Jul 192012

Nominations to  64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards for the best television programming between June  2011 and June 2012 were announced earlier today. Shows and artists will be awarded during ceremony  hosted by  Jimmy Kimmel  in L.A on  September 23, 2012 and televised live by ABC. Nominations as usual have several baffling classifications, for example the cast of “Nurse Jackie”  is nominated in “comedy series” groups (Ef me sideways, that’s a drama, if I ever saw one!), entire series “Sherlock” received nomination for seemingly just the first episode of season two while “Luther” currently in pre-production of 3rd season and regular  13 piece TV series “American Horror Story” currently awaiting second season have been nominated as “mini series”. HBO leads the list with 81 nominations in total, followed by CBS with 60 nominees and PBS, listed 58 times. Among series, “American Horror Story” and “Mad Men” stay up top with 17 nominations each, closely trailed by “Downton Abbey” and “Hatfields & Mccoys” both with 16 nominations and “Hemingway & Gellhorn” with 15.

The nominees in main categories are (little flags indicate mainly British productions or actors):

Nominated to Emmys 2012 "Breaking Bad"

Playing chicken. Giancarlo Esposito as Gus vs Bryan Cranston as Walter in AMC’s “Breaking Bad”


Outstanding Drama Series
HBO Boardwalk Empire
AMC Breaking Bad
PBS Downton Abbey United Kingdom
HBO Game of Thrones
Showtime Homeland
AMC Mad Men




HBO's "Veep" - main cast

All the vice-president’s men. The cast of HBO’s “Veep”


Outstanding Comedy Series
NBC 30 Rock
CBS The Big Bang Theory
HBO Curb Your Enthusiasm
HBO Girls
ABC Modern Family
HBO Veep



FX's "American Horror Story"

Nominated 17 times. American Horror Story


Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie
FX American Horror Story
HBO Game Change
History Hatfields & McCoys
HBO Hemingway & Gellhorn
BBC Luther United Kingdom
PBS Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia United Kingdom




Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in "Homeland"

Prisoner of war. Nominated to Emmy 2012 Damian Lewis in “Homeland”


Lead Actor in a Drama Series
PBS Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham on “Downton Abbey’ United Kingdom
HBO Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson on “Boardwalk Empire”
AMC Bryan Cranston as Walter White on “Breaking Bad’
Showtime Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan on “Dexter”
AMC Jon Hamm as Don Draper on “Mad Men”
Showtime Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody on ‘Homeland”United Kingdom




Idris Elba as John Luther

Man on The Wire. Idris Elba as a cop in BBC’s “Luther”


Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
History Kevin Costner as ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield in “Hatfields & McCoys”
PBS Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in “Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia” United Kingdom
BBC Idris Elba as John Luther in “Luther”  United Kingdom
HBO Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt in “Game Change”
HBO Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway in “Hemingway & Gellhorn” United Kingdom
History Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy in “Hatfields & McCoys”




"Game Change" Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin

Mama grizzly. Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in “Game Change”


Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
FX Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon in American Horror Story
ABC Ashley Judd as Rebecca Winstone in “Missing”
HBO Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn in “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
HBO Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in “Game Change”
PBS Emma Thompson as She in “The Song of Lunch” United Kingdom





CBS' "The Good Wife" Julianna Margulies

The Good Wife. Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick


Lead Actress in a Drama Series
NBC Kathy Bates as Harriet “Harry” Korn on “Harry’s Law”
FX Glenn Close as Patricia “Patty” Hewes on “Damages”
Showtime Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison on “Homeland”
PBS Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley on “Downton Abbey” United Kingdom
CBS Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick on “The Good Wife”
AMC Elisabeth Moss as Margaret “Peggy” Olson on “Mad Men”




Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in "The Big Bang Theory"

40 years old next year. Jim Parsons as Dr. Sheldon Cooper on CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory”


Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
NBC Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy on “30 Rock’
FX Louis C.K. as Louie on “Louie’
Showtime Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan on “House of Lies”
CBS Jon Cryer as Dr. Alan Harper on “Two and a Half Men”
HBO Larry David as Himself on “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
CBS Jim Parsons as Dr. Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory”



Showtime's "Nurse Jackie"

Nurse on steroids. Edie Falco is Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”


Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
FOX Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day on “New Girl”
HBO Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath on “Girls”
Showtime Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton on “Nurse Jackie”
NBC Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on “30 Rock”
HBO Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer on “Veep”
CBS Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn on “Mike & Molly”
NBC Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on “Parks and Recreation”




Full list of nominees in other categories can be found here

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