2012 Emmy Nominations: The Good, The Snubbed, And the Oddly Categorized
The nominations are in for the 2012 Emmy Awards, and a number of outstanding series, actors, directors and writers were acknowledged for their efforts this year. The glitter is already beginning to settle, and now we can take a look the list and see who was snubbed? Which noms were most deserving? And who do we think stands a chance at taking home the big prize when the Emmys take place this September?
Parks and Recreation wasn't completely snubbed this year. Amy Poehler received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy and it scored two noms for writing. But after earning a nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series last year, it should have been a lock for another nom this year, if not the win. Instead, HBO's Veep and Girls moved into the category. Given the choice to swap one of the nominated comedies, I'd probably pull Veep and 30 Rock and replace them with Community and Parks and Recreation.
And while I'm rearranging things, I might pull Modern Family this year and exchange it for Louie, which I'm sure many would consider an upset. I'm actually a fan of Modern Family, but given the choice between the ABC comedy and Louie, I'd have to go with the latter this season. At least Louie was acknowledged with noms for writing and direction, and the lead was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy. Modern Family locked down four of the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy nominations this year, leaving no room for talents like those of Community or Parks and Rec. To quote a classic Amy Poehler line, "Really?!". No Nick Offerman? Aziz Ansari? Danny Pudi? Donald Glover? Come on. The nominees among the female supporting players in comedy were more diverse as far as shows go, but it would have nice to have seen Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown and/or Gillian Jacobs on that list.
I'm still not sure I follow the rules of miniseries and dramas as far as categories go. Why is Sherlock being counted as a miniseries? At the very least, Downton Abbey has been moved to the Drama category, where it belongs. Of course, it is virtually impossible to pick a favorite among the listed dramas. Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Homeland are among some of my favorite shows on television these days. And Mad Men, Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire also offer some steep competition. As much as I enjoy The Walking Dead, I'd have a hard time arguing that Season 2 should have earned the series a spot on the list of Outstanding Drama nominees, but it would have been nice to see some acting, directing and writing nominations for the zombie drama. The same goes for Sons of Anarchy and Spartacus: Vengeance both of which are noticeably (though unsurprisingly) absent from the list.
As for the actors, as great as it is to see Breaking Bad appearing numerous times on the list (including a well deserved nomination for Giancarlo Esposito), I would have liked to have seen Dean Norris and Betsy Brandt earn nominations for their supporting roles on the AMC drama. And Katay Sagal continues to deliver fantastic performances on Sons of Anarchy. Jennifer Carpenter also seems long overdue for a nomination for Dexter.
Back to Sherlock, can anyone beat it? I've heard great things about Luthor (still haven't seen it), and Hatfields & McCoys made for some very entertaining TV. I also loved American Horror Story, but of all of the nominees, Sherlock seems like the rightful winner, though I think it would've been better suited for the drama category. Sure, each season is only three episodes but it's still a series with multiple seasons, which makes it seem like a better fit for drama. Regardless, while Sherlock is my pick to win in this category, given the list of nominees, I don't expect to be disappointed no matter who takes the prize.
And on the subject of weird categorizing, why is Ashley Judd nominated for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Missing? Granted, the series was cancelled, but categorizing a cancelled one-season show as a miniseries seems like a stretch. Hopefully this doesn't become a trend. Nothing against Judd or cancelled shows being nominated, but this seems like an awkward technicality. At least in the case of American Horror Story, a series that was renewed by FX for a second season, the drama will begin fresh with a new setting and a new set of characters for Season 2. I can at least see the logic in calling Season 1 a miniseries for that reason.
I love seeing Cat Deeley among the nominated Reality-Competition hosts, and it's great to see Ryan Seacrest on there as well, especially considering - for the first time in years - American Idol was not nominated for Outstanding Reality-Competition Series. The Voice made the list, but Idol is out. As a fan of the series and a complainer of the format and lack of spark in its recent years, I can't say I consider this a disappointment. In fact, it's sort of a relief to see that the Academy isn't merely defaulting to the usual nominees out of habit.
I would've liked to have seen Conan on the list for Outstanding Variety Program, but that probably would have been a long-shot. On the subject of red-headed comedians, Louis CK did manage to earn a couple of nominations for his comedy special Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre, so that's great news for those of us who can't get enough CK. And finally, I'm especially happy to see Bob's Burgers earn itself a nomination for Outstanding Animated Program. As it's one of my favorite cartoons on television, it's great to see the series recognized with a nomination this year.
View the list of nominees here.
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