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The Emmy Nominations

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 16th 2009 9:05AM
EmmyThe Emmy Award nominees were announced this morning, and with the help of a lot of caffeine and my DVR, I managed to catch the announcement. Here are the nominees in the major categories, with some comment on who was nominated and who was neglected.

If you notice, the major categories have more nominees starting this year.

Outstanding Drama

Mad Men
Big Love
Breaking Bad


Outstanding Comedy

The Office
30 Rock
Family Guy
How I Met Your Mother
Flight of the Conchords

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment)
Hugh Laurie (House)
Simon Baker (The Mentalist)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
Glenn Close (Damages)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Holly Hunter (Saving Grace)
Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: SVU)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy

Steve Carell (The Office)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men)
Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)
Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy

Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Old Christine)
Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?)
Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program)
Toni Collette (The United States of Tara)
Mary Louise-Parker (Weeds)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

William Shatner (Boston Legal)
John Slattery (Mad Men)
Christian Clemenson (Boston Legal)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
William Hurt (Damages)
Michael Emerson (Lost)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Rose Byrne (Damages)
Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy)
Chandra Wilson (Grey's Anatomy)
Dianne Wiest (In Treatment)
Hope Davis (In Treatment)
Cherry Jones (24)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Kevin Dillon (Entourage)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Rainn Wilson (The Office)
Jon Cryer (Two And A Half Men)
Tracy Morgan (30 Rock)
Jack McBrayer (30 Rock)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live)
Kristin Wiig (Satruday Night Live)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies)
Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds)
Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty)

Outstanding Music, Variety, or Comedy

The Daily Show
The Colbert Report
The Late Show with David Letterman
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Notes: No real surprise in the Outstanding Drama category (sorry True Blood fans), though maybe some thought 24 would get in there. It's always interesting to see that Charlie Sheen is considered "lead" but Jon Cryer is considered "supporting." Two interesting choices for Comedy Actor are Jim Parsons for Big Bang Theory and Jermaine Clement for Flight of the Conchords. Drama Actor should be an interesting race, especially with Baker added to the mix. I really thought January Jones would be nominated for Mad Men, and I don't quite understand why she wasn't, but it's great to see Moss there (and Slattery). Funny that Tracy and Kenneth from 30 Rock will be battling for Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Vanessa Williams might be a bit of a surprise for Ugly Betty, since that show has kinda been forgotten about. Mad Men had the most nominations in Drama with 16, and 30 Rock led in Comedy with 22.

I was under the impression that there was going to be six nominees now for each major category, but there are actually seven for Outstanding Drama and Comedy. I wonder how they figured all that out. (Here's the complete list.)

So what do you think? Any surprises? Any person/show that should be on the list? Any person/show on the list that makes you scream and pull your hair out because you don't know how they got nominated?

Emmys 2009 Snubs and Surprises

    SNUB! Jay Leno

    OK, so, he'll be back this fall in primetime, but still ... you'd think his final bow after 17 years of hosting 'The Tonight Show' would have garnered him a farewell nomination for the gig, but rival David Letterman was the lone late-night host on the Big Three to score a nod. Is this a sign of things to come?


    SURPRISE! Simon Baker

    Simon Baker, who charmed millions of viewers on 'The Mentalist' this season, apparently charmed Emmy voters as well, earning a well-deserved Best Drama Actor nomination for the show's inaugural season. 'The Mentalist' may have missed out on Best Drama Series, but if season 2 can keep the momentum going (considering the show's moving to Thursdays, it should), we expect Baker to become a familiar face on Emmy noms morning.


    SNUB! Katherine Heigl

    She wants to leave the show, she wants to stay. She wants an Emmy, she doesn't. Looks like the 'Grey's Anatomy' star screwed herself out of a Best Supporting Actress nod by being so indecisive, despite being front and center with a decent storyline this season. But contrary to rumors, she'll be returning to the show -- so, better luck next time!


    SURPRISE! Sarah Silverman

    She's known for her knock-you-off-your-chair humor, but it's still a surprise that the acerbic comedian would land next to the likes of Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the category for the Best Actress in a Comedy. Let's just hope the 'Sarah Silverman Show' star is on her best behavior come Emmy night (or maybe we should hope she isn't -- that would be more fun).

    Comedy Central

    SNUB! 'Two and a Half Men'

    After being nominated the past three years and continuing to be a critical and ratings juggernaut for CBS, how can the Emmys not reward the show again? The oversight sticks out like a sore thumb, especially considering that the flailing 'Entourage' is still hanging on. Oh well, at least Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer didn't get shut out of the acting categories.


    SURPRISE! Jack McBrayer

    It's about time! As the lovably geeky Kenneth the page on '30 Rock,' McBrayer brings a charming innocence to the series. A relative unknown, he's been able to hold his own against big dogs Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan and Jane Krakowski (all nominated). We just hope the much deserved pat on the back doesn't cause him to hang up his page jacket anytime soon.


    SNUB! America Ferrera

    'Ugly Betty' may have stumbled last season, but it has gracefully picked itself up and dusted itself off. Apparently, though, it was too little too late for the actress to land a Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nomination. But like Betty herself, we're sure Ferrera will take it all in stride and put her best face forward.


    SURPRISE! 'Family Guy'

    'Family Guy' managed to pull off something not even 'The Simpsons' could do: land a nomination for Best Comedy Series. If that isn't shocking enough, it's only the second nomination ever for an animated series in this category. The first was for 'The Flintstones' in 1961.


    SNUB! Jeremy Piven

    The gleam is off Emmys' Golden Boy, who's been nominated for every season of 'Entourage' so far, winning the past three years. The empty-handedness could be because the series as a whole has been wearing thin ... but Kevin Dillon still nabbed a nod. So that kinda just leaves Piven's off-screen, overblown mercury poisoning claim to blame.


    SURPRISE! Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi

    Don't get us wrong, 'Top Chef' is a terrific show, and Padma -- not to put too fine a point on it -- is smoking hot. But she seems like a lightweight amid the other reality-show host nominees ... plus, is Colicchio, who was nominated alongside her as co-host, really a host at all? Last time we checked, there was only one person telling contestants to "pack your knives and go."

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Glad to see Simon Baker nominated!

September 21 2012 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Glad to see Simon Baker nominated!

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Glad to see Simon Baker nominated!

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Glad to see Simon Baker nominated!

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Glad to see Simon Baker nominated!

September 21 2012 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Glad to see Simon Baker nominated!

September 21 2012 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh, and I'm with tony DiMeo on the subject of Scrubs. It's highly underrated for such a cleverly written show and Zach Braff plays JD so well. Seems he can't do this all on his own. He's no superman. Doodoodoodoodoooo...

August 23 2009 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I very nearly burst with joy when I found out Family Guy has been nominated for Outstanding Comedy. Seeing it on the list gave me that super-shivery-excited feeling, not to mention its promotion video! "Where's my Emmy? You gonna give me my Emmy?". I'm praying for it to win. Stewie made this nomination happen, no question about it. ARGH! I might just scream with anticipation. I want it to win so badlyyyyyy!

August 23 2009 at 3:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

No scrubs nominations at all in any major categories!! This just once again proves that Scrubs is the single- most underrated sitcom of all time. It should have won several emmys for its fast paced perfect writing, the not over-the-top acting of the many hilarious cast members the brilliant directing of its creator BL and its star Zach Braff. It's so unfair how did Two and a Half Men get nominated 3 times for best comedy but Scrubs only twice, and how did Charlie Sheen score 3 emmy noms for best actor but just one got ZB well Zach Braff did get 3 Golden Globe nominations so that shows they are smarter than the academy at most times. As long as i live i'll just never understand or get over the country ignoring this great work of pop culture art.

July 23 2009 at 6:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


Sure they just didn't copy and paste?

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