Emmy Nominations 2012: American Horror Story, Mad Men and Modern Family Lead the Pack

Emmy Nominations 2012Nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced early Thursday morning by Scandal star Kerry Washington and this year’s Emmys host, Jimmy Kimmel — in his pajamas — and FX’s American Horror Story and AMC’s Mad Men led the pack with 17 total nods each.

PBS’ Downton Abbey and History’s Hatfields & McCoys followed with 16 apiece, while Modern Family was the most-nommed scripted comedy series, with 14.

Showtime’s Homeland amassed the most nominations (nine) for a freshman series, while Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, Lena Dunham (as a star, director and writer of Girls) and Amy Poehler (as Parks and Rec actress and for penning an episode) are among those who netted multiple nods.

Here is the list of the nominees who were revealed on TV, to be updated imminently with the full roster of contenders in major races. Your job, as fellow TV enthusiasts, is to hit the comments with unchecked euphoria… or utter outrage. (It’s the Internet, so we’re conservatively predicting at least 60 percent “outrage.”)

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Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Mad Men

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

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

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

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

Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Jeremy Davies, Justified
Ben Feldman, Mad Men
Jason Ritter, Parenthood

Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife
Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy
Jean Smart, Harry’s Law
Julia Ormond, Mad Men
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Uma Thurman, Smash

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The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
30 Rock

Zoey 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

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (*his first time in Lead race in years)
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

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

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

Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Greg Kinnear, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock

Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Margaret Cho, 30 Rock
Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men

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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

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

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

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

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

Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Ashley Judd, Missing (*which was eligible as a miniseries)
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch

The complete list of Emmy nominations can be found at Emmys.com.

The Emmys will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC is broadcasting this year’s show, with Jimmy Kimmel serving as host.

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  1. Karen says:

    also YAY for Cat Deeley! (and sytycd)

    • Chiana says:

      Hope she wins at least – think she’s far above the others in quality! (Sorry Phil). Still won’t make me watch this travesty though. Too many horrible choices there, especially in comedy category.

  2. Jack J. says:

    Great for Dot-Marie Jones!!

  3. auds says:

    Whoever picks the nominees is a complete moron. Why is 30 Rock always nominated & not Parks & Rec or Community? I don’t think 30 Rock is nearly as clever or funny as those 2. Most of the shows listed are crap.

    • AJ says:

      I agree that Community is funnier than 30 Rock (haven’t seen parks & rec) but you do know that not 1 person picks the nominees right?

  4. Confuzzled says:

    I’m really confused. How is an episode of Sherlock eligible as a miniseries or movie?

  5. Shamy nominated (Jim & Mayim), Schmidt and Jess nominated… Makes me happy :D

  6. Chelsea Anne says:

    No Parks and Rec?! UNBELIEVABLE.

  7. silvina says:

    What ? And Hugh Laurie ? . Emmys people are crazy and blind !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Pat says:

    No Community, no Happy Endings, barely and Parks, and so sick of Modern Family getting 4 noms for supporting actor. Not cool man.

  9. Amanda says:

    Very glad Jessica Pare was NOT nominated for Mad Men. Most over-hyped character this season.

  10. Chris says:


  11. Line says:

    Nick Offerman should be nominated and parks and recreation too!!

  12. Hershey says:

    As usual, no love for Fringe! I hate you emmys!

  13. Jaz says:

    Would have liked to have seen Kyra Sedjwick for The Closer.

  14. Eric says:

    NO JEFF PROBST for Reality Show Host!!!??? Considering he’s won every year!!! No Happy Endings anywhere???? Kathy Bates, Really??? No Kyra Sedgewick??? Very disappointing!!!

  15. Monica says:

    Put The Good Wife in Boardwalk Empire’s place and they have the perfect list for drama series. I love Downton Abbey but all those actors? Bates over Will Gardner? Hugh Bonneville over Hugh Laurie? Anna the maid over the excellent Cersei from Game of Thrones? The only two acting nominations Downton deserved were Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery. This is way too much love.
    Yay for Amy Farrah Fowler making the cut. She is so funny!

  16. Lily says:

    I hope Carrie Preston gets a nomination! she is AWESOME!

  17. gailer says:

    No Hugh Laurie???????

  18. Viv says:

    the emmys are useless and outdated and terrible and OMG MERRITT WEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IS THIS REAL LIFE!!!!!!!!! I LOVE HER!!!!!!!!! ZOEY FOR ALL THE AWARDS!!!!!!!

  19. New Girl says:

    So happy for Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield! Wish New Girl would have been nominated for best comedy but I suppose that may come with time. Yay!!

  20. Sarabi says:

    Why the frack did Veep get nominated for best comedy?!
    I have a feeling that Girls is going to win, though. -.-

    Rooting for Breaking Bad for best drama(!!!), Giancarlo Esposito, Louis CK, Merritt Wever (although I think Kathryn Joosten is going to win that category), Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy for their guest spots on SNL, and lastly: BBC’s Sherlock.

    Pretty sad that Community and P&R got snubbed.

    • Sarabi says:

      I see now that Community and P&R got nominations in the writing category. (Unlike Breaking Bad! :facepalm:) That’s something, I guess.

  21. RCH says:

    Jason Isaacs was ROBBED for “Awake!” C’mon, people – can’t we shake the lead actor category up just this once instead of going to our standard list of people who get nominated every year (whether they deserve it or not)?

    You’re killing me, Emmys…

  22. Evan says:

    Can’t wait for Betty White’s acceptance speech for best Reality TV host. That should be entertaining.

  23. Amanda says:

    a little bummed not to see Zach Quinto get any love for American Horror Story, but since it was put in miniseries category there is no guest actor noms. bummer tho.

  24. TigerNightmare says:

    Looks like they’re nominating Breaking Bad’s previous season. Which I’m fine with, I wish they weren’t so strict with air dates last year, though. If there’s one person I’m fine with beating out Aaron Paul, it’s Giancarlo Esposito. Too much Modern Family, though. They all do a fine job on that show, but nothing this past season really struck me as a particularly noteworthy performance. I found the cast of Suburgatory more worthy of Emmy love. Guess that show’s the new Parks and Rec when it comes to award season.

  25. Alicia says:

    Mr. Bates got Emmy love. All is right with the world.

  26. jessica agron says:

    I’m for Modern Family in some, and The Big bang Theory in some. I’m all for Shamy( Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons)

  27. June says:

    Totally rooting for Kathy Bates here.

    BUT: how come there is no mention of “the Mentalist” anywhere in this list? If the judges ever bothered to watch that show, Simon Baker would have no place to hide from all the awards thrown his way!

  28. Bob Loblaw says:

    Modern Family should add another gay couple in the cast, you know, just in case the first 4 men don’t get the trophy…. Such a joke. NIck Offerman FTW.

    • AJ says:

      This is the only change I would support for the Emmys: One person per show, per category can be nominated and that’s it when it comes to the individual acting noms. The people that vote for the nomniations should be forced to pick the best actor on each show and not just nominate 4 of them and take up almost an entire category.

  29. Marin says:

    I could care less this year EXCEPT I’m thrilled for Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman in the miniseries category. More sexy brits, please!

    • Emily says:

      I’m so happy for them! I would’ve rioted in the streets if Cumberbatch hadn’t been nominated, but Freeman was a pleasant surprise.

  30. Frances Conroy and Denis O’Hare over Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters? I love Frances and Denis but… the Emmy’s refusal to look to new talent is GLARINGLY obvious here.

  31. maddie says:

    Why is there no Revenge?! That is an outstanding show with an awesome cast…there is not any variety in these nominations and lots of snubs 3evenge should have been in the mix. Also Sandra Oh is snubbed every year for Greys Anatomy.

  32. Kat says:

    How can they snub Michael Pitt, Justified and Sons of Anarchy? I don´t understand the flood of nominations for Downton Abbey. It´s not bad but by far not as great as it is said (especially the 2nd season).

    • jasin says:

      Michael Pity and Sons of Anarchy and cast are what surprises me as well. Pity was outstanding last season on Boardwalk Empire but because he has a bad rap I’m guessing he’s easy to ignore. Probably the same goes with Kurt Sitter and that trickled to his cast. Sucks but nothing we get to do about it.

  33. M says:

    Jon Cryer over Joel McHale? Four Modern Family contenders but no Danny Pudi, Jim Rash or Nick Offerman? TBBT gets nominated but no Community or Parks and Rec? I’m done with the Emmys.

  34. Sookie says:

    Jessica Lange?? Did I miss her name somewhere???

  35. Ana says:

    No SOA, Emmy’s are so boring!!!!!

    • AJ says:

      I’m pretty sure Kurt Sutter has screwed himself out of ever getting any Emmys for his show with his past rants. Same with at least one of the actors.

  36. V says:

    Apparently they don’t get FX. No Justified or Sons of Anarchy?!?!

  37. nyla says:

    No Parks and Rec in the Comedy race?! Are you kidding me?? If Amy Poehler doesn’t win….
    Also, I love me some Downton just like the next person, but I feel like some of the noms are a little much. I realize Grey’s isn’t a show on “cirtics” radar anymore, but Sandra Oh once again got screwed.
    And Modern Family is/was good, but no longer SO great that it warrents every one of their actors a nomination.
    Don’t get me started on Kathy Bates… (who, I think is fantastic. but for Harry’s Law – AGAIN – really???)

    This year’s noms are 50% hot mess.

    • Eliza says:

      That’s one reason why I’m probably not going to watch….Amy Poehler will get robbed. Most likely by Zooey or Lena. Whatever. So effing sick of Amy getting snubbed!

  38. Joe says:

    If you include online stuff, 30 Rock has 15 to Modern Family’s 14. Haha.

  39. Anne says:

    Where is SOA….amazing writing, stellar cast?!?

  40. Brad says:

    Parks and Rec isn’t nominated for Outstanding Comedy?!! Raising Hope & Happy Endings were completely snubbed?! (except it was nice to see Martha Plimpton nominated for her Guest appearance on The Good Wife) NO FRINGE?!, but I’m used to that. And did Jessica Lange get any noms? They’d be crazy not to nominate her

  41. Mick says:

    Well that is interesting Hugh Bonneville over Timonthy Olyphant? The Emmys seriously love DA.

  42. Aha says:

    Hugh Laurie missing from this list is a shame, house have been crappy that last season , but Hugh’s acting was still top notch.

  43. wrstlgirl says:

    As usual the same shows and people get nominated while better quality shows like SOA and Justified get ignored. I’ll even throw The Walking Dead into the list. Three great dramas with stellar casts.

  44. Belle says:

    It’s time to seperate Network vs. Cable shows….it’s ridiculous how many shows above are from Cable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They take the spots for our beloved shows, Parks and Rec, Community, Happy Endings, Once Upon a Time, Revenge etc. Just peeved, once again I am not going to be watching the show, could care less since the “Academy” is blind and has no real grasp on what Emmy worthy is :( sad, sad, sad

  45. Viviana says:

    New Girl is MISSING in the list of outstanding comedy. Shame!!!Thank God Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield made the actor category.

  46. Joel says:

    Why are there 7 lead Actress in a comedy nominations and 6 for every other category?

  47. Polly says:

    If this is a joke, it’s not funny.
    Still no John Noble???? Seriously???!?!?!
    What the heck emmmy people?!

  48. Joel says:

    I hope that the emmys realize this system is flawed. They need to break into a cable emmys and a broadcast emmys or at least have only one actor per category from a specific show.

  49. BabyFirefly says:

    No Jeff Probst this year? Did he take his name out, or is this the actual results? He wins it every year, maybe this year the lovely Cat Deeley will win!