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August 17, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

What the Emmys got right and wrong

The 2005 Emmy nominations are both sadly predictable (15 for tired old Will & Grace) and occasionally spot-on (hurrah for the solid streak of nods for Arrested Development). Here’s what they got right and wrong:

Desperate Housewives should be content?mostly The rookie hit landed 15 nominations: By fudging a bit and submitting it in the comedy category, ABC was able to take advantage of the gaps left by Friends and Sex and the City, landing actress nods for Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, and Marcia Cross. Though I think poor, snubbed Eva Longoria is just as good as her co-stars, it was nice to see vets like Kathryn Joosten (as Lynette’s neighbor/nemesis, cranky Mrs. McClusky) and Lupe Ontiveros (as Gabrielle’s mother-in-law/nemesis, Mrs. Solis) both get recognition in the guest actress category. One new DH mystery: Where the heck was the nod for the show’s most captivating character to date? I’m talking Harriet Sansom Harris, who played Mrs. Huber’s creepy, purse-lipped sister, Felicia Tilman.

Hail the new guys! Lost scored nominations for supporting actors Naveen Andrews (Sayid) and Terry O’Quinn (John Locke), who give ABC’s otherworldly drama its sense of humanity and unease, respectively. (It’d have been fun to see Jorge Garcia grab a nod too, considering that his Hurley gives the show its sense of humor.) In the comedy category, thank you thank you thank you for the first-time nominations for Arrested Development‘s Jason Bateman (the hardest-working straight man on TV) and Scrubs’ Zach Braff — who has been largely responsible for the show’s surreal bounciness for four years running. And, okay, one more thank you for the House call — specifically the nod for Hugh Laurie’s bristling, brilliant doctor.

Be my guest The guest acting categories were bumpy ones, Desperate Housewives aside. Charles Durning, nominated for his gripping turn as a WWII vet on NCIS, did even better work as Denis Leary’s boozed-out dad on FX’s criminally overlooked Rescue Me. Alec Baldwin, nominated for being a good sport on Will & Grace, was more intriguing as a genius doctor on Nip/Tuck. Speaking of that FX show, no Famke Janssen? Her role as a transgender life coach gave Nip/Tuck‘s sophomore season some of its best dramatic moments (although at least Jill Clayburgh got a nod for her bitter plastic-surgery patient).

We have joy Every single nomination for HBO’s biopic The Life and Death of Peter Sellers was earned — especially the nod for Geoffrey Rush, who played Sellers with both stunning mimicry and deep, unique insight. The reality categories included deserved shoo-ins like The Amazing Race, while still recognizing the addictive seasons of Bravo’s Project Runway and Project Greenlight.

We have fun Truthfully, I find the series a bit coy. But you gotta love complete surprises, like the left-field nominations for Showtime’s Huff (Hank Azaria and Oliver Platt both got acting nominations). Also, great to see Jeremy Piven recognized for giving HBO’s Entourage some of its nastiest, most hilarious scenes as Überagent Ari.

We have…deep, deep bitterness Um, how to put this? HBO’s series The Wire is the best…drama…on…TV. Oh, yeah, it also has the best cast on TV. Ignore Rescue Me, ignore Everwood, and I’m miffed. But it’s crazy-making to see HBO’s overwrought Six Feet Under get nominated as best drama when The Wire is shut out. (Its writing nomination is some comfort…some.) I won’t even get started on all the Wire actors who should have landed nominations. Like Idris Elba, Dominic West, Sonja Sohn, Michael K. Williams….(Sorry, couldn’t help myself).

What’s your take on the nominations? Any cheers or hisses for the Emmy voters?

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