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The Snubs and Surprises of the 2012 Emmy Nominations

The Snubs and Surprises of the 2012 Emmy Nominations
Perhaps it’s for the best that “Parks and Recreation” star Nick Offerman was unable to announce the Emmy nominations with Kerry Washington of “Scandal” this morning—weather back East kept him from making it to L.A. in time—as the actor was snubbed yet again for supporting actor honors. Instead, Bill Hader of “Saturday Night Live” and Max Greenfield of “The New Girl” will battle the four men of “Modern Family” for the honors. Also, for the first time in Emmy history, no major network was represented in the Drama Series category.

A list of the acting nominees for the 2012 Emmy Awards is below.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, ‘‘Boardwalk Empire"
Bryan Cranston, ‘‘Breaking Bad"
Michael C. Hall, ‘‘Dexter"
Hugh Bonneville, ‘‘Downton Abbey"
Damian Lewis, ‘‘Homeland"
Jon Hamm, ‘‘Mad Men’’

The big surprise here is that the showing of Hugh Bonneville of “Downton Abbey” and Damien Lewis of “Homeland” made no room for Timothy Olyphant of “Justified” or, even more surprising, Hugh Laurie in his final season on “House.” That means Laurie leaves the series having never won an Emmy Award.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Glenn Close, ‘‘Damages"
Michelle Dockery, ‘‘Downton Abbey"
Julianna Margulies, ‘‘The Good Wife"
Kathy Bates, ‘‘Harry’s Law"
Claire Danes, ‘‘Homeland”
Elisabeth Moss, ‘‘Mad Men”

Again, “Downton Abbey” makes a showing with Michelle Dockery landing a nomination instead of her co-star Elizabeth McGovern. And TV’s love for movie stars continues, as Kathy Bates of “Harry’s Law” and Glenn Close of “Damages” both land nominations for the final seasons of their shows. Shut out: Jessica Pare of “Mad Men.”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Zooey Deschanel, “The New Girl”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike and Molly”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

For some reason, there are seven nominees, which means there was room for dark horses like Lena Dunham of “Girls” and Julia-Louis Dreyfus of “Veep” to make the cut. Martha Plimpton, a nominee last year for “Raising Hope,” didn’t make the cut.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louie C.K., “Louie”
Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Never underestimate Jon Cryer. After winning in the supporting category for “Two and a Half Men,” he moved himself to Lead Actor this year, and still snagged a nomination. Perhaps this is just goodwill for putting up with Charlie Sheen all those years, but his nod locks out Joel McHale of “Community” and Jim Parson’s “The Big Bang Theory” co-star, Johnny Galecki.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

All kinds of surprises here, from the inclusion of Mayim Bailik of “The Big Bang Theory” to Merritt Wever of “Nurse Jackie” to the late Kathryn Joosten of “Desperate Housewives.” Among the lockouts are many deserving supporting players on shows like “Community” and “Parks and Recreation.”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Max Greenfield, “The New Girl”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

The biggest shock of the day: Nick Offerman was snubbed again for “Parks and Recreation,” while Bill Hader earned a slot for “Saturday Night Live.” Nice to see newcomer Max Greenfield of “The New Girl” make the cut, though.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Brendan Coyle, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad”
Jared Harris, “Mad Men”

The big shocker here is that perennial nominee John Slattery, who had probably his best season yet on “Mad Men,” was passed over in favor of his co-star Jared Harris. Maybe it’s because it was Harris’ last season on the show, but he scored his first nomination.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Anna Gunn finally made the cut after four seasons on “Breaking Bad,” while Joanne Froggatt is the surprise nominee alongside Maggie Smith of “Downton Abbey.” That’s bad news for Kelly MacDonald, a nominee last year for “Boardwalk Empire.”

A full list of the nominees is at

The Emmy Awards will be broadcast on Sun., Sept. 23 on ABC.

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