Last weekend I had a dream where I was sitting in front of my TV set watching the Emmy nominations press conference, and was shocked/elated when Ugly Betty’s Becki Newton received a nod for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. In my dream, I remember thinking to myself how this was impossible, seeing how earlier in the month, Gold Derby leaked the list of the top 10 semifinalists in the category (and the nine other major races), and Newton’s name was inexplicably missing.
This dream tells me a few things: I’m unhealthily obsessed with the Emmys; my dream-life has an impressive degree of factual accuracy; and, yes, you can always count on a whopping number of boneheaded omissions in the major categories. This year, however, seems even worse than usual. Maybe it’s because PopWatch favorites like The Wire, Battlestar Galactica, and Friday Night Lights all cracked one or more of the lists of semifinalists, and yet none scored a single major nomination. I spent all morning sending out positive Emmy energy into the universe, hoping it might result in a nod for Battlestar’s glorious Mary McDonnell (apparently only former A-list movie stars and Mariska Hargitay need apply for Best Actress in a Drama), Medium’s unheralded Jake Weber, or 30 Rock’s Tracy Morgan, but nope… all of ‘em got the hose. At least I can take consolation in the fact that Zelko Ivanek and Michael Emerson made the cut for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama.(And of course, Wilhelmina Slaaaytaaaah!)
After the jump, check out the full list of major nominees, and then vent your snub rage/nomination elation (and those names you can’t believe you’re seeing yet again… like comedy actors whose names begin with “Sh”) in the comments section below. (And do check back at EW.com later this morning for Emmy reactions from our TV critics Gillian Flynn and Ken Tucker, plus click here to get Michael Ausiello’s snappy judgment on the nominations.)
Best Drama: Boston Legal; Damages; Dexter; House; Lost; Mad Men.
Best Actor in a Drama: Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Hugh Laurie, House; James Spader, Boston Legal.
Best Actress in a Drama: Glenn Close, Damages; Sally Field, Brothers and Sisters; Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: SVU; Holly Hunter, Saving Grace; Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer.
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama: Ted Danson, Damages; Michael Emerson, Lost; Zeljko Ivanek, Damages; William Shatner, Boston Legal; John Slattery, Mad Men.
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama: Candice Bergen, Boston Legal; Rachel Griffiths, Brothers and Sisters; Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy; Dianne Wiest, In Treatment; Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy.
Best Comedy: Curb Your Enthusiasm; Entourage; The Office; 30 Rock; Two and a Half Men.
Best Actor in a Comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Steve Carell, The Office; Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies; Tony Shalhoub, Monk; Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men.
Best Actress in a Comedy: Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?;America Ferrera, Ugly Betty; Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, New Adventures of Old Christine; Mary Louise Parker, Weeds.
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men; Kevin Dillon, Entourage; Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother; Jeremy Piven, Entourage; Rainn Wilson, The Office.
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies; Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live; Jean Smart, Samantha Who?; Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men; Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty.