Snubbed: My Alternative Ballot of Emmy Non-Nominees
Snubbed: My Alternative Ballot of Emmy Non-Nominees
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
This year, despite some glaring oversights, the Emmy Awards got a lot of stuff right. They welcomed plenty of new shows like Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and The Big C while also including returning favorites ignored in previous years like Friday Night Lights, Justified and Parks and Recreation.

Not all titles featured on BuddyTV are available through Amazon Prime.


Even so, there are always a ton of worthy actors and shows that don't get nominations. Instead of pointing out individuals who were snubbed, I decided to create an entire Emmy ballot with six nominees in every category that weren't actually nominated for the real awards.

Check Out the Actual 2011 Emmy Nominees>>

Here is my list of the biggest snubs.

DRAMA SERIES
In Treatment
Justified
The Killing
Shameless
Terriers
Treme


-The actual Emmys only nominated one drama from a major network, but cable dramas are so superior that I could easily come up with six more that deserved a nomination. The biggest snub here has to be Justified, the FX drama that earned four acting nominations, but which was shut out from the main race.

DRAMA LEAD ACTOR
Charlie Hunnam, Sons of Anarchy
Donal Logue, Terriers
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Nathan Fillion, Castle
Sean Bean, Game of Thrones
William H. Macy, Shameless

-My biggest snub here is Macy, who was a tour-de-force as a drunk patriarch of a group of latchkey kids. He's an Emmy favorite, and his performance was great, so I'm not sure why voters ignored him.

DRAMA LEAD ACTRESS
Anna Torv, Fringe
Emmy Rossum, Shameless
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Big Love
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Melissa Leo, Treme

-Objectively speaking, the biggest snub is Sedgwick, who won last year, but Rossum delivered a stunning performance, and her absence is more proof that Emmy voters discriminate against younger stars.

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
Brent Sexton, The Killing
Dane DeHaan, In Treatment
Joel Kinnaman, The Killing
John Noble, Fringe
Mark Addy, Game of Thrones
Michael Shannon, Boardwalk Empire

-All of these men are worthy, but for me, DeHaan was a revelation as a troubled psychiatrist's patient. If you see just one episode of his work, you'll understand why he deserved a nomination.

DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Ryan, In Treatment
Debra Winger, In Treatment
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Khandi Alexander, Treme
Lisa Edelstein, House
Sara Ramirez, Grey's Anatomy

-On Treme, Alexander gave as powerful a performance as anyone else this year as a New Orleans bartender who has to cope with being brutally attacked and raped.


COMEDY SERIES
The Big C
Community
Cougar Town
Hot in Cleveland
Louie
Raising Hope


-Community is the most inventive show on TV and should easily have gotten in over the aging and subpar Office. And while some people may criticize me for mentioning Hot in Cleveland, it's actually one of the funniest shows on TV.

COMEDY LEAD ACTOR
Danny McBride, Eastbound and Down
James Roday, Psych
Joel McHale, Community
Lucas Neff, Raising Hope
Rob Lowe, Parks and Recreation
Zachary Levi, Chuck

-Louis C.K. got nominated, so obviously voters are willing to pick critical darlings with low viewership, so I'm not sure why McHale and McBride were left out.

COMEDY LEAD ACTRESS
Courteney Cox, Cougar Town
Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory
Lea Michele, Glee
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Patricia Heaton, The Middle
Toni Collette, United States of Tara

-If both leading men of The Big Bang Theory could get in, why not the very funny Cuoco?

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
Aziz Ansari, Parks and Recreation
Danny Pudi, Community
Garret Dillahunt, Raising Hope
Jason Segel, How I Met Your Mother
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation

-It's hard to argue against any of the four Modern Family men getting a nomination, but Offerman's show-stealing role should've landed him one of the other two spots.

COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Alison Brie, Community
Busy Philipps, Cougar Town
Casey Wilson, Happy Endings
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Melissa Rauch, The Big Bang Theory
Wendie Malick, Hot in Cleveland

-Betty White may have a long and beloved career, but Malick steals the show for me every week and is the most obviously funny and worthy actress from her show.


Which non-nominees do you think deserved to get some Emmy love?


(Image courtesy of NBC)

News from our partners