2012 Emmy Awards – Winners

by deerinthexenonarclights

So…here it goes, another year of award shows starts. Underlined names were my bet, Italic my personal choice and Bold the actual winners.  So let’s go. I will be updating as the awards are announced and commenting during the obnoxious American Ad Breaks. Jump in and throw some comments in about each category if you want.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Max Greenfield, “New Girl”

WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Chris McKenna, “Community”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Michael Schur, “Parks and Recreation”

Wow… I love Louie but really? That fart joke was the best written episode of comedy this year? Hmmm…

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives”

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis CK, “Louie”
Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”

Some funny schtick here that proves why Poehler needed to win, something that even Julia appears to agree with, though she is a fine choice regardless.

The Reality Section = Break Time For Me

I Like that Smash made it into the ‘Drama Review, like it was a real show.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad”
Brendan Coyle, “Downton Abbey”
Jared Harris, “Mad Men”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

Good on Paul for his phenomenal performance. He wasn’t my choice but a clear second in a really tight category and so he is still deserving. He won’t be there next year though, based on the material that he was given this season, so I guess it’s good that he won this time around.

WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abbey”
Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff, “Homeland”
Semi Chellas & Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men”
Andre Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton, “Mad Men”
Erin Levy & Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”

A big cheer for Anna Gunn, a lot of support for Hendricks from me and a win to…Smith?

DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Tim Van Patten, “Boardwalk Empire”
Vince Gilligan, “Breaking Bad”
Brian Percival, “Downton Abbey”
Michael Cuesta, “Homeland”
Phil Abraham, “Mad Men”

Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Wow! The first big upset of the night and a sure sign that Homeland is going to sweep the night. Walter White will not be happy but hell Lewis is charming, so who can complain?

Outstanding Actress In A Drama
“Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
“Glenn Close, “Damages”
“Claire Danes, “Homeland”
“Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
“Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
“Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Yeah, Homeland is winning everything from here on out.

Varietyis normally a second break for me, but Louis C.K. taking home best writing for the Beacon show is well deserved if a little weird given the breadth of the category. Short and sweet speech too.

They need to let the comedic contestants do more bits, they’re off the cuff remarks make the ceremony worth watching. Gervais, Poehler and Stewart are funny.

“Mini-series are short series and movies are shorter series and we have mixed them together into this category” – Kimmel trying to explain just how this thing works now that they have perverted it.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
Mare Winningham, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Judy Davis, “Page Eight”

No surprise.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Denis O’Hare, “American Horror Story”
Ed Harris, “Game Change”
Tom Berenger, “Hatfields & McCoys”
David Strathairn, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”

The one slight surprise.

Lead Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Connie Britton, “American Horror Story”
Ashley Judd, “Missing”
Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Emma Thompson, “The Song of Lunch”

Lead Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Woody Harrelson, ” Game Change”
Clive Owen, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”
Bill Paxton, “Hatfields & McCoys”

The mini-series category was a bit of a joke in the lead-up to the ceremony, what with the inclusion of multiple cancelled and simply short recurring shows, but in the end the Academy went with the safe and classy choices, hedging their bets on movie stars and somewhat redeeming themselves.

Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie
“American Horror Story”
“Game Change”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“Hemingway and Gellhorn”
“Luther”
“Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”

This though was something of a surprise, Hatfields seemed such a safe bet thanks to its success that I hadn’t even considered the award bait potential of the political drama. Good on it though, it was at least as good as Hatfields.

Now for the big one… coming second last?

Outstanding Drama
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“Mad Men”

Wow, it officially is the year of Homeland. A great show no doubt, but better than both Breaking Bad and Mad Men overall as well as with its acting and writing? Wow indeed.

Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“30 Rock”
“Veep”

So all in all it was a semi-unexpected ceremony, with some new shows doing far better than expected, some old favorites finally falling by the wayside and the comedy field not changing at all. The only upsets when the second safest bet took out the first, nothing really all that surprising happened.


Personally I only picked as many as I missed, but nearly all of the awards went to someone other than who I would have voted for; but I guess that nearly everybody could say that. It’s an interestingly arbitrary way to spend a night, not a foolproof system of finding the best. I think Damien Lewis said it best: “I don’t really believe in judging art, but I thought I better show up tonight just in case.”

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