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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:

COMEDY

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Girls

Modern Family

30 Rock

Veep 

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

DRAMA

Outstanding Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game Of Thrones

Homeland

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

MINISERIES

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

American Horror Story

Game Change

Hatfields & McCoys

Hemingway & Gellhorn

Luther

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

VARIETY

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

Portlandia

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

Futurama

The Penguins Of Madagascar: The Return Of The Revenge Of Dr. Blowhole

The Simpsons 

REALITY

Outstanding Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

MythBusters

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 StudioThe 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

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

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