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Emmys 2012: Downton Abbey, Modern Family, and Mad Men Lead the Ho-Hum Nominees

The 2012 Emmy nominations were announced at the crack of dawn today by Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel and Kerry Washington of Scandal, and if you're a fan of Modern Family, Downton Abbey, or Mad Men, your morning is off to a good start. If you like Community, Justified, and Parks and Recreation, you should probably just go back to bed.

Downton Abbey and Modern Family each grabbed seven Emmy nominations in the major categories, while Mad Men and Breaking Bad each received five. All four series were nominated in their respective Outstanding Series categories. Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, and Homeland, which was represented well in its first year, rounded out the six best drama nominations

HBO's new comedies Veep and Girls found their way into the Outstanding Comedy Series category, alongside veterans The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and the big bully Modern Family. Every main adult actor on Modern Family was nominated for an Emmy (yes, all six of them).

Snubs and surprises aside, this year's nominations prove that the Emmys needs to get its act together with the basics. Some categories feature five nominees, some have six, and others have seven. And what's up with the loose definition of "miniseries"? Missing is a miniseries? American Horror Story, which starts Season 2 in the fall, is a miniseries due to its "anthology" label? Come on, Emmys.

Another year, another drab round of Emmy nominations. Here they are:


Outstanding Drama Series

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


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

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


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes, Homeland
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Glenn Close, Damages
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

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


Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama

Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
Jeremy Davies, Justified
Jason Ritter, Parenthood
Ben Feldman, Mad Men
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife


Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama

Joan Cusack, Shameless
Uma Thurman, Smash
Julia Ormond, Mad Men
Loretta Devine, Grey's Anatomy
Jean Smart, Harry's Law
Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife


Outstanding Comedy Series

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


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

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


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy

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


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

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


Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy

Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Greg Kinnear, Modern Family
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie


Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy

Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Margaret Cho, 30 Rock
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee


Outstanding Reality Competition Program

So You Think You Can Dance
Dancing with the Stars
The Voice
The Amazing Race
Project Runway
Top Chef


Outstanding Reality Host

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers


Outstanding Variety Series

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Colbert Report
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live Jimmy Kimmel Live


Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

Game Change, HBO
American Horror Story, FX
Hemingway & Gellhorn, HBO
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece), PBS
Luther, BBC America
Hatfields & McCoys, History


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)
Idris Elba, Luther
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys


Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Julianne Moore, Game Change
Connie Britten, American Horror Story
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)
Ashley Judd, Missing


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Ed Harris, Game Change
Denis O'Hare, American Horror Story
David Straithairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Judy Davis, Page Eight (Masterpiece)
Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys


For a complete list of the 2012 Emmy nominations, head over to the official Emmys website. And in case you want to see them with your own eyes, here is the Emmy nominations announcement.



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I'd like to see these nominations turned into a poll, where people pick whether each nomination was deserved or not. I have a feeling there'd be a lot of consensus on which picks didn't deserve it. Not unanimous, of course, but I bet we'd see some noms rate at 70% undeserved.
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Are you kidding me? Where, oh where is Community? And I'm saying this as a Big Bang Theory fan, but is not exactly Emmy worthy. And four nominations for Modern Family in the same category. It seems to be a great show (don't watch it), but 4 in the same is too much.
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I think you have to give up and admit that Modern Family is worthy of the attention it gets...
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downton abbey for the drama

new girl for the comedy

and hatfield and mccoys for miniseries
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Where is FRINGE? Where is SOUTHLAND? And also: see the comments below. What a joke!
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Every year it's the same thing really: Some deserved nominations, some not so much. The entire concept of the Emmys is hated by many, yet they can't help themselves and comment on what should have been nominated. I too feel the relevance of the Emmys is questionable, but I've stopped caring. It's just a nice nod to some hard working people, while others are seemingly randomly left out. It's not going to change either. Luckily, these awards are of little consequence, and fans can still enjoy the overlooked shows as usual. I'd love to read some of the reasoning from the judges as to why some shows made the list and others didn't though, that might provide some insight in their choices. But all it comes down to is a matter of opinion, and opinions will vary.
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Well said...
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I was really hoping to see The Killing nominated in the acting, writing, directing, and drama series categories. The second season was so much better than the first. I'd almost consider it a snub. It was as good as or perhaps even better than Game of Thrones second season. The ending itself was perhaps the most beautifully written and directed finale/episode of the year. Plus the themes throughout were incredibly moving. They didn't catch a bad guy and no one was celebrating their demise. It's one of the only shows that has me thinking long after the finale. For that alone it should be nominated. Now that I think about it, I think it was even better than Homeland's finale. They did a good job affecting that cathartic feeling. It was really genuine.
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Though sorry that Community and Parks & Rec weren't nominated, I'm glad 30 Rock was. They had a really good season, IMO.
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Where is FRINGE?!
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Dumbest nominations:

1. The Pilot of New Girl for best writing - REALLY?! Most critics did not like that episode. There was a whole article in Entertaiment Weekly about how much the tone and timing of that show was shifted after so much negative response.

2. People playing themselved: Jon Cryer, Zooey Deschanel, Mayim Bialik. This is not acting. They're literally just reading lines, written to suit their already established personae.

3. Curb Your Enthusiasm. Still a very good show, but after a forgettable season, it's a shame that Community, Parks and Recreation and Happy Endings were left off for an old fave.

4. Fallon, but no Letterman or Ferguson. When will people wake up and see that Fallon is just a younger Jay Leno? He's a bit more into the absurd humor, but other than that, it's the same issue - lots of pandering to the audience, self-cheerleading, and incredibly repetitive bits.

5. The most egregious were the snubs: Community, Parks and Recreation, Justified AND Sons of Anarchy. All had VERY good seasons - especially Community and Justified, who in my opinion, had their BEST seasons.
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So... Do you guys have a separate definition for "Talent" in America? Is this like a Lift-Elevator or Crisps-Chips thing? Or are the people nominating these shows/actors just have an IQ of 5?
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Since when was The Big Bang Theory an Outstanding Comedy Series? I mean really? Arrested Development got cancelled all those years ago because people have shit taste and like The Big Bang Theory. So unoriginal, so typical, so poorly written, awful characters with terrible, predictable dialogue.



Where is Fringe? Where is John Noble? Second only to Cranston.



Fuck the Emmys, they no longer matter. Complete and utter bullshit.
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0 nominations for Fringe!?? 0?????
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What a Joke.! Emmys are a sellout just like the Oscar.
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The Oscars have a surprisingly good track record of nominating "deserving" films. This past year, The Tree Of Life got nominated. The Emmys, on the other hand, are nominating undserving, vapid shows, like The Big Bang Theory. That's like if the Oscars nominated The Avengers for Best Picture. The Oscars are bad, but you're thinking of the Grammys, which hands out awards based on popularity and where the likes of The Backstreet Boys have won record of the year!
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I think broadcast networks are underrated. Community, Parks & Recreation, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Nikita, Fringe, Parenthood, Person of Interest, Happy Endings, Suburgatory, Raising Hope, New Girl, The Middle are some of the best the broadcasts offer.
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Love Zooey but no way in hell she should be nominated for an Emmy, not over the likes of Martha Plimpton. Shout-out to Bill Hader, Mayim Bialik, and Will Arnett for their nominations!
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sigh. no Fringe noms as usual. at least New Girl got one in there! and I looooove Sherlock.
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I like Kathy bates, but seriously??? Katey Sagal???? No comparison!

Drama-Downtown Abbey-seriously--SOA?????? Which would you rather watch????

Girls-comedy, seriously???????

REALLY-Edie Falco-comedy nod??? I know this show is sooooo damn funny but?????? Sagal is more funny than Falco!!!!!

Wilford is more deserving of nothing!!!!!!

Oh well, thats why we all have taste buds on our tongues, and not in our choice of awards!!!!!
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I'm sick with all the poison toward Modern Family. Weaker season 3 aside, Modern Family is still really good. Unfortunately, Emmy voters thought like me. If Emmy voters hated Modern Family, y'all will praise it back and forth. Community and Parks and Rec are for the niches and I like it that way. No need to overexpose them with award nominations.
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Even season two was a big slump for the first 2/3; Modern Family unfortunately seems to be a show that peaked in its first season.
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Completely disagreed. I love season 2.
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Difference is Community and Parks & Recreation are or feel less repetitive than Modern Family.
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Community doesn't reach higher than Modern Family though. Themes are really important to the Emmys and Oscars. Modern Family has a lot of running themes throughout the show. Community focuses on the wacky and bizarre, so there usually isn't very many. And when they do engage in some high level writing, the themes are usually very simple and ones we've heard time and again. I'll side with the Emmys on this ruling.
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Since when is Nurse Jackie a comedy, for chrissake?
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See. Reasons why dramedy section needs to be added. They should not be part of the Drama competition or Comedy competition because they would likely fail to win or be nominated. Same with Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Seriously, they could easily stick a bunch of Showtime shows (which are mostly dramedies) + some HBO dramedies and more across different networks.
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Wow, I think they should just get rid of genre awards and merge all of them into one "Outstanding Series" award with ten nominations. That way if there's more good dramas than comedies in a given year, it can be weighed more towards the former, etc. This also means any other genre show can be nominated without looking weird in comparison.
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i don't think that would work and a drama series would win most of the time.
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Sometimes i get a grin, but no belly laughs!!!!
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The Wire never won a single Emmy, I haven't taken the Emmy's very seriously since then.

And if Madmen beats breaking bad again...
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Not sure what all the fuss surrounding Modern Family is, and I probably never will. All the other nominees are a pretty average group. Once again nothing and no one from Fringe has been nominated leading me to confirm my suspicions about the fact that anything original gets a thumbs down from the nominating committee, and this is not the first time I have though this either. But John Noble is so dang talented that he deserves something. The showdown between Christina Hendricks and Maggie Smith should be interesting though.
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Totally agree. Fringe has been phenomenal. So many original shows have been snubbed. I'm sick of seeing the same old shows, actors, and actresses getting these nominations.
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Peter Dinklage, supporting actor? WTF? Tyrion was pretty much the main character in season two.
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The actors themselves choose what category to go for.
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I find it sad that Parks and Recreation isn't nominated for Best Comedy. Seriously, why?

I am pretty happy though that Glee didn't receive any major nominations.
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I really dont get why Downtown Abbey is so appreciated, I could not even finish watching the first episode, its was just so dull.
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I think the Borgias need some recognition, the show is really good, not to mention the outstanding cast in the face of Franois Arnot, Holiday Graigner, David Oakes and Jeremy Irons. Arnot and Oakes were just incredible in s2.
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Nice to see Max Greenfield got a nominationfor new girl. I mean he probably won't win with the onslaught of modern family members in the category, but still nice that he was recognized.



A few things though. How is Joan Cusack considered a guest actress when she appears in every episode of Shameless. Same goes for Dot Marie Jones for Glee. Shouldn't they be in the supporting actress categories.
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And of course Happy Endings is totally snubbed.
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For every good nomination there are 5 bad ones.
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IMO Ashley Judd shouldn't have got the nomination...Missing was a disaster...
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I agree 100%. Not only was it horrible, but since when has a series cancelled in its first season become an eligible miniseries? Rubbish.
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I agree that Missing was really bad. She was the best actress/actor on the show, but not so good that she should be nominated for an acting award.
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yeah - Sherlock got three chances - superb :)))
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Is it fair to assume these "voters" are maybe years behind on their DVRs? Maybe they're just watching whatever's out on DVD and basing their votes on that. Because a lot of the stuff on these lists has been sitting outside and turned cold years ago.



EMMY's your streets behind! Whole neighborhoods... :P



I'm not from the U.S. and not completely in tune with the whole voting process, but even I keep better in touch with what's good to watch on american TV.

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Ugh. Just as long as Zooey Deschannel and AHS don't win anything it will be all right. However, I want to know what Community has to do to get a nomination.
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Community is a show that punishes occassional viewers more than most other shows, so it's tough to get nominated. Arrested Development had the same problem, though that was also a far superior show that at least snagged consecutive writing wins.
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Yawn.
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In what universe is "Veep" better or funnier than "Community" or " Parks and Rec"?
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Veep is VERY funny. It's Big Bang Theory that's the issue. It's a cute family comedy - a la TGIF - but it doesn't deserve to be nominated. I don't think Family Matters was ever nominated, was it? Think about it - Sheldon is this generation's Steve Urkel, repetitive, predictable jokes, and all!

I DO think it's strange with Veep and Girls that each of them had fewer than 10 episodes, yet they beat out Community, which had over 20 GREAT episodes this season. Shows with seasons shorter than 10 eps should go to mini-series, like Sherlock.
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Apparently the same universe where Nurse Jackie is a comedy, and Amy Farrah Fowler is funnier than Annie and Britta.
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no matt bomer for glee nom? sad!!!
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If not for Glee, then at least for White Collar.
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Parks and Rec is the only real shocker its hard to argue that its not the best American comedy seres at the moment.
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To me the only competition Parks has is Its only Sunny...
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No, it isn't. I can make that argument in one word: Community. If you'd like me to expand on that, I can make that argument in three words: Community and Archer. I won't argue that its the best for people with a certain taste, but it certainly isn't uncontested.
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Community isn't even in the same universe as Parks and Rec. They should just change the title to "Look at Abed; He's Quirky!" because that's pretty much all Community is.
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I'd agree they aren't in the same league at all, because I think Parks and Recreation is not even in my top 10 currently airing and Community may be the best live action comedy of all time, but what your describing sounds like a good description of The Big Bang Theory and Sheldon. Community isn't remotely all about Abed being quirky. Community's strength is the special episodes. I'd say one of the funniest moments is Annie in the playing Hector the well-endowed, and another is Annie doing her sexy dance in the Christmas episode. I know it's confusing because they both start with A, but Annie is not the same as Abed.
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I have hated the Emmy's since they didn't give an emmy to LOST for best series since season 1. and John Noble!! not a single nomination in the past 4 years!

Also Community which is one of the most original and clever comedies on TV hasn't been nominated at all. I don't think the emmys even watch TV anymore, they just save their time by nominating last year's nominies. Breaking bad and Downton Abbey deserve their nominations though.
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Merritt Wever for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy. She's hillarious. Other than that it's a toss up for me. No, P&R deserved more noms so Amy Poehler should win too. And after that congrats to whoever wins :)
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okay I knew it was a long shot the Community would get nominated so I am not entirely upset that it isn't on the list but the fact that they left off Parks and Rec after its best season is really pissing me off. Both these shows deserve to be nominated.

And its like the voters think only Modern Family has good actors. This season wasn't even funny, and Phil is really the only reason I kept coming back to watch it. I wish once one of the actors won they would just stop nominating themselves so they could open spots for other people.

I am actually happiest about Mark Margolis's nomination for playing Hector on Breaking Bad. He was such an awesome character.

So if it is too much too ask for picking the right nominees can we at least ask that you miserable voters pick the right winners?
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No nominations for Community???
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Pathetic
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0 Nominations for Fringe! Including one of the best actors on TV, John Noble!



0 Nominations for Community!



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy mights as well be called "The Modern Family Category"!



The Academy's seemingly endless love for the flagging 30 Rock!



No love for Archer!



I know it's been said before, but I just have to say it again ...



FUCK YOU, EMMY'S!
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ummm...Community got nominated for writing for Remedial Chaos Theory
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Sorry. Probably should have looked at the complete list. Here's hoping Chris McKenna wins.
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(I'll begrudgingly admit they got Homeland and Sherlock right.)
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The only thing I think the Emmys did get right this year was giving Sherlock all the nods. That show and the actors deserve all the attention.

Now then why did Modern Family get ALL THOSE NOMS? Was the committee that put these lists together so lazy that they decided, "Hey, it's 12:30. It's time for lunch. Oh darn, we have so many actors to sort through. Here's a thought: let's just give all of the nominations to Modern Family! Now, let's go get Taco Bell!" What they did was shameful to basically every deserving comedy on air right now (which I don't think Modern Family is anymore--it's moments of brilliance are far less common amidst its ongoing blah blah standards). Where is Danny Pudi on this list? Or Joe McHale?

And seriously? I wasn't expecting a John Noble nomination, but it still hurts to see him excluded from the list.
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Ruth Wilson is not nominated .... again? That's just wrong.
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supporting actor in comedy is a fucking joke..
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No truer words have ever been spoken.



Except perhaps "The Emmy award nominations are a fucking joke, again."
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So true, you'd think they could at least throw some love to Parks and Rec or Community.
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Cable dominates... again. It's obvious now, Broadcast Networks are dead - they are just in denial...

http://mankabros.com/blogs/onmedea/2011/04/01/broadcast-networks-on-death-and-dying/



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Where are John Noble (Fringe) and Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)? My opinion is that Aaron Paul shouldn't have been nominated this year.
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John Noble

Mandy Patkinson

Aaron Paul

Esposito

Peter Dinklage

That should have been the 5 nominated supporting actor in drama series.
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Aaron Paul didn't deserve to be, but the two from Downton did? Please. Aaron Paul was amazing.
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Only one nomination for Justified? I can sort of understand Goggins and McDonough being left out for Supporting Actor because it's such a crowded field, but how is Michael C. Hall nominated over Timothy Olyphant after that horrible sixth season of Dexter?
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Because it's an award for acting, not writing. It wasn't his fault that the season sucked.
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That's true, but bad writing brings down the actors. Michael C. Hall is a great actor, but he wasn't as good as Timothy Olyphant was this year.
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I was really keeping my fingers crossed for a Parks and Rec win. Now they dont even get nominated?!? Modern Family was complete trash this year. Why the hell are we still recognizing them for outstanding anything (except for maybe Ty Burrell). That being said, this is a typical nomination list where the once great are still recognized (I'm talking to you Alec Baldwin) and the now phenomenal (Community mostly) get stiffed.
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