Emmy Nominations 2012: TV Experts Weigh in With Their Snubs and Surprises

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We’re sure someone at the Academy is reading Thursday’s Emmy nominations articles and saying, “Well, You can’t please everyone.” And it’s true.

The beauty of television is that the art form is so easily accessed by billions of people and their idea of what’s good is just as varied. So when the Emmy nominations are announced, there are literally countless combinations of opinions dictating how people will judge that year’s race.

Celebuzz gave you our take on the awards earlier on Thursday. But now, we’ve looked to a few of our buddies in the industry for their opinion on the people and shows who are up for awards.

Here’s what the TV experts are saying about this year’s Emmy nominations.

What was your overall impression of this year's nominations? With so much to choose from, it's easy to get bummed about nominations you'd love to have seen that didn't work out. But, especially, in the drama category, all of the nominees are so deserving. Would I have loved to have seen a nomination for other shows that I love like Justified or Southland or Sons of Anarchy? Yes. But the six nominees had excellent seasons and deserve to be recognized. I had some quibbles with the comedy categories. An older show like 30 Rock that no longer is serving the quality it once did got recognized but Parks and Recreation, which had its best creative season was ignored. That seems like someone didn't do their homework. Overall, I'd say there weren't many shockers. It seems par for the course.

What was your biggest snub? RuPaul's Drag Race for reality competition series. It is a show that rewards creativity and courage and makes you laugh and cry. It is completely perfect and it should be taken more seriously. (And, yes, RuPaul deserved to be nominated for host. Come on, what other reality show host pulls off what he does in a single episode?)

Biggest surprise? That so many Downton Abbey actors were nominated really surprised me. I fully expected the show to be recognized (and it could even win) but I didn't think they'd fill up the acting categories the way they did.

What are you most looking forward to during the awards? I love all the dramas that were nominated, but I'd love for a new show to come in and take the trophy from Mad Men. It's time.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez, Senior Entertainment Reporter, The Daily Beast/Newsweek

What was your overall impression of this year's nominations? Woke up at 5:30 AM to find out that Parks and Recreation wasn't nominated for best comedy. I didn't recover.

What was your biggest snub? See answer to Question 1.

Biggest surprise? What happened to [Jeff] Probst?! Crazy. Seventeen nominations for American Horror Story? Excellent.

What are you most looking forward to during the awards? Jimmy Kimmel hosting. To keep things classy, he should start by yelling at the voters for the lack of Parks and Recreation nominations.

-- Denise Martin, Senior Editor, Vulture

What was your overall impression of this year's nominations? Not that shocked by the list. It's always felt like a cut-and-paste situation, where the Academy includes a teeny handful of new shows to the previous year's rundown, hoping to give the impression that they are paying attention. It's the awards equivalent of adding new throw pillows to a tired old couch.

What was your biggest snub? Well, the fact that John Noble will end Fringe's run without a single notice is proof that The Observers have already begun their invasion. The Academy is clearly afraid to acknowledge Sons of Anarchy. Happy Endings' Casey Wilson and Adam Pally each deserved spots over some of the more sentimental Supporting Comedy noms. The late Kathryn Joosten was great, but really? Comedy? And hello, voters... have you not heard about Nick Offerman?

Biggest surprise? The Voice's nomination in Reality Competition over Idol. Guess they didn't just lose J-Lo and [Steven] Tyler this season, huh?

What are you most looking forward to during the awards? Kurt Sutter's tweets and how Jimmy Kimmel will bust on Girls. Oh, and I can't wait to see if E! can extend their red carpet coverage to a full 72 hours of shoe-cams, [Ryan] Seacrest and ‘Back to you, Giuliana!’

-- Damian Holbrook, Senior Writer, TV Guide Magazine

What was your overall impression of this year's nominations? It was pretty normal.

What was your biggest snub? Where to begin? The majority of the snubs are on the comedy side, but it was such a strong year, so a ton of exclusions were expected. I was incredibly upset to see Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) missing from the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category. Truth be told, his character’s mustache is worthy of at least two trophies! But the real problem is the Academy’s unnecessary obsession with Modern Family. It’s overrated and the supporting male actors took up too many slots, leaving Nick on the sidelines, along with Adam Pally (Happy Endings).

Biggest surprise? Without a doubt, my favorite show of the year was Girls. I thought star/writer/producer Lena Dunham had a great shot at nabbing an acting nom (which she did), but I didn’t think the hilarious, racy and painfully realistic series would be celebrated by the Academy, who tends to honor safer fare.

What are you most looking forward to during the awards? The best part of any awards show is the red carpet. I can’t wait to see who wears what, and, more importantly, who delivers the biggest fashion faux pas. With regards to the actual ceremony, I’m pulling for Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), and I know if she emerges victorious in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category, she’ll deliver the speech of the night… and possibly the speech of the year.

-- Matt Whitfield, Features Editor, Yahoo! Entertainment

What was your take on this year’s awards? Did you agree with the TV experts? Tell us in the comments section below.

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  • Michelle

    GO STEVE!!!

  • Michelle

    Hope he wins too!! He filmed the miniseries in Romania, my country!! This thing makes me proud. GO KEVIN!

  • Michelle

    Hope she wins!!!!!!