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The 2012 Emmy Nominations

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 19, 2012 | Comments ()


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The 2012 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning by Jimmy Kimmel (subbing for Nick Offerman) and Kerry Washington. By allowing a giggity-billion nominees in each category, the Emmy Awards took a shotgun approach to satisfying EVERYONE, except, of course, "Parks and Recreation" and "Community" fans. Again.

Among the notable snubs: "Justified" didn't land in the Best Drama category, despite 7 nominees, Kelsey Grammer ("Boss") somehow didn't land a Best Actor nomination, John Noble ("Fringe") was once again overlooked, and "Louie" missed out on the comedy series nomination along with "P&R" and "Community."

But if you love "Downton Abbey," "Hatfields & McCoys," "American Horror Story," "Hemingway & Gelhorn," and "Modern Family," this is your kind of day.

Here is the compete list of nominees.

Best Drama
"Boardwalk Empire"
"Breaking Bad"
"Downton Abbey"
"Mad Men"
"Homeland"
"Game of Thrones"

Best Actor -- Drama
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Damien Lewis, "Homeland"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Timothy Olyphant, "Justified"
Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"

Best Supporting Actor -- Drama
Peter Dinklage -- "Game of Thrones"
Giancarlo Esposito -- "Breaking Bad"
Jared Harris -- "Mad Men"
Brendan Coye, "Downton Abbey"
Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey"
Aaron Paul -- "Breaking Bad"

Best Supporting Actress -- Drama
Archie Punjabi, "The Good Wife"
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"
Joanne Froggat, "Downton Abbey"
Christina Hendrix, "Mad Men"
Christine Baranski, "Good Wife"

Best Actress -- Drama
Claire Danes -- "Homeland"
Julianna Margulies -- "The Good Wife"
Elisabeth Moss -- "Mad Men"
Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law"
Glenn Close, "Damages"
Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abby"

Best Comedy
"Girls,"
"Modern Family,"
"30 Rock,"
"Veep,"
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Best Actress -- Comedy
Tina Fey -- "30 Rock"
Lena Dunham -- "Girls"
Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"
Julia Louis Dreyfus -- "Veep"
Amy Poehler -- "Parks and Recreation"
Melissa McCarthy, "Mike and Molly"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"

Best Actor -- Comedy
Don Cheadle -- "House of Lies"
Louis C.K. -- "Louie"
Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men"
Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Jim Parsons, "Big Bang Theory"
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Best Supporting Actress -- Comedy
Miayim Balik, "Big Bang Theory"
Meritt Weaver, "Nurse Jackie"
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"
Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"
Kathryn Joosten, "Desperate Housewives"

Best Supporting Actor -- Comedy
Max Greenfield, "New Girl"
Bill Hader, "Saturday NIght Live"
Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family"
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"
Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"

Best Television Movie or Miniseries
"Sherlock"
"Heminway and Gelhorn"
"American Horror Story"
"Luther"
"Hatfields and McCoys"
"Game Change"

Lead Actress -- TV Movie or Miniseries
Julianne Moore, "Game Change"
Nicole Kidman, "Hemingway and Gelhorn"
Connie Britton, "American Horror Story"
Ashley Judd, "Missing"
Emma Thompson, "The Song of Lunch"

Lead Actor -- TV Movie or Miniseries
Woody Harrelson, "Game Change"
Clive Owen, "Hemingway and Gelhorn"
Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock"
Idris Elba, "Luther"
Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys"
Bill Paxton, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Supporting Actress -- TV Movie or Miniseries"
Sarah Paulson, "Game Change"
Francis Conroy, "American Horror Story"
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story"
Judy Davis, "Page Eight"
Mare Winningham, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Supporting Actor -- TV Movie or Miniseries"
Ed Harris, "Game Change"
Dennis O'Hare, "American Horror Story"
David Straitharn, "Hemingway and Gelhorn"
Martin Freeman, "Sherlock"
Tom Berenger, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Variety Show
"The Daily Show"
"The Colbert Report"
"Real Time with Bill Maher"
"Saturday Night Live"
"Jimmy Kimmel Live"
"Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"

Reality Competition
"So You Think You Can Dance"
"The Amazing Race"
"Dancing with the Stars"
"Top Chef"
"Project Runway"
"The Voice"

Reality Competition -- Host
Cat Deely, "So You Think You Can Dance"
Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race"
Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol"
Betty White, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers"
Tom Berengon, "Dancing with the Stars"

Best Animated Series
"Futurama"
"The Simpsons"
"American Dad"
"Bob's Burgers"
"The Penguins of Madagascar"


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  • SecurityFrog

    I'm starting to wonder if Breaking Bad is a show I should watch.

  • PerpetualIntern

    DINKLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE!!!!!!!!!

    Ahem.

  • kirbyjay

    We're talking about the Emmy's here, the same show that gave Candice Bergen and Helen Hunt statues year after year. They wouldn't know a creative and funny show if it impaled them on Emmy's wings and stuck the giant ball up it's ass.
    Winged woman holding an atom sounds like baby's arm holding an apple

  • Littlejon2001

    Girls and Veep??? GIRLS AND VEEP???? OVER PARKS & REC AND COMMUNITY!!!! Are you kidding me??? (Yes, I realize Big Bang should also not be there but you have to give the masses something. But guys COME ON.)

  • Luke

    OK wow...I just checked the offical list..and Pajiba dropped the ball:Outstanding Writing for a Comedy
    SeriesCommunity • Remedial Chaos Theory • NBC
    • A Krasnoff Foster Entertainment,
    Harmonious Claptrap, Russo Brothers
    production, Universal Television production
    in association with Sony Pictures TelevisionChris McKenna, Written byGirls • Pilot • HBO • Apatow Productions
    and I am Jenni Konner Productions in
    association with HBO EntertainmentLena Dunham, Written byLouie • Pregnant • FX Networks • Pig
    Newton, Inc. in association with FX
    ProductionsLouis C.K., Written byParks And Recreation • The Debate • NBC •
    Deedle-Dee Productions, Fremulon, 3 Arts
    and Universal TelevisionAmy Poehler, Written byParks And Recreation • Win, Lose, Or Draw •
    NBC • Deedle-Dee Productions, Fremulon, 3
    Arts and Universal TelevisionMichael Schur, Written by

  • David Sorenson

    When I read about the shows that didn't get the nod for best comedy, I skipped right down to see who did get nominated. Then I saw Big Bang Theory. Now I'm just angry at everything.

  • Artemis

    I can't even with the comedy nominations, but I was pleasantly surprised on the drama side. Especially with Mark Margolis' nomination for guest actor -- he totally blew me away in last year's finale of Breaking Bad, and he did it without saying a word or moving anything except his face and one finger.

  • growler

    Mike White, Laura Dern, Dianne Ladd, Timm Sharp, and ENLIGHTENED got totally
    screwed by the Emmy nominations. SUCH a good show that only got better
    as its season went on.

  • Birdie

    So happy for Cumberbatch and Freeman. That's all I wanted. The rest.. I don't care. Oh maybe, a bit sad Kyra Sedgwick didn't get a nom.

  • Ruthie O

    Obviously, the true tragedy, upon re-reading this list, is the absence of RuPaul's Drag Race, a show so campy and wonderfully self-aware that it absolves the sins of (most) reality competition shows.

  • Ruthie O

    What injustice is this?! Nick Offerman snubbed again? Someone get that man ALL the eggs and bacon!

  • Um. Olyphant is not listed in Best Actor - Drama. The only Justified
    nomination appears to be Jeremy Davies for guest actor. So, Dicky's hair
    was properly acknowledged (oh, and that batshit crazy awesome
    performance, too) but the rest of the show was snubbed. How the hell did they overlook Neal McDonough?

  • fcanaj

    No Noms for Community and Parks & Rec but noms for Girls and Veep? Why do I feel my soul draining out of my veins ?

  • Anna

    WHERE. IS. COMMUNITY.

  • Bequafina

    Castle got robbed.

  • dizzylucy

    NO PARKS AND REC!!!! How insane is that? I don't find Girls funny, and I've tried with Big Bang but find it so mediocre. I can't take the nerdy voices, predictable jokes, and the we're smart, isn't that hilarious tone of it. Blah. Amy better win, that's the only small justice for that gem of a show.

    No Justified? By the way, this is the only place I've seen Timothy Olyphant listed, and I just saw some article about him being snubbed. No show nod, no Neal, Walton, Tim, Jere? How do you deny Wynn Duffy? That's worse than calling him a fake blonde. He's going to be breaking somebody over a step ladder today, I tell you.

    I still like Modern Family, but it was not at its best this year, and the overload of acting nominations is getting old. I think everyone on the show does a fine job, but one show should not occupy that many spots.

    Kudos for a few bright spots - Merritt Weaver, Jeremy Davies, Jason Ritter, Lane from Mad Men, and a few others, but over all I'm so pissed about Parks and Rec and Justified.

    I quickly grew to hate American Horror Story. it started off great and turned to crap (I call that the Ryan Murphy special) but I'm rooting for Connie, because she's awesome.

  • alwaysanswerb

    Hey, who knew Christina and Jimmy are related?

  • bokchoi

    Plus, a theory on John Noble: He is so far above normal human actors that the Emmy voters don't even comprehend him.

  • bokchoi

    I love Peter Dinklage, but....no Jack Gleeson?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Downton Abbey - Were they nominated for this episode:
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/493972...

  • alannaofdoom

    SOMEONE GIVE CAT DEELEY HER EMMY ALREADY.

    Also, I'm perplexed by American Horror Story and Sherlock in the miniseries category but not Downton Abbey. I'm sure this is just everyone trying to game the system and improve nomination and win odds, but it's so confusing. AHS had 13 episodes. Wasn't Downton in as a miniseries last year? And Sherlock has had two seasons. I just... I mean it's never going to make perfect sense, but isn't there a way to make more sense than this?

  • WheresMrCookiepants?

    Can someone explain why both drama and comedy writing are the only major categories with 5 nominees rather than the 6 or 7 the rest have? Could they not bear to give any further recognition to Parks & Rec or Community? Or give a nod to Breaking Bad, how can it dominate in so many categories and not be recognised here?

    Oh, the only other major category with 5 noms is best direction for drama. Blackwater?!

  • competitivenonfiction

    Wait - Girls is a comedy?

  • Wednesday

    I'm a big fan of Martha Gellhorn. I think I've read everything she's ever written. But that HBO movie bored me to tears. How could they take someone so fascinating and make her life seem dull? How is that possible?

    Also don't get the Downton Abbey love, I really don't. The first season was OK but the second was ridiculously bad.

  • Bee

    I fully expected Danny Pudi/Community to get an Emmy nom. Why is reality competition even a category?

  • Javier

    My reaction to this.

    COME ON!!

    The internet/fans comforting me.

  • Javier
  • junierizzle

    Why is Mad Men nominated? It wasn't even on last year. Geez, I guess Breaking Bad sill never win best drama.

  • jM

    These were laughable BEFORE I even got to the Modern Family circle jerk in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category. What strange voodoo stranglehold do they have over the Emmys and how can I learn it? I too, would like to be drowned in awards for being merely mediocre at what I do.

  • annoyed

    Wow (sarcasm)... No noms for Community, Southland (which should be in for best drama), or Archer? I'm glad Jared Harris got a nom, but no Michael Pitt?

    American Dad really?

  • annoyed

    Oh yeah no Parks and Recreation?

    Let see how this plays out compared to the Critics Choice Awards...

    http://tvline.com/2012/06/18/2...

  • annoyed

    Was Happy Endings not eligible for anything? Cougartown? Suburgatory?

  • Mr_Zito

    I'm just happy there's no 2 Broke Girls there.

  • Maguita NYC

    But New Girl is there. F-cking shameful.

  • kimk

    Gah, worse than usual this go round in the comedy categories, the usual suspects plus a newbie I can't stand. When will these voters get over their hard on for "Modern Family"? On the plus side - no "Two and a Half Men" (although that is cancelled out by the fact that somewhere out there Charlie Sheen is interpreting this as some sort of vindication). It saddens me that "P & R" and "Community", and their amazing casts, will probably never be acknowledged by the academy.

    Most shocking aspect of the nominations, though, is that the "Movie or Miniseries" categories are the most interesting of the bunch this year (I am seeing some overlap with the Pajiba 10......).

  • Maguita NYC

    Still, Jon Cryer was nominated, and that is sinful.
    And not in a good kinky way.
    So many would have been much better in that category, than a Jon Cryer.

  • Alex Kuhn

    The only one I really have any strong feelings bout is the supporting actress in a drama category, in which I'm rooting for Dame Maggie Smith.

  • 30 Rock for best comedy? Pretty much shows how out of touch these bozos are. And how is Dinklage up for Best Supporting Actor? He's the star of the show now, first name in the credits. Disappointed that Lena Headey wasn't nominated, too. She deserved it this year.

  • Positives: Max Greenfield! Poehler! Louis CK! Freeman & Cumberbatch! Jessica Lange won't have to compete against Connie Britton! Cat Deeley!

    Negative: WHAT THE F*CK DOES COMMUNITY HAVE TO DO TO GET SOME LOVE?? "Remedial Chaos Theory" was one of (if not THE) best half hours of television this year!! And no nom for Archer, either? OR for Parks & Recreation as Best Comedy? What. The. F*ck!

  • apocalipstick

    Go over to Ken Levine's blog and see his reaction. His statement is that the Academy just flat-out doesn't like Community.

  • mairimba

    Remedial Chaos Theory got a nom for Outstanding writing in a Comedy. It better have!!

  • space_oddity

    Yes, the writing awards are much more in line w/ what OUGHT to have been the show awards: Parks and Rec (x2), Girls, Louie, and Community.
    http://www.emmys.com/nominatio...

  • JenVegas

    I am refusing to get worked up over this list because I think this just, what, like the 5th or 6th season in a row that the Emmy voters have proven to be completely tone-deaf. I award the JenVegas Award for Outstanding Awesomeness to all of my favorite shows and actors who never get nominated. If the Community cast wants to come by my house to pick up their awards in person, I'm home every night after 6:30 central time.

  • The Louie (for Comedy Series), Parks and Rec, Community and Archer snubs are fucking awful, but all the Luther and Sherlock love is keeping me off the edge.

  • Of course, now that I think about it - Luther being nominated is great, but it won't win anything. And that is bad. Because Luther is the best show.

  • Irina

    Brendan Coyle not Coye and Christina Hendricks not Hendrix.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Actually, the only way to make that woman more awesome would be if she WAS Christina Hendrix. Though I imagine being a guitarist would be rather difficult for her.

  • mairimba

    Parks & Rec should be in the place of Modern Family and Community in for The Big Bang Theory (who the hell still watches BBT??). And while I enjoy Girls, the fuck is Archer??

    SOA also snubbed? Again? Off to Kurt Sutter's twitter!

  • John W

    While I was expecting Community not to be nominated I'm surprised that Parks & Rec is not nominated for best comedy.

    I like Girls and Modern Family but P&R was better than both.

  • annoyingmouse

    Why is Peter Dinklage a Supporting Actor? He's got top billing now!

  • Artemis

    I don't think GoT really has a lead actor at this point. It's an ensemble effort and although he gets more screentime than most other characters on his show, he gets a lot less than Bryan Cranston or Jon Hamm or Michael C. Hall.

  • Maguita NYC

    It's true that he has a better chance at winning in a supporting role, but it is often a team player thing. An ensemble cast effort.

    The whole makes the product much better than the individual parts. Although admittedly, I most prefer watching Tyrion more than any other character.

  • space_oddity

    There was some debate over this a while ago. And I think the producers thought he would have a better chance in the supporting category. But if he went up for best actor and won, wouldn't that be a first? Supporting and main wins for same show?

  • annoyingmouse

    I mean who's the main male actor on the show if not The Dink?

  • KatSings

    It's not on here, cause it's part of the non-televised list, but Stunt Coordination didn't have a nomination for Game of Thrones and I hate it for that. Also, the ep of GoT that got the nod for visual effects? Valar Morghulis, NOT Blackwater. I...just...really?

  • I agree, but that bit with the transformation was excellent and more subtle.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Hey, on the plus side, Glee got nothing.

  • Luke

    Sadly Glee did get a guest star nom...and this list is semi-wrong...Dickie Bennett also got a guest star nom

  • alannaofdoom

    I think we've found the single thing that the entire internet will agree on!

  • Ted Zancha

    That eases the pain from the lack of Parks and Community. But only by a bit.

  • jM

    I wish I had more upvotes to give you.

  • sean

    I fired up my other puter just so I could upvote again.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    What is up with all this Modern Family love? The show is so cringe worthy most of the time with all it's fucking lessons about family that it reminds me of this generations Full House.

  • Guest

    It's those treacly final scenes at the end of each show that made me throw in the towel after S1.

  • Nymeria

    Why do they ALWAYS ignore Craig Ferguson?!

    I love Modern Family but the Best Supporting Actor Comedy take over is friggen ridiculous! Community deserved Emmy noms way more than Modern Family this year. There also needs to be more Game of Thrones on this list, damnit!

    I've got a feeling I'm not gonna be watching this year.

  • Jesus Christ. Modern Family was so boring that I stopped watching it mid-season. Oh look, Cam is overreacting about something AGAIN.

  • neonseattle

    IKR. It's the same crap every episode. Claire's so tense! Glorias's accent is confusing AGAIN

  • Guest

    Word. I made it to the end of S1 and I was more than done.

  • birdgal

    No Walton Goggins? No Justified? (except for the Olyphant) What is wrong with these people?

  • sean

    There could have been 5 best supporting actors in a drama from Jusitfied. Goggins,Davies,Burns, McDonough, and Williamson all could have been nominated. It doesn't really matter. It is a two man race between Paul and Dinklidge.

  • MissAmynae

    I must admit I am rooting SO HARD for Giancarlo Esposito. Will leap up and do a happy dance if by some miracle he wins.

  • competitivenonfiction

    This is by far what bothers me the most. Walton Goggins is ridiculously good at his job. Even with Olyphant on the screen, I can't take my eyes off him.

  • alannaofdoom

    We need to start a grassroots campaign to get him an Emmy already. I'll be marching through LA chanting "Goggins," who's with me?

  • growler

    I'll bring the pitchforks if someone else supplies the torches.

  • I am pleased as punch about all the Downton and Sherlock noms, especially Martin Freeman and Michelle Dockery.

    The Best Supporting Actor - Comedy thing is just a mess. No Nick Offerman? No Damon Wayons, Jr (I guess a brother can't twirl)? No Danny Pudi/Donald Glover?

    I genuinely don't understand the appeal of Big Bang Theory. If you have to tell me when to laugh, you are doing it wrong! And it certainly does not deserve a nomination over the perfection that was last season of Parks and Rec. UGH.

  • Maguita NYC

    I agree on Big Bang. Last season was so disappointing in comparison to the first 3. P&R was much above par last year, and should have been considered instead.
    Same for Community, and its cast.

  • Guest

    NO J.B. SMOOVE! (Ok, I'm over it now. Out of my system.)

  • Also: FOUR of the six nominations for best supporting actor go to the Modern Family cast? Fucking seriously? Is this Minor League Awards where everyone gets a nomination?

    Bonus question: Just who is getting blown by that cast? Do they each get one executive/voter or do they just let one of them do all the blowing?

  • alannaofdoom

    Yeah, that category is just dire. I mostly enjoy Modern Family (or at least don't begrudge its existence?) but the excessive nominations year after year are ridiculous.

  • Melissa

    MF can suck it...that is all

  • Guest

    I need a lot of fingers to count the more impressive and hella funnier actors who were shunted aside because of all this MF PRing. J.B. Smoove ("Leon" on Curb), for starters. Robbed!

  • I am seriously pissed at those Comedy noms. Someone explain the logic of nominating a show for a bunch of writing comedies, but NOT nominating it for best comedy?! How the fuck does 30 Rock get nominated? I just. ARGH.

    And I know it's just screaming into the wind and completely meaningless, but it still pisses me off that they're just going after the dumbasses who still watch Two and a Half Men and think it's funny. Fuck that shit.

  • Bert_McGurt

    30 Rock isn't even the best comedy on NBC Thursday night. Or the second best.

  • space_oddity

    I'll admit knowing nothing about the arcana of Emmy nomination rules but how does SNL get nominated for best variety series, but Wiig and Hader get nominated for supporting roles in comedy for it?

  • Mrcreosote

    No Archer? But Girls is all over the place? Good job Emmy voters you fox eared ASSHOLES!!

  • space_oddity

    I don't think Archer was eligible for comedy series. But it didn't get a nomination for animated, either.

  • What are the criteria for miniseries? I feel like AHS is in the wrong category. As for the Hemingway crap, it was made by HBO. That practically makes it a lock for a nomination. Also, Modern Family is not that good anymore... I wish it didn't have such a stranglehold.

  • KatSings

    Because AHS has a truncated season, and each season is unrelated to the other, it counts as an anthology ala Twilight Zone, rather than a drama. Hence its placement. I was reading about this the other day as I was totally confused as well.

  • Ok, I get the unrelated season reasoning, but the truncated season bit is horseshit. All of the other shows in the Drama category also have truncated seasons. Oh, well. And, as much as I love Connie Britton, her work on AHS was not as strong as FNL. Maybe they're trying to make up for years of snubs?

  • alannaofdoom

    An apology Emmy for Connie Britton is still an Emmy!

  • becks2point0

    Oh, Modern Family is still on? I wouldn't know because absolutely no one has had anything to say about it in a goddamn year. They don't nominate Dani Pudi, Donald Glover or Nick Offerman for supporting but they nominate everyone who has ever had a line on Modern Family? I'm surprised they didn't nominate Flo from Progressive Car Insurance for supporting female.

  • $1754390

    Hmm. For the most part, this is actually kind of.....good?

  • space_oddity

    Pretty happy with most of these, but WTF is up with the best supporting actor in comedy category? The whole male cast of Modern Family AGAIN?

    And how did that godawful Hemingway movie get nominated?

  • Maguita NYC

    I love what HBO does, but moments like these, I find all their hard-work at building credibility comes into questioning, when so-so productions over-ride quality ones, just because it has the HBO stamp.

  • JenVegas

    God THANK YOU I thought that Hemmingway movie was awful but I couldn't tell if it was because I find him overrated as an author and a person or if it was just bad.

  • Atoz15

    It's worse than I could imagine. PARKS AND REC SERIES OMISSION. No offermann, no bones thrown to community or happy endings (obviously longer shots) I can't.

    I feel like offermann knew wht was coming an opted out.

  • I'm actually fine with most of these... except P&R is missing and COMMUNITY IS COMPLETELY SNUBBED AGAIN.

  • Maguita NYC

    Downton Abbey has no business being there either.

    The voters are still being emotional about Season 1, and conveniently forgetting that 2 and 3 sucked rotten ass. Southland should have made it instead.

    Same for Modern Family. Enough already. One actor is fine, but voting in the whole cast is imbecilic.

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