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On Sunday night, the world of television will gather to honor the year’s best and brightest. Or will they? While plenty of talented nominees got tapped, a few superlative people were left off the list. Below, a half dozen of those that Emmy snubbed this year:
6. Kelly McDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Boardwalk enjoys a lot of hype, but it remains a creatively compromised show. However, Season 2 tightened up considerably, as McDonald’s Margaret became more of a focal point. Whether she was facing Steve Buscemi’s tough Nucky or worrying over her polio-afflicted child, McDonald was on fire. How then, could she have been so wrongly overlooked?
5. Simon Helberg, The Big Bang Theory
Every year, Bang gives its lovely nerdy foursome room to grow, and nowhere has that been more evident than with Helberg’s cad-like Howard. As his character prepared to get hitched, Helberg outdid himself with work that was both humorous and genuinely moving. Too bad Emmy forgot to notice.
4. Happy Endings
This show might just be the best to fill out the post-Friends template: a knowingly irreverent ensemble sitcom that isn’t afraid to steamroll past its own jokes. While Adam Pally and Casey Wilson get the lion’s share of attention, there isn’t a weak member of the cast.
3. Hugh Laurie, House
By now, everyone knows how good Laurie is, even if House, which just completed its run, became a parody of its initial self. So good, in fact, it’s easy to take the inveterate actor for granted. And that’s just what the Emmys did this season, leaving the never-honored actor off the roster.
2. Jessica Paré, Mad Men
Many MM fans struggled with Megan Draper’s emergence as the fifth season’s central character. But love her or hate her, Paré delivered a pitch-perfect performance as a (then) modern woman who knows her worth and isn’t afraid to remind the men around her. And oh yeah – that "Zou Bisou Bisou” scene wasn’t too bad either.
1. Laura DernDeath of a Salesman
Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh. Despite winning a Golden Globe, the Emmys failed to nominate Dern for her awesome tightrope walk as a whistleblower struggling to pull her life together – and this in a category that included seven nominees! Not to worry, Laura – you remain a shining light in my book.