65th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Nominees Announced

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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced their nominations this morning for the upcoming 65TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS. The nominees are as follows…

Outstanding Drama Series
– Breaking Bad (AMC)
– Downton Abbey (PBS)
– Game Of Thrones (HBO)
– Homeland (Showtime)
– House Of Cards (Netflix)
– Mad Men (AMC)

Outstanding Comedy Series
– The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
– Girls (HBO)
– Louie (FX)
– Modern Family (ABC)
– 30 Rock (NBC)
– Veep (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
– Breaking Bad … Bryan Cranston as Walter White
– Downton Abbey … Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham
– Homeland … Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody
– House Of Cards … Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood
– Mad Men … Jon Hamm as Don Draper
– The Newsroom … Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
– Bates Motel … Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates
– Downton Abbey … Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
– Homeland … Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
– House Of Cards … Robin Wright as Claire Underwood
– Mad Men … Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson
– Nashville … Connie Britton as Rayna James
– Scandal … Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
– Arrested Development … Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth
– The Big Bang Theory … Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
– Episodes … Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc
– House Of Lies … Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan
– Louie … Louis C.K. as Louie
– 30 Rock … Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
– Enlightened … Laura Dern as Amy
– Girls … Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath
– 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 Miniseries Or A Movie
– Behind The Candelabra … Michael Douglas as Liberace
– Behind The Candelabra … Matt Damon as Scott Thorson
– The Girl … Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock
– Parade’s End … Benedict Cumberbatch as Christopher Tietjens
– Phil Spector … Al Pacino as Phil Spector

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
– American Horror Story: Asylum … Jessica Lange as Sister Jude Martin
– The Big C: Hereafter … Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison
– Phil Spector … Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney-Baden
– Political Animals … Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish Hammond
– Top Of The Lake … Elisabeth Moss as Robin

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
– Boardwalk Empire … Bobby Cannavale as Gyp Rosetti
– Breaking Bad … Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut
– Breaking Bad … Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
– Downton Abbey … Jim Carter as Mr. Carson
– Game Of Thrones … Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
– Homeland … Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
– Breaking Bad … Anna Gunn as Skyler White
– Downton Abbey … Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
– Game Of Thrones … Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
– The Good Wife … Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
– Homeland … Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody
– Mad Men … Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
– The Good Wife … Nathan Lane as Clarke Hayden
– The Good Wife … Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning
– Homeland … Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn
– Mad Men … Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper
– Mad Men … Harry Hamlin as Jim Cutler
– Scandal … Dan Bucatinsky as James Novack

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
– The Americans … Margo Martindale as Claudia
– Game Of Thrones … Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell
– The Good Wife … Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni
– Mad Men … Linda Cardellini as Sylvia Rosen
– The Newsroom … Jane Fonda as Leona Lansing
– Shameless … Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
– Girls … Adam Driver as Adam Sackler
– Modern Family … Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett
– Modern Family… Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett
– Modern Family … Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
– Saturday Night Live … Bill Hader as Various characters
– Veep … Tony Hale as Gary Walsh

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
– The Big Bang Theory … Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler
– Glee … Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester
– Modern Family … Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett
– Modern Family … Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
– Nurse Jackie … Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow
– 30 Rock … Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney
– Veep … Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
– The Big Bang Theory … Bob Newhart as Arthur Jeffries/Professor Proton
– Modern Family … Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman
– Nurse Jackie … Bobby Cannavale as Dr. Mike Cruz
– Saturday Night Live … Louis C.K., Host
– Saturday Night Live … Justin Timberlake, Host
– 30 Rock … Will Forte as Paul

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
– Enlightened … Molly Shannon as Eileen Foliente
– Glee … Dot-Marie Jones as Shannon Beiste
– Louie … Melissa Leo as Laurie
– Saturday Night Live … Melissa McCarthy, Host
– Saturday Night Live … Kristen Wiig, Host
– 30 Rock … Elaine Stritch as Colleen Donaghy

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
– American Horror Story: Asylum … James Cromwell as Dr. Arthur Arden
– American Horror Story: Asylum … Zachary Quinto as Dr. Oliver Thredson
– Behind The Candelabra … Scott Bakula as Bob Black
– The Big C: Hereafter… John Benjamin Hickey as Sean
– Top Of The Lake … Peter Mullan as Matt

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
– American Horror Story: Asylum … Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters
– The Girl … Imelda Staunton as Alma Hitchcock
– Political Animals … Ellen Burstyn as Margaret Barrish Worthington
– Restless … Charlotte Rampling as Sally Gilmartin
– Steel Magnolias … Alfre Woodard as Ouiser

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
– American Idol … Ryan Seacrest, Host
– Betty White’s Off Their Rockers … Betty White, Host
– Dancing With The Stars … Tom Bergeron, Host
– Project Runway … Heidi Klum, Host / Tim Gunn, Host
– So You Think You Can Dance … Cat Deeley, Host
– The Taste … Anthony Bourdain, Host

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
– 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 Variety 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 Miniseries Or Movie
– 
American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
– Behind The Candelabra (HBO)
– The Bible (HISTORY)
– Phil Spector (HBO)
– Political Animals (USA)
– Top Of The Lake (Sundance Channel)

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
– Breaking Bad [Dead Freight] … George Mastras, Written by
– Breaking Bad [Say My Name] … Thomas Schnauz, Written by
– Downton Abbey [Episode 4] … Julian Fellowes, Written by
– Game Of Thrones [The Rains Of Castamere] … David Benioff, Written by / D.B. Weiss, Written by
– Homeland [Q&A] … Henry Bromell, Written by

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
– 
Boardwalk Empire [Margate Sands] … Tim Van Patten, Directed by
– Breaking Bad [Gliding Over All] … Michelle MacLaren, Directed by
– Downton Abbey [Episode 4] … Jeremy Webb, Directed by
– Homeland [Q&A] … Lesli Linka Glatter, Directed by
– House Of Cards [Chapter 1] … David Fincher, Directed by

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
– Episodes [Episode 209] … David Crane, Written by / Jeffrey Klarik, Written by
– Louie [Daddy’s Girlfriend Part 1] … Louis C.K., Story & Teleplay by / Pamela Adlon, Story by
– The Office [Finale] … Greg Daniels, Written by
– 30 Rock [Hogcock!] … Jack Burditt, Written by / Robert Carlock, Written by
– 30 Rock [Last Lunch] … Tina Fey, Written by / Tracey Wigfield, Written by

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
– 
Girls [On All Fours] … Lena Dunham, Directed by
– Glee [Diva] … Paris Barclay, Directed by
– Louie [New Year’s Eve] … Louis C.K., Directed by
– Modern Family [Arrested] … Gail Mancuso, Directed by
– 30 Rock [Hogcock! / Last Lunch] … Beth McCarthy-Miller, Directed by

Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
– 
Behind The Candelabra … Richard LaGravenese, Written by
– The Hour … Abi Morgan, Written by
– Parade’s End … Tom Stoppard, Written by
– Phil Spector … David Mamet, Written by
– Top Of The Lake … Jane Campion, Written by / Gerard Lee, Written by

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
– Behind The Candelabra … Steven Soderbergh, Directed by
– The Girl … Julian Jarrold, Directed by
– Phil Spector … David Mamet, Directed by
– Ring Of Fire … Allison Anders, Directed by
– Top Of The Lake [Part 5] … Jane Campion, Directed by / Garth Davis, Directed by

Outstanding Variety Special
– 
The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
– Louis C.K.: Oh My God (HBO)
– Mel Brooks Strikes Back! With Mel Brooks And Alan Yentob (HBO)
– Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday [Part One] (NBC)
– 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief (Robin Hood Foundation)

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series
– The Colbert Report … Various
– The Daily Show With Jon Stewart … Various
– Jimmy Kimmel Live … Various
– Portlandia … Various
– Real Time With Bill Maher … Various
– Saturday Night Live … Various

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special
– 
The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards … Various
– Louis C.K.: Oh My God … Various
– Night Of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together For Autism Programs … Various
– Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday [Part One] … Various
– 66th Annual Tony Awards … Dave Boone, Written by / Paul Greenberg, Special Material by

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series
– 
The Colbert Report [Episode 8131] … James Hoskinson, Directed by
– The Daily Show With Jon Stewart [Episode 17153] … Chuck O’Neil, Directed by
– Jimmy Kimmel Live [Episode 13-1810] … Andy Fisher, Directed by
– Late Show With David Letterman [Episode 3749] … Jerry Foley, Directed by
– Portlandia [Alexandra] … Jonathan Krisel, Directed by
– Saturday Night Live [Host: Justin Timberlake] … Don Roy King, Directed by

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special
– 
The Kennedy Center Honors … Louis J. Horvitz, Directed by
– London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony … Bucky Gunts, Directed by / Hamish Hamilton, Directed by
– Louis C.K.: Oh My God … Louis C.K., Directed by
– The Oscars … Don Mischer, Directed by
– 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief … Michael Dempsey, Directed by

So, what are your thoughts regarding this year’s nominees? Are there any standouts for you? I’m personally hoping for a lot of GAME OF THRONES love (especially for the amazing Emilia Clarke) as well as a win for Matt LeBlanc in EPISODES (though I know Jim Parsons will probably win it again). I’d also consider Jessica Lange for her AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM work. That was one powerful performance.

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, the 65TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS will air live on Sunday, September 22nd at 8pm (EST).

~K

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | Ken loves film -- whether it's collecting them or making them. He's a massive fan of creature features and giant monster flicks and hopes to create one himself one day. He also obsessively collects ThunderCats, King Kong, Pacific Rim and The Last of Us memorabilia.