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20 Notable Things From The Always Unpredictable Emmy Award Nominations

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire July 19, 2012 at 11:38AM

The 64th Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and per usual it was a mixed bag of the highly expected, the unfortunately snubbed and the bizarre surprises. Here's a rundown of 20 noteworthy things from the nominations, in case you don't feel like sifting through a good hundred categories here.
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11. The Tony Award showstopper "It's Not Just For Gays Anymore" got a music nom. The remarkably catchy number from Neil Patrick Harris' opening monologue at the Tony Awards got a deserved nod in the music category. If Harris gets to re-perform it at the Emmys somehow, it will probably be that award show's highlight as well:


12. "Blossom," Emmy nominee! Yep, Mayim Bialik was nominated for supporting actress for "The Big Bang Theory," adding to a CV that already includes "PhD in neuroscience."

13. Margaret Cho got a guest actress nomination for playing Kim Jong-il on "30 Rock." Best announcement of the morning.

14. Sorry, "Glee." Shut out of acting, directing, writing and series categories, the Emmys' semi-love affair with "Glee" is over (just like most of America).

15. Martin Scorsese versus... the team behind the "Project Runway" finale? In the "Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming" category, Martin Scorsese managed a nomination for his work on the doc "George Harrison: Living in the Material World." His competition? The team behind the "Project Runway" finale and the directors of an "Amazing Race" episode entitled "Let Them Drink Their Haterade."

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16. The finale of "Breaking Bad" didn't get a writing nomination.  Despite being heralded by many as the very best episode on television last season, "Face Off" -- the harrowing fourth season finale of "Breaking Bad" -- did not receive a nomination in the writing category (though did get a directing nomination). Three episodes of "Mad Men" managed to make the cut instead.

17. Dan Savage and the team behind "It Gets Better" got a nomination. In the "Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality of Reality-Competition Program" category (whatever that means), Dan Savage and the team behind anti-gay bullying series "It Gets Better" managed a well-earned nomination.

18. Kathy Bates got nominated for playing Charlie Sheen. While Kathy Bates got a nomination in the drama actress category for her now-cancelled series "Harry's Law," she doubled-up thanks to her guest spot playing the ghost of Charlie Sheen's ex-"Two and a Half Men" character Charlie Harper.

19. Kristin Wiig got nominated for voicing a Looney Toon. Another double nominee was Kristin Wiig, who got a voice-over nom for her work as "Lola" on "The Looney Toons Show" (who knew?). She's up against Brenda Strong's "Desperate Housewives" voiceover as Mary-Alice Young, and Hank Azaria, who continues to voice Moe Szyslak, Duffman, Mexican Duffman, Carl, Comic Book Guy and Chief Wiggum on "The Simpsons."

20. A whole lot of Oscar nominees just got Emmy nominations. What do Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Emma Thompson, Clive Owen, Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Judy Davis, Mare Winningham, Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, David Strathairn, Uma Thurman, Joan Cusack, Maggie Smith, Kathy Bates, Greg Kinnear, Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin and Don Cheadle have in common? They are all Oscar nominees that got Emmy nominations this morning, further suggesting that so many of the great acting roles are no longer on the big screen.

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