The Emmy Awards detail the best of the best in television entertainment during the previous year. A nomination can be just as important as winning an award. Shows and actors place nominations on their resumes just like any other award. Also important is the snub, which can signal the beginning of the end for a show. The 2012 Emmy nominations did not disappoint, with some surprises and snubs to go with the most obvious contenders in the popular categories this year.
“Mad Men” was once again nominated for outstanding drama series. The show has taken the category for the last four years, but it may have a run for its money this year. “Breaking Bad” is nominated yet again in the same category. In its final year, the show may not have what it takes to win. However, the show’s nomination is no surprise at all. “Games of Thrones” is another return contender that overtook the outstanding supporting actor in a drama series category with an Emmy to Peter Dinklage. This year, however, the drama categories are wrought with talented contenders that could upset everything on the awards night.
Despite the newcomers to the comedy categories, “Modern Family” was nominated and expected to win for outstanding comedy series. Jon Cryer’s nomination yet again for outstanding lead actor in “Two and a Half Men” was a change from his six previous nominations in the supporting category. Edie Falco already has a win for the outstanding lead actress in a comedy category, but she is back with her third nomination.
The presence of “American Horror Story” in the Emmy nominations came as no surprise, considering all of the stars that the show seemed to pick up in its first season. It tied “Mad Men” for the most nominations at 17.
Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen as the lead in “Two and a Half Men,” but Jon Cryer is nominated this year as the lead actor for the show. This is a huge snub for the actor who returned to sitcoms in the role. Also in the comedy series area is Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The actress is returning to television, which has won her an Emmy nomination. This comes as no surprise, since the Emmy panels tend to nominate the actress in every comedy she does.
“American Idol” rebooted its show with two new hosts, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler of “Aerosmith.” The newer, bigger names were not enough to snag the attention of the Emmy nominating panel. The show’s only nomination is for host Ryan Seacrest in the outstanding host in a reality-competition series. This is a snub of epic proportions.
The most stunning surprises came in the reality-competition series categories. It seems that two powerhouse shows that have dominated the Emmys in these areas will not have a chance at winning. They were never nominated. “American Idol” and “Survivor” were not nominated for outstanding reality-competition series or the outstanding reality-competition host category. The ratings in both shows fell off last season, but no one expected it to reflect in the Emmy nominations.
“Girls” is one of many fresh shows looking to score an Emmy this year. Created by lead actress Lena Dunham, the show is up for two Emmys, one for Dunham and another for the show itself. Zooey Deschanel is also up for her first Emmy for “New Girl.”
An unusual clerical anomaly has made one show a bigger contender this year than usual. “American Horror Show” was categorized as a mini-series and not a drama show. Surprisingly, the show was placed in the drama categories for the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards earlier this year.
Critically acclaimed drama “Homeland,” Damian Lewis (the show’s lead actor) and its lead actress Claire Danes are expected by many to overtake “Mad Men” in the outstanding drama series category. The show has already swept the awards for the year. An Emmy would be the icing on the cake. Upsetting “Mad Men” will be a real coup, which some are worried may prove difficult. The prevailing predictions also place the “New Girl” comedy shows in the dust behind more mature shows like “Nurse Jackie” and “Mike and Molly.”
As always, you never know what can happen until the winners are announced. All the predictions in the world can sometimes miss the true intentions of the Emmy nominating panel. All eyes wait until September 23, 2012 to see who the winners and the losers are.