Emmy Nominations: Who Got Snubbed?

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Nominations for the 2012 Emmy Awards were announced this morning and, as usual, the announcement was met with outrage and shock from fans of actors, actresses and programs NOT nominated.

In many ways, the ceremony is an absolute farce. Does a single television viewer believe Kathy Bates put on a more captivating performance this season on Harry's Law than Katey Sagal on Sons of Anarchy? I'm not exaggerating: is there a single one?

How on earth is Missing considered a Miniseries/Movie? Why are four of the five shows up for Outstanding Comedy Series NOT up for any writing awards?

But this is the way the Emmys are run and the way the Emmys always will be run. It's fruitless to expect any real changes. So, attempting to stay within the confines of a realistic Emmy Awards, I've listed what I consider to be the most significant snubs in each major category...

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Best Drama Series
SNUB: Justified. The series has been up for awards before and I may be among the few simply not taken with Downton Abbey. The second season was pure melodrama.

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
SNUB: Sagal is the obvious answer every year, but Emmy voters will never even acknowledge the existence of SOA. But what about Anna Torv and Fringe? She gets my vote over Bates.

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
SNUB: Timothy Olyphant, Justified. Always the most competitive race, and I also could have chosen Hugh Laurie for the final season of House. I'd remove Michael C. Hall based on the horrific storytelling of Dexter Season 6 alone.

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
SNUB: Mandy Patinkin, Homeland. The series can't get enough love in my view. Patinkin's subdued Saul would get the nod for me over Jim Carter from Downton.

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
SNUB: Lena Headey, Game of Thrones. She actually made me feel sorry for Cersei on Season 2. Through no fault of her own, I love her series, but Christine Baranski would get knocked off my list.

Best Comedy Series
SNUB: Parks and Recreation. Simply vexing, ridiculous, outrageous. Akin to Bobby Newport winning city councilman. I enjoyed Girls, sure, but you're telling me you laughed more at that HBO show than at Parks?

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
SNUB: Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope. Edie Falco? Amazing. Nurse Jackie? Simply not a comedy. The Emmys need to come up with a new category for these in-betweeners.

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
SNUB: Joel McHale, Community. I know, I know, he never had a chance. But Jon Cryer is funnier? Really? More versatile? Are you sure? I need to stop soon before I get angry.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
SNUB: Busy Philipps, Cougar Town. One of the most confusing aspects of the Emmys is how Saturday Night Live cast members can be nominated for acting awards. I love Kristen Wiig, but she plays six different roles per week. How can she be up against actual actresses?

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
SNUB: Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation. Easily the biggest snub of them all. The show is on a network, Amy Poehler was nominated, so Emmy viewers actually watched at least one episode. And somehow Bill Hader is considered more deserving for breaking character every 10 seconds as Stefon on Weekend Update?

Who is your biggest snub, TV Fanatics?

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.