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‘Game Of Thrones’ Leads Genre Emmys, But Lots Of Snubs

Leonard Nimoy speaks out about ‘Fringe’ Emmy denial

Hopefully this isn’t a shocker by now. If you’re a science-fiction and fantasy fan and hope to celebrate that with the Emmys — think again.

Non-horror genre shows earned 17 nominations from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Thursday, and nearly all of them were in technical categories.

In fact, only “Game of Thrones” broke out of that with a nomination for Outstanding Drama and another nod to last year’s winner in the Supporting Actor category, Peter Dinklage. The show’s other nine nominations were in technical categories that included well-deserved nods for single-camera art direction, casting, costumes, makeup, prosthetics, sound editing, sound mixing and special effects.

“Once Upon a Time,” which fans had clambered to earn a nomination at least for Lana Parrilla, were left empty handed with the ABC show earning three nods for costumes, prosthetic makeup and special effects.

The new Fox series “Touch” earned two nominations for its main title theme music and special visual effects. “Falling Skies” on TNT, however, just got one nomination — for special effects.

One major snub was Leonard Nimoy for his surprise guest role in the Fox series “Fringe.” The iconic “Star Trek” actor was nominated four times in the past, three for “Star Trek,” and once for “A Woman Called Golda” in 1982. Many — including the actor himself — felt that 2012 would be his year to return to the Emmys after a 30-year absence.

Nimoy decided to speak out on Twitter, not just for himself, but for “Fringe,” which came up completely empty in Emmy nods.

“No Emmy nominations for “Fringe’? Ridiculous,” Nimoy said. “So much talent. So much hard work. So much imagination.

“Shouldn’t be surprised about ‘Fringe.’ Emmy has given short shrift to Star Trek for 46 years. Amazing.”

Also snubbed once again was John Noble, who plays Dr. Walter Bishop in the series. Many fans say it should be Noble going head-to-head with Dinklage for the prize in the supporting actor category. Instead, Noble is not included.

Noble has never been nominated for an Emmy, but he did win an ensemble acting award from the Screen Actors Guild for his work in “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.”

There were some genre names to note in the nominations this year, however. Tom Berenger, who appeared in “Inception” in 2010, was nominated for “Hatfield & McCoys.” Steven Buscemi from “Armageddon” received his fifth nomination, this time for “Boardwalk Empire” on HBO. Benedict Cumberbatch, who will play the villain in “Star Trek 2,” received his first Emmy nomination for “Sherlock.” Also nominated for the first time was “The Hobbit” star Martin Freeman, who got his first nod for “Sherlock” as well.

And while we’re talking about “Sherlock,” co-creator (and current “Doctor Who” showrunner) Steven Moffat earned an Emmy nomination for his writing work on the series.

Zooey Deschanel, who appeared in “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” earned her first Emmy nomination for “New Girl.” Giancarlo Esposito, who has worked on both “Once Upon a Time” and the upcoming “Revolution” for NBC, earned his first nomination for AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”

Michael J. Fox from the Back to the Future trilogy, earned two nominations for guest appearances this year (in both drama and comedy), and now has 15 nominations with five past wins. Jared Harris of “Fringe” earned his first Emmy nomination for “Mad Men,” as did one-time “Firefly” special guest Christina Hendricks (although this is her third nod).

Ashley Judd, who made her acting debut in a handful of episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” earned her second nomination, this time for the short-lived series “Missing” on ABC. Denis O’Hare, who just recently returned to HBO’s “True Blood,” earned a nomination for “American Horror Story.”

Maggie Smith from the Harry Potter films earned her sixth nomination, which she hopes to add to her two previous wins. Eric Stonestreet, who had a guest appearance on “American Horror Story,” earned his third nomination for “Modern Family.”

David Strathairn, the star of Syfy’s “Alphas,” earned his second nomination for “Hemingway & Gellhorn.” Emma Thompson of the Men In Black movies earned her fifth nomination for “The Song of Lunch.”

Those nominated from current genre shows include:

Game of Thrones
Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series – Gemma Jackson, Frank Walsh, Tina Jones
Outstanding Casting – Nina Gold and Robert Sterne
Outstanding Costumes – Michele Clapton, Alexander Fordham, Chloe Aubry
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series – Kevin Alexander, Candice Banks, Rosalia Culora, Gary Machin
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series – Paul Engelen and Melissa Lackersteen
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup – Paul Engelen, Conor O’Sullivan, Rob Trenton
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series – Peter Brown, Kira Roessler, Tim Hands, Paul Aulicino, Stephen P. Robinson, Vanessa Lapato, Brett Voss, James Moriana, Jeffrey Wilhoit, David Klotz
Outstanding Sound Mixing – Matthew Waters, Onnalee Bank, Ronan Hill, Mervyn Moore
Outstanding Special Visual Effects – Rainer Gombos, Juri Stanossek, Sven Martin, Steve Kullback, Jan Fiedler, Chris Stenner, Tobias Mannewitz, Thilo Ewers, Adam Chazen

Once Upon a Time
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup – Tony Lindala and Sarah Graham
Outstanding Special Visual Effects – Andrew Orloff, Laura Jones, Phil Jones, Jake Bergman, Nathan Matsuda, Dale Fay, Dayna Mauer, Kevin Struckman, Sallyanne Massimini
Outstanding Costumes – Eduardo Castro and Monique McRae

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music – Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin
Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role – Tony Pirzadeh, Mark Spatney, Nicole Zabala, Christopher D. Martin, Kristin Johnson, Whitman Lindstrom, Diego Galtieri, Meliza Fermin, Anthony Ocampo

Falling Skies
Outstanding Special Visual Effects – Andrew Orloff, Curt Miller, Sean Tompkins, Barbara Genicoff, Jake Bergman, Scott Fritts, Renaud Talon, Mike Kirylo, James Hattin

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