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Snap Judgment: Emmy Odds and Ends

I've already told you my thoughts on the comedy and drama nominations for the Emmys, but I'm not done quite yet. Today, I have a look at some of the more offbeat nominees and stranger categories (and there sure are plenty) for the awards:


  • So the Extras Extra Special Series Finale got submitted as a TV movie, and it came out with six nominations. My favorite: Ashley Jensen for supporting actress in the miniseries/movie category. Her work is always hilarious, but she also got some of the more touching moments in the finale.
  • The lead actress category for miniseries/movies has some serious acting powerhouses. Check out this list of talent: Catherine Keener, Susan Sarandon, Judi Dench, Laura Linney, Phylicia Rashad. Pretty impressive company.
  • I love plumbing the more obscure Emmy categories for shows that can now refer to themselves as "Emmy-nominated." Like, for example, "The Emmy nominated Pirate Master!" Or, perhaps, "The Emmy-nominated According to Jim!"
  • Chuck may have only gotten two Emmy nominations, but they're both totally appropriate: one for Outstanding Stunt Coordination, and the other for Outstanding Main Title Design.

For my thoughts on the hilarious Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category and a few others, just read more.


  • There's truly something beautiful about a category in which two Flight of the Conchords songs ("The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)" and "Inner City Pressure" — my favorite!) will go head to head with "I'm F**king Matt Damon." (Apparently the Ben Affleck version didn't make the cut.) Also in that cateogory: a song from the Disney Channel show Phineas and Ferb. Heh.
  • Speaking of those "I'm F**king" videos, they got a total of three Emmy nominations. I can't wait to hear what the announcer will say if one of them wins something.
  • Reality hosts got their own category this time for the first year ever, and it's mostly the usual suspects (Seacrest, Bergeron, Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst). Was anyone surprising left out?
  • I guess The Amazing Race will probably win the reality competition category (again), but I just have to cheer the nominations for Project Runway and Top Chef.
  • Impressive list of nominations for This American Life in its second year, including Outstanding Nonfiction Series. The show pulled in five nominations overall.
  • John Adams fans, do you think the miniseries deserved its 22 nominations? All I know is, it's a good thing there were a bunch of actors playing dead presidents this year, cause it sure made things easy for the folks picking the nominees for best supporting actor in the miniseries/movie division.

Did any quirky or unexpected nominations really stand out to you?

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