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The Best, Worst and Most Head-Scratching 2012 Emmy Awards Nominations

On the eve of the Emmys this Sunday, let's revisit our thoughts on this year's batch of nominees.

sub-19emmy-modern-family-articleLarge.jpgMost "let's give someone else a chance on the swing set" nominee: Modern Family. For the second year in a row, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burell, Ed O'Neill and Eric Stonestreet take up four of the six slots for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Which, fine, ok, they're all super funny on that show. But if Jack McBrayer, who was nominated in 2009, doesn't win for Kenneth next year (which will be 30 Rock's final season), then we give up. We are, however, excited that Max Greenfield has been nominated for his excellent portrayal of the loveable/terrible Schmidt on The New Girl and that Bill Hader has been nominated for SNL.

GIF-stefon-23812068-500-282.gifPerson we most want to see accept an Emmy in character: Bill Hader as Stefon, the party monster. While completely unlikely, how awesome would it be if he showed up in character and doled out some hot after-party recommendations during his acceptance speech? 

Tom+Bergeron+Dancing+Stars+Season+14+Episode+R9fmHtOmQpal.jpgCategory that embarrasses us the most: Outstanding Host For a Reality or Reality-Competition Program.

Weirdest costume design snub: Janie Bryant, Mad Men. Though Bryant was nominated for seasons one and two, it's sort of strange, as the Hollywood Reporter points out, that Bryant was overlooked for season 5 -- arguably the show's strongest fashion season so far.

Category we most wish existed: Best Use of Product Placement. "Bugles, Mad Men," would be the obvious front-runner.

Show we're most glad is not on the air anymore to win awards in any comedy categories: Entourage. Jeremy Piven won best supporting actor four years in a row. Four years!

FX_louie113.jpgPerson we most hope wins for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Louis CK, Louie. We've said it before, but Louie is one of the best representations on TV of both parenting and life in New York City. You mostly feel sad and weird at the end of each episode, but it's so perfect you just want to scream and throw your TV out the window.
Screen shot 2012-07-19 at 4.30.56 PM.pngBest "comeback" nomination: Mayim Bialik, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series) as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory. Whoa!

Anna-the-ladies-maid-in-Downton-Abbey.jpgNominee we did a little dance in our heads for the most: Joanne Froggatt, who was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series on Downton Abbey. Mistah Banks!

jackie4.jpgHottest Broadway actor with great eyebrows to be nominated for an Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
 for his role on Nurse Jackie: Bobby Cannavale.

redeye-emmy-nominations-2012-tv-20120719-001.jpgMost head-scratching nominations sweep: American Horror Story, which has been roundly panned by critics. Then again, this show is so weird that its inclusion in the Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie category is kind of refreshing. (We're also excited that our enduring Woman Crush, Connie Britton, has been nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for her single-season role on AHS.)

betty-white-off-their-rockers_500_343.jpgMost AARP-Approved Nomination: "Outstanding Variety Special (Betty White's 90th Birthday, Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again, Tony Bennett: Duets II etc.)"

emmysGirls.jpgBest "Hahahaaa, a-holes!" nomination(s): Controversial, much-scrutinized HBO comedy Girls and its creator Lena Dunham get the last laugh with a bunch of nods. The show is nominated for Best Comedy Series and Dunham is nominated for three Emmys including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

Additional reporting: Whitney Spaner

This story was previously published on July 19th.

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