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The 2011 Emmy Award Nominations

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 14, 2011 | Comments ()


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July 14, 2011: LOS ANGELES: The nominees for the Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning at a ceremony hosted by Melissa McCarthy and Joshua Jackson (RIP). Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch will host the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards airing live from NOKIA Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 18, on Fox.

Great news for a some Pajiba favorites, like "Friday Night Lights," which finally got its due in the drama category. For the second year in a row, it also received nominations for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. "Game of Thrones" was also represented in the best drama category; Peter Dinklage likewise got his deserving supporting actor nod. Timothy Olyphant also received a much deserved nomination for Best Actor, and Margo Martindale and Walton Goggins joined him from "Justified" in receiving a supporting acting nod. "Justified," however, did not land a best drama nomination. I'm also pleased to see Martha Plimpton get a nomination, although I feel like Garret Dillahunt deserved one, too.

The snubs were plenty, starting with Nick Offerman, snubbed on "Parks and Recreation," along with Adam Scott and even Charlie Day on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Michael Pitt from "Boardwalk Empire" was unfairly overlooked, as was the entire cast of "Community," as well as the show, likely to make room for more nominations for an off year of "Modern Family." That stings. I also would've liked to have seen "Men of a Certain Age" in the drama category, but there really wasn't much room for it.

The disappointments? Kathy Bates had no business being nominated for the dismal "Harry's Law," and I get that Melissa McCarthy is getting a lot of attention right now because of Bridesmaids, but that's no excuse for giving any attention to "Mike and Molly." I'd be more upset with the Jon Cryer nomination, except now we know exactly how much he had to endure on the set. Mireille Enos apparently wins the nomination for best pinched face in a terrible drama. "The Office" didn't deserve a nomination this year; it should've made way for "Community" or "Louis." Oh, and Betty White? Really?

And where is "The Walking Dead"?

And you'll notice down at the bottom the nominations for guest actors. I don't have too many qualms with the actual choices (although, Spader's turn on "The Office" should've been nominated, and maybe Olyphant's too, out of the pretty principal), but some of those characters weren't "guests," they were full-on supporting roles. Like Jeremy Davis in "Justified," and Julia Stiles in "Dexter." Also: Gwyneth for "Glee"? Come on, now. That's just dumb. Same with Zach Galifianakis for "SNL." That was one of the weaker episodes of the season. Still, good for Idris Elba in getting a nom. And as much as I liked Jeremy Davies in "Justified," that category belongs to Michael J. Fox, who killed in "The Good Wife."

Finally, in a conference call this morning after the nominations, I asked Ron Swanson how he felt about his snob. His response, "Who cares about me? Where's LIL' SEBASTIAN's nomination? Show some damn respect."

The complete list of nominees for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Science.


OUTSTANDING DRAMA
Boardwalk Empire
Dexter
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Kathy Bates (Harry's Law)
Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: SVU)
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Mireille Enos (The Killing)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Hugh Laurie (House)
Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
John Slattery (Mad Men)
Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age)
Walton Goggins (Justified)
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Margo Martindale (Justified)
Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire)
Michelle Forbes (The Killing)

OUTSTANDING COMEDY
The Big Bang Theory
The Office
Parks and Recreation
Modern Family
Glee
30 Rock

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Laura Linney (The C Word)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Chris Colfer (Glee)
Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)
Eric Stronestreet (Modern Family)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Ed O'Neil (Modern Family)

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Betty White (Hot in Cleveland)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)

OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
Project Runway
American Idol
The Amazing Race
So You Think You Can Dance
Dancing with the Stars

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Conan
Real Time with Bill Maher
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW HOST

Phil Keoghan (Amazing Race)
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars)
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Jeff Probst (Survivor)

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

"The Big C" -- Idris Elba
"Modern Family" -- Nathan Lane
"Saturday Night Live" -- Zach Galifianakis
"Saturday Night Live" -- Justin Timberlake
"30 Rock" -- Matt Damon
"30 Rock" -- Will Arnett

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

"Big Love" - Bruce Dern
"Brothers & Sisters" - Beau Bridges
"The Good Wife" - Michael J. Fox
"Harry's Law" - Paul McCrane
"Justified" - Jeremy Davies
"Mad Men" - Robert Morse

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

"Glee" - Kristin Chenoweth
"Glee" - Dot-Marie Jones
"Glee" - Gwyneth Paltrow
"Raising Hope" - Cloris Leachman
"Saturday Night Live" - Tina Fey
"30 Rock" - Elizabeth Banks

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
"The Closer" - Mary McDonnell
"Dexter" - Julia Stiles
"Grey's Anatomy" - Loretta Devine
"Mad Men" - Randee Heller
"Mad Men" - Cara Buono as Faye Miller
"Shameless" - Joan Cusack
"True Blood" - Alfre Woodard


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