What a great day for The Office. The recognition it’s been receiving over the last year is a bit overdue, but fans will take it. The Office, being the best show on television, should receive a massive amount of high-profile nominations, and it has. After taking home the Best Comedy statue last year, The Office will be the favorite to win it again this year. The increased recognition for the show has also garnered more acting nods than it’s ever received, a couple of which should make fans squeal with joy.
Let’s take a look at all of The Office’s 2007 Emmy Nominations:
Best Comedy Series
Best Lead Actor in a Comedy – Steve Carell
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy – Rainn Wilson
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy – Jenna Fischer
Best Writing for a Comedy Series – Greg Daniels (“Gay Witch Hunt”), Michael Schur (“The Negotiation”)
Best Directing for a Comedy Series – Ken Kwapis (“Gay Witch Hunt”)
Steve Carell was a shoe-in, but no one was sure whether the show would receive any additional acting nominations. When I checked the nominations this morning, I could not have been happier. Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute) is so unthinkably good on The Office that it would’ve been ridiculous had he not received a nomination. Will he win? Maybe, but he’s in the most stacked category of the night. He’s up against the comedic juggernauts of Jeremy Piven, Kevin Dillon, and Neil Patrick Harris. Maybe it’s the year of The Office, though, so I wouldn’t count Rainn out.
Then there’s Jenna Fischer. Jenna plays, possibly, the most subtle role on television in Pam, and her performance has always been criminally underrated, which is why her nomination pleases me so much. She might win, too; it’s not a terribly competitive category. The directing and writing nominations were to be expected, and I hope that Greg Daniels gets the statue for penning “Gay Witch Hunt”.
It’s hard to argue with the nominations given, but I still believe that John Krasinski should have received a Best Supporting Actor nomination (preferably taking Jon Crier’s place). Jim took a long and winding journey this past season, and Krasinski navigated it flawlessly. Other than that, I kind of wish that David Koechner would get a Guest Actor nod for his work as Todd Packer (he destroys me every episode he appears in, even if he’s just on the phone), but that’s wishful thinking.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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