‘Mad Men’, ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Modern Family’ Earn Emmy Nods

Jimmy Kimmel swooped in as a last minute replacement for Nick Offerman to join Kerry Washington to announce the 2012 Primetime Emmy nominations this morning. And in true Kimmel style, he showed up wearing his pajamas to do the honour!

You can re-watch the announcement below, but let’s get down to who got the top nods this year. Fan fave “Mad Men” received 17 nominations this morning, including best drama, best actor for Jon Hamm and best actress to Elisabeth Moss. “Downton Abbey” is another impressive contender getting 16 nominations and it’s in the running for best drama.

Global TV shows like “Harry’s Law” and “The Good Wife” were recognized in the best actress category with Kathy Bates and Julianna Margulies both vying for the best actress in a drama series trophy.

Up for nominations in the comedy department, “Modern Family” with 14 nods, including best comedy series and best supporting actress for Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara. The show also received supporting actor nominations for Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet.

HBO dominated the Emmy noms with 81 nods for shows like “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones”. And there were plenty of newcomers in the mix this year, including HBO’s “Girls” and “Veep” as well as the Showtime series “Homeland”, starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.

The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on September 23 at the Nokia Theatre in LA, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting.

See the full list of nominations below:

Best Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory”;

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”;


“Modern Family”;

“30 Rock”;


Best Actress in a Comedy Series

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”;

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

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, “The Big Bang Theory”;

Best Drama Series

“Boardwalk Empire”;

“Breaking Bad”;

“Downton Abbey”;

“Game of Thrones”;


“Mad Men”;

Best Actress in a Drama Series

Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”;

Glenn Close, “Damages”;

Claire Danes, “Homeland”;

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”;

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”;

Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”;

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”;

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”;

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”;

Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”;

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”;

Damian Lewis, “Homeland”;

Best Miniseries or Movie

“American Horror Story”;

“Game Change”;

“Hattefield and McCoy”;

“Hemingway and Gellhorn”;



Best Actress Miniseries or Movie

Connie Britton, “American Horror Story”;

Ashey Judd, “Missing”;

Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”;

Julianne Moore, “Game Change”;

Emma Thompson, “The Song of Lunch”;

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Kevin Costner, “Hattefield and McCoy”;

Beneditch Cumberbach, “Sherlock”;

Idris Elba, “Luther”;

Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”;

Clive Owen, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”;

Bill Paxton, “Hattefields and McCoys”;

Outstanding Host: 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”;

Reality-Competition Program

“The Amazing Race”;”

“Dancing swith the Stars”;

“Project Runway”;

“So You Think You Can Dance”;

“Top Chef”;

“The Voice”;

Variety 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”;

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