July 14, 2011

News: 2011 Emmy Nominations - Television

The nominations for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced, and two things jumped out at me: most TV critics and nerds must be wetting themselves, and the Glee backlash continues. Despite the latter development, I really cannot be too upset about the nominees that made the cut.

Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama
This is the one category that usually gives me the most trouble when thinking of nominees, so I cannot say that I'm invested one way or the other. I am glad that Kelly Macdonald got the nod for Boardwalk Empire, but her inclusion really isn't a shocker. Same with Margo Martinedale for Justified. If I had to describe this category, I'd go with predictable but solid.

Outstanding Supporting Actor - Drama
Maybe it's because I do not watch a ton of TV dramas, but my thoughts on this category are the same as the last. I really never had a horse in the race, so the list of nominees really didn't illicit any kind of reaction from me. I'm happy for Andre Braugher and Men of a Certain Age, but his nom will not be the show's saving grace. Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) was the only lock in my mind, and I'm putting him as the front-runner for this category.

Outstanding Supporting Actress - Comedy
Pretty much an exact copy of last year's nominations, with the exception of Betty White's nom for Hot in Cleveland. Now, I don't watch Cleveland, so I cannot comment on her actual performance, but this Betty White fad has gone on long enough. Regardless, I'm glad Jane Lynch was able to survive the Glee backlash, but I'm not seeing a repeat win. My money's on one of the Modern Family ladies (I'd pick Bowen over Vergara).

Outstanding Supporting Actor - Comedy
The male categories for Comedy is where things start to get a bit interesting. Perennial nominee Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) was somehow snubbed this year. While I'll admit HIMYM hasn't been good for a few years now, NPH has usually been the sole bright spot, and Barney had a good arc this season. I would have pegged him as the favorite...if he had been nominated. Maybe he should have gone for Lead Actor, which would've made sense since Barney's been more prominent than Ted over the last couple of seasons. I wasn't surprised by all of the Modern Family love and Chris Colfer's (Glee) nomination, but John Cryer (Two and a Half Men) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson's (Modern Family) inclusion over NPH just seems wrong. Don't get me started on Nick Offerman's snub. Much like Supporting Actress, one of the MF guys is going to win it again this year.

Outstanding Lead Actress - Drama
It's fitting that the Drama category is responsible for some of this year's head-scratching moments. Almost everyone on the planet hated The Killing's finale, but it wasn't enough to stop Mirelle Enos from picking up a nom. I didn't watch The Killing, so I cannot be all upset about her nomination, but I was sure the show was going to get punished for the final episode. The remaining nominees are less dramatic, and I'm just ecstatic that Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) got another nomination. She may even have a legitimate chance of winning the Emmy too.

Outstanding Lead Actor - Drama
Another category that would've been pretty boring if it wasn't for a few particular nominees. Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), and Hugh Laurie (House) were pretty much locks, but Timothy Olyphant getting nominated for Justified was a nice surprise. Much like Britton's nom, I'm over the moon because the Emmys are recognizing Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) after ignoring him and the show for so many years. Too bad for Coach that this is pretty much a two-horse race between Buscemi and Hamm.

Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy
Here's where things start to get interesting. I'll admit that Glee's second season was not as good as the first, and I cannot besmirch Melissa McCarthy's nomination for Mike & Molly since I've never seen the show, but I'm shocked Lea Michele was not nominated. People do not give her comedic talents enough credit, and while she wasn't as pronounced this season, she still had some funny moments. On the other hand, Martha Plimpton's (Raising Hope) nomination kind of made up for the Glee snub.

Outstanding Lead Actor - Comedy
Poor Matthew Morrison. First off, his character was pretty much assassinated by the Glee writers, and now he was left off the Emmy short list. I'm OK with the Emmys not nominating Morrison, but replacing him with Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) is asinine. Galecki is by far the worst element of Big Bang, and having one unlikeable character get ousted by another unlikeable character doesn't make sense to me. It's not like Galecki made Leonard an interesting bad character, he was just unwatchable. Morrison's omission would have been easier to take if Joel McHale snuck in, but c'est la vie. Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) and Louis C.K. (Louie) being nominated was a nice change of pace, but it's going to come down between powerhouses Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) and Steve Carrell (The Office). Then again, I felt the same way last year.

Outstanding Series - Drama
I was not expecting Game of Thrones to get nominated for Outstanding Series, so its inclusion was a very welcomed surprise. I don't think it has a chance at winning, but still. The same can be said about Friday Night Lights. Its nomination is very similar to Lost's since this was its final season, but I'm just happy that it's finally getting some recognition, and that the Emmys have finally seen what fans have been experiencing for years now. I'd love for FNL to pull of one of its classic last second wins, but the Emmy will go to either Mad Men or Boardwalk Empire.

Outstanding Series - Comedy
At least the Emmys allowed Glee to be involved in the Outstanding Series race. Was its nomination deserved? That's debatable, but leaving it out may have been more costly than keeping it in. It doesn't even matter because either Modern Family will repeat or one of the NBC shows will win. I'll admit that a Parks and Recreation win would be deserved and a nice surprise, but 30 Rock has the track record and a bounce back season to work with.

While I cannot get behind all of the nominations and omissions, I really cannot get all upset about this year's crop of possible winners. Hopefully this is just the start of a revolution over the next couple of years, and we'll get some really interesting people in these categories from now on.


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