Emmy Awards 2012 – Full Nomination List

Let’s run through the list and talk about how mad we are, shall we?


Series: Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Mad Men

This is pretty much what I expected. I don’t love Boardwalk Empire and would personally replace it with Parenthood, but I knew that was a pipe dream.

Lead Actor: Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire, Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Michael C. Hall for Dexter, Hugh Bonneville for Downton Abbey, Damian Lewis for Homeland, Jon Hamm for Mad Men

No surprises here.
Lead Actress: Glenn Close for Damages, Michelle Dockery for Downton Abbey, Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife, Kathy Bates for Harry’s Law, Claire Danes for Homeland, Elisabeth Moss for Mad Men

I know we all love Kathy Bates, but really, Harry’s Law? Come on. I was surprised that Jessica Pare didn’t get a nod, and obviously I would have loved to see Lauren Graham up there. But again, Parenthood = pipe dream.

Supporting Actor: Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad, Giancarlo Esposito for Breaking Bad, Brendan Coyle for Downton Abbey, Jim Carter for Downton Abbey, Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones, Jared Harris for Mad Men

No John Slattery? Are you people screwing with me? I know it was Jared Harris’s last season on Mad Men, but Slattery had an incredibly strong season. I would have picked him to win, and therefore think he deserves the nomination over anyone else included.

Supporting Actress: Anna Gunn for Breaking Bad, Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey, Joanne Froggatt for Downton Abbey, Archie Panjabi for The Good Wife, Christine Baranski for The Good Wife, Christina Hendricks for Mad Men

No Kiernan Shipka or Maise Williams. I guess it’s not a good year to be either of the two best tween actresses on the planet.

Writing:Downton Abbey (“Episode 7″, written by Julian Fellowes), Homeland (“Pilot”. written by Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff), Mad Men (“The Other Woman” written by Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner), Mad Men “Commissions And Fees”, written by Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton), Mad Men “Far Away Places”, written by Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner)

I love Mad Men and don’t watch Breaking Bad (yet), but I have a feeling some people will be irked to see three episodes for Mad Men and none for Breaking Bad.


This is where things really went awry.

Series: The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, Modern Family, 30 Rock, Veep

No Parks and Recreation? Are you KIDDING ME??? This is an absolute disgrace.

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

Don Cheadle? Really? The Emmys need to get over their infatuation with flashy movies stars switching to the small screen. And why does John Cryer ALWAYS get nominated for the worst show on TV? What about Rob Lowe or Adam Scott or Joel McHale or Zachary Levi? There are so many better options!

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

I can take some comfort in knowing that Amy Poehler is still nominated I suppose.

Supporting Actor: Ed O’Neill for Modern Family, Jesse Tyler Ferguson for Modern Family, Ty Burrell for Modern Family, Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family, Max Greenfield for The New Girl, Bill Hader for Saturday Night Live

This is the category that always infuriates me most. The actors from Modern Family are taking up FOUR of the six spots, and the show had a pretty weak season. Besides, Ed O’Neill should probably be submitted for lead. It just seems so unfair. I’m livid that Nick Offerman is here, and as much as I enjoy Hader on SNL I’d much rather see one of the many other guys from the many great sitcoms on TV have that slot.

Supporting Actress: Mayim Bialik for The Big Bang Theory, Kathryn Joosten for Desperate Housewives, Julie Bowen for Modern Family, Sofia Vergara for Modern Family, Merritt Wever for Nurse Jackie, Kristen Wiig for Saturday Night Live

In this category, my wish list was Alison Brie on Community, Ellie Kemper on The Office, Busy Phillips on Cougar Town, Aubrey Plaza on Parks and Recreation, Casey Wilson on Happy Endings. None of these women scored nominations. I might punch someone.

Writing: Community (“Remedial Chaos Theory”, written by Chris McKenna), Girls (“Pilot”, written by Lena Dunham), Louie (“Pregnant”, written by Louie C.K.), Parks And Recreation “The Debate”, written by Amy Poehler), Parks And Recreation (“Win, Lose, Or Draw” written by Michael Schur)

How could Parks and Recreation be the only show to have two episodes nominated for writing, yet not be included in Best Comedy? It makes zero sense. And, you’ll notice, no writing nominations for Modern Family. Yet the Emmys seem to think it’s the greatest show on earth.

Full list of nominations.

What do you guys think? What snub makes you the angriest? I joked on Twitter that I’m boycotting the Emmys, but we all know I’m made up of lies and empty threats. So check back on the blog as we get closer to the awards for predictions from me and guest blogger Allison, and info on the annual Emmy Awards Prediction Contest!

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