The Critics' Choice Awards Nominations Choose Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad

It's been several months since we've gotten our fix of random TV award nominations to pointlessly bicker and argue over, so thank the TV gods for [looks up whatever organization's name this is in the press release] the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and the Critics' Choice Television Awards! This is the third year for the CCTAs, and while though they're still noobs relative to the stodgy old Emmy Awards, they sure have gotten it right the past two years.

Below you'll find their nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Awards (with my gripes and praises), which will take place Monday, June 10. But before we get to that, here are some quick stats: HBO leads the networks with 21 nominations, followed by 19 for FX. American Horror Story: Asylum (taking advantage of miniseries "eligibility") and The Big Bang Theory lead the shows with six nods apiece, and The Middle earned more nominations than Sons of Anarchy



The 3rd Annual Television Critics' Choice Television Awards Nominations 
(Not to be confused with the Television Critics Association Awards, but we totally understand if you do get them mixed up.)

Best Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory – CBS
Louie – FX
The Middle – ABC
New Girl – FOX
Parks and Recreation – NBC
Veep – HBO

NO MODERN FAMILY!? Good. Obviously Enlightened belongs here, but that show will never get the respect it deserves. Critics have always been huge proponents of Community, which won the award last year, but it's not even nominated this year. If Louie doesn't win, I'll jump off a bridge (onto a pile of pillows because awards shows are kinda dumb).


Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Don Cheadle (House of Lies) – Showtime
Louis C.K. (Louie) – FX
Jake Johnson (New Girl) – FOX
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) – NBC
Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory) – ABC

Jeremy Sisto, eh? Okay. Thus begins Jake Johnson's repeated presence in the comedy category at awards shows? I think so. But Louis C.K. deserves this for the second year in a row.

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Laura Dern (Enlightened) – HBO
Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) – FOX
Lena Dunham (Girls) – HBO
Sutton Foster (Bunheads) – ABC Family
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) – HBO
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) – NBC

Holy shnikums! This is the first time I can remember the Best Actress in a Comedy field being this strong, even stronger than the men, I'd say. My personal favorite is Laura Dern, my personal favorite number two is Sutton Foster, but really anyone (probably with the exception of Lena Dunham) could take this home and I wouldn't mind. 


Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Max Greenfield (New Girl) – FOX
Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) - CBS
Alex Karpovsky (Girls) – HBO
Adam Pally (Happy Endings) – ABC
Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) – NBC
Danny Pudi (Community) – NBC

True story: I sat behind Alex Karpovsky on a plane once and snooped over the seat and caught him reading emails from Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow. That's my commentary on this category.


Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory) – ABC
Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) – ABC
Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
Eden Sher (The Middle) – ABC
Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) – ABC

So... should we be concerned that Modern Family's only nomination is for Sarah Hyland? Are the TV Awards Gods going to strike us down with floods and locust swarms? Joining Hyland are Carly Chaikin (Dalia on Suburgatory) and Eden Sher (Sue on The Middle). All of these nominees' characters are teenage girls. The supporting actors nominees' characters are all adults. Conclusion: Television critics are perverts. In this group, Casey Wilson makes me laugh the most, so since this is a comedy category, I give it to her.


Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series

Melissa Leo (Louie) – FX
David Lynch (Louie) – FX
Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory) – CBS
Patton Oswalt (Parks and Recreation) – NBC
Molly Shannon (Enlightened) – HBO
Patrick Wilson (Girls) – HBO

I'm cutting the award in half and giving the top to Lynch and the bottom to Shannon. They were both fantastic. But where's Parker Posey for Louie, you dumb critics? She kicked the biggest ass of all!


Best Drama Series

The Americans – FX
Breaking Bad – AMC
Downton Abbey – PBS
Game of Thrones – HBO
The Good Wife – CBS
Homeland – Showtime

I can argue that Justified belongs on this list over any of the shows that are on it. So I will. Justified belongs on this list! Argument over. But since it's not here, Game of Thrones. Though I'd be equally tickled if The Americans won. And though it didn't stand a chance of being nominated, I'm obligated to say that Rectify belongs on here. 


Best Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) – AMC
Damian Lewis (Homeland) – Showtime
Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) - AMC
Timothy Olyphant (Justified) – FX
Matthew Rhys (The Americans) – FX
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) – Netflix

Let me tell you sump'in: Andrew Lincoln shouldn't be on this list. Sorry, it's true. Replace him with Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy or Aden Young from Rectify and you're looking at a very solid category. Great to see Rhys up there, he deserves it. Flip a five-sided coin. 


Best Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes (Homeland) – Showtime
Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) – A&E
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) – CBS
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) – BBC America
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) – AMC
Keri Russell (The Americans) – FX

Have you seen Maslany in Orphan Black? Contest OVER. She's amazing. She should be nominated nine times in this category. Let's hope Emmy voters recognize her.


Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) – AMC
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) – HBO
Michael Cudlitz (Southland) – TNT
Noah Emmerich (The Americans) – FX
Walton Goggins (Justified) – FX
Corey Stoll (House of Cards) – Netflix

This is another outstanding field, but I'm putting Goggins and Stoll just a smidgen above an also-deserving Coster-Waldau (Jaime in the hot tub might be the single best performance of the year). I would've liked to have seen Ron Perlman up here for Sons of Anarchy, too.  


Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) – Showtime
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) – HBO
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) – AMC
Regina King (Southland) – TNT
Monica Potter (Parenthood) – NBC
Abigail Spencer (Rectify) – Sundance

I don't want to upset anyone (a common disclaimer when you are going to upset someone), but is Emilia Clarke really doing award-worthy stuff? I'm as big a Dany fan as anyone, but it's the character, not the performance. Not that Clarke isn't good, because she is, and she's probably done her best work in Season 3. But I think Lena Headey is the better supporting actress. Hey, just my opinion, man! No Maggie Siff for Sons of Anarchy, for some reason. Abigail Spencer was amazing in Rectify and I'm on a huge kick with that show, so I'm passing the award to her. 

Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series

Jim Beaver (Justified) – FX
Jane Fonda (The Newsroom) – HBO
Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife) – CBS
Carrie Preston (The Good Wife) – CBS
Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) – HBO
Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy) – FX

Ummmm... Rigg? I really don't know.



Best Movie or Miniseries

American Horror Story: Asylum – FX
Behind the Candelabra – HBO
The Crimson Petal and the White – Encore
The Hour – BBC America
Political Animals – USA
Top of the Lake – Sundance

Although I like American Horror Story, I'm rooting against it because it's B.S. that it keeps sneaking into miniseries categories. I'm partway through Top of the Lake, and it's great so I'm sending vibes that way. But Behind the Candelabra (which airs this Sunday) has a shot at jumping up my list, especially with Steven Soderbergh behind it (I'm a Soder-nerd). And since we're starting the Bathroom Break categories, I'm going to keep my mouth shut going forward.


Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries

Benedict Cumberbatch (Parade's End) – HBO
Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra) – HBO
Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra) – HBO
Toby Jones (The Girl) – HBO
Al Pacino (Phil Spector) – HBO
Dominic West (The Hour) – BBC America


Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries

Angela Bassett (Betty & Coretta) – Lifetime
Romola Garai (The Hour) – BBC America
Rebecca Hall (Parade's End) – HBO
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake) – Sundance
Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals) – USA


Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries

James Cromwell (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
Peter Mullan (Top of the Lake) – Sundance
Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
Sebastian Stan (Political Animals) – USA
David Wenham (Top of the Lake) – Sundance
Thomas M. Wright (Top of the Lake) – Sundance


Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries

Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals) – USA
Sienna Miller (The Girl) – HBO
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
Lily Rabe (American Horror Story: Asylum) – FX
Imelda Staunton (The Girl) – HBO
Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias) – Lifetime


Best Reality Series

Duck Dynasty – A&E
The Moment – USA
Pawn Stars – History Channel
Push Girls – Sundance
Small Town Security – AMC
Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan – BBC America


Best Reality Series - Competition

Chopped – Food Network
Face Off – Syfy
Shark Tank - ABC
So You Think You Can Dance – FOX
Survivor – CBS
The Voice – NBC


Best Reality Host

Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars) – ABC
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) – FOX
Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen/Masterchef) – FOX
RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race) – Logo
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) – FOX
Kurt Warner (The Moment) – USA


Best Talk Show

Conan – TBS
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central
The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Warner Brothers Television Distribution
Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – NBC
Marie – Hallmark Channel


Best Animated Series

Adventure Time – Cartoon Network
Archer – FX
Phineas and Ferb – Disney Channel
Regular Show – Cartoon Network
The Simpsons – FOX
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Cartoon Network


Like what you see? Got more beef than a butcher a shop? Let's hear your agrees/disagrees in the comments.

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"Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan" Woohoo ! I know which one *I'll* be rooting for ! If that stupid "Duck Dynasty" wins, I'm going to be so angry : ( It's just about some dumb redneck hunters shooting things & acting stupid as oppossed to actualy educating people about wild life.
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This list is excellent overall, especially Michael Cudlitz being nominated for Southland, but nothing for Boardwalk Empire? Not even Bobby Cannavale?
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Of all the History reality shows, they chose Pawn Stars? Pickers, Counting Cars and American Restoration are all superior.
I watch Pawn Stars for the interesting things. I watch the others for the interesting people and the interesting things they find and/or work on.
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Tatiana Maslany is awesome! I love her performace as the 1000000000 clones and the series as well! Hope she wins
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What?.. no American Idol nomination?................ x'D...
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this is almost definitely a super unpopular opinion, but theo rossi from sons of anarchy deserves to be in the best supporting actor slot (perlman deserves it more, but that's already been covered). he was absolutely incredible in this latest season.
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John Noble from Fringe better win an Emmy
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Breaking Bad sucks!

How come, the same show keeps getting nominated every year......ugh. Annoying. Also, I don't know a single person that watches Mad Man. lol

Modern Family getting snubbed makes me sad. It is by far the best comedy series.
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Amazing Race is the best reality show
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While I do agree that Lena Headey is a great actress, Emilia Clarke is almost as good as she is. During the course of season 3, I've been steadily hoping against hope that she gets an Emmy nod! During the Unsullied scene, I very nearly forgot myself (and the fact that this is just a show) and was about to join her army! That speaks volumes of how great she is as an actress.
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Are you saying you've had your dangly bits removed?
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Did I say I was one of the Unsullied?
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Why no Legend of Korra?
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... You gotta hand it to him.
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HA!
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Why is there no page on this website for The Girl?
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Scandal should be in that list. Kerry Washington, Guillermo Diaz, Jeff Perry and Bellamy Young should also be nominated if not here, please in September at the Emmys.
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New Girl, Jake Johnson, Laura Dern, Max Greenfield, Casey Wilson, Melissa Leo, Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston (this should be Aaron Paul), Tatiana Maslany, Jonathan Banks, jennifer Carpenter, Jim Beaver, Top of the Lake, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Lange, (skip), Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, Chopped, Gordon Ramsay, The Daily Show, and I don't watch cartoons.
not that any of you care what I think. :)
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I absolutely agree with the argument that Lena Headey deserved the supporting actress nom over Emilia Clarke. While Clarke is a great actress, Headey breathes life into Cersei who isn't really as memorable in the first couple of books, yet in the show she is a fierce bitch who everyone loves to hate.
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Yesyesyesyes
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I totally second this. Cersei is much more three dimensional and intriguing than Dany mostly because of the actresses' portrayal. Reading the books, I absolutely hated Cersei but she is one of my favorite characters on the show. Her scenes in the Blackwater episode were fantastic!
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Benedict!!! ♥♥♥ Benediiiiict!! ♥♥♥
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Where is Person of Interest?
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Person of Interest isn't a critics' show. Too much prejudice.
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I know right. I dont really expect it to be nominated for best drama series, but michael emmerson's performance is amazing. I think this is going to be snubbed during its lifespan.
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I like this list alot more than the ones for the Emmy's (at leat i think it was the Emmy's theres too many of these awards). Although I am surprised that BBT has so many nominations. I understand it's popular but I havent found it as good in recent seasons. I also dont understand why "reality tv" is included in awards shows (unless it is an actual documentary)
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Also is Homeland good? I keep seeing it being nominated for awards but I havent seen it
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TIM: "Have you seen Maslany in Orphan Black? Contest OVER. She's amazing. She should be nominated nine times in this category. Let's hope Emmy voters recognize her. "

ME: "Word."
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So which character does she win the award for...
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any one of them, she does them all so well would be tough to choose just one!
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So hard to choose! She's just so good (and fully committed) to each portrayal. [I do love when two of the characters end a conversation and the camera cuts to each of them saying: "B*tch." (or some such).]
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Definitely agree with a win for Tatiana Maslany. The distinctions she brings to the characters is terrific especially when she is playing a character pretending to be another character.
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there are some things that I will never understand, it seems... so then, best drama actor/actress is the one that can pull the best super-tense crying face 5 minutes drama scene in a particular season?
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I don't think you can consider Diana Rigg as a guest appearance, pretty much the same goes for American Horror Story Asylum, it is not a mini-series.
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AHS is not a miniseries but when it first aired the Academy of Television gave Ryan Murphy the option of it being a drama series or miniseries. Since the Academy's definition of miniseries is a show that resolves all character arcs and loose ends in one season. So Murphy decided to put it in the miniseries category.
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Well if you look at it from that perspective I guess you can indeed call it a miniseries.
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I must say i don't really get Emilia Clarke getting nominated either. Not that she's bad, but Maisie, Sophie, Lena and Natalie are just so much better.
So i find it interesting how the only one of these who has appeared nude this season, is the one who gets nominated.
Also dissapointing how Charles Dance never gets nominated, despite being perhaps the best actor in GoT.
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Heck yeah on Charles Dance! He's only doing one thing, but he does it so damn well. His acting off others is remarkable. He can turn a scene on its head and make it look easy.
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Actually the whole cast should get nominated. This has been one of the best tv shows acting-wise.
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If Abigail Spencer (Rectify) is nominated why is it a long shot for Aden Young? He should win the whole thing! Tatiana Maslany is incredible I agree... She wins! Jennifer Carpenter should take a lead in new series after Dexter. It's time to step up from the supporting role she is already too great for that...
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Where the hell is NCIS & NCIS:LA & Hawaii 5-O I would say Bones as well but this last season was kinda dragged out oh and why is not Castle up there as well. I know I know everyone is different but when you vote for a cartoon there is something really wrong with the world don't even get me started with the reality crap as well. critics please you could not criticize if your life depended on it
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Whoop whoop, the second Lannister gets recognition!
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Wait, where the f*** is Fringe? Is Fringe not eligible anymore or did Fringe get robbed in broad day light by the critics again?

Also, where the f*** is Craig Ferguson?
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Fringe has always been the most disgracefully snubbed show (along with Sons of Anarchy). The biggest crime of all awards is John Noble not getting the recognition he deserved for Walter.
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This seems like a quite good list, it's actually remarkable that this list is for a real awards show.

But I agree with Tim. Where the heck is Parker Posey?! Her performance on Louie was so breathtaking I wanna build monuments for it. Someone needs to build a sculpture or name a park after that performance... And she wasn't even nominated in the guest spot.. David Lynch and Melissa Leo were superb, can't argue with that and perhaps it would have been too much to give 3 nods to Louie in that category, but I would have chosen Parker Posey over both of them any day of the week.
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The biggest snub here is the absence of Justified from the Best Drama category.
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Wait, Mandy Patinkin isn't nominated?! What the ****.
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Well, for once the nominations are not a complete mess, and even if some shows deserved to be up here, it's mostly hard to argue that the ones who are don't. Kudos for that.
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"Andrew Lincoln shouldn't be on this list. Sorry, it's true."

No it's not.


"Modern Family's only nomination is for Sarah Hyland?"

I don't even watch MF (I've seen the first season), but I think that this is interesting, mainly because there was at least one year where *all* the adult members of the cast except Sarah Hyland got nominated for an Emmy. So maybe this is the critics' way of saying: **** you Emmys.


"Maslany in Orphan Black? Contest OVER"

Her performance is certainly satisfactory, but this is an exaggeration to say the least. It seems that every time an actor/actress gets to play more than one character, everyone starts screaming that he/she is the best actor/actress ever. This is pretty silly in my opinion. If she was only playing one of those characters, you wouldn't ever consider her for a nomination.

I think Clare Danes is the obvious choice of the ones who are nominated. (But I haven't seen Bates Motel).


"is Emilia Clarke really doing award-worthy stuff?"

I think she is in season 3, but not in the earlier seasons.

Jennifer Carpenter should definitely win this. She's much better than any of the others. She's the only one on the list that I think is fantastic, rather than just very good. (I haven't seen Rectify yet, or Parenthood).


"Carrie Preston (The Good Wife)"

I love this character. I hope she wins. If not, then Jim Beaver.


It's absurd that John Noble isn't nominated for Fringe. Peter Dinklage should be nominated too.

I think it's OK to not include Aaron Paul this year, because Jesse Pinkman didn't have a lot of good scenes in season 5a.
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Jennifer Carpenter! she did such an amazing job last season and what we could see from the trailers, she continues her work in the last season.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau`s nomination is well deserved, but i`m not sure whether i could pick out only a couple of actors from such a great cast. still, well deserved!
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Tatiana Maslany - Absolutely
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Idk it never works out the way I want it to anyway.
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wow these noms are weaker than the NY Rangers or Redwings powerplay!!! omg no love for 2 Broke Girls Kat and Beth deserve some love, as does Pretty Little Liars, SOA deserve more nominations I can go on but why bother, thankfully I gave on watching awards shows about 20 years ago
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Tim Ive never agreed with you more throughout and entire article. Why don't these tv award shows just call and get your list? Would make things much better. Also started watching Rectify yesterday, thanks for recommending it. It doesn't disappoint, although I'm sure some people will think its slow, that means they just don't get it.
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How is Kaley Cuoco considered best anything? :P
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Best couple of things maybe.
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau completely earned that nomination, if not the award.

Great job this season!
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Community should have been on the best comedies list. Also, Enlightened.
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A couple of WTFs but not the forehead slapper of the "big" awards committees. I am so happy to see some awards love go to deserving shows like Southland, Justified, Rectify and The Hour. Michael Cudlitz and Regina King's performances in Southland this season were phenomenal.
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It all sucks!
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No Person of Interest for ANYTHING??????
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POI is good and lots of fun to watch but is it better than Justified?
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Yes.
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Sure if the category was Action but its drama, a character study will win over a periodical shootem up every day.
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The drama category includes all shows that we would prefer to label as action, crime procedural, medical procedural, sci-fi, fantasy, etc.

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Ok, Enlightened is NOT a Comedy, like Nurse Jackie, just coz u make some witty/funny remarks does not make u a comedy!!!!
How about The LEAGUE? There is a comedy that gets 0 respect!!!!
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It's called DARK COMEDY. The League is mediocre at best, imo...
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Btw, and this applies to all movie awards out there (especially the Oscars), why aren't there any awards for the stunt men and women, who are invisible in some of the greatest scenes we watch every season.Sorry, but this has been bugging me for years and I thought I'd at least mention it once in the open..
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I think Game of Thrones has an amazing cast, with most people doing great performances. I agree with Jaime nomination, and with the Diana Rigg one. I think Tyrion deserves a nomination too (as lead actor? Who are lead actors in GoT). But Dani is not doing nothing memorable, she is just not screwing with her character. IMHO, she didn't deserve a nomination (In fact, Katerine, Cersei and Ygritte would deserve it better, if someone of GoT deserves it)
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Agree, she doesn't deserve a nomination. She pretty much has the same expression on her face all season. Her story is good, but she hasn't had much to do in way of major acting. I think GoT doesn't have a main protagonist so they will never be in the leading actor/actress categories. It's more of an ensemble cast.
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"Top of the Lake", I watched it for you. SKIP!
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Agreed with every point you made except Best Supporting Actor in a Drama. IMO it should go to Michael Cudlitz..he was just awesome. Disappointed that Justified nor SOA were nominated for Best Drama. No Charlie Hunnam or Aden Young was disappointing as well. Rectify is my new "got to see" TV. Have to say I would give Jennifer Carpenter her award because she deserves it, however if we could only give two the other would go to the underated Regina King. She makes it look so easy to the point one forgets she's acting. But over all the shows are on point as well as most of the nominees. Maybe some of the other award shows will recognize those that should've been on this list.
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I have to mention this: personally, I would have replace "The Good Wife" for "Person of Interest."

But that's just me.
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