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2012 Comedy Awards Nominations Feature Some Baffling Snubs

Comedy Central has announced the nominees for their 2012 Comedy Awards, and we have to admit, we find their choices just a little bit baffling. Oh, don’t worry — you’ve got your Bridesmaids and your Midnight in Paris. The Artist is all over the place. But the snubs are pretty shocking: Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody’s Young Adult, which critics loved, didn’t score a single nomination. Even poor Charlize Theron’s acclaimed performance in the movie was overlooked in favor of Cameron Diaz, who got a nod for freaking Bad Teacher. Meanwhile, Horrible Bosses got so many nominations (including Best Comedy) you’d think it was a lost Charlie Chaplin film.

The TV list is similarly confusing. Look, we love 30 Rock, too, but let’s acknowledge that its reign is ending. And while it’s nice to see Parks and Recreation finally getting the recognition it deserves, there’s another Thursday-night NBC comedy that’s surpassed Tina Fey’s show in consistent comedic brilliance: Community, which didn’t get a single nomination. Seriously? In a year when Saturday Night Live is among the nominees in the writing category, no one thought Dan Harmon and co. were ripe for a shout out? Also conspicuously absent: Conan was passed over in the late-night bracket in favor of both Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman. Could O’Brien’s industry-darling status be wearing off?

If you’re as underwhelmed by these nominations as we are, you can blame the panel of insiders who make up the Comedy Awards Board of Directors — which includes, among others, Carol Burnett, Stephen Colbert, O’Brien, Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, and Lily Tomlin. Meanwhile, if you’re still interested in watching the awards, the ceremony will be held April 28th and is scheduled to air on Comedy Central May 6th. The entire list of nominees is after the jump.

COMEDY FILM
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Horrible Bosses
Midnight in Paris

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR—FILM
Jason Bateman, Horrible Bosses
Steve Carell, Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Zach Galifianakis, The Hangover Part II
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

COMEDY DIRECTOR—FILM
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
James Bobin, The Muppets
Paul Feig, Bridesmaids
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

COMEDY SERIES
30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Happy Endings
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR—TV
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Louis C.K., Louie
Steve Carell, The Office
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

COMEDY DIRECTING—TV
30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Louie
Modern Family
The Office

ANIMATED COMEDY FILM
Cars 2
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss In Boots
Rango
Rio

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS—FILM
Jennifer Aniston, Horrible Bosses
Cameron Diaz, Bad Teacher
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Emma Stone, Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

COMEDY SCREENPLAY
50/50
Bridesmaids
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Horrible Bosses
Midnight in Paris

ANIMATED COMEDY SERIES
Archer
Family Guy
The Life & Times of Tim
The Simpsons
South Park

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS—TV
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

COMEDY WRITING—TV
30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Louie
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
Saturday Night Live

LATE NIGHT COMEDY SERIES
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Late Show with David Letterman
Real Time with Bill Maher

BREAKOUT PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Zooey Deschanel
Josh Gad
Donald Glover
Melissa McCarthy
Jason Sudeikis

CLUB COMIC
Ted Alexandro
Hannibal Buress
Pete Holmes
Anthony Jeselnik
Moshe Kasher
John Mulaney
Kumail Nanjiani
Chelsea Peretti
Amy Schumer
Rory Scovel

SKETCH / ALTERNATIVE COMEDY SERIES
Childrens Hospital
Louie
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live
Tosh.0

COMEDY SPECIAL OF THE YEAR
Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theater
Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Standup
Patton Oswalt Finest Hour
Colin Quinn Long Story Short
Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts

STAND-UP TOUR
Dave Attell
Lewis Black
Louis C.K.
Kevin Hart
Jerry Seinfeld

[via Deadline]

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