The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Big Bang Theory, while still remaining CBS’ best comedy, doesn’t really deserve to be here over Parks and Recreation, which is truly the biggest snub of the Emmy’s this year. Frankly, none of these shows deserve to be here over Parks and Rec. That said, we’re happy Curb is getting recognition after airing almost over an entire year ago. After having an ultra unique voice and wonderful first season, Girls is clearly getting the love it deserves. Modern Family’s third season was a bit stale, but we’re not complaining. It’s still great and has one of the best casts on TV. We’re very surprised 30 Rock is nominated after six seasons. Also a bit surprised Veep is nominated. It’s good, but other comedies are more deserving.
Game of Thrones
There is nothing that can really be said here. This is exactly what we, along with everyone else, thought the nominees would be. In some other universe, it would be nice if shows like Parenthood or Fringe could get some love in this category, but we’re definitely not complaining about this list.
Lead actress in drama
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Um, Kathy Bates for a show that was cancelled? Seriously? While we don’t consider Elisabeth Moss a lead actress, she is unquestionably great on Mad Men, so her nomination is fine. Happy to see Julianna and Glenn, but this is Claire’s to lose.
Lead actor in a drama
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Much like the Best Drama race, these nominees are completely expected. That said, they are all well deserved.
Best competition reality show
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Why Dancing With The Stars still gets nominated every year is really beyond out comprehension, especially considering the same people voting are giving So You Think You Can Dance so much love (which is deserved.) Completely expected to see the usual Amazing Race. But also a nice surprise to see Project Runway and Top Chef (which really deserves to win this year.)
Lead actress in a comedy
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 and Recreation
Talk about an over-stuffed category. That said, all these women are great on their respective shows. We’re happy Amy was nominated here as Parks and Rec wasn’t. Also a little surprised Tina Fey and Edie Falco are still getting so much recognition considering they easily could have been knocked out by Lena Dunham and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. But hey, the more the merrier.
Lead actor in a comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
With the exception of Jon Cryer, this is the strongest this category has been in years, especially with the inclusion of Louis C.K. and Don Cheadle. And of course, the always hilarious Larry David is a welcome inclusion.
Best supporting actress, 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
The inclusion of Merritt Wever and Kathryn Joosten are slightly puzzling, if for nothing else because they’re so clearly out of place. Perhaps Kathryn’s nomination is coming in honor of an eight year role as opposed to her work this specific season. Plus, she died soon after ballots were sent. It’s nice to see Kristen nominated for her brilliant work this season on SNL. Julie, Sofia and Mayim were completely expected.
Best supporting actor, 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
Bill Hader’s nomination here is the most random thing of this entire nomination list. We can probably thank Steffan for this. That said, it’s a pleasant surprise. Another great addition is Max Greenfield, who is the single best thing about New Girl. We’re a little thrown at the inclusion of every single guy on Modern Family, while Nick Offerman still continues to get snubbed year after year.
Best supporting actress, 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
The girls from Downton are great, but truthfully they’re a little replaceable. Archie and Christine had great seasons on The Good Wife, so they certainly belong. The real race for us is between Christina Hendricks, whose Mad Men season was her best yet. And Anna Gunn, who plays that role of the other good wife better than anyone could.
Best supporting actor, 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
We’re pleasantly surprised at the inclusion of Jared Harris for Mad Men, who likely submitted his suicide episode to be nominated. (Good for him.) Especially considering Jon Slattery wasn’t nominated. Peter Dinklage is the true star of Game of Thrones, and he definitely deserves the nod. Aaron Paul is always just as great, if not sometimes better than, Bryan Cranston. So his inclusion is obvious. Giancarlo Esposito’s run as our main villain on Breaking Bad was something to be in awe of, so his inclusion is also very welcome.
Note: We didn’t create this picture. It came from EW.com, who got their individual pictures from other places. We usually make our own collages but we’re busy watching TV, hence the cut-off faces.