Sometimes, you feel like kissing the Emmys right on the mouth. Sometimes, you want to slap them right on the kisser instead. This year, aside for a few scowl-worthy decisions, the smack the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will be the big wet, sloppy kind. Nominations were announced this morning and among the honorees were Jane Lynch, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Archie Panjabi, Chris Colfer and Betty freaking White.
A host of new and returning series felt the Emmy love including first-timers Glee, Modern Familyand The Good Wifeas well as veteran favorites 30 Rock, True Bloodand Lost. Out gay actors receiving nods included Lynch, Colfer, Neil Patrick Harris, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ian McKellen, Alan Cumming and Lily Tomlin. Leading the way with 19 nominations was all-singing, all-dancing phenomena Glee. Don’t stop believing, indeed.
A look at this year’s major nominees by category:
Snap Judgment: Deserving first-time nod for The Good Wife and fitting swan-song nod for Lost.
Snap Judgment: Fans of Big Bang Theory and Community are gathering their pitchforks, but this is a still solid and very competitive category. Me, I would have loved a Parks and Recreation nod. And, as much as I hate to admit it, I think 30 Rock’s three-year reign is over.
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
—Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Snap Judgment: Finally, some love for Friday Night Lights. Though, I call it right now: And the Emmy goes to Julianna Margulies.
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
—Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Snap Judgment: Ditto on the FNL love. But major, major snub for the swaggerific Timothy Olyphant in FX’s new neo-Western Justified. If you watch, you’ll be guns blazing about this oversight as well.
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
—Lea Michele (Glee)
Snap Judgment: I could not love all the women in this category more. It’s seriously impossible.
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
—Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Snap Judgment: If Tony Shalhoub wins again, I swear to God, I am going to drown myself in hand sanitizer.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
—Sharon Gless (Burn Notice)
Snap Judgment: Archie Panjabi! Christina Hendricks! Swoon!
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
—John Slattery (Mad Men)
Snap Judgment: As much as her deserves the recognition, it’s weird seeing Martin Short in the dramatic category, right?
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
—Jane Lynch (Glee)
Snap Judgment: I could not love all the women in this category more. Though, if forced to choose, I certainly could love Jane the most (and best). Ahem. Just give her her Emmy now and no one gets hurt.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
—Chris Colfer (Glee)
Snap Judgment: I just want to pinch Chris Colfer’s cheek and buy him an ice cream.
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
—Mary Kay Place (Big Love)
Snap Judgment: Elizabeth Mitchell should win an Emmy for the way she can raises an eyebrow and crosses her arms, alone.
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
—Beau Bridges (The Closer)
Snap Judgment: Give it to John Lithgow because I will never again think of his as the goofy, alien leader on 3rd Rock From the Sun again after his stint as the Trinity Killer.
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
—Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)
Snap Judgment: Tina, Cheno, Jane and Betty freaking White? Too much good stuff.
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
—Mike O’Malley (Glee)
Snap Judgment: Give it to Mike O’Malley because no TV dad made me cry more this season, in a good way.
OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
—The Colbert Report
Snap Judgment: Suck it, Jay Leno.
So, what did you think of this year’s nominations? Who should win? Who got snubbed? And can we just make Jane Lynch the president of television and get it over with?