Welcome to the annual game of who wants to win a winged pointy golden girl! The Emmy nominations were announced this morning and they featured some familiar favorites (Glee! The Good Wife! 30 Rock!) some worthy newcomers (Parks & Recreation! Game of Thrones! Friday Night Lights!). So let’s take a look at the deserving and surprising, and, of course, the snubbed.
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
The Big Bang Theory
The only thing I see here is Parks & Recreation’s first and very deserved nomination. OK, just kidding. Big kudos to long-adored, little-recognized Friday Night Lights. And, my inner Gleek and Feyminist loves the Glee and 30 Rock nods. Left off? Community, True Blood, The Waking Dead, Fringe – I could go on.
LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA
Kathy Bates – Harry’s Law
LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA
Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
Interesting to see Mireille Enos make the cut after her series, The Killing, went from critical darling to critical kicking bag in its first season. Also, interesting to see new faces crowd out last year’s winner, Kyra Sedgwick. For the fellas, so happy to see Timothy Olyphant get his due as the man in the white hat.
LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
Good news: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are together where they belong, as Emmy nominees. Surprising news: Melissa McCarthy gets a nod for a show few critics give the time of day – but since I loved her so much in Bridesmaids, I’m nothing but happy for her. (Plus, as one of the Emmy nominations announcers this morning, it was adorable to get her reaction live.) Snubbed news: No Lea Michele for Glee, I repeat, NO LEA MICHELE FOR GLEE.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA
Kelly McDonald – Boardwalk Empire
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA
John Slattery – Mad Men
Good looking best supporting actress category there, plus Archie Panjabi is the only actress playing a lesbian or bisexual character to be nominated this year.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
Jane Lynch – Glee
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
Jon Cryer – Two and a Half Men
I want to hug all the women in the comedy category with my legs in friendship. Big kudos to Jane Lynch for her nod as the only out lesbian or bisexual woman to be honored this year. Though would a nomination for Naya Rivera have killed the Academy? Santana’s role was bigger than Sue’s this season, and more complex. And no love for perennial nominee Neil Patrick Harris this year? Though, it is these are the only major categories with out nominees in Lynch, Colfer and Ferguson. Oh, and stop nominating Jon Cryer. That is all.
LEAD ACTRESS MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Kate Winslet – Mildred Pierce
LEAD ACTOR, MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Greg Kinnear – The Kennedys
Kate Winslet will be at the awards this year — nicely done, Academy. Also, those nominations for The Kennedys are a shocker since pretty much no network wanted to air the series.
GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Kristin Chenoweth – Glee
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Idris Elba – The Big C
Cheno! Gwynnie! Dot! Glee kind of crushed this category, and rightfully so. Don’t worry, I see you there, too, Tina.
GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Mary McDonnell – The Closer
GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bruce Dern – Big Love
Hey, Julia Stiles, you’ve come a long way since 10 Things I Hate About You.
VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY PROGRAM
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL
Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On (HBO)
Hey, Lady Gaga, hey.
So, what do you think? Happy with this year’s honorees? Fuming at who got snubbed? Let’s have it.