Hey, it could be worse: Reflections on the 2010 Emmy nominees

Fortunately, I was awake for the announcement of the Emmy nominees this morning. Unfortunately, I was working and had to rely on sneaky Twitter checks on my Blackberry. Nevertheless, my secretive viewing lasted much longer than expected thanks to a number of unexpected nomination announcements, which is a word that I never expect to pair with the Emmys. And although there are still a number of glaring snubs and holdover nominees that make me sad, this is the most satisfied I’ve been with the nominations since I started strongly following the process about five years ago.

I think what we’ll do is list the nominees in all the major categories — even though you already know them — then add some thoughts and in an exercise of self congratulating/self parodying, I’ll note how many of the nominees I actually picked on my “official” ballot yesterday.

Alright, so here are the nominees, just in case you haven’t seen them. (Copy/Paste, so that’s why there might be some weird formatting.).

Outstanding Drama Series

  • True Blood
  • Breaking Bad
  • The Good Wife
  • Dexter
  • Lost
  • Mad Men

I have to say, I’m fairly shocked that True Blood picked up a nomination, but I guess the HBO push and the hype put it over the top. Its nomination pushes out my sixth pick, Damages, with no other shocks. Number of nominees I picked correctly: 5/6

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Glenn Close (Damages)
  • Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: SVU)
  • Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
  • Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
  • January Jones (Mad Men)
  • Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)

The big news here is that Connie Britton finally picked up a nomination for her work on FNL, which is both a long-time coming and simply amazing. Katey Segal was still totally robbed, but at least Sally Field didn’t get nominated! No offense. Correct picks: 5/6

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
  • Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
  • Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
  • Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
  • Hugh Laurie (House)
  • Matthew Fox (Lost)

Just like Connie Britton, Kyle Chandler finds himself finally being given the props he deserves. Their dual nominations were the primary reason I spent a good part of the morning celebrating. Matthew Fox picking up a nom is also a major win in my mind, and I’m totally happy to have two of my major dream ballot picks make it on to the actual ballot in he and Chandler. Sucks for Kiefer, though. Correct picks: 4/6

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Nurse Jackie
  • Glee
  • Modern Family
  • The Office
  • 30 Rock

Nurse Jackie isn’t funny and shouldn’t be considered a comedy, but obviously the voters found themselves charmed by Edie Falco and thus decided to award the series as well. I suspected that Big Bang Theory would break through and hoped that Parks and Recreation might slip in there, but hey, at least it wasn’t Family Guy, Weeds or Entourage, you know? Correct picks: 5/6

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Matthew Morrison (Glee)
  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
  • Steve Carell (The Office)
  • Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
  • Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
  • Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Though Morrison was totally mis-used and never purposely funny — the rapping gave us some unintentional comedy, though — I suspected that the Glee glow could reach down to him. It did, leaving Joel McHale on the outside looking in. That’s a damn shame. Shaloub is Shaloub, and he has no chance to win, so whatever. Correct Picks: 5/6

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
  • Toni Colette (United States of Tara)
  • Tina Fey (30 Rock)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (New Adventures of Old Christine)
  • Lea Michele (Glee)
  • Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

Hey, Amy Poehler! This category is sort of boring because Poehler won’t win and either one of the Showtime ladies from non-comedy comedies will. Surprised that Courtney Cox didn’t take that final slot, though. Correct picks: 5/6

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age)
  • Martin Short (Damages)
  • Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
  • Terry O’Quinn (Lost)
  • Michael Emerson (Lost)
  • John Slattery (Mad Men)

I guess I was too optimistic for John Goodman and Treme, but my theoretical seventh pick Braugher made it in, so I’m okay with that. Again, Dean Norris and John Noble would have replaced Braugher and John Slattery in a perfect world, but I guess Breaking Bad isn’t “there” yet and John Noble will probably never be given the Academy-approved credit he deserves. The actual win goes to O’Quinn, obviously. Correct picks: 5/6

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Rose Byrne (Damages)
  • Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
  • Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
  • Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
  • Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
  • Sharon Gless (Burn Notice)

This is probably the most surprising category, and not just because I only made three correct picks. Archie Panjabi’s nomination isn’t totally surprising because I suspected The Good Wife to go over big with voters, but to have both she and a random — but not really thanks to all the Cagney and Lacey love — nom for Sharon Gless make this a sad day for the Grey’s Anatomy ladies, especially my suspected winner, Chandra Wilson. Also: good for Christina Hendricks. Correct picks: 3/6

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Chris Colfer (Glee)
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
  • Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
  • Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
  • Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)

The new big comedies made a bigger splash than I suspected, leading to nominations for the totally deserving trio of Chris Colfer, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Oddly, Ed O’Neill is the only Modern Family adult to not be nominated. And actually, I’d say the vote splitting should lead to NPH’s first — and kind of late — win in the category. Correct picks: 3/6

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
  • Jane Lynch (Glee)
  • Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live)
  • Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men)
  • Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
  • Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)

I don’t know what to say about Holland Taylor aside from “Why?” and again, I miscalculated the love that Modern Family would get, although I had Bowen in seventh. Correct picks: 4/6

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

  • Dylan Baker (The Good Wife)
  • Ted Danson (Damages)
  • Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
  • John Lithgow (Dexter)
  • Gregory Itzin (24)
  • Robert Morse (Mad Men)
  • Beau Bridges (The Closer)

I totally forgot about Robert Morse and Gregory Itzin, who were kind of obvious picks, despite other, more worthy nominees. Correct picks: 3/7

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

  • Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost)
  • Lily Tomlin (Damages)
  • Mary Kay Place (Big Love)
  • Sissy Spacek (Big Love)
  • Shirley Jones (The Cleaner)
  • Ann Margret, as Rita Willis (Law and Order: SVU)

These guest categories killed me. Yay for Elizabeth Mitchell, though. Correct picks: 2/6

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Neil Patrick Harris (Glee)
  • Fred Willard (Modern Family)
  • Mike O’Malley (Glee)
  • Eli Wallach (Nurse Jackie)
  • Jon Hamm (30 Rock)
  • Will Arnett (30 Rock)

So psyched that Mike O’Malley got the recognition he so surprisingly deserves. I won’t be shocked to see NPH take home two awards after this one. Correct picks: 2/6

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)
  • Kristin Chenoweth (Glee)
  • Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives)
  • Betty White (SNL)
  • Tina Fey (SNL)
  • Elaine Stritch (30 Rock)
  • Jane Lynch (Two and a Half Men)

I forgot that although the Emmy voters love movie stars like Julianne Moore, they love Tina Fey more. Correct picks: 3/7

Reality Competition Program

  • The Amazing Race
  • American Idol
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Project Runway
  • Top Chef

No change here, which is totally disappointing thanks to two solid seasons of Survivor. Correct picks: N/A

Reality Host

  • Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race)
  • Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
  • Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars)
  • Heidi Klum (Project Runway)
  • Jeff Probst (Survivor)

Whatever. Correct picks: N/A

Writing for a Drama Series

  • Lost – “The End”
  • Mad Men – “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.”
  • The Good Wife – “Pilot”
  • Friday Night Lights – “The Son”
  • Mad Men – “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency”

Another surprising pick up for FNL, but it hurts even more than “The Son” gets nominated here without a Gilford nomination in the guest category. This is also where I thought House would pick up a nomination, but perhaps the Emmys are now done with the series aside from Hugh Laurie (and for good reason)? No offense, but the less Mad Men domination the better, just for conversation’s sake. Correct picks: 3/5

Writing for a Comedy Series

  • Glee – “Pilot”
  • Modern Family – “Pilot”
  • The Office – “Niagara”
  • 30 Rock – “Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter”
  • 30 Rock – “Anna Howard Shaw Day”

Like Mad Men, glad to see that 30 Rock only grabbed two nominations, and I would have nailed this category were it not for picking “Dealbreakers” over “Lee Marvin.” Shucks. Correct picks: 4/5

Directing for a Drama Series

  • Lost – “The End” (Jack Bender)
  • Treme – “Do You Know What it Means” (Agnieszka Holland)
  • Dexter – “The Getaway” (Steve Shill)
  • Breaking Bad – “One Minute” (Michelle MacLaren)
  • Mad Men – “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency” (Lesli Linka Glatter)

Hey, Treme! Only nomination. Some Dexter love carries over to this category, but this is surely Jack Bender’s show. Correct picks: 2/5

Directing for a Comedy Series

  • Glee – “Pilot” (Ryan Murphy)
  • Glee – “Wheels” (Paris Barclay)
  • Modern Family – “Pilot” (Jason Winer)
  • Nurse Jackie – “Pilot” (Allen Coulter)
  • 30 Rock – “I Do Do” (Don Scardino)

This Nurse Jackie nonsense is beyond my comprehension. I picked six nominees because the most recent years had six. I’m not holding that against myself. Correct picks: 4/5

Outstanding Variety Program

  • The Colbert Report
  • The Daily Show
  • Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien
  • Real Time with Bill Maher
  • Saturday Night Live

I wonder if Coco gets the win just because. Correct picks: N/A

Total number of correct picks: 67/106, but 44/60 in the 10 major categories. I shouldn’t have even guessed on the guest actor/actress ones. Fail.

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Like I said, I think this year’s batch got a lot right, despite a few issues. Here are a few quick hitters reflecting those thoughts:

Most egregious — and realistic — snub on the drama side: Katey Segal, and zero noms for Sons of Anarchy in general.

Most egregious — and probably not realistic anyway — snub on the drama side: John Noble; Emmy voters don’t like Sci-Fi.

Most disappointing nominee, drama side: Series nomination for the fun, but not “great” True Blood

Most disappointing nominee, comedy side: Series nomination for Nurse Jackie, which I’m far from a fan of.

Most egregious — and probably not realistic anyway — snub on the comedy side: Series noms for Parks and Recreation, Community; Any of the supporting cast members for those two series; Adam Scott.

Most egregious — and realistic — snub on the comedy side: Probably Joel McHale. C’mon Emmy voters, you had him announce the damn awards! Ugh.

Well, that’s it, I’ll have more on the Emmys soon. Who were your biggest snubs?

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