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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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