Primetime Emmy Nominations announced — and we have feelings


TV’s best and brightest were awakened with a happy phone call this morning with news of the 2012 Primetime Emmy Nominations. Well, not all of the best and brightest. As usual, the list was full of surprises and snubs that will give us plenty to talk about between now and the awards ceremony on September 23.

Let’s get right to the categories we care most about: the women! Please vote in the polls below to let us know who you’ll be rooting for come September.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Mayim BialikBig Bang Theory

Merrit WeverNurse Jackie

Julie BowenModern Family

Kristin WiigSaturday Night Live

Sofia VergaraModern Family

Kathryn JoostenDesperate Housewives

Excuse me, distinguished members of the Academy, but where the hell is Jane Lynch? Or Naya Rivera? Or Lea Michele? That said, I can’t deny the right of any of the nominees to be on the list. Merrit Wever had a stand out year on Nurse Jackie, as did Mayim Bialak on Big Bang Theory. But I suspect we’ll see a well-deserved tribute to the beloved Kathryn Joosten.

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Zooey DeschanelNew Girl

Lena DunhamGirls

Edie FalcoNurse Jackie

Amy PoehlerParks & Recreation

Tina Fey30 Rock

Julia Louis-DreyfussVeep

Melissa McCarthyMike & Molly

I would include Laura Dern for Enlightened, but I think I’m the only person who watches that show. Otherwise, no real quarrels with this category beyond my continued bewilderment at the popularity of Lena Dunham and Girls. Obviously. I’m missing the point. I’m pulling for Amy Poehler — take that any way you’d like.

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Archie PanjabiThe Good Wife

Anna GunnBreaking Bad

Maggie SmithDownton Abbey

Joanne FroggattDownton Abbey

Christina HendricksMad Men

Christine BaranskiThe Good Wife

Archie Panjabi was a revelation as Kalinda this year, especially in the last few episodes of The Good Wife. (I’m sure the sexy has nothing to do with my opinion.) But this was Christine Baranski‘s season. I have a feeling Dame Maggie Smith will take the award home, but Baranski has been the best thing about the best show on TV this year.

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Julianna MarguilesThe Good Wife

Michelle DockeryDownton Abbey

Elisabeth MossMad Men

Kathy BatesHarry’s Law

 Claire DanesHomeland

Glenn Close Damages  

If you don’t already know that Claire Danes has this category sewn up, you obviously haven’t seen Homeland. Although I wouldn’t pout to see any of these women take home the gold.

Outstanding Comedy Series


30 Rock


Modern Family

Big Bang Theory


I think my cable cut out during this category, because I didn’t hear Parks & Recreation nominated. Inconceivable!

Outstanding Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Mad Men


Game Of Thrones

How could The Good Wife not be on this list? Especially considering the somewhat lackluster season of Mad Men. Why don’t people ask me before they make their nominations?

In other categories, Dot Marie Jones is representing Glee (is she really the only Glee nomination?) in Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Margaret Cho‘s amazing Kim Jong on 30 Rock also made that list. For the Miniseries/Movie categories, Connie Britton, Emma Thompson, and Julianne Moore got nods for Lead Actress and Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson received nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Carrie Brownstein and her Portlandia co-writers (including out writer Karey Dornetto) got a writing nod and Cat Deely is up for Outstanding Reality Host.

You can watch the nomination announcements at the Emmy Awards website.

What do you think about the 2012 Emmy Nominations? What surprises you most? What snub appalls you most? Sound off in the comments!