Emmy Nominations Get It Right, For Once


Published July 14, 2011




This year’s Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and we’re happy to say they didn’t infuriate us like they so often do! Dawson’s Creek‘s Joshua Jackson and Bridesmaids breakout Melissa McCarthy (whom we’ve loved since Gilmore Girls) made the announcements—and among the pleasant surprises is that McCarthy herself is up for an award, Actress in a Comedy Series, for Mike & Molly. We’ve never watched that show, personally, but we’re willing to bet she’s good in it! It’s a good morning for the Bridesmaids crew in general: Kristen Wiig pulled in a Supporting Actress in a Comedy nomination for Saturday Night Live; and a bunch of the series nominees—The Office, Parks and Recreation, Mad Men, and 30 Rock—have, at one point or another, had an episode directed by Paul Feig.

Among the top shows and series nominated were Mildred Pierce (21 nominations), Mad Men (19), Boardwalk Empire (18), Modern Family (17), Saturday Night Live (16), and Game of Thrones and 30 Rock, which pulled in 13 nominations each. Read on for an abridged list of the nominees—we’ve left out things like “Outstanding Voice-Over” in favor of the awards you actually care about. Our guesses (what we think will win, not necessarily what we wish would) are starred.Drama Series* Boardwalk EmpireDexterFriday Night LightsGame of ThronesThe Good WifeMad Men

Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryGlee* Modern FamilyThe OfficeParks and Recreation30 Rock

Miniseries or Made-for-TV MovieCinema Verite * Downton Abbey The Kennedys Mildred PierceThe Pillars of the Earth Too Big to Fail

Actor in a Drama Series * Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)Michael C. Hall (Dexter)Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) Hugh Laurie (House)Timothy Olyphant (Justified) Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

Actress in a Drama Series Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law)Mireille Enos (The Killing)Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) * Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)

Actor in a Comedy Series Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)Louis C.K. (Louie)* Steve Carell (The Office)Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)

Actress in a Comedy SeriesLaura Linney (The Big C) Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) * Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope) Tina Fey (30 Rock)

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) Josh Charles (The Good Wife) Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) * Walton Goggins (Justified) John Slattery (Mad Men) Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)Christine Baranski (The Good Wife) Margo Martindale (Justified) Michelle Forbes (The Killing) * Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series * Chris Colfer (Glee) Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) Ed O’Neill (Modern Family) Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) Ty Burrell (Modern Family) Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series* Jane Lynch (Glee) Betty White (Hot in Cleveland) Julie Bowen (Modern Family) Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live) Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)

Actor in a Miniseries or Movie * Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) Greg Kinnear (The Kennedys) Barry Pepper (The Kennedys) Idris Elba (Luther) Laurence Fishburne (Thurgood) William Hurt (Too Big to Fail)

Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Diane Lane (Cinema Verite) Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) * Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce) Taraji P. Henson (Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story) Jean Marsh (Upstairs Downstairs)

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Tom Wilkinson (The Kennedys) Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce) * Brian F. O’Byrne (Mildred Pierce) Paul Giamatti (Too Big to Fail) James Woods (Too Big to Fail)

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries * Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) Evan Rachel Wood (Mildred Pierce) Melissa Leo (Mildred Pierce) Mare Winningham (Mildred Pierce) Eileen Atkins (Upstairs Downstairs)

Reality Program Antiques Roadshow* Deadliest CatchHoardersKathy Griffin: My Life on the D-ListMythbustersUndercover Boss

Reality-Competition Program The Amazing RaceAmerican IdolDancing with the StarsProject RunwaySo You Think You Can Dance* Top Chef

Variety, Music or Comedy Series * The Colbert ReportConanThe Daily Show with Jon StewartLate Night with Jimmy FallonReal Time with Bill MaherSaturday Night Live

Animated Program The Cleveland Show, “Murray Christmas”Futurama, “The Late Philip J. Fry”Robot Chicken, “Star Wars Episode III”* The Simpsons, “Angry Dad – The Movie”South Park, “Crack Baby Athletic Association”

Children’s Program* A Child’s Garden of PoetryDegrassi, “My Body is a Cage, Part 2”iCarly, “iGot a Hot Room”Victorious, “Freak the Freak Out”Wizards of Waverly Place, “Wizards vs. Angels”