
  • Game Change (HBO)
  • Hatfields & McCoys (HISTORY)
  • Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
  • Luther (BBC America)
  • Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (PBS)
Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series
  • The Colbert Report (COM)
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (COM)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
  • Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
  • Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Outstanding Reality- Competition Program
  • The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
  • Project Runway (Lifetime)
  • So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)
  • Top Chef (Bravo)
  • The Voice (NBC)
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
  • Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
  • Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
  • Phil Keoghan, Amazing Race
  • Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
  • Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers

For the complete list of nominees, including those in the Creative Arts categories, please click here.

I'm sure I'll have more thoughts once I wake up a bit more, so keep checking back!

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