Emmys 2012: Biggest Snubs and Surprises
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Emmys 2012: Biggest Snubs and Surprises

The Emmy nominations came out today, and there's a lot to be excited about — Game of Thrones continues to get love! Girls was recognized! Schmidt (Max Greenfield) got a nod! — but why focus on the good when we can gripe about our faves getting snubbed?

Oh, fine, we'll include some good news, too. Here are Wetpaint Entertainment's picks for the 10 biggest snubs and 5 most pleasant surprises from the Emmy 2012 nominations.


1. Parks & Recreation: Parks & Rec was the most consistently funny show on TV this year, and it's heartbreaking to see it snubbed. We're thrilled that Amy Poehler was nominated again, but that's not enough to soothe the sting. (Unless she wins. Get on that, Academy).

2. Community: Network TV's most creative comedy did manage to snag a writing nom for the epic multiple-universe episode "Remedial Chaos Theory," but we were hoping against hope that it would squeak into Best Comedy or an acting category.

3. Sons of Anarchy: The show is excellent. The acting is excellent (we'd especially love to see Charlie Hunnam or Katey Sagal in the Lead Actor/Actress category). The writing is excellent. We wish the Academy would acknowledge Sons somehow.

4. Like, half the cast of Game of Thrones: On one hand, we should be happy that a show filled with dragons, warlocks, and the walking dead managed to, once again, get not one but two major nominations (Best Drama, and Peter Dinklage for Best Supporting Actor). On the other hand, the Game of Thrones cast is absurdly talented, and we'd love to see some of the lesser known actors, like Alfie Allen, Maisie Williams, or Jack Gleeson, get the recognition they deserve.

5. John Noble, Fringe: OK, it's not like we expected this to happen, but that doesn't change the fact that John Noble consistently gives one of the best performances on TV, effortlessly transitioning between different versions of his character within Fringe's many alternate universes, flashbacks, and altered timelines.

6. Madeleine Stowe, Revenge: Madeleine Stowe earned a Golden Globe nod for her excellent work as ice-queen Victoria Grayson, but she — as well as Revenge as a whole — was entirely overlooked.

7. Robert Carlyle, Once Upon a Time: Robert Carlyle masterfully created two distinct and chilling villains in Rumplestiltskin and Mr. Gold, but Once Upon a Time was shut out of every major category. Apparently, upbeat network fairy tale shows just don't fly with the Academy. Sigh.

8. Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy: Sandra used to snap up noms left and right, but Grey's Anatomy has fallen out of the Academy's favor in recent years. Sandra's heart-wrenching performance during Cristina's divorce arc in Season 8 should have been enough to win her spot back, but apparently the Academy just isn't paying attention anymore.

9. Stana Katic, Castle. There was a time when a good network procedural like Castle could do well at the Emmys. Sadly for Stana Katic (Kate Beckett), those days are over.

10. Glee: Glee has quickly plummeted from awards show darling to complete no-show, earning just one nom, for Best Supporting Guest Actress (Dot-Marie Jones, who deserves it for rocking as Coach Beiste). We're especially disappointed to see Naya Rivera overlooked for her work during Santana's coming-out arc.

Other notable snubs: American Idol, Hugh Laurie (House), Louie, New Girl, Happy Endings, Morena Baccarin and Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Regina King (Southland), Justified … the list goes on, as it always does.


1. Max Greenfield, New Girl: The Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy category only has two spots for anyone not on Modern Family, so we were thrilled to see our new favorite douchebag with a heart of gold snag a nom. Sorry, Barney Stinson. You had a good run, but you've been replaced.

2. Downton Abbey sweeps: We expected Downton to get some love, but we didn't expect it to clean up like it did. The juicy imported period piece got Best Drama and six acting noms. Huzzah!

3. Connie Britton, American Horror Story: Connie was actually on our list of stars who deserve award show love but won't get any. We couldn't be happier to be wrong.

4. No Jeff Probst, Survivor: Yes, we suppose you can call this a snub, but to us it was mostly a pleasant surprise. We have nothing against Jeff, but he has won literally every single year since the Outstanding Host For Reality or Reality Competition Program category was added. Maybe this year Tom Bergeron or Cat Deeley can finally take home a much-deserved win.

5. Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang Theory has gotten more and more love over the years, so maybe we shouldn't have been as surprised as we were to see Mayim Bialik's name pop up. She was definitely the best thing about this season. Go Blossom!

What were you most disappointed about? Most thrilled by? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaMartin47.