The 2011 Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and hot damn! did they get it right for so many new nominees. There were the usual snubs, which suck, but I’m focusing on the positive.
First, Justified got some love across the board, with ridiculously well-deserved nominations for Timothy Olyphant, Walter Goggins, Margo Martindale, and Jeremy Davies for best actor, supporting actor, supporting actress, and guest actor(?) in a drama series. I’m guessing Davies was submitted as guest to improve his chances in a crowded supporting category and to ensure he and Goggins were both recognized. Good strategy! Jumpy claps all around that they were recognized for a super strong season.
Second, the ass-kicking ladies on The Killing, Mireille Enos and Michelle Forbes, got best drama actress and supporting actress nominations, as did creator Veena Sud for her pilot script. Forbes is always very good, even if I don’t always appreciate the character she is playing. She was amazing as Mitch Larsen. Enos was a new find for me, and she rocked it all season. Kudos to Sud on a great season (except for that damn finale).
Next up, the entire adult cast of Modern Family — SIX supporting actor and actress nominations for Ed O’Neil, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet (who won last year), Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, and Julie Bowen. All except O’Neill were also nominated last year. So glad he was added. Awesome awesome awesome. I didn’t find this show until the Halloween episode last fall and I was immediately hooked. Now it’s appointment TV.
On the sitcom side of the aisle, Johnny Galecki got his first nomination for best actor in a comedy (alongside last year’s winner, Jim Pasrons) for The Big Bang Theory, and in a very pleasant and welcome surprise, the magnificent Melissa McCarthy was nominated for best actress for Mike & Molly on CBS. Galecki has been great for years, and his role of Leonard is just as much a performance as Parsons’ work, so I’m pleased he was recognized for being the straight man. McCarthy has been a gem since Gilmore Girls (don’t get me started on those snubs), so I’m happy to see her recognized now that she’s on the #1 network.
In the “snubs I can deal with because the shows are returning” category — no nomination for Patricia Heaton, whose Emmy-worthy Royal Wedding episode of The Middle reran last night, or for Nick Searcy or Raymond J. Barry (or Tony Goldwyn or Adam Arkin for directing) on Justified.
In a smaller surprise, Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg missed their opportunity for a threepeat when their digital short for “3-Way” wasn’t nominated today.