Surprises and Snubs: The 2011 Emmy Awards Nominations

Here are the expected, the snubbed, and the surprise nominations for the Emmy Awards!

Surprises and Snubs: The 2011 Emmy Awards Nominations

Here are the expected, the snubbed, and the surprise nominations for the Emmy Awards!

-Evette Brown

Melissa McCarthy

Finally, the season we have all been waiting for is about to arrive. No, not summer, fall, or holiday, but our beloved awards season! Now, we can anticipate red carpet arrivals, the opening of winner’s envelopes and of course, the hilarious hosts (cough…Oprah…cough).

With the announcement of the Emmy Awards nominations on Thursday afternoon, we have much to look forward to. Soon, we will be swept away into awards fever with some of our favorite television shows. From Dexter to Glee, Modern Family to Conan, the best of the best in television will compete for a coveted Emmy on September 18th.  Even Justin Timberlake has been invited to the party with his nomination for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy for his frequent hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.

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But, a few of our fave thespians might be missing on the red carpet this September, including Anna Paquin, her vampire-licious real-life husband, Stephan Moyer, and one of our favorite Friends, Courteney Cox.  Here are the expected, the snubbed, and the surprise nominations for the 63rd (wow) Emmy Awards:


You might have been living under a huge cliff in the valley of the Grand Canyon if you’ve never heard of, watched, or fell in love with FOX’s Glee. To the surprise of…well…nobody, the musical favorite is one of the leaders of the Emmy pack with six nominations (three of which are in the same Best Guess Actress in a Comedy Series category).

Modern Family
ABC’s Modern Family already has six Emmys, a Peabody, and Television Critics Award. If all goes well in September, the hilarious favorite might add another three to its’ impressive awards resume.  Leading the nominations with an astounding 18 (cue in gasp), several of which are in the same categories, the Best Comedy nominee is sure to carry home an award or two.  Oh, and be prepared to wipe a tear or two if Ed O’Neill wins Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Jay Pritchett. If you recall, the Emmys snubbed him every year in his role as Al Bundy on Married with Children.

Mad Men
Fan favorite, Mad Men, is apparently loved by the Emmys as well, since the AMC network original garnered 19 nominations! The fabulously stylish drama that is set in 1960’s New York is nominated for Best Drama and several other categories including Best Actress in a Drama for Elisabeth Moss’ role as naïve Peggy Olson, and Best Actor in a Drama for Jon Hamm’s role as notorious advertising exec, Don Draper.

Let’s hope Moss channels 1960’s New York glam on the red carpet.


Hot in Cleveland
This TV Land original is truly a classic. Hot in Cleveland has put our favorite golden girl, Betty White, back on the Emmy radar with a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her role as Elka Ostrosky. We realize what a jewel Hot in Cleveland is, but now the Emmys do as well.

Men of a Certain Age
Seeing this TNT drama that depicts the real trials of middle-aged men pop up on the nomination list is a real treat. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Andre Braugher’s role as Owen, Men of a Certain Age is officially certified as one of the best dramas on television. As if we didn’t already know.

Another shocking nomination on the Emmy Awards list is the Showtime original, Shameless. We watched in awe at the dysfunction of the fictional Gallaghers this season. With six children and an alcoholic father, this show is definitely Emmy-worthy. Up for the Best Guest Actress category for Joan Cusack’s role as Sheila Jackson, Shameless is sure to be in the running for years to come.


The United States of Tara
We should all be surprised that Tara, Buck, Bryson, T, and the other personalities on the United States of Tara are not making an appearance on the Emmy Awards list. The Showtime original series chronicles the life of the Gregsons, a typical suburban family with 2.5 kids, a white picket fence, and a mother who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder. I was so looking forward to seeing which personality arrived on the red carpet.

True Blood
Bon Temps, Louisiana, might have vampires, werewolves, fairies, and witches, but it won’t have the Best Drama Emmy this time. “Trubies” everywhere are disappointed with the exclusion of HBO’s True Blood in the biggest categories on the nomination list. A consolation prize? Alfre Woodard is nominated for Best Guest Actress in a Drama series for her role as LaFayette’s crazy mother, Ruby Jean Reynolds. We were looking forward to possible PDA from co-stars and real life hubby and wife, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. I guess we’ll have to be satisfied with their on-screen love scenes. Oh wait, they’re broken up again. DARN!

Cougar Town
It might be the biggest and most obnoxious snub of them all! ABC’s Cougar Town is absent from the Emmy nomination list. Our favorite Friend Courteney Cox is estranged from her husband, David Arquette, and now this? The Cul de Sac crew will have to avoid the red carpet this year, but let’s hope the Emmys wakes up and gives this fabulous show it’s deserved nominations next year.

Tell us: what were you most surprised by with this year’s Emmy nominations?

Evette Brown is a regular contributor to BettyConfidential.

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