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?

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Why no Emmy nominations for - Burn NOtice, Covert Affairs, Leverage, White Collar, Suits, Parenthood. How do they keep selecting the same shows.


What about Good Wife for drama? A cable quality network show.


Mo himym? This is ridiculous.


Mr. Richenthal - I understand you have a right to your opinion - we all do. But Kathy Bates is undoubtedly one of the finest actresses in America. Perhaps Ms. Sagal's omission was a snub, she is a wonderful actress, but was it necessary to malign Ms. Bates and her extraordinary work in Harry's Law? I think not.


How the hell can they snub Louie, Community, and Parks & Recreation? Modern Family was so stale last season. The Big Bang Theory is giving Two and a Half Men a run for its money as the worst comedy on television. 30 Rock had a mostly lackluster season. Curb and Girls deserve to be nominated, but they don't deserve to win over the 3 snubbed shows I mentioned. I've never watched Veep. Ranting aside, I'm happy that Glee didn't get any big nominations this year. Additionally, I think they definitely got the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama category right. As much as I love Aaron Paul and Peter Dinklage, my vote goes to Giancarlo Esposito. Gustavo Fring is simply one of the greatest tv villains of all time, and this is the first and last time Giancarlo will be eligible to be nominated for portraying this amazing character.


Wow, I think Madeleine Stowe was just completely and utterly stolen. She deserved at least a freaking nommination. But, this are the Emmys we're talking about.


The fact that Once upon a Time got NOTHING is a big snub to me. I hope at least the writers got nominations. But as predicted, in the drama categories, network shows don't stand a chance. Emmy voters probably don't even watch any of them except for the Good Wife. I agree for Kathy Bates, she has done a better job on most of her movie roles than on Harry's Law. Also agree with Christine Baranski. She's a good actress, but she is lucky to be on the Good Wife. She wouldn't get nominated on another show.


It is ridiculous that STANA KATIC has been overlooked. Some of her performances on Castle gave been outstanding, including the PTSD episode, for which she won an award. Get real Emmy selectors!


Not only is Justfied, Timothy Olyphant and Walter Goggins robbed, but Neal McDonough? As Robert Quarles, could anyone have played a more bizarre character?


well even though I know not to bitch about this because I understand why CW gets ignored (if you see how they campaign for emmy nominations its like the worst thing ever) but Paul Johansson was snub so badly and I really believe if OTH (the only show this past year that was good quality as a whole on the CW) was on the 4 major regular networks, Paul would have probably gotten a guest nod.