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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Thank you for mentioning Justified, one of THE best shows on TV today. Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, and showrunner Graham Yost were flat out ROBBED!


The hollywood reporter even said that Maggie Q (Nikita) was wrongly overlooked for her awesome performance in the episode entitled "Wrath".


Biggest snub: Cobie Smulders from How I Met Your Mother. Seriously, watch the episode "Symphony of Illumination," she totally deserved a nom for best actress in a comedy.


Lena Heady is the biggest snub. She was perfection this season. Every scene with her was perfect. Also, The Borgias seriously David Oakes as Juan Borgia was one of the highligts and Joel Kinnaman as Stephen Holder in The Killing.


seriously !,community should be nominated for every award ,the show is just genius !,i mean come on !,it's way better than girls and new girl ,i love these shows but community is just way better .
Also no justified ,what is that !
i'm pissed !


To answer your question in the second paragraph, me. Of course, I don't watch Sons of Anarchy. ;-)


I cannot believe The Borgias didn't get nominated for anything! David Oakes gave a great performance as Juan Borgia. And if not for actors or actressess then as least for best Drama show. So disappointed. And Lena Headey definitely got robbed! Hopefully she'll get what she deserves next year :)


I completely agree. I still can't believe Lena Headey didn't get a nomination. Honestly, her performance this season was one of the best I've ever seen.. heck, she should've gotten nominated for 'Blackwater' alone


Peteykins I actually agree on it. Daytime emmys (who probably going have to re-join the primetime one soon) has younger actor category (i think it upto age 25), I really started to think Primetime should get one too.


I am still having issues with Peter Dinklage (who while still deserves a nod) being in the supporting category when he was made the lead after last year emmy win. I really don't get the oversight for both COmmunity and Cougar Town. I am being so serious did MF males really deserve all 4 nods in the supporting category. Also Jeff Perry got snubbed big time in supporting category (which while I think that emmy has and should have Giancarlo's name on it) Perry could have taken DInkalge (who should be in lead category) and remove Jim Carter. Maybe the emmy categories should be bigger but I guess that too time consuming but I noticed that there can be less then 5 nominations sometime in the categories.