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What the 2012 Emmy Nominations got Right

July 20, 2012

This is the second part of my overlook of the 2012 Emmy nominations.  While I complained about many things that I thought they got wrong, there were some things that totally hit the mark.  So, now, I’d like to commend them for the things they got right.

Best Drama Series: Pretty much all of it

While I only featured the logos of the nominees that I watch, I have heard very good things about Boardwalk Empire, Homeland & Downton Abbey as well, so there isn’t really anything to be upset about here.  I personally wanted Justified in here as well, but honestly, there may have just been too many good dramas this season to make room for another one, which is a good thing.

Best Comedy Series: Curb Your Enthusiasm

While I did have many problems with the nominees in comedy, this wasn’t one of them.  Curb Your Enthusiasm is an outstanding show, and it had a very strong season.  The move to New York provided many new conflicts for Larry David, and two of the episodes from this season (The Michael J. Fox one, and the one where Larry competes against Rosie O’Donnell for a bisexual woman) were just fantastic.  J.B. Smoove is also hysterical on this show as well.  Normally, I would include Modern Family & 30 Rock as slam dunk nominees as well, but I didn’t think either show’s respective seasons were quite up to par for how great they both can be.  Also, I think the fact that Curb is so similar to Louie but also is more straight-forward joke wise may have played a part in only one of them getting nominated as opposed to both.

Best Actor in a Drama: Bryan Cranston & Jon Hamm

I don’t have problems with the other nominees, but to me, these two are the standouts in this category.  Don Draper continues to be one of the best characters on television, and of what I’ve seen so far of Walter White (again, not totally caught up, I know, I know), I can’t imagine any reason he shouldn’t be a strong contender for this award.  The fact that Cranston has won three Emmys for this character so far is incredible, but it’s possible that the Emmys finally reward Jon Hamm for his character this year.

Best Actor in a Comedy: Louis CK

Larry David deserves a mention here, as does Alec Baldwin, but for me, the star in this category is Louis CK.  Season 2 of Louie was just great, and the work CK does on his titular show is incredible.  The fact he doesn’t really have a “regular” cast other than himself is a testament to how good he is on this show (I know the Curb cast is also small, but J.B. Smoove & Jeff Garlin help shoulder the comedic burden almost every episode).  I’m really hoping for a win here for CK, but with nominations in other categories, even if he doesn’t win this award, I can’t imagine he’ll go home empty handed.

Best Actress in a Drama: Elisabeth Moss

Moss had a great season playing Peggy Olson on Mad Men, and I’m very happy that she was recognized for it.  This category was generally very strong, but I wanted to single out Moss since there are rumors she is no longer going to be on the show.  Hopefully, she’ll stick around, because she has given us some of the series’ best moments.

Best Actress in a Comedy: Amy Poehler

The fact that this is the only acting nomination for Parks & Rec is a shame, but Poehler had a great season as Leslie Knope and I’m very happy she earned a nod for her work.  This is a strong category, with a mix of newcomers (Lena Dunham, Zooey Deschanel) and old favorites (Tina Fey, Melissa McCarthy, Edie Falco, Julia Louis-Dreyfus), but hopefully, the voters decided to Vote Knope 2012.

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama: Pretty much all of it

This category is just an incredibly difficult one, as there is a wealth of talent.  Breaking Bad snared two nominations (Aaron Paul & Giancarlo Esposito), Downton Abbey also grabbed two, Jared Harris is representing Mad Men instead of John Slattery due to the emotional roller coaster that his character went through this season, and Peter Dinklage returns to defend his title as reigning Emmy winner for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones. I don’t envy the voters who have to decide between these guys, but the fact there are so many good nominees in this category is great.

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Ty Burrell & Bill Hader

I have said multiple times that I think the Emmy voters were a little too generous towards Modern Family this year (not that I don’t love it, just a bit of a down year), but Ty Burrell continues to be outstanding on a very consistent basis, and he totally deserves his nomination (and he’ll probably win).  The big surprise in this category was a nomination for Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader.  I have felt that Hader has been the best SNL cast member for years, and I’m very happy to see him get some recognition for his work.  On the off chance he wins, you can bet that Stefon will have something to say about it during his next appearance on the show.

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: Christina Hendricks

The drama acting categories are super strong this year, and this is no exception.  However, I felt that Christina Hendricks put forth her best performance to date for her work this season on Mad Men.  It’s quite possible she ends up taking the Emmy home, but with fierce competition, nothing is certain.  On a side note, I would have enjoyed seeing January Jones get a nomination since we had the pleasure of seeing Fat Betty this year.

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Sofia Vergara & Kristen Wiig

While Julie Bowen is the defending winner, I think that this category could come down to these two ladies.  Vergara is the funniest lady on Modern Family in my opinion, but I could see Wiig taking this award because of her overall body of work on SNL over the past few years.  Lorne Michaels has used her so much during her time there (sometimes bordering on over-exposure, in my opinion), and since this was her last year on the show, I could easily see her taking the award.  Of course, the one thing that has the potential to change this race is the posthumous nomination of Kathryn Joosten for her work on Desperate Housewives; a nomination that few people saw coming.  It’s entirely possible that Bowen repeats her Emmy win, but she will have a tough time beating these ladies.

No Major Nominations for Glee

The fact Glee competes as a comedy is crazy to me, but the fact it didn’t take nominations from other, more-deserving shows is a positive to take away from this year’s nominations.  This season was the worst for the show to date (not the highest of bars to cross), despite the “feel-good” storylines like winning nationals and other things that happened.  Honestly, the writing is so scattershot, the only other things I remember besides that was a plotline about a cross-dressing kid, Quinn being in a wheelchair and then suddenly being out of a wheelchair, Santana being fine with being a lesbian and Kurt not getting into an arts school.  Oh yeah, Whoopi Goldberg was there.  In short, this show doesn’t deserve major nominations at the expense of better written shows, and this year finally proved that.

Writing for a Comedy Series: Louie/Parks & Rec/Community get recognition

Despite none of these shows earning Best Comedy Series nominations, Community, Louie, and Parks & Rec grabbed four of the five nominations for writing.  While this doesn’t totally make up for the Best Series snubs, it is nice to see that these shows did get recognized for being some of the best written shows on television.  I wonder what happened in all the other timelines.

So, there you have it, the things that I thought Emmy voters got right.


Hope you liked this post, and I hope you like what else I have to say.


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