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Watch With Amanda: 2012 Emmy Nominations Highlights and Lowlights

The nominations have been announced for the 64th annual Primetime Emmy awards. Read on for the full list and my thoughts on the highlights and the lowlights of the nominations.

Let’s start with the highlights:

– All 5 acting nominations for Breaking Bad. Most well deserved!
– Freshmen series Girls and Veep landing Best Actress and Outstanding Comedy noms.
– All seven women nominated in the Best Actress in a Comedy category. This is one more than the usual six nominees which means there are too many amazing women that there was probably a tie.
Max Greenfield scoring a nom for his role as the hilarious and lovable douchebag Schmidt on New Girl.
Don Cheadle weaseling his way in for House of Lies.
– The constantly snubbed Merritt Wever from Nurse Jackie finally being recognized.

And the lowlights:

Community scored a writing nomination but their presence is seriously lacking in the Outstanding Comedy category. Especially since it just won in that same category at the Critic’s Choice Awards last month.
– Yet again, Nick Offerman is not being recognized for one of the greatest television characters of ALL TIME, Ron Swanson on Parks & Rec. How can you ignore that ‘stache???
– Speaking of Parks & Recreation… where is their Outstanding Comedy nomination? Especially after their strongest season yet.
– Emmy’s continue to ignore the incredible sci-fi series by snubbing Fringe again. Especially the extremely talented John Noble. Leonard Nemoy even tweeted it himself: “No Emmy nomination for Fringe. Ridiculous.So much talent. So much hard work. So much imagination.”
– No love for Happy Endings and scene stealing Damon Wayans Jr. in particular.
– After a season of incredible (huge understandment) acting, Emmy also disses Sons Of Anarchy …again! In my opinion we should’ve seen acting noms for Maggie Siff, Ryan Hurst, Charlie Hunnam and most importantly Katey Sagal!

What are your thoughts on the list below? Let us know in the comments!
The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, September 23rd on ABC

OUTSTANDING DRAMA
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Mad Men

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jared Harris, Mad Men

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Jeremy Davies, Justified
Ben Feldman, Mad Men
Jason Ritter, Parenthood

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife
Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy
Jean Smart, Harry’s Law
Julia Ormond, Mad Men
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Uma Thurman, Smash

OUTSTANDING COMEDY
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Girls
Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Zoey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis CK, Louie
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (*his first time in Lead race in years)
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Greg Kinnear, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Margaret Cho, 30 Rock
Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men

OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW HOST
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

OUTSTANDING TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway and Gellhorn
Luther
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Idris Elba, Luther
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Ashley Judd, Missing (*which was eligible as a miniseries)
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch

For the full list of nominations visit Emmys.com

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Posted on July 20, 2012, in Amanda Reynolds, General, television, tv shows, Watch With Amanda and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Caterina Scorsone not being nominated for her outstanding work on Private Practice this season is a bad joke.

  2. Next to no love for Community is a horrible mistake, I agree – and it makes me wonder if it has anything to do with the whole Dan Harmon thing…

    There were a lot more shows that should have been recognized as well, I think Justified being one of those. There has been 3 seasons, and each have gotten progressively more interesting and the writing and the characters have become deeper.

    I think Breaking Bad deserves to win everything it was nominated for. Hands down, the best show on TV right now!

  3. I couldn’t have summed up this year’s Emmy nominations better myself. How did Offerman go unnoticed? Like you said, there simply is no denying that ‘stache! LOL! Every scene containing Ron Swanson automatically makes me laugh. He reminds me so much of my boss at Dish that it is unreal, down to the insane love of ribs! As if the lack of love for Offerman wasn’t enough, how did Parks and Rec not make the cut for Outstanding Comedy Series? Not one episode has gone by that hasn’t made me keel over in laughter. In fact, I keep a stash of past seasons tucked away on my DVR that I watch all the time. I’m lucky to have the Hopper DVR that has tons of recording space to accommodate my Parks and Rec addiction, because I couldn’t bear erasing a single episode. There were some major injustices seen at this year’s Emmy nominations; that’s for sure!

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