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2002 Emmy Nominations

By Shawn McKenzie 07/18/2002

The Emmy nominations have been announced, and the theme this year is “Out with the old, in with the new…FINALLY!”  Since one of last year’s big winners, “The Sopranos,” wasn’t eligible this year (since there hasn’t been a new episode broadcast since March of 2001, and all nominees have to have original episodes between June of 2001 and May of 2002), that made room for lots of new faces…and oh, were there new faces!  The 54th Annual Emmy Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, September 22 on ABC.  Below is a list of the major categories, plus my reactions to some of the nominations (not all categories have my comments, but most do!)  Feel free to post your reactions to the nominees (or to my comments) on the Entertain Your Brain Message Board on the home page!


Comedy Series:


“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” HBO


“Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS


“Friends,” NBC


“Sex and the City,” HBO


“Will & Grace,” NBC


Sweet justice!!!  The actual funniest show on the air today (that isn’t animated or involve puppets…oh how I love puppets), “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” was nominated!  “Friends” was well deserved this year, but I would have liked to have seen “Everybody Loves Raymond’s” unofficial spin-off, “The King of Queens,” get the nomination instead of its predecessor. 


Biggest snub:  “The Gilmore Girls”


Drama Series:


“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS


“Law & Order,” NBC


“Six Feet Under,” HBO


“24,” FOX


“The West Wing,” NBC


“24” is my favorite choice, since it was the most gripping series on TV last year.  “The West Wing” and “Law & Order” did not deserve nominations this year.  I would have liked to see “Alias” or “The Shield” get nominated instead.


Biggest snub:  “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”




“Band of Brothers,” HBO


“Dinotopia,” ABC


“The Mists of Avalon,” TNT


“Shackleton,” A&E


With the lack of good miniseries this year, this list isn’t too bad.


Biggest snub:  “Firestarter: Rekindled”


Made-for-TV Movie:


“Dinner with Friends,” HBO


“The Gathering Storm,” HBO


“James Dean,” TNT


“The Laramie Project,” HBO


“Path to War,” HBO


Biggest snub:  “The Day Reagan Was Shot”


Lead Actor, Comedy Series:


Bernie Mac, “The Bernie Mac Show,” FOX


Ray Romano, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS


Kelsey Grammer , “Frasier,” NBC


Matt LeBlanc, “Friends,” NBC


Matthew Perry, “Friends,” NBC


Do the ballots just come with Kelsey Grammer’s name already on it and the voters just fill in the rest?  LeBlanc was well deserved and Mac was a surprise, but deserving, since he is the heart and soul of his groundbreaking and innovative show.


Biggest snub:  Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”


Lead Actor, Drama Series:


Michael Chiklis, “The Shield,” FX


Michael C. Hall, “Six Feet Under,” HBO


Peter Krause, “Six Feet Under,” HBO


Kiefer Sutherland, “24,” FOX


Martin Sheen, “The West Wing,” NBC


The Commish rules!  I almost woke the neighbors cheering when I heard that Chiklis was nominated.  The only undeserving one is Sheen for a weak season.


Biggest snub:  William Peterson, “CSI:  Crime Scene Investigation”


Lead Actor, Miniseries or a Movie:


Albert Finney, “The Gathering Storm,” HBO


James Franco, “James Dean,” TNT


Michael Gambon, “Path to War,” HBO


Kenneth Branagh, “Shackleton,” A&E


Beau Bridges, “We Were the Mulvaneys,” Lifetime


Biggest snub:  Richard Dreyfuss, “The Day Reagan Was Shot”


Lead Actress, Comedy Series:


Patricia Heaton, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS


Jennifer Aniston, “Friends,” NBC


Jane Kaczmarek, “Malcolm in the Middle,” FOX


Sarah Jessica Parker, “Sex and the City,” HBO


Debra Messing, “Will & Grace,” NBC


Aniston was the center of “Friends” this year, so I hope she wins.


Biggest snub:  Leah Remini, “The King of Queens”


Lead Actress, Drama Series:


Jennifer Garner, “Alias,” ABC


Amy Brenneman, “Judging Amy,” CBS


Rachel Griffiths, “Six Feet Under,” HBO


Frances Conroy, “Six Feet Under,” HBO


Allison Janney, “The West Wing,” NBC


It odd how “CSI” got the best drama nomination this year, but not Marg Helgenberger (who was nominated last year)?  I’m glad at least one butt-kicking female (Garner) got nominated, if not a certain enemy of the creatures of the night!


Biggest snub:  Sarah Michelle Gellar, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”


Lead Actress, Miniseries or a Movie:


Vanessa Redgrave , “The Gathering Storm,” HBO


Angela Bassett, “The Rosa Parks Story,” CBS


Blythe Danner, “We Were the Mulvaneys,” Lifetime


Laura Linney, “Wild Iris,” Showtime


Gena Rowlands, “Wild Iris,” Showtime


No snubs, and happy to see Bassett and Linney nominated.


Supporting Actor, Comedy Series:


Peter Boyle, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS


Brad Garrett, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS


David Hyde Pierce, “Frasier,” NBC


Bryan Cranston, “Malcolm in the Middle,” FOX


Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace,” NBC


Okay, he keeps getting nominated, but I’m sorry, Sean Hayes is so funny!  Sweet justice to finally see the funniest person on “Malcolm” get nominated, Mr. Cranston!


Biggest snub:  John C. McGinley, “Scrubs”


Supporting Actor, Drama Series:


Victor Garber, “Alias,” ABC


Freddy Rodriguez, “Six Feet Under,” HBO


Dulι Hill, “The West Wing,” NBC


John Spencer, “The West Wing,” NBC


Bradley Whitford, “The West Wing,” NBC


Richard Schiff, “The West Wing,” NBC


I’m sorry I keep harping on this, but this past season was not “The West Wing’s” best.  It’s good to see Dulι Hill finally get a nomination, but it would have been better deserved last year.


Biggest snub:  James Marsters, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”


Supporting Actor, Miniseries or a Movie:


Jim Broadbent, “The Gathering Storm,” HBO


Michael Moriarty, “James Dean,” TNT


Alec Baldwin, “Path to War,” HBO


Don Cheadle, “Things Behind the Sun,” Showtime


Jon Voight, “Uprising,” NBC


Supporting Actress, Comedy Series:


Doris Roberts, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS


Wendie Malick, “Just Shoot Me,” NBC


Cynthia Nixon, “Sex and the City,” HBO


Kim Cattrall, “Sex and the City,” HBO


Megan Mullally, “Will & Grace,” NBC


Wendie Malick???  “Just Shoot Me” is okay, but it’s not that funny!


Biggest snub:  Kelly Bishop, “The Gilmore Girls”


Supporting Actress, Drama Series:


Tyne Daly, “Judging Amy,” CBS


Lauren Ambrose, “Six Feet Under,” HBO


Mary-Louise Parker, “The West Wing,” NBC


Stockard Channing, “The West Wing,” NBC


Janel Moloney, “The West Wing,” NBC


Now, even if “The West Wing” were having a good season, how could anyone think that Parker did an Emmy-worthy job?  Does the woman ever blink?  Does she have any inflection in her voice?  No and no!  Since they messed up and squandered the talents of the actual best supporting actress, Emily Procter (as the Republican adviser Ainsley Hayes), they will have to put up with Parker that much longer.  “Wing’s” loss is “CSI: Miami’s” gain!  (You see, Procter went to the “CSI” spin-off and, well, she will be a huge star now…okay?)


Biggest snub:  Alyson Hannigan, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”


Supporting Actress, Miniseries or a Movie:


Sissy Spacek, “Last Call,” Showtime


Stockard Channing , “The Matthew Shepard Story,” NBC


Joan Allen, “The Mists of Avalon,” TNT


Anjelica Huston, “The Mists of Avalon,” TNT


Diana Rigg, “Victoria and Albert,” A&E


Guest Actor, Comedy Series:


Adam Arkin, “Frasier,” NBC


Anthony LaPaglia, “Frasier,” NBC


Brian Cox, “Frasier,” NBC


Brad Pitt, “Friends,” NBC


Michael Douglas, “Will & Grace,” NBC


Biggest snub:  Jason Alexander, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”


Guest Actor, Drama Series:


John Larroquette, “The Practice,” ABC


Charles S. Dutton, “The Practice,” ABC


Ron Silver, “The West Wing,” NBC


Tim Matheson, “The West Wing,” NBC


Mark Harmon, “The West Wing,” NBC


Biggest snub:  Dennis Hopper, “24”


Guest Actress, Comedy Series:


Katherine Helmond, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS


Susan Sarandon, “Malcolm in the Middle,” FOX


Cloris Leachman, “Malcolm in the Middle,” FOX


Frances Sternhagen, “Sex and the City,” HBO


Glenn Close, “Will & Grace,” NBC


Biggest snub:  Margaret Cho, “Sex and the City”


Guest Actress, Drama Series:


Mary McDonnell, “ER,” NBC


Martha Plimpton, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” NBC


Patricia Clarkson, “Six Feet Under,” HBO


Lili Taylor, “Six Feet Under,” HBO


Illeana Douglas, “Six Feet Under,” HBO


Biggest snub:  Kathleen Wilhoite, on either “24,” “ER,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Philly,” or “Third Watch” (Why doesn’t anyone ever offer this woman a series?)


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