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This Is What the 2012 Emmy Nominations SHOULD Look Like

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 17, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 17, 2012 |

The 2012 Emmy Nominations will be announced on Thursday. Will they resemble my list below? Maybe a little, but you can never trust the Emmy voters to pick up on a great show until about three seasons after it's no longer any damn good (see "The Office"). They've also had a knack for ignoring great shows over the years.

These are the nominees I'd like to see, and not necessarily the ones I even expect to see. It also turns out it's much more difficult in some categories to narrow it down to five than I anticipated. That Best Drama category is a real ballbuster, as is the comedy category. (Sorry "Happy Endings." You know I love you.)

Best Drama
"Game of Thrones"
"Mad Men"
"Breaking Bad"

Best Actor -- Drama
Bryan Cranston -- "Breaking Bad"
Kelsey Grammer -- "Boss"
Jon Hamm -- "Mad Men"
Michael Cudlitz -- "Southland"
Timothy Olyphant -- "Justified"

Best Actress -- Drama
Claire Danes -- "Homeland"
Julianna Margulies -- "The Good Wife"
Elisabeth Moss -- "Mad Men"
Katey Sagal -- "Sons of Anarchy"
Emmy Rossum -- "Shameless"

Best Supporting Actor -- Drama
Peter Dinklage -- "Game of Thrones"
Giancarlo Esposito -- "Breaking Bad"
Jared Harris -- "Mad Men"
John Noble -- "Fringe"
Aaron Paul -- "Breaking Bad"

Best Supporting Actress -- Drama
Archie Punjabi -- "The Good Wife"
Lena Headey -- "Game of Thrones"
Christina Hendricks -- "Mad Men"
Regina King -- "Southland"
Kelly Macdonald -- "Boardwalk Empire"

Best Comedy
"Parks and Recreation"

Best Actor -- Comedy
Don Cheadle -- "House of Lies"
Louis C.K. -- "Louie"
Garret Dillahunt -- "Raising Hope"
Joel McHale -- "Community"
Charlie Day -- "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"

Best Actress -- Comedy
Tina Fey -- "30 Rock"
Lena Dunham -- "Girls"
Julia Louis Dreyfus -- "Veep"
Martha Plimpton -- "Raising Hope"
Amy Poehler -- "Parks and Recreation"

Best Supporting Actress -- Comedy
Katie Aselton -- "The League"
Gillian Jacobs -- "Community"
Allison Williams -- "Girls"
Eliza Coupe -- "Happy Endings"
Anna Chlumsky -- "Veep"

Best Supporting Actor -- Comedy
Max Greenfield -- "New Girl"
Nick Offerman -- "Parks and Recreation"
Danny Pudi -- "Community"
Damon Wayans Jr. -- "Happy Endings"
Adam Driver -- "Girls"

Best Television Movie or Miniseries
"Downton Abbey"
"The Hour"
"Game Change"

Best Guest Actor -- Drama
Neal McDonough -- "Justified"
Jere Burns -- "Justified"
Mykelti Williamson -- "Justified"
Ray McKinnon -- "Sons of Anarchy"
Matthew Perry -- "The Good Wife"

Best Guest Actress -- Drama
Lucy Liu -- "Southland"
Carrie Preston -- "The Good Wife"
Martha Plimpton -- "The Good Wife"
Julia Ormond -- "Mad Men"
Alexis Bledel -- "Mad Men"

Best Guest Actor -- Comedy
Michael J. Fox -- "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Jon Hamm -- "30 Rock"
Liam Neeson -- "Life's Too Short"
Paul Rudd -- "Parks and Recreation"
Jimmy Fallon -- "Saturday Night Live"

Best Guest Actress -- Comedy
Lizzy Caplan -- "New Girl"
Kathryn Hahn -- "Parks and Recreation"
Kathryn Hahn -- "Girls"
Megan Mulally -- "Happy Endings"
Pamela Adlon -- "Louie"

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