The 2012 Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and a few surprises were in the mix along with veteran nominees like 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Mad Men. One of the good things about the Emmys is that there are a billion categories (I see you, Outstanding Reality Show Host) so unlike, say, the Oscars, Emmy nominations are pretty evenly divided among men and women. Before you break out that feminist champagne though, note how few people of color were nominated for anything. Also note that the awards show will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel (better save that bubbly for next year).
At least they asked Kerry Washington to announce the nominations?
Vulture has a complete list up of nominees in all categories. Here are the best and worst of the bunch, according to our subjective (but TV-lovin'!) opinion:
Girls for Outstanding Comedy Series
It had a controversial first season, but Girls is a groundbreaking show in a lot of ways, and it sparked a lot of great debate about women's experiences. Plus, it's funny. Fingers crossed!
Downton Abbey for Outstanding Drama Series
Who would've thought a British show on PBS would sweep the TV-watching world? Sure, it's kinda class porn, but it's still refreshing to see a slow-paced, old-time-y Masterpiece get the nod.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
She could use a new wardrobe consultant, but Lous-Dreyfus kills it on Veep.
Max Greenfield for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
When New Girl premiered, the show was clearly banking on Zooey Deschanel's charms. Then Max Greenfield stole the series as Schmidt. His character is so popular he's transcended the small screen and is blurring the line between truth and fiction on Gwyneth Paltrow's bougie website, among other places. Zooey Deschawho?
Jared Harris for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Sigh. We love you, Lane Pryce. That Pete Campbell fight scene alone gets you an Emmy in our book, not to mention your heartbreaking performance on Mad Men this season.
Margaret Cho for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy
Am I the only one who seriously did not recognize Margaret Cho on 30 Rock as dictators Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un? Acting, people. Acting.
Speaking of that Mad Men fight... Remember this?
No Parks and Recreation!
Are you KIDDING, Emmys?! Everyone knows Parks and Recreation is the best show on television. By everyone I mean me, but STILL. And no nomination for Nick Offerman? Outrageous!
Modern Family is Hogging the Supporting Actors Categories
Okay, so Modern Family is an ensemble show, but couldn't the Emmy-choosers have figured out another way to honor the cast than by clogging up the Supporting Actor/ress categories with them? They make up 50% of the pool!
Maggie Smith and Archie Panjabi Can't Both Win
It's like Sophie's Choice 2: Emmys Boogaloo.
Where's Community/Parenthood/Louie/That Show You Like?
The whole point of an awards show is to honor certain shows and not others, but where are all of the other shows we like? Couldn't So You Think You Can Dance? scooch over a little to make room for Community or something?
Peter Dinklage is Going to Beat Jared Harris and We Will All Cheer But Then Cry
Fact: Peter Dinklage is a national treasure. He deserves this award and all of the others he's sure to win as long as Game of Thrones is on the air. Can't the Emmys just give him his own category so that Lane Pryce can have ONE GOOD THING HAPPEN IN HIS LIFE BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE?!
What's your take on the nominations?