2012 Emmy Nominations: Did Your Favorites Make The List?

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2012 emmy awards 2012 Emmy Nominations: Did Your Favorites Make The List?

Slowly making its way towards the new fall television season, nominations for the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced. Proving to be taking more of a progressive step in their choices than in previous seasons, the Comedy, Drama, Miniseries, Reality, and Variety categories all reflect familiar audience viewer choices – something that was arguably missing in the past.

Leading the pack in drama, AMC has been nominated for 35 Emmys for Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels, The Walking Dead and Mad Men. Though Breaking Bad technically isn’t coming to an end until next year, it appears that the “final season” tagline has put the spotlight on the entirety of its cast, and rightfully so.

In comedy, Modern Family returns to the Emmys as the anchor series this year, though there are quite a few intriguing choices. Marking her final year on Saturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig is continuing her awards run with a nomination for her performance on the series. Proving just how strong this year was for the SNL cast, Bill Hader’s impressive range also receives an Emmy nod. Will next season be just as strong? We’ll have to wait and see.

Continuing to hit the ground running, the entertainment powerhouse that is Louis C.K. received 6 nominations of his own, for work on his FX series Louie, as well as his special Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater. Louis’ lead in transforming the model of content distribution has been a hit amongst his fans and peers, so it’s always nice to see that the nominations are reflecting the sheer amount work that he does each year.

Not to be left out, Peter Dinklage received another Emmy nod for Game of Thrones, Idris Elba is nominated for Luther, and Sherlock duo Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman (as well creator Steven Moffat) also received nominations. Will CBS’s Elementary receive the same fanfare?

Though you won’t see it on the actual Primetime Emmy telecast, South Park’s documentary 6 Days To Air: The Making of South Park was also nominated for an Emmy. For those who have seen it, an award is rightfully due.

You can check out the rest of the nominations below:


Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Girls – Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath
Mike & Molly – Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn
New Girl – Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day
Nurse Jackie – Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Parks And Recreation – Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
30 Rock – Tina Fey as Liz Lemon
Veep – Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory – Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Curb Your Enthusiasm – Larry David as Himself
House Of Lies – Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan
Louie – Louis C.K. as Louie
30 Rock – Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy
Two And A Half Men – Jon Cryer as Alan Harper

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory – Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler
Desperate Housewives – Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey
Modern Family – Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
Modern Family – Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Nurse Jackie – Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow
Saturday Night Live – Kristen Wiig as various characters

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Modern Family – Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett
Modern Family – Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett
Modern Family – Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Modern Family – Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker
New Girl – Max Greenfield as Schmidt
Saturday Night Live – Bill Hader as various characters

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Glee – Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Shannon Beiste
Saturday Night Live – Maya Rudolph, Host
Saturday Night Live – Melissa McCarthy, Host
30 Rock – Elizabeth Banks as Avery Jessup
30 Rock – Margaret Cho as Kim Jong-il
Two And A Half Men – Kathy Bates as Charlie Harper

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm – Michael J. Fox as Himself
Modern Family – Greg Kinnear as Tad
Nurse Jackie – Bobby Cannavale as Dr. Mike Cruz
Saturday Night Live – Jimmy Fallon, Host
30 Rock – Will Arnett asDevon Banks
30 Rock – JonHamm as Abner and David Brinkley

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm: “Palestinian Chicken” – Robert B. Weide, Director
Girls: “She Did” – Lena Dunham, Director
Louie: “Duckling” – Louis C.K., Director
Modern Family: “Virgin Territory” – Jason Winer, Director
Modern Family: “Baby On Board” – Steven Levitan, Director
New Girl: “Pilot” – Jake Kasdan, Director

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Community: “Remedial Chaos Theory” – Chris McKenna, Written by
Girls: Pilot – Lena Dunham, Written by
Louie: “Pregnant” – Louis C.K., Written by
Parks And Recreation: “The Debate” – Amy Poehler, Written by
Parks And Recreation: “Win, Lose, Or Draw “ – Michael Schur, Written by


Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game Of Thrones
Mad Men 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Damages – Glenn Close as Patty Hewes
Downton Abbey – Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
The Good Wife – Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
Harry’s Law – Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn
Homeland – Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
Mad Men – Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire – Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson
Breaking Bad – Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Dexter – Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan
Downton Abbey – Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham
Homeland – Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody
Mad Men – Jon Hamm as Don Draper

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad – Anna Gunn as Skyler White
Downton Abbey – Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Downton Abbey – Joanne Froggatt as Anna
The Good Wife – Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma
The Good Wife –  Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
Mad Men – Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad – Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
Breaking Bad – Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring
Downton Abbey – Jim Carter as Mr. Carson
Game Of Thrones – Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Mad Men – Jared Harris as Lane Pryce

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
The Good Wife – Martha Plimpton as Patti Nyholm
Grey’s Anatomy – Loretta Devine as Adele Webber
Harry’s Law – Jean Smart as D.A. Roseanna Remmick
Mad Men – Julia Ormond as Marie Calvet
Shameless – Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson
Smash – Uma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad – Mark Margolis as Tio Salamanca
The Good Wife – Dylan Baker as Colin Sweeney
The Good Wife – Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning
Justified – Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennett
Mad Men – Ben Feldman as Michael Ginsberg
Parenthood – Jason Ritter as Mark Cyr

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire: “To The Lost” – Tim Van Patten, Director
Breaking Bad: “Face Off” – Vince Gilligan, Director
Downton Abbey: “Episode 7″ – Brian Percival, Director
Homeland: “Pilot” – Michael Cuesta, Director
Mad Men – Phil Abraham, Director

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Downton Abbey • Episode 7 – Julian Fellowes, Written by
Homeland • Pilot – Alex Gansa, Written by; Howard Gordon, Written by; Gideon Raff, Written by
Mad Men • The Other Woman – Semi Chellas, Written by; Matthew Weiner, Written by
Mad Men • Commissions And Fees – Andre Jacquemetton, Written by; Maria Jacquemetton, Written by
Mad Men • Far Away Places – Erin Levy, Written by; Matthew Weiner, Written by


Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
American Horror Story – Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon
Game Change – Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin
Hemingway & Gellhorn – Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn
Missing – Ashley Judd as Rebecca Winstone
The Song Of Lunch (Masterpiece) – Emma Thompson as She

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Game Change – Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt
Hatfields & McCoys – Kevin Costner as ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield
Hatfields & McCoys – Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy
Hemingway & Gellhorn – Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway
Luther – Idris Elba as John Luther
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) – Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie
American Horror Story – Frances Conroy as Moira
American Horror Story – Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon
Game Change – Sarah Paulson as Nicolle Wallace
Hatfields & McCoys – Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy
Page Eight (Masterpiece) – Judy Davis as Jill Tankard 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
American Horror Story – Denis O’Hare as Larry Harvey
Game Change – Ed Harris as John McCain
Hatfields & McCoys – Tom Berenger as Jim Vance
Hemingway & Gellhorn – David Strathairn as John Dos Passos
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) – Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Game Change – Jay Roach, Director
Hatfields & McCoys – Kevin Reynolds, Director
Hemingway & Gellhorn – Philip Kaufman, Director
Luther – Sam Miller, Director
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) – Paul McGuigan, Director

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Game Change – Danny Strong, Written by
Hatfields & McCoys • Part 2 – Ted Mann, Story and Teleplay by; Ronald Parker, Teleplay by; Bill Kerby, Story by
The Hour – Abi Morgan, Written by
Luther – Neil Cross, Written by
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) – Steven Moffat, Written by


Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live 

Outstanding Variety Special
Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America’s Golden Girl
Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker • Bravo • Rickmill Productions
The Kennedy Center Honors
Mel Brooks And Dick Cavett Together Again
Tony Bennett: Duets II (Great Performances) 

Outstanding Special Class Programs
84th Annual Academy Awards
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards
Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel And The LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin (Great Performances)
Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre
65th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Special Class – Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs
Childrens Hospital
The Daily Show Correspondents Explain
Parks And Recreation: April And Andy’s Road Trip
30 Rock: The Webisodes
Web Therapy

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special
84th Annual Academy Awards
Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America’s Golden Girl
The Kennedy Center Honors
Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre
65th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Animated Program
American Dad!
Bob’s Burgers
The Penguins Of Madagascar: The Return Of The Revenge Of Dr. Blowhole
The Simpsons 


Outstanding Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
Shark Tank
Undercover Boss
Who Do You Think You Are?

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race – Phil Keoghan, Host
American Idol – Ryan Seacrest, Host
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers – Betty White, Host
Dancing With The Stars – Tom Bergeron, Host
So You Think You Can Dance – Cat Deeley, Host

Outstanding Nonfiction Series
American Masters
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Frozen Planet
Inside The Actors Studio
The Weight Of The Nation

Outstanding Nonfiction Special
Bobby Fischer Against The World
George Harrison: Living In The Material World
Gloria: In Her Own Words
Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies
6 Days To Air: The Making Of South Park

Jimmy Kimmel will host the 64th Primetime Emmys, live, coast-to-coast on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, on ABC.

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  1. The fact that Neal Mcdonough didn’t get a nomination for Justified us criminal. And there is no way on earth that Modern Family is that good a show that FOUR of their male actors got nominations while Parks and Rec and Community got shafted.

    • The arc that McDonough’s character went through in the latter half of the season was some of his best work as an actor.

  2. Only a single mention for Justified. Now that’s unjustified.
    Timothy Olyphant for my money gave was best lead actor.

    • I couldn’t agree more. Jeremy Davies was in fine form though.

      • Wasn’t Jeremy something in this? He was a knockout in this role.
        What a turn from his work on Lost. Best supporting actor for sure.

  3. Really? No Outstanding Animated Program nomination for The Legend of Korra? That is by far the best animated series currently airing.

    • I couldn’t agree more

    • I don’t agree at all 😀

    • Legend of Korra aired on Saturday mornings, making it ineligible for the Primetime Emmys, which only accept shows that aired from 6 pm to 2 am. We’ll have to wait for next years Daytime Emmy awards to see if it gets nominated.

    • I was surprised as well. Loved the series. And I’m sure even people who didn’t like it can admit it is still one of the best animated series out there. Hopefully it’s nominated next year or the year after.

  4. While I’m happy that most of my favorites received nominations my only real complaint would be in the best comedy category.
    I think Parks & Rec and Louie had there best seasons yet and The Office was amazing this year so I think it’s a shame they were left out.
    I know some people thought The Office would fail without Michael Scott but IMO it was the best season in the past few years and I’ll be watching it again as soon as it hits Netflix…
    Oh, and Nick Offerman got snubbed. He’s was hilarious this year. Ron Swanson may just be my favorite character on TV not named Walter White.

  5. Community gets snubbed yet again..It should have been nominated for the Video Game episode alone..sigh..Also, does nobody watch Fringe and see the great acting job that John Noble does on that show year after year?

  6. I hope Sherlock wins everything it’s nominated for. Brilliantly written and acted programme. It fully deserves the praise.

    • Agree, though it’s difficult to root against Idris Elba and Luther.

    • I’ve just started watching season 2 (I’m a hopeful person), but I still don’t like it.
      It just ISN’T ‘Sherlock Holmes':
      The characters are almost nothing like those created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. “Sherlock” still has SOME resemblance to the character from the books, but as for the rest? Watson, Mycroft, Adler, and Moriarty are absolutely nothing like they’ve been written/are supposed to be.
      The humor that’s used in the show is too crude for Sherlock Holmes (example: “Holmes” is sitting on a chair with nothing but a robe on and and “Watson” call him out on it – they both break out in laughter… because he’s basically NAKED in the presence of royalty) That’s not the witty, charming humor that I’d associate with Sherlock Holmes.
      The stories are good, but that’s not really a complement to the screenwriters since they’re just using the stories thought up by Conan Doyle and putting a “modern spin” on it…

      If they’d have called the show something else, completely unrelated to Sherlock Holmes, then I’d probably love it though… but instead they market it as a “modern take on the characters created by the great Conan Doyle” – and because of that, I just simply cannot enjoy the show.

      … just my opinion.

      • Season 1 was better imo :)

  7. Half or more of these categories are hard to explain other than their
    existence is designed to fill broadcast air time for selling commercials.

    American Horror Story started strong but quickly degenerated into a joke.
    It did not deserve a single nomination or perhaps by default best comedy.

  8. Even though I have never seen the Breaking Bad show yet, from all the raving news I am hearing about it I expect it to receive at least one.

    • OMH, this should be THE top show on any list you may have! I would really suggest you do some internet hunting to watch this show asap.

    • You are doing yourself a HUGE disservice by not watching Breaking Bad. Just watch the first two episode, but make sure you have another 3-4 hours to watch another few, because you may want to.

      • yes, BB is like potatoes chips, you just can’t eat (or in this case “watch’) one :)

  9. Go Breaking Bad and Bryan Cranston! Really cheese Hamm off and win again :)

  10. Justified and Walking dead should have been on there way more.

  11. What no Episodes, it’s a better comedy that several on the list.

    • *than (stupid keyboard)

  12. I seem to not watch ANY of this… where’s the science channel??? I need me some Through the Wormhole! 😀

  13. I understand Community not being nominated because they Emmy ppl don’t a great show when they see it, but dropping Parks and Rec is crazy. Next to Louie it’s one of the funniest showes ever. And then they put its rip off (veep) in there. I’m just done

  14. and yet again, Sons of Anarchy gets ignored. I don’t particularly think last season was its finest but c’mon, good acting, good story, and year after year, it gets NOTHING.

    • Sons may have not been nominated, but Sutter’s wrath from last year can certainly be felt in this year’s picks.

  15. No Longmire or Deadliest catch its rigged

  16. No Walking Dead noms, an injustice to a fine show.

  17. wtf? no walking dead nominations, really?

  18. I wholeheartedly agree. The Emmy nomination board must have never viewed Justified, especially Neal McDonoughs outstanding role as Robert Quarles. Timothy Olyphant and Walter Goggins are screwed again. No way is Boardwalk Empire or Mad Men better than Justified. Breaking Bad, good, but we have had enough.

  19. The fact that The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy( and True Blood, to a certain extent) are left out delegitamatizes these nominations a bit, IMO. Also, I know reality TV is a bit cheap and trivial, but I loves me some Hells Kitchen. It should absolutely be nominated in the category.

  20. I’m glad to see that they switched up the nominations from the usual shows to include some up-and-coming series, like “Girls”. Lena Dunham deserves the recognition, since she has already proved to be such talented creator. But, in order to make room for all the new guys, I definitely think that Parks and Rec got the short end of the stick. Any one who has seen even just one episode of this past season knows that there was a huge oversight here for nominations. I think someone in the show’s marketing department needs to be reconsidered because, unlike the competition, I never hear anyone talking about Parks and Rec. In fact, I only started watching it on a whim one day! I have the Hopper DVR that has the Prime Time Any Time feature, which auto-records everything on the major networks during primetime hours so, out of sheer boredom while waiting for 30 Rock to come on, I decided to give the show a chance. I could not stop laughing! Aziz Azari is my favorite comedian now. And Ron Swanson reminds me so much of my boss at work, down to the obsession with ribs; it’s too funny! All I’m saying is Parks and Rec better win what few awards they were nominated for or there will be some serious rioting. I better not have to prep my pitch fork and torch!

  21. Robert Taylor and Lou Diamond Phillips should have been nominated for Longmire as well as Anson Mount for Hell on Wheels. Great shows and great acting. I never watch Mad men or Boardwalk Empire. Such a disappointment.