2008 Emmys: Who got snubbed? Which winners delighted you?

Zeljkoivanekvanessawilliamsemmys_lLook, I didn’t want to have to run another photo of Ugly Betty‘s Vanessa L. Williams on PopWatch this week — okay, that’s a blatant lie — but after she got snubbed by Emmy tonight for the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy statuette, I had no choice but to vent. No disrespect to Jean Smart, who’s a terrific actress, but let me just say that Samantha Who? rhymes with "get a clue!" I know, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but I just finished four hours of grueling live blogging, my brain aches a little, and nothing makes sense in a world where the woman who has given us two seasons of Wilhelmina Slater awesomeness still doesn’t have a freakin’ Emmy! So yeah, Vanessa (L. Yeah) Williams is my pick for the biggest Emmy snub of 2008. (First runner-up goes to Lost, naturally. The show’s total shutout on the Emmy telecast was completely screwy, though a well-dressed birdie tells me the ABC drama could still take home a little something from EWwy when those winners are announced right here on EW.com at 10 a.m. EDT today.)

It wasn’t all bad, though. I let out a little "squeee!" when under-the-radar (but totally worthy) Zeljko Ivanek took home the trophy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for his work on Damages. When you look at this fine character actor’s IMDb page, you realize he’s been in pretty much everything, without ever managing to become a household name. And so a night that finds him taking home one of his industry’s most prestigious prizes can’t be all bad. Not to mention that shows with small (but passionate) audiences like Breaking Bad, 30 Rock, In Treatment, Damages, and Mad Men got the kind of recognition that — while it doesn’t always lead to increased audiences — can help to keep the Grim Reaper at bay for an extra season or two.

Anyhow, I’m wondering what you all thought of the 2008 Emmys telecast. What were the biggest snubs? Which winners had you cheering from your living room? Vent or celebrate or do a little of both on our message boards right now!

And if you’re hungry for more Emmy fare, check out EW’s complete list of Emmy winners, a groovy gallery of celebrity photos (that you can buy on eBay!) taken at EW’s Emmy party, a big, juicy lineup of Emmy red-carpet videos courtesy of Michael Ausiello, our PopWatch live blog of the Emmy ceremony and the painful E! pre-show, and much more coverage (updated all day Monday) at EW’s Emmy HQ. Plus, after the jump, see what happened when The Office‘s John Krasinski and Lost’s Evangeline Lilly got together at the Emmys to talk romance on their shows. Fun!

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  • Laurie

    Other than poor Neil Patrick Harris and the continued ridiculousness of one-shot programs snatching Emmys away from The Daily Show and Colbert and the like, I’m a pretty happy girl right now. However, I STILL can not believe they snubbed Phil Keoghan. It doesn’t get any more understandable as the months roll by.

  • NPH Fan

    3 words: Neil. Patrick. Harris.

  • marko

    Hey guys!
    Video captured behind scenes of Nokia center. It’s all that not show in the official ceremony.
    http://tubedirect.net/index.php?q=Emmy-2008-best-moments
    Everything just at a height! Highly recommended!

  • Miss B

    I love Micheal Emerson on LOST and I am sad he didn’t win BUT he did lose to Mr. Ivanek, who truely is a great character actor. Therefore all is forgiven.
    My disappointments are for LOST not winning Best Drama, especially since they finally had another great season and for Neil Patrick Harris losing to Jeremy Piven. NPH is the only reason I watch How I met Your Mother and at this point I don’t think Mr. Piven has brought anything else new to his role.

  • Corran

    Vanessa should have won last year Slezak. The best supporting actress comedy emmy should have gone to Kristin Chenoweth!!! SHE IS AMAZING!! SO HAPPY FOR MAD MEN AND 30 ROCK WIN!

  • Chris

    Mad Men is such an amazing show. It brings a new level of quality to viewing audience in the same way that Soprano’s did. For Weiner to win best writing for the pilot episode of this series was sublime and best drama series is well deserved.

  • Mar

    no people of color. ugh. tv is becoming too white.

  • martinPeru

    i though the show was long and boring! the most excited thing of the whole show was buffy winning for one of the best moments on tv history! that is just amazing!!

  • Tobeacting

    When is Hugh Laurie going to get the Emmy he deserves for House? This season was especially good. He deserves it and has deserved it all the times he has been nominated. He still can’t get that award despite winning just about every other acting award he has been nominated for with the exception of the Prism Award.

  • DanOregon

    I was probably most happy to see Cranston win for Breaking Bad and Ivanek for Damages.

  • Marcus

    Mar, last time I checked Emmy-winner Glynn Turman is black (he won for “In Treatment”).
    And as for the Emmycast overall, I got 14 wins right! Anyone out there beat me?

  • Marcus

    martinPeru, where did you see that Buffy won for the viewer thing? I saw nothing of the sort. Help!

  • Aino

    Good on Zeljko Ivanek. His performance was exquisite and heartbreaking. I’ll miss his character inordinately in the upcoming seasons.

  • Anonymous

    I just finished reading the finer points of the winners tonight and was horrified to discover that Pirate Master WON AN EMMY. Yes, it’s true that it was for theme music but still…PIRATE MASTER???????? Pirate Master? Seriously? Does ANYONE remember the music from this craptastic show? How can this possibly be Emmy worthy? PIRATE MASTER WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS HAVING WON AN EMMY – HOW CAN THIS BE??????????

  • Eolra

    I just finished reading the finer points of the winners tonight and was horrified to discover that Pirate Master WON AN EMMY. Yes, it’s true that it was for theme music but still…PIRATE MASTER???????? Pirate Master? Seriously? Does ANYONE remember the music from this craptastic show? How can this possibly be Emmy worthy? PIRATE MASTER WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS HAVING WON AN EMMY – HOW CAN THIS BE??????????

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