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 SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryCurb Your EnthusiasmGirlsModern Family30 RockVeep
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy SeriesGirls - Lena Dunham as Hannah HorvathMike & Molly - Melissa McCarthy as Molly FlynnNew Girl - Zooey Deschanel as Jess DayNurse Jackie - Edie Falco as Jackie PeytonParks And Recreation - Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope30 Rock - Tina Fey as Liz LemonVeep - Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory - Jim Parsons as Sheldon CooperCurb Your Enthusiasm - Larry David as HimselfHouse Of Lies - Don Cheadle as Marty KaanLouie - Louis C.K. as Louie30 Rock - Alec Baldwin as Jack DonaghyTwo And A Half Men - Jon Cryer as Alan Harper
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang Theory - Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah FowlerDesperate Housewives - Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskeyModern Family - Julie Bowen as Claire DunphyModern Family - Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-PritchettNurse Jackie - Merritt Wever as Zoey BarkowSaturday Night Live - Kristen Wiig as various characters
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy SeriesModern Family - Ed O'Neill as Jay PritchettModern Family - Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell PritchettModern Family - Ty Burrell as Phil DunphyModern Family - Eric Stonestreet as Cameron TuckerNew Girl - Max Greenfield as SchmidtSaturday Night Live - Bill Hader as various characters
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy SeriesGlee - Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Shannon BeisteSaturday Night Live - Maya Rudolph, HostSaturday Night Live - Melissa McCarthy, Host30 Rock - Elizabeth Banks as Avery Jessup30 Rock - Margaret Cho as Kim Jong-ilTwo And A Half Men - Kathy Bates as Charlie Harper
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy SeriesCurb Your Enthusiasm - Michael J. Fox as HimselfModern Family - Greg Kinnear as TadNurse Jackie - Bobby Cannavale as Dr. Mike CruzSaturday Night Live - Jimmy Fallon, Host30 Rock - Will Arnett asDevon Banks30 Rock - JonHamm as Abner and David Brinkley
Outstanding Directing For A Comedy SeriesCurb Your Enthusiasm: “Palestinian Chicken” - Robert B. Weide, DirectorGirls: “She Did” - Lena Dunham, DirectorLouie: “Duckling” - Louis C.K., DirectorModern Family: “Virgin Territory” - Jason Winer, DirectorModern Family: “Baby On Board” - Steven Levitan, DirectorNew Girl: “Pilot” - Jake Kasdan, Director
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy SeriesCommunity: “Remedial Chaos Theory” - Chris McKenna, Written byGirls: Pilot - Lena Dunham, Written byLouie: “Pregnant” - Louis C.K., Written byParks And Recreation: “The Debate” - Amy Poehler, Written byParks And Recreation: “Win, Lose, Or Draw “ - Michael Schur, Written by
Outstanding Drama SeriesBoardwalk EmpireBreaking BadDownton AbbeyGame Of ThronesHomelandMad Men
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama SeriesDamages - Glenn Close as Patty HewesDownton Abbey - Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary CrawleyThe Good Wife - Julianna Margulies as Alicia FlorrickHarry's Law - Kathy Bates as Harriet KornHomeland - Claire Danes as Carrie MathisonMad Men - Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama SeriesBoardwalk Empire - Steve Buscemi as Nucky ThompsonBreaking Bad - Bryan Cranston as Walter WhiteDexter - Michael C. Hall as Dexter MorganDownton Abbey - Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of GranthamHomeland - Damian Lewis as Nicholas BrodyMad Men - Jon Hamm as Don Draper
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama SeriesBreaking Bad - Anna Gunn as Skyler WhiteDownton Abbey - Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of GranthamDownton Abbey - Joanne Froggatt as AnnaThe Good Wife - Archie Panjabi as Kalinda SharmaThe Good Wife - Christine Baranski as Diane LockhartMad Men - Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama SeriesBreaking Bad - Aaron Paul as Jesse PinkmanBreaking Bad - Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo 'Gus' FringDownton Abbey - Jim Carter as Mr. CarsonGame Of Thrones - Peter Dinklage as Tyrion LannisterMad Men - Jared Harris as Lane Pryce
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama SeriesThe Good Wife - Martha Plimpton as Patti NyholmGrey's Anatomy - Loretta Devine as Adele WebberHarry's Law - Jean Smart as D.A. Roseanna RemmickMad Men - Julia Ormond as Marie CalvetShameless - Joan Cusack as Sheila JacksonSmash - Uma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama SeriesBreaking Bad - Mark Margolis as Tio SalamancaThe Good Wife - Dylan Baker as Colin SweeneyThe Good Wife - Michael J. Fox as Louis CanningJustified - Jeremy Davies as Dickie BennettMad Men - Ben Feldman as Michael GinsbergParenthood - Jason Ritter as Mark Cyr
Outstanding Directing For A Drama SeriesBoardwalk Empire: "To The Lost" - Tim Van Patten, DirectorBreaking Bad: "Face Off" - Vince Gilligan, DirectorDownton Abbey: "Episode 7" - Brian Percival, DirectorHomeland: "Pilot" - Michael Cuesta, DirectorMad Men - Phil Abraham, Director
Outstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesDownton Abbey • Episode 7 - Julian Fellowes, Written byHomeland • Pilot - Alex Gansa, Written by; Howard Gordon, Written by; Gideon Raff, Written byMad Men • The Other Woman - Semi Chellas, Written by; Matthew Weiner, Written byMad Men • Commissions And Fees - Andre Jacquemetton, Written by; Maria Jacquemetton, Written byMad Men • Far Away Places - Erin Levy, Written by; Matthew Weiner, Written by
Outstanding Miniseries or MovieAmerican Horror StoryGame ChangeHatfields & McCoysHemingway & GellhornLutherSherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A MovieAmerican Horror Story - Connie Britton as Vivien HarmonGame Change - Julianne Moore as Sarah PalinHemingway & Gellhorn - Nicole Kidman as Martha GellhornMissing - Ashley Judd as Rebecca WinstoneThe Song Of Lunch (Masterpiece) - Emma Thompson as She
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A MovieGame Change - Woody Harrelson as Steve SchmidtHatfields & McCoys - Kevin Costner as 'Devil' Anse HatfieldHatfields & McCoys - Bill Paxton as Randall McCoyHemingway & Gellhorn - Clive Owen as Ernest HemingwayLuther - Idris Elba as John LutherSherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) - Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A MovieAmerican Horror Story - Frances Conroy as MoiraAmerican Horror Story - Jessica Lange as Constance LangdonGame Change - Sarah Paulson as Nicolle WallaceHatfields & McCoys - Mare Winningham as Sally McCoyPage Eight (Masterpiece) - Judy Davis as Jill Tankard
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A MovieAmerican Horror Story - Denis O'Hare as Larry HarveyGame Change - Ed Harris as John McCainHatfields & McCoys - Tom Berenger as Jim VanceHemingway & Gellhorn - David Strathairn as John Dos PassosSherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) - Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson
Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic SpecialGame Change - Jay Roach, DirectorHatfields & McCoys - Kevin Reynolds, DirectorHemingway & Gellhorn - Philip Kaufman, DirectorLuther - Sam Miller, DirectorSherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) - Paul McGuigan, Director
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic SpecialGame Change - Danny Strong, Written byHatfields & McCoys • Part 2 - Ted Mann, Story and Teleplay by; Ronald Parker, Teleplay by; Bill Kerby, Story byThe Hour - Abi Morgan, Written byLuther - Neil Cross, Written bySherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece) - Steven Moffat, Written by
Outstanding Variety SeriesThe Colbert ReportJimmy Kimmel LiveLate Night With Jimmy FallonReal Time With Bill MaherSaturday Night Live
Outstanding Variety SpecialBetty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America's Golden GirlKathy Griffin: Tired Hooker • Bravo • Rickmill ProductionsThe Kennedy Center HonorsMel Brooks And Dick Cavett Together AgainTony Bennett: Duets II (Great Performances)
Outstanding Special Class Programs84th Annual Academy AwardsThe 69th Annual Golden Globe AwardsThe 54th Annual Grammy AwardsHerbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel And The LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin (Great Performances)Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre65th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Special Class - Short-format Live-Action Entertainment ProgramsChildrens HospitalThe Daily Show Correspondents ExplainParks And Recreation: April And Andy's Road Trip30 Rock: The WebisodesWeb Therapy
Outstanding Writing For A Variety SeriesThe Colbert ReportThe Daily Show With Jon StewartPortlandiaReal Time With Bill MaherSaturday Night Live
Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special84th Annual Academy AwardsBetty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America's Golden GirlThe Kennedy Center HonorsLouis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre65th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Animated ProgramAmerican Dad!Bob's BurgersFuturamaThe Penguins Of Madagascar: The Return Of The Revenge Of Dr. BlowholeThe Simpsons
Outstanding Reality ProgramAntiques RoadshowJamie Oliver's Food RevolutionMythBustersShark TankUndercover BossWho Do You Think You Are?
Outstanding Reality-Competition ProgramThe Amazing RaceDancing With The StarsProject RunwaySo You Think You Can DanceTop ChefThe Voice
Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition ProgramThe Amazing Race - Phil Keoghan, HostAmerican Idol - Ryan Seacrest, HostBetty White’s Off Their Rockers - Betty White, HostDancing With The Stars - Tom Bergeron, HostSo You Think You Can Dance - Cat Deeley, Host
Outstanding Nonfiction SeriesAmerican MastersAnthony Bourdain: No ReservationsFrozen PlanetInside The Actors StudioThe Weight Of The Nation
Outstanding Nonfiction SpecialBobby Fischer Against The WorldGeorge Harrison: Living In The Material WorldGloria: In Her Own WordsPaul Simon's Graceland Journey: Under African Skies6 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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