No joke, I had a dream about the Emmy nominations last night. Mostly it was about me being at the nomination announcement, but I woke up with a giddy anticipation which was kind of fun. Part of me was a little reluctant to find out the full list of nominees, because until I did that, I still had hope for some of my favorites. But most of me was just super excited to see who was nominated. I taped the announcement this morning (as much as I love TV, no way am I waking up at 5:30am to watch these things live) and was rewarded with seeing Melissa McCarthy’s stunned reaction to hearing herself nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy. I kind of like that the nomination announcements for these award shows have become a thing. It’s kind of weird, but kind of fun at the same time. Plus, a little Joshua Jackson first thing in the morning never hurt anyone.
Overall, there were some shoe-ins and some great surprises (Cat Deeley! Matt LeBlanc! FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS!!!), but the supporting actor categories were supremely disappointing to me. The biggest snub is definitely Nick Offerman’s exclusion from the supporting actor in a comedy category as well as the total shut out of Fringe (especially the lack of nomination for John Noble and Anna Torv). But I think we have to be excited about the surprises we did get and keep our fingers crossed that there aren’t any sweeps or repeat winners this year. HBO leads the nominations with 104 with the next highest number of nominations going to CBS who received 50 nominations in total. Mildred Pierce was the most nominated of all programs with 21, Mad Men wins in the drama category with 19 nominations, Modern Family topped the comedies with 17, and in reality American Idol came out ahead with 10 nominations (I am happy to report that So You Think You Can Dance came in second with 8 nominations – 4 of those in the Outstanding Choreography category).
The full list of nominees (including all of the technical awards that I don’t really understand) can be found on the Emmy website, after the jump a list of the main categories and my gut reactions. Continue reading