The 2011 Emmy Awards are still a way off, but the voting has begun. That means that the ballot is out and we can see which actors and actresses have nominated themselves for awards. After reviewing the ballot, we have no choice but to point out a few glaringly ridiculous, over-reaching, aspirational and kind of sad nominations.
Chace Crawford a.k.a. Nate on “Gossip Girl,” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Chace has submitted himself for the award, despite the fact (yes, FACT) that he is not a lead actor in the series and has not been for several seasons. His co-stars Penn Badgley and Ed Westwick, who arguably could be considered leads, didn’t even bother trying because, frankly, the show’s not that good and certainly isn’t an award-worthy drama. Still, good luck going against Jon Hamm, Nate!
Joey Lawrence, “Melissa and Joey,” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
First, we all must face the fact that this show exists and that a network actually felt that Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence had the star power to drive a show’s ratings. The show is a sort of reboot of “Who’s the Boss?” with ex-child stars stepping in as Judith Light and Tony Danza. It’s not good, it’s not funny, and it was stale before it even hit the air. Joey, however, must have been pretty proud of his continued employability to submit his work in this show to be judged by the Emmy voters. I’m sure Alec Baldwin feels exactly the same way about his work on “30 Rock.”
Martin Henderson, “Off the Map,” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Valerie Cruz, “Off the Map,” Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Shonda Rimes has made some okay shows (“Grey’s Anatomy”), some terrible shows (“Private Practice”) and some really awful wastes of primetime (“Off the Map”). “Off the Map” was so terrible that event the force of nature that is Rimes, could not keep the show on the air for more than a season. And yet! The series has eight submissions in this year’s Emmy acting categories. Eight! They deserve none of them.
Rob Lowe, “Parks and Recreation,” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy
I love Rob Lowe. I love him so much that I sat through three seasons of “Brothers & Sisters” with him. But, Rob is not the lead actor in “Parks and Recreation.” He was added at the end of last season and has done really well in the role, but, to be clear, he’s no Ron Swanson. He’s not even an Aziz Ansari.
Katrina Bowden a.k.a. Cerie, “30 Rock,” Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Cerie. It’s just that …well, is she still on the show? Even
Lake Bell for her supporting role on web series turned mini-tv show “Children’s Hospital” stands a better chance against Jane Krakowski or Kristen Wiig of “Saturday Night Live.”