Many might say that the thrill of a job well done is its own reward, but pretty trophies are pretty rad too and awards season is about to kick off with television’s annual celebration of itself at the Emmy Awards, which will air on NBC August 25th with Late Night host Seth Meyers running the show from the stage. Before the pagentry, though, we must deal with the crippling anger and sheer joy that comes with the ritual that is the Emmy nominations, an act that was carried out this morning by Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly.

While this years ballot surely reflects television’s changing tastes and trends from last season to this season, there are certain staples that seem to rise above such things like Game of Thrones (which secured 19 total nominations), Mad Men (as it prepares to head off into the sunset), Breaking Bad (which did), Louie and HBO as an entity, which brought in 99 nominations to outpace all other networks. While those shows always seem to be mortal locks every year, there is also room for some fresh blood and this season saw a few impressive debuts, most notably True Detective, Fargo and Silicon Valley, which find themselves competing for best series honors in the drama, comedy and miniseries categories and various individual acting honors (save for Silicon Valley, which is a bit of a snub for the members of that talented ensemble).

As always, the snubs tend to draw more attention than a lot of the projects that get selected and this year is no different. Golden Globe winner Andy Samberg is absent from the lead actor in a comedy list as is his show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the Orphan Black Clone Clubbers have taken to social media to voice their intense displeasure over the snub of Tatiana Maslany. Other names come to mind as well like Melissa McBride from The Walking Dead, David Tennant and Olivia Colman from Broadchurch, Dean Norris from Breaking Bad, Mindy Kaling from The Mindy Project, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones and Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show. I could rattle off another dozen names, but that’s the beauty of these nomination ceremonies – they really make you sit down and reflect on the year in television and think about some of the best performances that you saw.

Below, you’ll find the list of the official nominees, but feel free to let us know about who you think got snubbed.


Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective

Lead Actor in a Drama

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Jeff Daniels in (The Newsroom)
Jon Hamm in (Mad Men)
Woody Harrelson in (True Detective)
Matthew McConaughey in (True Detective)
Kevin Spacey in (House of Cards)

Lead Actress in a Drama

Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Julianna Marguiles (The Good Wife)
Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Supporting Actor in a Drama

Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

Supporting Actress in a Drama

Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)


Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Lead Actor in a Comedy

Louis CK (Louis)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Ricky Gervais (Derek)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
William H Macy (Shameless)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Lead Actress in a Comedy

Lena Dunham (Girls)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Adam Driver (Girls)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Fred Armisen (Portlandia)
Tony Hale (Veep)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

Outstanding Animated Program

Bob’s Burgers
South Park
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project

Miniseries/TV Movie

Outstanding Miniseries

American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
The White Queen

Outstanding TV Movie

Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Las Vow
The Trip to Bountiful


Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge)
Idris Elba (Luther)
Martin Freeman (Fargo)
Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Helena Bonham Carter (Burton and Taylor)
Minnie Driver (Return to Zero)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Coven)
Cicely Tyson (The Trip to Beautiful)
Kristen Wiig (The Spoils of Babylon)

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Colin Hanks (Fargo)
Jim Parsons (The Normal Heart)
Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart)
Alfred Molina (The Normal Heart)
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)
Martin Freeman (Sherlock)

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Frances Conroy (American Horror Story: Coven)
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Coven)
Angela Bassett (American Horror Story: Coven)
Allison Tolman (Fargo)
Ellen Burstyn (Flowers In the Attic)
Julia Roberts (The Normal Heart)


Outstanding Reality Competition Program

The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Host Reality-Competition Program

Betty White (Betty White’s Off Their Rockers)
Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars)
Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (Project Runway)
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Anthony Bourdain (The Taste)


Outstanding Variety Series

The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon


The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs on August 25th @8PM ET on NBC with host Seth Meyers