Emmy Nominees are Announced, Mostly Good Things Are Nominated, Some Fan Favorites Ignored

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Two men who were not Nominated for any Emmys

The Emmy nominations were announced earlier this morning in Los Angeles. You can see the full list of all nominees in all categories here. At first glance it looks like for the most part the choices are consistent with the TV critic/quality TV fan consensus, even if they are rounded out by more toothless network fare like The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family.

If there’s going to be a talking point about some kind of “snub” coming out of this it’s definitely going to be that Community got only one single nomination, for the writing of the episode “Remedial Chaos Theory,” and was completely shut out of all the other categories.  Given the show’s insanely cultish fan base/positive reputation among most critics expect people to be screaming about this all over the internet for the next few days. And it is surprising that not one member of Community’s vast ensemble was given at least a Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series nod. But to make room for them, the Emmys would of course have to drop their annual tradition of nominating every single cast member of Modern Family in those categories.

In a less extreme but perhaps more baffling snub, Louie wasn’t nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series (while the likes of Big Bang Theory and Modern Family were) even though Louis C.K. himself was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for his work on the same show. C.K.’s partner in writing, directing and starring in the same critically acclaimed show, Lena Dunham, was nominated in all three categories as well but her, show, Girls, was also nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series.

As the official press release makes clear, this was a year with an unusually high number of first time nominees in major categories. In addition to Veep, Girls was also nominated as Outstanding Comedy Series for its very first season. And critical darling Homeland was nominated as Outstanding Drama Series in its first season. Downton Abbey was moved from the miniseries category to series and got an Outstanding Drama Series nomination for its first year in the category.

Conversely, American Horror Story is considered a miniseries and not a series for some reason (who knew?) and got a boatload of nominations in the miniseries categories. In fact, American Horror Story tied Mad Men for most nominations for any single show with 17. So there you have it. American Horror Story is equally as good a show as Mad Men. Settled.

A list of nominees in some of the major categories, mostly taken from Todd VanDerWerff at AV Club , is below:

Outstanding Drama Series:
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game Of Thrones
Mad Men

Outstanding Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
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 Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damien Lewis, Homeland

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Zooey 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 & Recreation

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House Of Lies
Louis CK, Louie
Jon Cryer, Two And A Half Men
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Jared Harris, Mad Men
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series:
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Jeremy Davies, Justified
Ben Feldman, Mad Men
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
Jason Ritter, Parenthood

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series:
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy
Julia Ormond, Mad Men
Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife
Jean Smart, Harry’s Law
Uma Thurman, Smash

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock
Greg Kinnear, Modern Family

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Kathy Bates, Two And A Half Men
Margaret Cho, 30 Rock
Dot Marie Jones, Glee
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Miniseries or Made-for-TV-Movie:
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV-Movie:
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Idris Elba, Luther
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV-Movie:
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Ashley Judd, Missing
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Emma Thompson, A Song of Lunch

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV-Movie:
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
Martin Freeman, Sherlock
Ed Harris, Game Change
Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story
David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Made-for-TV-Movie:
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
Judy Davis, Page Eight
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series:
Boardwalk Empire, “To The Lost,” Tim Van Patten
Breaking Bad, “Face Off,” Vince Gilligan
Downton Abbey, “Episode Seven,” Brian Percival
Homeland, “Pilot,” Michael Cuesta
Mad Men, “The Other Woman,” Phil Abraham

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series:
Curb Your Enthusiasm, “Palestinian Chicken,” Robert B. Weide
Girls, “She Did,” Lena Dunham
Louie, “Duckling,” Louis CK
Modern Family, “Baby On Board,” Steven Levitan
Modern Family, “Virgin Territory,” Jason Winer
New Girl, “Pilot,” Jake Kasdan

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series:
Downton Abbey, “Episode Seven,” Julian Fellowes
Homeland, “Pilot,” Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, and Gideon Raff
Mad Men, “Commissions & Fees,” Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton
Mad Men, “Far Away Places,” Erin Levy and Matt Weiner
Mad Men, “The Other Woman,” Semi Chellas and Matt Weiner

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series:
Community, “Remedial Chaos Theory,” Chris McKenna
Girls, “Pilot,” Lena Dunham
Louie, “Pregnant,” Louis CK
Parks & Recreation, “The Debate,” Amy Poehler
Parks & Recreation, “Win, Lose, Or Draw,” Michael Schur

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series:
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Emmys hate many of the things you like, really likeDownton Abbey [AV Club]

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