57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards: First Come, First Served the Emmy

Michael Imperioli said it best– there are “a lot of new faces.”

That’s the perfect way to describe the morning’s 2005 Primetime Emmy Award nominations that turned out to be a great awakening for some of TVs newcomers, but a rude awakening for those first-timers who got snubbed.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Chairman of the Board Dick Askin, along with a very un-gangster-like Imperioli of The Sopranos and Still Standing‘s Jami Gertz, not looking so Square Pegs in a cleavage baring bustier top (and at 5:30 in the morning, no less), announced the 57th annual Emmy nominations live from the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood.

Askin told Hollywood.com there are about twice as many new faces compared to last year.

And here’s a little bit of trivia: Did you know the Emmy nomination broadcast is the only press conference with a jib camera spanning the room (That’s right, not even the Oscars has one-you know, that long poled camera arm that can practically reach across a room.) This morning the jib had the best gig in the house; to focus solely on the golden girl herself-Emmy-high atop a platform. With publicists, agents and camera crews filling the theatre, it’s not surprising this morning is an event all its own.

The biggest news came for those housewives, who aren’t looking so desperate-all but two, at least. Each first-time nominees– Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman— all got nods for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, leaving Nicolette Sheridan and Eva Longoria, well, desperate. That feat hasn’t been done since Golden Girls 20 years ago.
Jane Kaczmarek as Lois in Malcolm in the Middle

The nominated housewives are also going up against Malcolm in the Middle‘s Jane Kaczmarek, who has now garnered six nominations for her role on the hit Fox series, but has never won; and Patricia Heaton, who everybody loves in Everybody Loves Raymond (even this morning’s audience cheered for the actress, who’s already taken home two statues for her portrayal as Ray Romano‘s wife.) Romano and the series also got nods for Outstanding Lead Actor and Comedy Series, with Ray also winning twice before. We’ll see if the third time’s the charm. Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett and Doris Roberts also made the list in the Supporting Actor categories.

And you might recognize other first-time nominees, most of whom hail from the big screen– Patricia Arquette (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Medium), Hugh Laurie (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, House), Ian McShane (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Deadwood), S. Epatha Merkerson (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, Lackawanna Blues), Debra Winger (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, Dawn Anna), Ed Harris (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, Empire Falls), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, Elvis), Geoffrey Rush (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers), Jason Bateman (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Arrested Development), Zach Braff (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Scrubs), Charlize Theron (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, Empire Falls), to name a lot.

Other silver screen favorites include Halle Berry for her work in Their Eyes Are Watching God, Blythe Danner for Back When We Were Grownups, Kenneth Branagh for Warm Springs, William H. Macy for The Wool Cap and Tony Shalhoub for Monk.

Husband and wife nominated teams this year include Macy and Huffman and Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward (both for Empire Falls).

Gertz, who commented that she’s “been around the block, as they say,” has many favorites who are in the running to take home a statue, but she couldn’t pick just one to win: “I just want all my friends to win,” Jami said, who include Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series nominees Kiefer Sutherland (who’s been nominated three times before for 24 and has never won), Hank Azaria (Huff) and James Spader (Boston Legal).

In other legal briefs, The Practice alum Camryn Manheim grabbed a spot in the Supporting Actress/Miniseries category for her portrayal of Elvis’s mother in Elvis (to which Gertz did a perfect rendition of that famous Elvis accent), and Boston Legal‘s William Shatner for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Terry O’Quinn as Locke in LostLost could only be found in one of the acting categories for Naveen Andrews and Terry O’Quinn for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, but it did nab a top nod for Outstanding Drama Series. And history repeats itself with The West Wing up for Outstanding Drama Series (which holds the titles for most Emmys won by a series in its first and single season with 9), but the Academy didn’t salute the President (a.k.a. Martin Sheen) or Allison Janney, who always wins the Emmy. But Stockard Channing and Alan Alda won the Academy’s recognition in the Supporting categories.

In a twist, those two high-tech mystery solving ensembles CSI and Law & Order also disappeared from this year’s list in the acting categories, except for Mariska Hargitay for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, who’s going head-to-head against fellow crime fighter Jennifer Garner (Alias), Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under), Glenn Close (The Shield) and Arquette (Medium). Nip/Tuck was also cut out of the running with the lead characters garnering zero nods.

Nominated shows coming in on top include Desperate Housewives with 15 nods, Will & Grace 15, Everybody Loves Raymond 13, Lost 12, Arrested Development 11, Deadwood 11, 24 11 and Empire Falls, 10.

HBO picked up the most nominations with 93, even without help from the ineligible Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Sopranos, but is down from last year because of the absence of Angels In America, which holds the record for most Emmy’s won by a miniseries. CBS leads the networks with 59; NBC 54; ABC 51 and Fox 49-all of which have made a comeback this year.

“Another trend I think is the return of the broadcast networks. I mean, all of their nominations are significantly up from last year. ABC was up 65% in numbers and CBS was 75%,”said Askin.

And expect a few modern upgrades to this year’s Emmy show.

“There’s going to be a lot of things different. I can’t tell you anything about the show yet ’cause it’s kind of in the planning stages right now. We don’t want to change it dramatically, but we want to kind of update it for today’s audience,” said Askin.

ATAS will hand out the Emmy trophies on Sunday, Sept. 22 at a black-tie ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

A partial list of nominees as follows:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development, Fox

Desperate Housewives, ABC

Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS

Scrubs, NBC

Will & Grace, NBC

Outstanding Drama Series

Deadwood, HBO

Lost, ABC

Six Feet Under, HBO

24, Fox

The West Wing, NBC

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development

Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond

Tony Shalhoub, Monk

Zach Braff, Scrubs

Eric McCormack, Will & Grace

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives

Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives

Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives

Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond

Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Jeffrey Tambor, Arrested Development

Jeremy Piven, Entourage

Peter Boyle, Everybody Loves Raymond

Brad Garrett, Everybody Loves Raymond

Sean Hayes, Will & Grace

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Jessica Walter, Arrested Development

Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond

Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men

Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men

Megan Mullally, Will & Grace

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

James Spader, Boston Legal

Ian McShane, Deadwood

Hugh Laurie, House

Hank Azaria, Huff

Kiefer Sutherland, 24

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Jennifer Garner, Alias

Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Patricia Arquette, Medium

Glenn Close, The Shield

Frances Conroy, Six Feet Under

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

William Shatner, Boston Legal

Oliver Platt, Huff

Naveen Andrews, Lost

Terry O’Quinn, Lost

Alan Alda, The West Wing

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy

Blythe Danner, Huff

Tyne Daly, Judging Amy

CCH Pounder, The Shield

Stockard Channing, The West Wing

Outstanding Miniseries

Elvis, CBS

Empire Falls, HBO

The 4400, USA

The Lost Prince (Masterpiece Theatre), PBS

Outstanding Made for Television Movie

Lackawanna Blues, HBO

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, HBO

The Office Special, BBC America

Warm Springs, HBO

The Wool Cap, TNT

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Elvis

Ed Harris, Empire Falls

Geoffrey Rush, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Kenneth Branagh, Warm Springs

William H. Macy, The Wool Cap

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Blythe Danner, Back When We Were Grownups (Hallmark Hall Of Fame

Debra Winger, Dawn Anna

S. Epatha Merkerson, Lackawanna Blues

Halle Berry, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Cynthia Nixon, Warm Springs

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Randy Quaid, Elvis

Paul Newman, Empire Falls

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Empire Falls

Christopher Plummer, Our Fathers

Brian Dennehy, Our Fathers

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Camryn Manheim, Elvis

Joanne Woodward, Empire Falls

Charlize Theron, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Jane Alexander, Warm Springs

Kathy Bates, Warm Springs

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series

Da Ali G Show, HBO

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central

Late Night with Conan O’Brien, NBC

Late Show with David Letterman, CBS

Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO

Outstanding Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow, PBS

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ABC

Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, Showtime

Project Greenlight, Bravo

Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, Bravo

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race, CBS

American Idol, Fox

The Apprentice, NBC

Project Runway, Bravo

Survivor, CBS