Emmys 2011: The Forgotten Categories



We now know where the chips fell in the major categories, but the Emmys award a slew of other trophies, many of them lumped under the umbrella of “Creative Arts” and given out at a second, less-glamorous ceremony. But these are important categories, too! So here's a quick look at some of the nominees from The Island of Misfit Emmys.

Outstanding Voice-Over Performance

This category began in 1992 (prior to that, a voice-over artist could be nominated in the regular acting categories), and fittingly, the award went to the cast of The Simpsons. This year, Desperate Housewives’ dead narrator Mary-Alice Young—a.k.a. Brenda Strong—won a nomination. Also nominated: Maurice LaMarche as Lrr and Orson Welles’ head in a jar on Futurama, B-b-b-b-ob “Porky Pig” Bergen on The Looney Tunes Show, Christopher Plummer as the narrator of TCM’s Moguls & Movie Stars, Seth Green as everything on Robot Chicken, and Dan Castellaneta for his work as Homer, Krusty, Barney, and Louie on The Simpsons. Fun category! Where else would you see Plummer going head-to-head with Seth Green?

Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series

You wanna talk snubs? Here’s a snub: Where’s Game of Thrones in this category? The scenes set on The Wall alone were enough to earn it a place here. Instead, Showtime’s The Borgias makes its first showing, alongside the no-brainers Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire, and the one “Huh?” selection of Modern Family. Yup, Modern Family—for the Halloween episode, which wasn’t particularly good, but there you have it.

Outstanding Commercial

Yes, the Emmys have a category for TV commercials. None from our recent list of corny ones seem to have made it, surprisingly. But here are the ones that did:


"Baby" • McDonald's • TBWAChiatDay New York, Ad Agency


"Baby Driver" • Subaru • Carmichael Lynch, Ad Agency


"Born Of Fire" • Chrysler 200 • Wieden+Kennedy, Ad Agency


"Conan" • American Express • Ogilvy New York, Ad Agency


"Polar Bear" • Nissan LEAF • TBWAChiatDay, Ad Agency


"Questions" • Old Spice Body Wash • Wieden+Kennedy, Ad Agency


Hm, how to handicap this one? For starters, that dad didn’t even pay for his Egg McMuffin, so he’s out. The Subaru ad, well, meh. Conan has gotten enough attention this year. And the polar bear ad is too sad. So it’s down to the Chrysler ad and the Old Spice guy. I call it for Chrysler!

Outstanding Short-Form Picture Editing

Ha ha ha! They actually give an Emmy for montages. I’d love to hear the petty squabbling in this category: “Damn 'In Memoriam' guys win it every year...grumble grumble....” Maybe next year the guy who edits together these nominees will be nominated. Montage-ception! Anyway, the nominees are:

... The Oscars' opening film
... The Oscars' “Unintentional Musical” bit
... American Idol's “Scotty’s Home Story” (the one where he cried)
... The ESPY Awards' “Images Piece”
... Jimmy Kimmel Live's “After the Academy Awards — The President’s Speech.”

We give this one to Scotty. He cried, gosh darn it!


Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

The nominees: PBS’s Any Human Heart, The Borgias, Camelot, Episodes, The Kennedys, and Mildred Pierce.

Now wait just a cotton-pickin’ second. Game of Thrones didn’t get a nomination for main title theme? How is that even possible? That song is the greatest thing ever! It’s inspired countless tributes and covers, including this 8-bit version:


Well, at least the entire Game of Thrones title sequence with its little clockwork map was nominated—but it’s all about the theme music. Travesty!

Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics

This was the category that “Dick in a Box” won, so don’t be too surprised that Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg’s more recent collaborations, “I Just Had Sex” and “3-Way (The Golden Rule)," along with another Lonely Island offering, “Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)” all earned nods. And JT’s opening monologue number—the one about how he wasn’t going to sing—was nominated, too. Finally, Family Guy’s “Road to the North Pole” and a song from the Robert Klein HBO special snuck in to round things out. There’s one clear winner here, and it's “Jack Sparrow.” Hilarious.



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Jul 15, 2011
as an advertising student I must say I loved the Chrysler commercial, not only it's good by itself but it also uses a lot of great ressources to create value for the brand
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Jul 15, 2011
The Jack Sparrow song is absolutely hilarious. I've never listened to any of Michael Bolton's music, but ever since I watched Office Space I always assumed he was a bit of a douche, and I also can't believe I'm saying this, but he does seem pretty cool.
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Jul 15, 2011
After being the only person to not win an Emmy for Pinky & the Brain, I firmly believe that Maurice LaMarche's time has come!
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Jul 15, 2011
captain jack is awesome
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Jul 15, 2011
So many shows don't bother with theme song these days, it's great to see there's an award for it. For me a theme song often defines the show and gets me in the mood. So to speak.

Never thought I'd say this but Michael Bolton is cool.
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Jul 15, 2011
Captain Jack makes me laugh way to hard every time!!!
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Jul 15, 2011
Lonely Island's Jack Sparro has GOT to win on its category!
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Jul 15, 2011
Thanks for this. I've never heard of these categories. I agree with your choice of commercial. This Old Spice commercial wasn't as good as the one on the horse.
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Jul 15, 2011
Chrysler was one of the more impressive Car commercials I've seen, also liked the Nissan one.
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Jul 15, 2011
im shocked with game of thrones not getting main title theme.
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Jul 14, 2011
Maybe GoT was left out of Best Original Music because it was torn between two separate composers. They didn't work in concert with each other...Ramin Djawadi took over for Stephen Warbeck in February 2011. He was the composer for 5 months, so it would be safe to assume that he may have had a hand in writing the theme song and therefore Ramin cannot be nominated as he would be completing an "in-progress" song. That's the only way it makes sense to me. He is a protege of Hans Zimmer too. So it really only makes sense if he was brought in to complete someone else's work, therefore excluding it from the "Original Music" category.
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