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64th Annual Primetime Emmy Nominations Announced

July 19, 2012 by Marc Berman in Highlights with 2 Comments
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64th Primetime Emmy Awards on ABC September 23, 2012

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, with help of Jimmy Kimmel, Kerry Washington (“Scandal”) and Academy Chairman Bruce Rosenblum, on Thursday announced the nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.

“Mad Men” and “American Horror Story” were tied as the most nominated series, each with 17, followed closely by “Downton Abbey”, with 16. The cable mega-hit “Hatfields & McCoys,” the History Channel miniseries, also had 16, and HBO’s “Hemingway and Gellhorn” had 15. “Modern Family” is the most-nominated comedy this year with 14.

“Mad Men” has a chance to become the most honored drama in television history, if it wins this year’s Outstanding Drama Series Emmy. The series is currently tied with “Hill Street Blues” and “The West Wing”, each with four Outstanding Drama Series Emmy awards.

Home Box Office (HBO) is once again the overall network leader with 81 nominations. CBS led all broadcast networks with 60 nominations. Thanks to “Downton Abbey” and its “Masterpiece” projects, PBS received 58 nods.

Editor-in-chief of TV Media Insights Marc Berman aka “Mr. TV” was quoted in a Michael Starr-authored July 19, 2012 piece about the Emmys entitled “Always the Bridesmaid” (link) for the New York Post.

The article described how those recognized by the Television Academy with plenty of career Emmy nominations have yet to earn the prestigious award, such as Jon Hamm of AMC’s “Mad Men” and Bill Maher of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”.

Berman stated, “You have to ask yourself who else is in competition that year. There’s always someone who has more momentum. …It’s like when ‘The Sopranos’ was on. Edie Falco and James Gandolfini always seemed to win.”

Here is the list of nominations for the major categories:

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

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

Outstanding Actress in a Drama
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Joanne Froggat, Downton Abbey
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
John Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jared Harris, Mad Men
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy
Mayim Bialik, Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Outstanding Variety, Comedy Or Musical Series
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Outstanding Reality Show
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

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

Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story (FX)
Game Change (HBO)
Hatfields & McCoys (History Channel)
Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
Luther (BBC America)
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece) (PBS)

Outstanding Leading Actress in a Mini-series or Movie
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Ashley Judd, Missing
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Leading Actor in an Mini-Series or Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece)
Idris Elba, Luther
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini-series or Movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
Judy Davis, Page Eight (Masterpiece)
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-series or Movie
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece)
Ed Harris, Game Change
Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story
David Straithairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 23, 2012. The event will air on the ABC television network and be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.


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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman is the Editor in Chief for TV Media Insights, the online destination for television and media. Berman has appeared on camera for “Extra,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Access Hollywood,” “The CBS Evening News,” CNN, and more; and was the author of 2014 desk calendar, “This Day in TV History.”

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  • TV-aholic

    As with all awards shows, The Emmy Awards are a joke. Its all a matter of opinion. There is no measurable way to say that the acting, writing, directing is better or “Best”. If you are smart, you will watch SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL instead.

  • SonOfTheBronx

    I know you’re allergic to any awards shows, TV-aholic, and I agree that it’s a bit absurd to consider one show or actor as better than another when it’s all subjective. For me, these events are more about the spectacle of it all. I’m most interested in seeing what memorable moments they produce and what stuff can benefit from being recognized. However, these award shows are usually more boring than not.

    On a side note, there will soon be “awards” on this very site DIS-HONORING some of those in television. Hope you’ll be aboard for that one!

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