The 2011 Emmy Nominations

They’re here! They’re here! The 2011 Emmy nominations are here!

Every year, we make a lot of fun of the Emmys because few industries are less in need of award ceremonies and self-congratulation than the television industry. These people make morally insidious amounts of money for creating what is often some of the most intellectually vacuous cultural content in the history of human experience, and all for the sake of selling more Gillette Mach 3 razors*. That being said, TV is actually really great these days, and has been for a few years. Let’s put it this way: some of the best shows in the history of the medium have been in the past decade and are already off the air! The Sopranos! The Wire! Arrested Development! Other examples! Eventually, with this kind of quality becoming the norm, even a group of over-paid, over-proud Ego Animaniacs like those who run the television industry are bound to come up with a semi-interesting awards season, and THIS COULD BE THAT SEASON!

There are some legendary match-ups this year. Excuse me, but Kyle Chandler vs. Jon Hamm vs. Timothy Olyphant? What is the category? BEST WHO SHOULD BE GABE’S DAD?! Amy Poehler vs. Tina Fey? Steve Carrell vs. Alec Baldwin vs. Louis C.K.? John Slattery vs. Walter Goggins vs. Peter Dinklage? It is so hard to know who to even root for! Obviously, it is Friday Night Lights’s year to just SAH-WEEP. But you kind of want to throw a couple gold-plated bones (Emmys) to the newcomer, Game of Thrones, so that networks will take even more bold, almost offensively expensive chances in the future. And a special congratulations to Maggie Smith on her nomination for Downton Abbey, because Downton Abbey is the best. OUTSTANDING DOWAGER COUNTESS!

Not bad, Emmys. A rare non-miss. The full list of nominees after the jump:

Best Series, Drama
Boardwalk Empire
Friday Night Lights
Game Of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men

Best Series, Comedy
Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
The Office
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock

Best Actor, Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Best Actress, Drama
Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: SVU
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law

Best Actor, Comedy
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Steve Carell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, Big Bang Theory
Louis C.K., Louie
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Best Actress, Comedy
Laura Linney, The Big C
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Melissa McCarthy, Mike and Molly
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Best Supporting Actor, Drama Series
John Slattery, Mad Men
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age
Walton Goggins, Justified
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Best Supporting Actress, Drama Series
Kelly MacDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Margo Martindale, Justified
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Chris Colfer, Glee
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
Jane Lynch, Glee
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Lead Actress, Miniseries Or Movie
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Elizabeth McGovern, Grantham
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Taraji P. Henson, Take It From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story

Lead Actor, Miniseries Or Movie
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
Barry Pepper, The Kennedys
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos
William Hurt, Too Big to Fail
Idris Elba, Luther
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood

Supporting Actor, Miniseries Or Movie
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Brian F. O’Byrne, Mildred Pierce
Tom Wilkinson, The Kennedys
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
James Woods, Too Big to Fail

Supporting Actress, Miniseries Or Movie
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce
Melissa Leo, Mildred Pierce
Mare Winningham, Mildred Pierce
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Eileen Atkins, Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Saturday Night Live
Real Time With Bill Maher
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Outstanding Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow
Deadliest Catch
Myth Busters
Undercover Boss
Kathy Griffen: My Life on the D List

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
So You Think You Can Dance
The Amazing Race
Project Runway
American Idol
Dancing With the Stars
Top Chef

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Jeff Probst, Survivor
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Tom Bergeron , Dancing With the Stars
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

*It may or may not be worth pointing out that Videogum’s business model is also advertising based, and so we, too, exist only to sell more Gillette Mach 3 razors. SUCH IS THE WORLD WE LIVE IN. Oh, and while we are at it, let’s all just be honest and admit that we would be more than happy to make “morally insidious” amounts of TV money if given the opportunity, but that if given said opportunity we would understand and respect that part of that arrangement means you will get gently teased on a pop culture blog once or twice a year when you are getting your Ralph Lauren Purple Label tuxedo champagne-steamed for the big events.