The 2012 Emmy nominees are out!

Mad Men and American Horror Story lead, bagging 17 nominations each.

Reuters July 20, 2012

LOS ANGELES: Nominations for the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced by Jimmy Kimmel (in his pyjamas!) and “Scandal” star, Kerry Washington.

Television shows “Mad Men” and “American Horror Story” lead the nominations at this year’s Emmy Awards, bagging 17 nominations each, with “Downton Abbey” coming in as a close second with 16 nominations. Advertising drama “Mad Men” is hoping to gain its fifth Best Drama win, which would make it the only series to ever scoop the accolade that many times.

Some top shows and actors were also surprisingly snubbed, such as Kelsey Grammer for a spot in the lead actor race for “Boss” despite winning a Golden Globe this year and five previous Emmy wins. He has also had 14 previous nominations for performances on “Cheers”, “Frasier”, “Wings”, and “The Simpsons”.

Following is a list of nominees in key categories for
Emmy Awards to be handed out on September 23:

Best drama series

“Boardwalk Empire”

“Breaking Bad”

“Downton Abbey”

“Game of Thrones”


“Mad Men”

Actor in a drama series

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Michael C Hall, “Dexter”

Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”

Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Actress in a drama series

Glenn Close, “Damages”

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Supporting actress in a drama series

Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”

Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”

Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”

Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”

Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Supporting actor in a drama series

Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”

Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad”

Brendan Coyle, “Downton Abbey”

Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”

Peter Dinklage, “Game Of Thrones”

Jared Harris, “Mad Men”

Best comedy series

“The Big Bang Theory”

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”


“Modern Family”

“30 Rock”


Actor in a comedy series

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Don Cheadle, “House Of Lies”

Louis CK, “Louie”

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Jon Cryer, “Two And A Half Men”

Actress in a comedy series

Lena Dunham, “Girls”

Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”

Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation”

Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Supporting actor in a comedy series

Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

Max Greenfield, “New Girl”

Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”

Supporting actress in a comedy series

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”

Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives”

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”

Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Merritt Weverm, “Nurse Jackie”

Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

Best miniseries or tv movie

“American Horror Story”

“Game Change”

“Hatfields & McCoys”

“Hemingway & Gellhorn”


“Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia”

Best reality competition program

“The Amazing Race”

“Dancing With The Stars”

“Project Runway”

“So You Think You Can Dance”

“Top Chef”

“The Voice”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 21st, 2012.


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