Emmys 2012: Nomination Snubs and Surprises, But Mostly Snubs

Well, well, well, Emmys. You've done it again. The 64th Primetime Emmy nominations were announced today with all the pizazz of leftover meatloaf, as several worthy names were excluded and pleasant surprises were nonexistent. The main categories were log-jammed with familiar shows, loopholes in the system helped regular series dominate the miniseries category, and... SNUBS! SNUBS! SNUBS! Remember last year how we all got excited when Peter Dinklage was nominated? Well, this year's Dinklage is... Joanne Froggatt from Downton Abbey. No disrespect to her, but the sizzle in this year's noms was definitely lacking.

Just like every other year, most of your favorite shows didn't make the cut and your favorite actors are sobbing their eyes out over a cup of expensive coffee spiked with some Irish whiskey after learning they weren't nominated. Did we expect anything different? No, so let's do what we do best and complain! Here's what went wrong with this year's nominations.

No Louie for Outstanding Comedy Series
Sorry for the Neanderthal language, but this is just plain stupid. Like last year, Louis C.K. was nominated for best actor, but leaving the series off the list of best comedies is stupid stupid stupid. The show earned a nomination for Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Directing, and Outstanding Actor, but Emmy voters couldn't pull the trigger and include it in Outstanding Series? So you like everything about the series, but hey 30 Rock and The Big Bang Theory are familiar?! Emmy voters, you suck. However, it should be noted that because of his stand-up special Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater, Louis C.K. got something like half-a-dozen individual Emmy nominations, so we can't feel too sorry for him.

Close-mindedness on Enlightened
The goldfish memories of Emmy voters neglected the incredible HBO comedy—which finished its first season in December—and instead chose the fresher Veep and Girls for Outstanding Comedy. The Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy series has seven nominees (SEVEN!!!), and none of them are Laura Dern, who not only should be on the list but completely deserves to win (she won the Golden Globe earlier this year).

Community, too innovative for the boring old Emmys!
Network TV's best comedy scared the dentures off Emmy voters with something they just can't stand: originality. Though no one actually expected the series to be nominated, this is the one that would have sent many of us home happy. And let's not forget that Danny Pudi, Jim Rash, and Gillian Jacobs weren't nominated so that the entire cast of Modern Family could be. At least the show was nominated in the Outstanding Writing category, however, for the amazing "Remedial Chaos Theory."

The F.U. to FX dramas
Sons of Anarchy and Justified were eligible this year right? So where were they this morning? SoA's Katey Sagal and Maggie Siff and Justified's Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, and Neal McDonough have major beefs. We're still waiting for Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter's c-word tirade on Twitter. Justified sneaked in an acting nod for Jeremy Davies, but he had to enter as a guest actor to get it.

This "miniseries" bullshit
Missing is a miniseries, allowing Ashley Judd to earn an acting nomination? American Horror Story is a miniseries, giving it a leading 17 nominations? Downton Abbey isn't a miniseries anymore, even though it was last year? Stop the madness and the cheating!

A no-no for Noble
We love John Noble on Fringe. Unfortunately, he doesn't exist to the Emmys. A Noble nomination was a stretch, but not because he wasn't deserving. And even though we knew that going in, it doesn't mean we can't be pissed about it.

No writing nominations for Breaking Bad
I mean, it's only the best written show on television. Instead, Mad Men takes three of the five nominations. Dave Porter probably should have received a nomination for his score, too.

The rest
Snubs for: Parks and Recreation and its 'stached attraction Nick Offerman, Happy Endings' Casey Wilson, The Good Wife, American Idol, Jeff Probst, Mad Men's John Slattery, Revenge's Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp, Boss's Kelsey Grammer, The Big C's Laura Linney, Luck, Awake and Jason Isaacs, Homeland's Mandy Patinkin, Awkward.'s Ashley Rickards, and on and on and on.

Anyway, let's turn our frowns the other way around and end on a good note by talking about what this year's Emmy nominations did get right. Though the nominees for Outstanding Comedy are atrocious, I'm not going to argue with the nominees in the Outstanding Drama category. Giancarlo Esposito as a first-time nominee for his work as Gus Fring in Breaking Bad is well deserved, and 13 nominations for the series ain't too shabby. And Sherlock deserves everything it's nominated for in the miniseries division.

What do you think the Emmys got wrong this year?

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