Emmy oddities from nomination day
Academy voters are having fun with the best original music and lyrics category.
After nominating and then bestowing the Emmy in the category on the "Saturday Night Live" digital short "Dick in a Box" last year, this go-round they recognized another viral megahit, the raunchy video "I'm Fucking Matt Damon," from ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." No word if Kimmel will accompany nominee Sarah Silverman -- the song's performer, co-writer and co-composer -- to the ceremony. (Silverman is also nominated for her guest stint on USA's "Monk.") The two recently announced their split after five years.
Meanwhile, another comedy couple is thriving. "Saturday Night Live" star Amy Poehler landed the first nom for a late-night player in the supporting actress in a comedy series category. Her husband, Will Arnett, was nominated for his star stint on NBC's "30 Rock." "It is a happy day in the Arnett-Poehler household!" said Poehler, who is expecting their first child in the fall.
Poehler's best pal Tina Fey has become the Renaissance woman of comedy. She is nominated for best comedy series as the creator/exec producer on "30 Rock," for comedy actress for her role on the show and for writing the episode "Cooter." If that is not enough, Fey also got a nom in the performance in a variety or music program category for her hosting duties on the first post-writers strike "Saturday Night Live." She is competing against David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Don Rickles.
The multicamera comedy genre is struggling, as evidenced by the sole sitcom on the best comedy series list, CBS' "Two and a Half Men." Equally striking, there are only two nominees in the art direction for a multicamera series compared with six for single-camera.
After pulling probably the biggest upset at last year's Emmys, where he won best comedy actor for his role on the HBO/BBC series "Extras," Ricky Gervais is nominated in the best lead actor in a miniseries or a movie for "Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale." His competition consists of three Oscar nominees (Ralph Fiennes, Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson) and one double Oscar winner, Kevin Spacey.
After winning an Oscar for his dramatic performance in "Good Will Hunting," funnyman Robin Williams now has an Emmy nom for his guest turn as a menacing audio engineer on NBC's crime drama "Law & Order: SVU."
A little bit longer
Ellen Burstyn was nominated for her guest-starring role on HBO's polygamy drama "Big Love," playing the mother of Jeanne Tripplehorn's character. But that recognition isn't likely to cause the same reaction it did two years ago, when the actress was nominated for her supporting actress in a movie/miniseries for HBO's "Mrs. Harris" -- a role that found her onscreen for all of 14 seconds. It's a safe assumption that the actress worked a little harder for this nom: Not only did she appear in "Big Love" for well over 14 seconds last season, but she also just filmed two more episodes for the show's upcoming third season.
Cable to broadcast
Emmy darlings Edie Falco and Cynthia Nixon, winners for their roles on HBO's "The Sopranos" and "Sex and the City," respectively, are back in Emmy contention. They earned guest-starring noms for NBC's "30 Rock" and "Law & Order: SVU."
Compiled by Nellie Andreeva and Kimberly Nordyke