Who Got Snubbed in this Year’s Emmy Nominations?

Who got snubbed in this year’s Emmy nominations?

You would think that this year’s Emmys would be less of a snub factory than usual — after all, the Emmy awards have expanded. Most categories now features six nominees instead of the traditional five, with the two biggest categories (Best Drama and Best Comedy Series) expanding to seven.

Before revealing the full list of nominations, I want to point out some interesting oversights. Jim Parsons was finally recognized with a nomination in the Best Actor in a Comedy Series category for his role in the hilarious The Big Bang Theory, a one time cult hit that is gaining popularity by the week. Fans can finally stop whining about that show getting the big snub from critics and award shows. Also, two other nominations that are sure to please fans — Damages’ Rose Byrne and 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski both got Supporting Actress nominations in the Drama and Comedy category respectively. Fans of these shows were primed and ready to explode if these actors weren’t recognized. Last but not least, there’s the surprise nomination of Vanessa L. Williams for her role in Ugly Betty.

Some shockers — Michael Urie’s performance in Ugly Betty got a major snub. Over in the Lead Actress in a Drama category, Mariska Hargity of Law & Order: SVU earned a nod even though that show is practically dead this season (terrible writing, predictable plots, etc), and Brothers & Sisters’ star Sally Field was nominated even though her performance on that show can best be described as “woody” — her character Nora Walker seems to live out the same story line every episode. The big snub in the Lead Actress in a Drama category was Patricia Arquette from the show Medium. While we’re on the subject of Medium, Arquette’s on screen spouse, played by Jake Weber, was snubbed in the Lead Actor in a Drama series in favor of the rather bland William Hurt from Damages. I’m not sure that the Emmy awards voters are watching the same shows I am.

More snubs — Anna Paquin, the most exciting thing about True Blood, woke up this morning without a nomination. A strange semi-snub is in the air for Kiefer Sutherland, who was nominated for the TV movie prequel of 24 but not for the show itself. Strange happenings in Emmy land.

But the biggest problem that fans have with this year’s Emmys has to do with Battlestar Galactica — sure, it’s on the SciFi Network, and yes, it can be a bit of a nerd magnet, but that show features some incredible acting and has a fan base that has to be seen to be believed. Add in the fact that there are now seven individual shows nominated in the Best Drama Series category, and you’ve got yourself a big dilemma. Once again, the groundbreaking and popular sci-fi series gets snubbed, even though the category expanded this year. There weren’t even any acting nominees from Battlestar. One would think that Mary McDonnell (who plays President Laura Roslin on Battlestar) could earn some serious Emmy hardware for her acting chops.

As much complaining as people will do about this year’s Emmys, the awards show got a ton of stuff right. House’s Hugh Laurie was recognized for his outstanding work as the sociopathic doctor, and Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston (who is the reigning champion of his category) certainly deserves attention for his work in that outstanding series. Holly Hunter and Kyra Sedgwick do in fact still deserve recognition for their work on Saving Grace and The Closer. So it isn’t all bad news — just a bit shocking at times.

Here’s a complete breakdown of the Emmy nominees by category.

BEST DRAMA SERIES
‘Big Love’
‘Damages’
‘Dexter’
‘House’
‘Lost’
‘Mad Men’

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
Bryan Cranston, ‘Breaking Bad’
Michael C. Hall, ‘Dexter’
Hugh Laurie, ‘House’
Gabriel Byrne, ‘In Treatment’
Jon Hamm, ‘Mad Men’
Simon Baker, ‘The Mentalist’

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Sally Field, ‘Brothers and Sisters’
Kyra Sedgwick, ‘The Closer’
Glenn Close, ‘Damages’
Mariska Hargitay, ‘Law & Order: SVU’
Elisabeth Moss, ‘Mad Men’
Holly Hunter, ‘Saving Grace’

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
William Shatner, ‘Boston Legal’
Christian Clemenson, ‘Boston Legal’
Aaron Paul, ‘Breaking Bad’
William Hurt, ‘Damages’
Michael Emerson, ‘Lost’
John Slattery, ‘Mad Men’

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Rose Byrne, ‘Damages’
Sandra Oh, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Chandra Wilson, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Dianne Wiest, ‘In Treatment’
Hope Davis, ‘In Treatment’
Cherry Jones, ’24’

BEST COMEDY SERIES
‘Entourage’
‘Family Guy’
‘Flight Of The Conchords’
‘How I Met Your Mother’
‘The Office’
’30 Rock’
‘Weeds’

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
Jim Parsons, ‘The Big Bang Theory’
Jemaine Clement, ‘Flight Of The Conchords’
Tony Shalhoub, ‘Monk’
Steve Carell, ‘The Office’
Alec Baldwin, ’30 Rock’
Charlie Sheen, ‘Two And A Half Men’

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, ‘The New Adventures Of Old Christine’
Christina Applegate, ‘Samantha Who?’
Sarah Silverman, ‘The Sarah Silverman Show’
Tina Fey, ’30 Rock’
Toni Collette, United States Of Tara’
Mary-Louise Parker, ‘Weeds’

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
Kevin Dillon, ‘Entourage’
Neil Patrick Harris, ‘How I Met Your Mother’
Rainn Wilson, ‘The Office’
Tracy Morgan, ’30 Rock’
Jack McBrayer, ’30 Rock’
Jon Cryer, ‘Two And A Half Men’

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
Kristin Chenoweth, ‘Pushing Daisies’
Amy Poehler, ‘Saturday Night Live’
Kristin Wiig, ‘Saturday Night Live’
Jane Krakowski, ’30 Rock’
Vanessa Williams, ‘Ugly Betty’
Elizabeth Perkins, ‘Weeds’

BEST VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL
‘The Colbert Report’
‘The Daily Show’
‘The Late Show With David Letterman’
‘Real Time With Bill Maher’
‘Saturday Night Live’

BEST MINISERIES
‘Generation Kill’
‘Little Dorritt’

BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Kevin Kline, ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’
Brendan Gleeson, ‘Into The Storm’
Sir Ian McKellen, ‘King Lear’
Kevin Bacon, ‘Taking Chance’
Kiefer Sutherland, ’24: Redemption’
Kenneth Branagh, ‘Wallander: One Step Behind’

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Chandra Wilson, ‘Accidental Friendship’
Shirley MacLaine, ‘Coco Chanel’
Drew Barrymore, ‘Grey Gardens’
Jessica Lange, ‘Grey Gardens’
Sigourney Weaver, ‘Prayers For Bobby’

BEST GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Edward Asner, ‘CSI: NY’
Ted Danson, ‘Damages’
Jimmy Smits, ‘Dexter’
Ernest Borgnine, ‘ER’
Michael J. Fox, ‘Rescue Me’

BEST GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Sharon Lawrence, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Ellen Burstyn, ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’
Brenda Blethyn, ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’
Carol Burnett, ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’
CCH Pounder, ‘The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’

BEST GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Beau Bridges, ‘Desperate Housewives’
Justin Timberlake, ‘Saturday Night Live’
Steve Martin, ’30 Rock’
Jon Hamm, ’30 Rock’
Alan Alda, ’30 Rock’

BEST GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christine Baranski, ‘The Big Bang Theory’
Gena Rowlands, ‘Monk’
Betty White, ‘My Name Is Earl’
Tina Fey, ‘Saturday Night Live’
Jennifer Aniston, ’30 Rock’
Elaine Stritch, ’30 Rock’

BEST REALITY COMPETITION
‘The Amazing Race’
‘American Idol’
‘Dancing With the Stars’
‘Project Runway’
‘Top Chef’

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST
Phil Keoghan, ‘The Amazing Race’
Ryan Seacrest, ‘American Idol’
Tom Bergeron, ‘Dancing With The Stars’ ‘
Heidi Klum, ‘Project Runway’
Jeff Probst, ‘Survivor’
Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, ‘Top Chef’