The 2012 Emmy Nominations Are In!

Mad Men Didn't Get Any... J/K

Ok, remember when I did the Summer TV Guide and I promised I’d watch more TV? Well, I didn’t. Not really. Which is fine, except that I cannot offer smart and cheeky comments on most of the 2012 Emmy noms which were announced this morning! I have tried to catch some new shows (falling in love with The Newsroom and Political Animals… and, sadly, shamefully, and hopelessly addicted to Love & Hip Hop Atlana), so I’ll definitely need ya’ll to let me know if you agree with these nominations or not. Checkie out inside!

Jimmy Kimmel and MY GIRL Kerry Washington Announce The 2012 Emmy Nominations:



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I may not know who ‘deserves’ to win, but I can still get excited! Back when I used to work at the Nyack library people would go CRAY when we didn’t have the next season of Downtown Abbey (nominated for Outstanding Drama); I so need to get up on that! Julianna Margulies (nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Drama) went to Sarah Lawrence; therefore, she deserves the win. Lol, and I hear The Good Wife is amazing. Oh, but Claire Danes is nominated too, and a lot of PITNBrs were going hard for Homeland. Trent‘s homie Michael C. Hall is up for Outstanding Actor in a Drama– holla! I luuurve me some Giancarlo Esposito so I gotta check him out in Breaking Bad (he’s nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama). I also noticed that American Horror Story got a few noms– I was dying to watch this when I saw the commercials… and never got around to it. Super-sad face. I do, however, watch Louie! And so I’d love to see Louis C.K. win. Oh, and Benedict Cumberpatch fans: congrats!

So there, those are my picks based on no knowledge of actual content or performances, lmao. Give me some time… I’ll get back in the game. All of you guys who actually know what’s going on here, please tell me who your picks are for this year’s Emmy Awards!

Outstanding Drama
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“Mad Men”

Outstanding Actress In A Drama
“Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
“Glenn Close, “Damages”
“Claire Danes, “Homeland”
“Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
“Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
“Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad”
Brendan Coyle, “Downton Abbey”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey” Jared Harris, “Mad Men”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”

Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“30 Rock”
“Veep”

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis CK, “Louie”
Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Max Greenfield, “New Girl”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives”

Outstanding Reality Show Competition
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie
“American Horror Story”
“Game Change”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“Hemingway and Gellhorn”
“Luther”
“Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”

Lead Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Woody Harrelson, ” Game Change”
Clive Owen, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”
Bill Paxton, “Hatfields & McCoys”

Lead Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Connie Britton, “American Horror Story”
Ashley Judd, “Missing”
Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Emma Thompson, “The Song of Lunch”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Denis O’Hare, “American Horror Story”
Ed Harris, “Game Change”
Tom Berenger, “Hatfields & McCoys”
David Strathairn, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
Mare Winningham, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Judy Davis, “Page Eight”

The 2012 Emmy Awards ceremony will air on ABC on September 23.

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  1. Am I the only one who doesn’t like Mad Men?? Just don’t like that show! Breaking Bad had better win outstanding drama as last season was awesome. Game of Thrones also had a great season. I know they won’t win, but I want them too. As long as Peter Dinklage picks up another statue I will be happy.

    • Sam

      I stopped watching Mad Men after the second season…it just got stale for me. Also, why is Community always snubbed?? I can’t believe Big Bang Theory got nominated over that show…wow

    • I agree about Community! That show completely deserves to be recognized. It is so hilarious.

  2. Yay for Downton Abby, Mad Men, Sherlock & GOT! Love all of those shows.

    I’m really surprised that Veep was nominated. I really didn’t think it was good.

  3. Sad to see The Walking Dead got NO love. The show is consistently amazing.

    • Yes, I was sad that they got no nominations. I thought the season dragged in the middle, but ended amazingly well. I don’t know that shows about zombies are as well regarded as those about ad agencies. I would rather watch the show about he zombies.

    • Liz

      Me too! It totally deserves it. The list is boring, same ole shows and same ole actors. Also I think Revenge got the snub too.

  4. Vivienne

    @katie I completely agree! Beyond ecstatic about Sherlock getting nominated, it’s not even a hyperbole to call it one of the best shows ever to air. The last episode of this season turned me into an uncontrollable sobbing wreck. But yeah where the community love? Seriously, the Two and Half men guy over Joe McHale?

  5. Love, love, love Breaking Bad and Mad Men. Two of my favorite shows of all time. I would love to see either win. I also love The Good Wife so I would be happy to see them win as well.

  6. Really bummed but not surprised RuPaul’s Drag Race wasn’t nominated..Bummed but kinda surprised about Community..Really people? Big Bang Theory?? That show is so stupid! Ugh..

  7. Jenn

    It seems like the same stupid shows get nominated every year. There are so many better shows out there.. Hello, Sons of Anarchy?

  8. Isabelle

    Community, Justified, The Walking Dead…where are they ?

    • @Isabelle — Exactly! And that shite show ‘American Horror Story’ leads the way in noms? Crap Emmys this year, I’m afraid.

    • Krissy

      I think it is absurd that they are putting AHS in the miniseries category. Just beause it changes cast doesn’t mean it is a different show! Honestly…I would really love for Connie Britton to finally win something, but Julianne Moore was sooooooo good in Game Change. Because of the category, my ladies are going head-to-head!

      I would love for Christina Hendricks to win for supporting actress/drama. She has done a lot of great work over the years, very subtle.

    • Did I miss the part where you don’t like AHS, Trent? I thought you were a big fan…?

    • @fab4runner — I LOVE the first 60% of AHS … then it turned into a ridiculous piece of crap. The finale episode was the most insulting thing I think I’ve ever seen from a TV series, I don’t think I can ever justify spending any more time watching the show ever again.

    • Gotcha. I only caught the first few episodes and I liked what I saw but I just got too far behind. Now I am kind of glad I didn’t spend the time to catch up.

  9. Just give Mad Men all the awards right now and get it over with. They are the Twilight of the adult award shows. They will always be nominated and will always win everything no matter what people say about the show. In the end we don’t have a vote (unless you count the People’s Choice Awards) so who really cares. I like watching awards shows so I’ll tune in despite never watching a single episode of Mad Men or half of the other nominated shows ;)

    • Krissy

      To call MM the Twilight of anything is sacrilege! ;)

      Honestly, I love the show. It is like an Oscar worthy film every week. They say sooooooo much with what they don’t actually say anything (tons of subtext). So brilliant!

  10. Krissy

    WAIT a second…Louie wasn’t nominated for Best Comedy???? How is that possible???

  11. Shannon

    Yay Blossom! Walking dead.. Better luck next year, you’re still my favorite show on tv.

  12. kat

    The whole drama category is a tough one, LOVE Downton Abbey, but also thought Claire Danes was pretty amazing in Homeland. The comedy section….meh.

  13. ClaireMichelle

    SO sad to see the lack of Parks & Recreation and Community love here. :( The Emmys really need an overhaul if they want to still be relevant. Branch out, Emmy voters! Embarrassing.

  14. JCZ

    My passion of hatred with award shows growing larger every year.

    Firstly no Community! WTF! Seriously stupid! At least 30 Rock is still getting some love, I’ll be rooting for that. 30 Rock and Parks & Rec. are the only shows that are on par with the sheer level of talent and amazingness that is, Community! I think I’m even more peeved that the actors got snubbed, it has a terrific supporting cast I think is greater than Modern Family.

    And Walking Dead!!! For god sake Emmy people!!! I didn’t mind the whole ‘dragging’ in the middle. I think it gave us time to get to know characters more, build relationships with some, hatred for others and then in the last few episodes, really go all out with surprise twists and deaths that really affected us. We connect and relate to some characters – killing some off makes us feel something and I think the producers did a terrific job of that.

    I haven’t watched the latest seasons of Mad Men/Breaking Bad but I would really like to see John Hamm finally win an Emmy. I’ll be rooting for Homeland in Drama and also for Claire, I think she already owns the award. Since everyones fave Tina has won a few before, I’ll be rooting for Amy – I just can’t compare the other girls to Tina & Amy. They just don’t have that ‘funny bone’ naturally. Sure, props to them for embodying a comedy character, but Amy & Tina have that aura and timing, perfect level of sarcasm and no doubt great abilities of improv.

  15. WickedSandwich

    I know everyone is rooting for Peter Dinklage, I too love him, but im pulling whole heartily for Giancarlo Esposito ! He was fantastic last season as Gustavo Fring. He owned the whole character and deserves a little recognition.

  16. Tate

    AHS was amazing from beginning to end. It deserves the nods and will hopefully get a few wins. Cant wait till next season.

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