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Old and New Favorites Receive Emmy Nominations

The Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced this morning.

This morning Jimmy Kimmel and Scandal’s Kerry Washington presented the nominees for the Primetime Emmy Awards. Looking at the list of nominees, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences seem to be acknowledging cable programming more and more. Watching the Emmy Awards growing up, I remember seeing the occasional nomination for a miniseries on HBO, but now with amazing shows like Game of Thrones and Girls (which I am told is very good) cable television is definitely represented more than ever before.

IMayim Bialik was nominated for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory.n the comedy category,  Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory garnered many of the nominations. I was surprised to see Saturday Night Live with so many noms, though I will say that this season was a lot stronger than it has been in the past. With Modern Family being a favorite among critics, newcomers Girls and Veep may have their work cut out for them to impress the panel of voters. Mayim Bialik’s nomination for Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory was a nice surprise and quite frankly made me quite happy.

Mad Men and Breaking Bad are the perennial contenders for the drama category with Game of Thrones making a decent showing in its second year.  Downton Abbey seems to be the true front-runner, but Mad Men is giving it a run for its money as far as nominations go. The rest of the drama categories seems to be a hodge-podge of nominees.

A very pleasant surprise is the appearance of new favorite Downton Abbey. The Masterpiece Classics series swept the categories and in some have more than one nominee. Peter Dinklage, who received his first Emmy award last year for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, was nominated again. Two Downton actors, Brendan Coyle and Jim Carter, Mr. Bates and Mr. Carson, both gave commanding performances in the second season, but I am still such a fan of Dinklage that I am not sure if I can choose one of them over him. Maybe I just love Downton Abbey for a different reason and cannot choose between them.

Cumberbatch received an Emmy nomination for Sherlock.

Let me just share my absolute delight in that Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia is nominated for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. Since all of the episodes of Sherlock are feature-length and feature an independent story, any one of the episodes could have been submitted, however I was a huge fan of this episode and am glad to see it nominated. Benedict Cumberbatch is also up for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and that is just delightful considering the nominations were announced on his birthday. And hey, Martin Freeman, maybe you can put an Emmy next to your BAFTA!

One series was quite obviously missing from the list of nominees in the Drama categories. I am quite shocked (and Proffitt  and Bex are expressing quite the nerd rage) that The Walking Dead was snubbed from the major categories. Seriously, Andrew Lincoln deserved a nomination for his portrayal of Sheriff Rick Grimes in the series. Profitt wanted me to include that she felt Walking Dead was better than both Game of Thrones and Mad Men last year. Mad Men certainly did not grip me and I will have to agree that something about Game of Thrones season two was just not quite as good as the last. I would have thought that at the very least the show would be nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. Technical awards just are not enough for the adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel series. For the record, I’m also pretty upset that Once Upon a Time was completely ignored.

Comedy series that were very sadly lacking in nominations include Community and Glee. I feel like Season 3 of Glee was a lot better than Season 2 and at least someone from the primary cast should have been nominated. I was so pleased that Dot-Marie Jones was nominated for her role as Coach Shannon Bieste. However, Community is nowhere to be found except for a nomination Best Directing for the episode Remedial Chaos Theory. I would love to have seen a nomination for any of the cast, but especially Danny Pudi, whose character Abed is by far my favorite. Of course, there was no room for any actors in the Best Supporting Actor category because almost every male in the Modern Family cast was nominated. Is this show that good? Do I really need to be watching it?

Here are the rest of the Primetime Emmy Award nominees. You can find a list of all of the awards, including the technical nominations, here. Be sure to leave a comment and let us know if your favorite show was snubbed or if you are excited about the nominations!

OUTSTANDING DRAMA

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Breaking Bad
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • Mad Men

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 ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis, Homeland

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • 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

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • 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

OUTSTANDING COMEDY

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Girls
  • Modern Family
  • 30 Rock
  • Veep

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 and Molly
  • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Louis CK, Louie
  • Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
  • Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • 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

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
  • Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
  • Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
  • Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW HOST

  • 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 REALITY SHOW COMPETITION

  • The Amazing Race
  • Dancing With the Stars
  • Project Runway
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • Top Chef
  • The Voice

OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES

  • The Colbert Report
  • The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • Real Time with Bill Maher
  • Saturday Night Live

OUTSTANDING TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE

  • American Horror Story
  • Game Change
  • Hatfields & McCoys
  • Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Luther
  • Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE

  • Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
  • Idris Elba, Luther
  • Woody Harrelson, Game Change
  • Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE

  • Connie Britton, American Horror Story
  • Ashley Judd, Missing
  • Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • Julianne Moore, Game Change
  • Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch

 

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