2007 Emmy Nominations
The inconclusive ending of the series finale of HBO's legendary mob drama "The Sopranos" that made at least one high-profile Hollywood exec throw a hysterical fit and shout like a madman at the dark screen at the private viewing party at his mansion, did not hurt the show's chances of getting multiple Emmy nominations. Check out the freshly announced nominations after the jump.
"The Sopranos" was nominated for Best Drama Series and its stars James Gandolfini and Edie Falco both received nominations in the Best Actor/Actress categories. The other best-drama series were "Grey's Anatomy," "Boston Legal," "House" and rookie genre smash "Heroes." I am personally so disappointed that "Friday Night Lights" did not get any major nominations, that I could not care less which one of these shows win.
On the comedy front, "Entourage," "The Office," "30 Rock," "Two And A Half Men" got the top nominations as did "Ugly Betty." Although there is an obvious lack of not only high quality comedy, but comedy in general on US prime-time TV, I really don't see why "Two and a Half Men" always needs to get a nomination. Both "The Office" and "30 Rock" have had a lot of critical praise, but if you know me you know my vote goes to my darling "Betty."
Joining Gandolfini in the Best Drama Actor category are Hugh Laurie of "House," Denis Leary of "Rescue Me," James Spader of "Boston Legal" and last year's winner Kiefer Sutherland of "24." Once again, it is great travesty Kyle Chandler of "Friday Night Lights" is not among the nominees (especially given the hideous year "24" has had), so you will have to excuse me if I yawn over these.
Ditto for Best Drama Actress. No Connie Britton, no Televisionista interest. I will of course secretly root for Sally Field of "Brothers & Sisters" just because I want Nora Walker to be my second mom. Patricia Arquette of "Medium," Minnie Driver of "The Riches," Kyra Sedgwick of "The Closer" and last year's winner, Mariska Hargitay of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" join her.
Ricky Gervais of "Extras," Tony Shalhoub of "Monk," Steve Carell of "The Office," Alec Baldwin of "30 Rock" and Charlie Sheen of "Two and a Half Men" got the Best Comedy Actor nods. Although I should acknowledge the brilliance of NBC's "Office" I do hope Alec Baldwin gets the award. I fell in love with his crass network president as early as in the pilot episode.
Felicity Huffman is the "Desperate Housewife" who got top actress nomination in the comedy category (we did not see much of Marcia Cross this year, so I guess I can swallow that) with America Ferrera of "Ugly Betty," Julia Louis-Dreyfus of "Old Christine," Tina Fey of "30 Rock" and Mary-Louise Parker joining her. Surprisingly, I'll be keeping my fingers cross for Ms. Parker of the brilliant "Weeds."
Some of the other highlights: Neil Patrick Harris as playboy Barney on "How I Met Your Mother" (Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series), Michael Emerson as villain Ben on "LOST" (Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series), Vanessa Williams as vixen Wilhelmina Slater on "Ugly Betty" (Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series) and Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Whedon on "Brothers & Sisters" (Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series).
Last, but most definitely not least, made-for-TV movie "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" led all nominees with as many as 17 bids.
Here are the top nominations once again:
Outstanding Comedy Series
Two And A Half Men
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Ricky Gervais as Andy Millman
Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk
Steve Carell as Michael Scott
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy
Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
James Spader as Alan Shore
Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House
Denis Leary as Tommy Gavin
James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano
Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Robert Duvall as Prentice “Print” Ritter in Broken Trail
Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone in Jesse Stone: Sea Change
Jim Broadbent as Lord Longford in Longford
William H. Macy as Clyde Umney & Sam Landry in Nightmares & Dreamscapes
Matthew Perry as Ron Clark in The Ron Clark Story
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Christine Campbell
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon
America Ferrera as Betty Suarez
Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Sally Field as Nora Walker
Kyra Sedgwick as Dep. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson
Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson
Patricia Arquette as Allison Dubois
Minnie Driver as Dahlia Malloy
Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano
For a full listing of all nominations please follow this link to The Futon Critic.
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