The 2012 Emmy nominations are out and this is what we think:
Boardwalk Empire; Breaking Bad; Downton Abbey; Game of Thrones; Homeland; Mad Men
JH: The omission of The Good Wife leaves broadcast without a nomination. The CBS drama ousted by either Boardwalk Empire or Downton Abbey.
The Big Bang Theory; Curb Your Enthusiasm; Girls; Modern Family; 30 Rock; Veep
JH: Cheers for Girls and Veep but Louie was even more deserving. Parks and Recreation gets bumped.
Lead actor in a drama
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey; Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Damian Lewis, Homeland; Michael C. Hall, Dexter
JH: Bonneville and Hall get in over Hugh Laurie (House), Timothy Olyphant (Justified) and Kelsey Grammer (Boss).
Lead actress in drama
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law; Glenn Close, Damages; Claire Danes, Homeland; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey; Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men.
JH: Bates is a shocker. She probably cost Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy) a slot. No room for last year’s nominees Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) and Mirelle Enos (The Killing).
Best supporting actor, drama
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad; Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad; Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey; Jim Carter, Downton Abbey; Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones; Jared Harris, Mad Men.
JH: Where is John Slattery (Mad Men)? Emmy voters must be anti-LSD. Downton duo take up unexpected slots.
Best supporting actress, drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad; Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey; Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey; Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife; Christine Baranski, The Good Wife;
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men.
JH: Recognition for Gunn at last. Froggatt a surprise. We were hoping to see Megan Hilty (Smash).
Best comedy actor
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Don Cheadle, House of Lies; Louic C.K., Louie; Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men; Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm; Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory.
JH: Deserving nom for Cheadle, not so much for Cryer. Joel McHale (Community) misses out.
Best comedy actress
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl; Lena Dunham, Girls; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep; Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation.
JH: The six best. No complaints.
Best supporting actor, comedy
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family; Ty Burrell, Modern Family; Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family; Max Greenfield, The New Girl; Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
JH: Happy to see Greenfield and Hader honored. With four Family guys, no room for Nick Offerman and NPH.
Best supporting actress, comedy
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory; Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives; Julie Bowen, Modern Family; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family; Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie; Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live.
JH: Bialik a surprise victory for Big Bang girls. Emmy voters may be tired of Betty White.
- Downton Abbey‘s strong showing shuffled the deck.
- No love for Glee.
- The Voice knocked American Idol out of Best Reality Series.
- BBC’s Sherlock duly recognized in Mini-Series nominations.