Meet The 2011 Emmy Nominees

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Mad Men stars Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks.
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Let’s talk television. Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy and Fringe star Joshua Jackson (who will forever be Pacey from Dawson’s Creek to us) announced the 2011 Emmy Award nominees early this morning. There aren’t too many surprises on the list: HBO continued its domination of nominations with a whopping 104 nods. The second-place nominee is CBS, which doesn’t even come close to the premium cable channel with a paltry 50 nominations.

The usual suspects also reigned supreme in the marquee categories—for those of you not as TV-obsessed, these categories include the Outstanding Drama and Comedy Series awards in addition to the acting nominations for drama and comedy series. Continuing their reigns, Mad Men and Glee racked up the most accolades.

In the drama category, Mad Men stars Jon Hamm (swoon), Christina Hendricks and Elisabeth Moss are nominated for Lead Actor, Supporting Actress and Lead Actress, respectively. As much as I love Don and Peggy; however, I’ll be rooting for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, the amazing stars of Friday Night Lights come Emmy night. The critically lauded drama finally earned a nom for Best Drama Series in its final year. If the Emmy voters know what’s good for them, FNL will win.

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Glee actually lost a few nominations from last year: Lea Michele isn’t nominated for Lead Actress, nor is Matthew Morrison up for Lead Actor. Jane Lynch, who is also hosting the Emmys, is once again nominated for Supporting Actress, and Chris Colfer, who won a Golden Globe this year for his performance as Kurt Hummel, is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Glee is also nominated for Outstanding Costume Design for the “New York” episode (remember Rachel’s Mary Tyler Moore coat?) and Outstanding Makeup for the post-Superbowl “Thriller” episode.

Other surprises? Chris Colfer will compete against every adult male on Modern Family in The Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category. That’s four Modern Family nominees, Chris Colfer and, rounding out the group, Jon Cryer from the much-publicized Two and a Half Men (Charlie Sheen isn’t nominated). While I love Modern Family and think all the actors do a fantastic job, I wanted to see Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation in that category.

On the female front, Kristen Wiig snuck her way into the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy category, which is remarkable for a performer on a variety show. Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen from Modern Family are also in that group, along with Betty White from Hot in Cleveland. Martha Plimpton was recognized for her hilarious performance in Raising Hope with a Lead Actress nod. Kate Winslet is nominated for her role in the HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce.

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Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Andy Samberg in “3-Way.”
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My favorite category? The Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. There are six nominees, and Justin Timberlake has three out of the six nominations. Timberlake is nominated with Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer for their hilarious songs on Saturday Night Live, which include “3-Way (The Golden Rule)” and Timberlake’s monologue song from the season finale. The group already has an Emmy for “Dick in a Box,” so the academy will probably smile on the Lady Gaga-starring “3-Way,” or the hilarious “I Just Had Sex,” which co-starred Jessica Alba and Blake Lively.

What do you think of the 2011 Emmy Nominations? Who do you want to win? Share your opinions in the comments!

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