The Emmy Awards were announced this morning. Let's get right into the nominations and see what's cookin':
- Breaking Bad
- Mad Men
- True Blood
- The Good Wife
THOUGHTS: Just looking at the major nominees tells you what a strong year it was for televised drama. “Mad Men” was unfathomably brilliant in its third season, and many think this season of “Breaking Bad” even trumped THAT. “Dexter” and “True Blood” also hit their stride, and “Good Wife” was a major instant hit for CBS. I really hope “Lost” doesn’t win it as some kind of sendoff this year, because most everything here bested it.
- Modern Family
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Nurse Jackie
- 30 Rock
- The Office
THOUGHTS: I’m of the mind that “Modern Family” deserves to win this, but I suspect Emmy voters know they can reward it somewhere further down its run. “Glee” practically needs it own category, or the Emmys could just turn this into a comedy/musical category, as the Golden Globes do. Because when you think of comedy, you think of musicals. If you’re an 80-year-old woman living in Long Island City. They may give “Glee” the prize because they know it could easily run out of gas soon. I’m crushed “Parks And Recreation” didn’t make the cut here. It was the year’s best comedy.
Outstanding Actress in a Drama
- Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
- Mariska Hargitay (L&O: Special Victims Unit)
- Glenn Close (Damages)
- Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
- January Jones (Mad Men)
- Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
THOUGHTS: Hey, they remembered Connie Britton! Nice. I think Margulies takes this one home. Also, I’m getting tired of seeing Hargitay posing with her kid in tabloid magazines. She’s secretly one of the bigger media hogs in Hollywood.
Outstanding Actor in a Drama
- Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
- Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
- Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
- Hugh Laurie (House M.D.)
- Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
- Matthew Fox (Lost)
THOUGHTS: Hamm really deserves it this year. I should be completely disgusted with Don Draper. But there he was at the end of this season, starting a new ad agency, and I was openly rooting for him to screw over his old colleagues. How did Hamm do that? It can’t be on looks alone. Can it? It is? Dammit.
By the way, I like how the Emmys have sneakily upped the number nominees to six in all these major categories. They’ll have 10 in each by 2017 and you won’t even notice. Take note, Oscars.
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
- Lea Michele (Glee)
- Tina Fey (30 Rock)
- Toni Collette (The United States of Tara)
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine)
- Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
- Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
THOUGHTS: Fey has won this award ninety times, so either Emmy voters will lazily check off her name, or they’ll go for Michele just to mix things up. Louis-Dreyfus gets a nice sendoff for her work in the canceled “Christine.” A consolation prize of delicious Healthy Choice frozen dinners awaits her.
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
- Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
- Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
- Matthew Morrison (Glee)
- Steve Carell (The Office)
- Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
- Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
THOUGHTS: “Monk” is still on the air? Really? Nick Offerman of “Parks and Recreation” was absolutely robbed here.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
- Chris Colfer (Glee)
- Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
- Jon Cryer (Two and A Half Men)
- Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
- Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
THOUGHTS: I suspect all the “Modern Family” guys will cancel each other out and allow NPH to walk home with the gold. But that shouldn’t happen. Burrell should have been nominated in the lead category (and he deserves to win), and Stonestreet deserves to win this award. All the MF actors voluntarily submitted themselves for supporting awards this year. They may not always be so democratic. Also, no Aziz Ansari? BOOOOOO
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
- John Slattery (Mad Men)
- Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
- Martin Short (Damages)
- Terry O’Quinn (Lost)
- Michael Emerson (Lost)
- Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age)
THOUGHTS: I’ll be rooting for Slattery, right after I light up this delicious Lucky Strike cigarette.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
- Sharon Gless (Burn Notice)
- Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
- Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
- Rose Byrne (Damages)
- Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
- Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
THOUGHTS: Keep an eye out for Baranski, who got tons of good notice for her role on “Good Wife.” Also, she was awesome in “The Ref.” Remember that flick? Loved it.
So those are your nominees. Feel like someone got snubbed? Can’t live with the idea that Leighton Meester didn’t get her due? By all means, vent away in the comments.