Emmys 2014: Thrones, Fargo, Coven Lead Nominations; Lizzy Caplan, Matt Bomer, Joe Morton Among First-Timers

Emmys Winners 2014

Nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday by The Mindy Project‘s Mindy Kaling and The Voice host Carson Daly.

HBO’s Game of Thrones ruled with 19 total nominations, followed closely by FX’s Fargo (18) and American Horror Story: Coven (17), AMC’s Breaking Bad (16) and HBO’s The Normal Heart (16).

Amongst broadcast fare, NBC’s Saturday Night Live did best with 14 total nods, while ABC’s Modern Family and NBC’s The Voice netted 10 each.

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Going network-by-network, HBO amassed 99 (!) total nods, with CBS placing a distant second with 47. NBC (46), FX (45) and ABC (37) round out the Top 5. Streaming service Netflix scored 31 nominations.

This year’s first-time Emmy contenders include (but are by no means limited to!) Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Lena Headey (Thrones), Matt Bomer (Normal Heart), Gary Cole (Veep), Colin Hanks (Fargo), Allison Tolman (Fargo), Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black) and Joe Morton (Scandal).

Besides Fargo, other freshman programs that fared well include Fox’s Cosmos, Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and HBO’s True Detective, each totaling 10 nods.

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TVLine has detailed the major nominees below; our sister siteDeadline has a complete list. Your job, as fellow TV enthusiasts, is to hit the comments with unbridled euphoria… or disproportionate outrage. (It’s the Internet, so we’re conservatively predicting 60 percent “outrage.”)

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective

Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Claire Danes, Homeland
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Margo Martindale, The Americans
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Kate Mara, House of Cards
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
Kate Burton, Scandal

Paul Giamatti, Downton Abbey
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Reg E Cathey, House of Cards
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex
Joe Morton, Scandal

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The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Tony Hale, Veep

Natasha Lyonne, Orange Is the New Black
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Joan Cusack, Shameless

Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Steve Buscemi, Portlandia
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
Gary Cole, Veep

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Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
Heidi Klum/Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

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
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
The White Queen

Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Last Vow
The Trip to Bountiful

Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Idris Elba, Luther
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing On the Edge
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart

Colin Hanks, Fargo
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow

The Emmys will be held Monday, Aug. 25 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. NBC is broadcasting this year’s show, with Late Night‘s Seth Meyers serving as host.

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  1. Joe R says:

    Anyone else having ZERO luck getting the live feed to work??

  2. Sara says:


    • Sara says:

      Tatiana? Bellamy? Jeff Perry? Lorraine Toussaint? Peter Saarsgard? The Good Wife?????? Why is Kate Mara nominated, she was hardly there this season.

      • Erika F says:

        Agree on Tatiana, Bellamy and Jeff. Kate is not my cup of tea, but she was nominated in the guest category which by design only requires the character to appear in 1 episode.

      • Definitely with Bellamy and Lorraine…but maybe Lorraine came too late in the award nom. season?

        • rileymccarthy says:

          I think these nominations affect ORANGE Season One. Hence, that’s why Uzo Aduba and Natasha Lyonne are nominees for guest actress.

      • SharpFangs says:

        OITNB Season 2 came out June 6, it’s too late for Lorraine.
        She could get nominated next year.

        • Dude says:

          Not too late, the cut off date was July 1st. Although, by then I’m sure most people had made up their minds and I don’t think she’ll be eligible for next year which is a shame.

      • Brandon says:

        Lorraine Toussaint wasn’t nominated because she wasn’t in season one of Orange is the New Black, I am willing to bet she will get a nomination for season 2 next year in Guest Actress though.

      • abz says:

        Agreed. It’s ridiculous The Good Wife wasn’t nominated for Best Drama. Kate Mara was only in one episode this season of HoC. Why is she even nominated?
        And seriously how is Maggie Siff ignored once again for her work on Sons of Anarchy. She was amazing this season and so was Vera Farmiga on Bates Motel.

    • Temperance says:

      That’s what I say every year. Most of these shows are utterly uninteresting to me – and about as much fun to watch as sticking your hand into a running blender. The best thing about next year is that the horrible Breaking Bad will be OVER. On the tiny upside, Game Of Thrones and AHS are the first genre shows to be nominated in forever (and AHS is nominated because of the undeniably most talented casts of any show, anywhere) – but that is deeply blunted by the fact that Emmy nearly universally ignores the far and away BEST performances on TV just because they aren’t in a boring, tedious, dark, awful real life parable… yes, Breaking Bad, Homeland, Mad Men, True Detective, I’m talking to you.

      • puredieselbc says:

        Thank you Temperance, couldn’t of said it better.

      • Dion Abbott says:

        Temperance doesn’t have a clue what good TV is or what he is talking about. The world doesn’t revolve around you, your opinion is not everyones, Bb is the best thing on TV by a mile since the wire.

      • Dion Abbott says:

        Temperance doesn’t have a clue what good TV is or what he is talking about. The world doesn’t revolve around you, your opinion is not everyones, Bb is the best thing on TV by a mile since the wire. The deep character development and storylines of these shows must be too muh for you.

      • Ally Oop says:

        Temperance, I pretty much agree with everything you said.

      • jj says:

        just because you don’t like a something doesn’t make it a bad show. Clearly there are millions who disagree with you

    • Delirious says:

      Speaking of WTF, maybe I’ve missed quite a bit, or it’s been too long since I last watched Portlandia, but… Since when is Fred Armisen a Supporting Actor?

  3. Tony says:

    Already immensely disappointed… No Chris Messina or Andy Samberg?? And Ricky Gervais & Don Cheadle??????????

  4. Joe R says:

    No Tatiana Maslany. AGAIN. Ridiculous.

    • Summer says:

      Yeah, this is what I watched it for. I have a sad.

    • Bec says:

      I’m so bored with these predictable noms year after year. And the predictable snubs year after year (Maslany!) Eyeroll.

      • Temperance says:

        I gave up one the Emmys representing the actual best TV performances ages ago. The Emmy nominating committee are like lobotomized sheep.

    • Tonya says:

      The epitome of a snub. So disappointing.

    • Jeanna says:


      • Mark says:

        And this is supposed to be the gold standard for TV, — please what predictable rubbish — A category for reality TV but nothing for themed or Scfy content just shows how out of touch this awards group is with most TV watching audiences. I stopped caring who won what when John Nobel wasn’t even nominated for his work on Fringe. Yet a show with half the acting talent in House of Lies wins one of these so called golden handshakes WTF….

  5. Sam says:

    Are you friggin kidding me? Where is The Good Wife? How is that not a best drama series nominee?????

  6. Sarah says:

    TATIANA *doing the Hunger Games salute*

  7. Roger says:

    FAIL! Where is Tatiana Maslany?!

  8. Gabe says:

    Tatiana Maslany was robbed. AGAIN.

  9. Court says:

    I swear, it’s like the Emmy voters don’t know there is new tv out there….like the same shows, actors, actresses every year.

  10. Whatevah says:

    Seriously they need to have separate categories for cable & network. I have never seen half these shows which is why I don’t watch the Emmy’s anymore. Nobody to root for…

    • Lysh says:

      I’ll still watch but I definitely agree about separating cable/digital and network! I haven’t seen most of these shows. I used to be so into the Emmys.

    • Erika F says:

      What are you watching?

      • puredieselbc says:

        NETWORK TV. While cable has made gains in recent years, most Americans still watch mostly Network shows. Whatevah and Lysh’s comments are examples of that divide and I agree with them that there should be separate categories.

        • Ally Oop says:

          I think so too. Network and cable dramas play by a different set of rules so there should be seperate categories. However, comedies (half-hour only!) should remain for both. I would also love to see the mini-series category merge with the main drama category. There’s no good reason American Horrow Story and Breaking Bad should be in seperate categories.

    • bk says:

      Good for revealing you’re retarded, sorry your brain can only handle NCIS

      • Angela says:

        Yes, because that’s the only thing on network TV. No other shows they could possibly be referring to.
        Try not to act like a jerk about people’s TV preferences, mmkay?

  11. dlefeb says:

    No Tatiana. No The Good Wife. Emmys continue to be lame.

  12. Melanie says:

    A moment of silence for Tatiana Maslany’s forever missing Emmy nomination.

    • Temperance says:

      And Eva Green’s missing Emmy nom for Penny Dreadful…. oh, sorry, that’s a pre-complaint for next year.

  13. BetsyBoo says:

    I can’t even. Are these voters sampling Breaking Bad’s product? No The Good Wife? vomit.

  14. Mark says:

    Tatiana Maslany should go all Helena on their asses.

  15. Aidan says:

    The fact that the near perfect and amazing season of
    The Good wife was snubbed for drama series makes me furious! True detective should have been in the mini series
    Category due to it’s anthology like nature. I’m convinced it took TGW much deserved and earned spot. Those who want to argue go watch “Hitting the Fan” of the TGW and get back to me!

  16. Stuart Yael Gordon says:

    Seriously? No Best Drama nomination for The Good Wife? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

  17. Laura D. says:

    Outstanding Reality Show Competition is a good example of oxymoron.

  18. Ad once again, no love for Hannibal, which is IMO, the most gripping show on TV.

    • Marissa says:

      Thank you!!! The show itself should have gotten a nom, not to mention Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen!! And how about Gillian Anderson for guest star??

      • mj says:

        Thank you as well! Hannibal is an amazing show and I really don’t understand why it isn’t there. Laurence Fishburne is amazing too, so disappointed! It’s like those idiots don’t even watch TV anymore, they just take the list from the year before and make a few changes.

    • If there was an award for technical achievement, sound editing, cinematography….etc….Hannibal would sweep the awards. Such a ridiculously gorgeous show.

    • enuff said says:

      The Emmy’s will never recognize Hannibal because there is not enough drugs, nudity, swearing or soap opera bs. Pathetic!

  19. Noelle says:

    Downton Abbey over The Good Wife?!! Downton has been so-so at best the last few seasons. Outrage!!

  20. Eric says:

    Let’s be real. The Emmy’s are a joke. It’s like academy voters think that because a show was once really good, it deserves to be awarded again or again. Or because an actor has done good work in other things then they should be rewarded. The Good Wife, Hannibal and Orphan Black (just to name a few) are some of the best shows on television, yet they get nothing. Tatiana Maslany acts circles around all the other nominees, she plays multiple characters with such skill and aplomb that you forget that they are all portrayed by the same actress, yet she gets nothing. I really think that the the TCA’s should take the place of the Emmy’s, since the voters actually seem to watch television.

  21. Marsha says:

    Not even a huge Orphan Black fan but Tatiana Maslany is a PHENOMENAL actress. She deserves the recognition more than any other actor right now.

    • TeenageAnakin says:

      Maslany could have been nominated in every single damn ____ actress category: best lead, best supporting, best guest… but none? That’s a sign right there that the Emmys should just pack it in and cease production. It’s over, people.

  22. Erin says:

    I am withholding total judgment until I see the rest of the list, but with only the ones announced live, I’m really disappointed there’s no Mindy or “The Mindy Project” nominations. I also cannot believe there’s no “The Good Wife” in the drama category.

  23. donnaherold says:

    Where’s the noms for supporting??

  24. M says:

    So tired of seeing nominations (and wins) for Mad Men and Big Bang. There are plenty of better shows out there.

    • Erika F says:

      Mad Men hasn’t been winning for a while and I don’t think the actors have ever really won much. Jon Hamm has never won.

      • mj says:

        But it gets nominated every year! Season 6 was awful, it shouldn’t be on the list and leave the place to other shows that deserve it.

  25. Manda says:

    It’s the same people EVERY year. It’s getting to be a bit boring.

  26. Rachael says:

    No Tatiana Maslany!?!? WTF?!?
    Josh Charles FTW!

  27. Blair says:

    TATIANA!!!!!!!! Again, the hardest working woman in television gets NO recognition!

  28. Manda says:

    WTH! Where is Sons of Anarchy??? Where is Charlie Hunnam or Katey Segal??

    • mj says:

      Katey Segal get robbed every year…I love her, she’s so amazing in that show yet she never gets the recognition she deserves…where the hell can we complain about that? I agree with people saying it should be the population voting, the Emmy people do not watch tv anymore, they just re-use the same names. I’ll say one thing though, Jon Voight is amazing in Ray Donovan so I am happy that he got recognized for that but that’s it.

      • Jax&Juice's Girl says:

        AGREE, Katey Sagal forever gets robbed when it comes to the emmys lets HOPE when the Golden Globes nominations come she should get a nom. since she already won a G.G in 2010.

    • abz says:

      This should have been Maggie Siff’s year!! It’s so annoying that she wasn’t nominated.

  29. KNR says:

    The Good Wife may have been snubbed as a series, but I’m incredibly excited to see Josh Charles nominated! Go Josh!

  30. Mafalda Neto\ says:

    very happy to see Ricky Gervais nominated for Derek, well deserved!

  31. KN says:

    Why the hell didn’t they announce the supporting categories during the live stream? Way to be respectful of everyone’s hard work, guys. P.S. No Emmy Rossum or Tatiana Maslany again? It’s so sad that we apparently just have to accept that so many brilliant performers will never be recognized.

  32. Boo says:

    It’s time for Network TV and Cable TV to have separate Emmy awards. I don’t have HBO or Showtime – so I’ve never even seen 75% of these shows. Won’t even watch this year – disappointing.

    • Mike says:

      I’ve been complaining about this for years. It was bad enough when they started comparing network tv to cable(especially the HBO and Showtime original series) as they aren’t the same animal(you can do so much more on cable), but now that they have the online programming(House of Cars, Orange is the New Black) it’s all screwed up. They should either be separate categories or a different awards show.

    • Kim R says:

      I could not agree more. I am so disappointed and I do watch some cable programming. I don’t know how you can judge shows in the same category that are operating under 2 different sets of rules. Like football and basketball. I don’t get it. :(

    • bk says:

      Maybe the broadcast networks need to make good shows that appeal to people under 60 can’t believe how many idiots like you are on these boards. Nobody cares about NCIS

      • puredieselbc says:

        You’re the idiot, you keep mentioning NCIS as if it’s the only network series people watch.

      • Kim R says:

        Um…I’m not sure what your beef is with NCIS but The Good Wife, The Blacklist (with the incredible James Spader), Parenthood just to name a few, are fantastically done network series. The point is that network and cable have different rules to follow and one should not be judged with the other in an award situation. It is kind of silly to continually bring NCIS into your POV. ??? :)

      • Rachel says:

        I care about NCIS, as does many people I know. Don’t generalize.

        • Phillip Smith says:

          All these other “award winners” come and go, mad Men, cancelled once, to be cancelled again, breaking bad, all done…. just like the Sopramos and all the other fly by night fads, good shows but never got the ratings of NCIS and certantl never were the number one drama’s on TV that NCIS has been year after year. I guess ratings and regular people’s opinions done’t matter to the academy.

      • Phillip Smith says:

        Actually, NCIS has had the best ratings for a Drama on TV for years, so somebody cares I guess.

    • Ally Oop says:

      I don’t think there should be seperate shows, just seperate categories for network and cable/streaming dramas since they play by different sets of rules. Furthermore, eliminate the miniseries categories. American Horror Story, True Detective, Breaking Bad and Orange Is the New Black SHOULD be competing in the same category and it’s ridiculous that they aren’t. Network and cable comedies should still compete together though but restrict the category to half-hour shows only.

  33. Francine says:

    Really sad that William H. Macy is the only one nominated for Shameless…. Honestly, I thought he was the weakest character this past season. Of course no Tatiana (unfortunately not a surprise). Happy that both Matthew M and Woody H were nominated. I know MM gets all the attention (rightfully so) but Woody was fantastic as well.

    • JeniLee says:

      Cusack is AGAIN for guest actress which shouldnt piss me off but does. She’s in almost every episode. She isnt a guest! But I want Emmy Rossum to get a nod SOOO bad :-(

    • Temperance says:

      As Katherine Heigl was crucified for saying, the Emmy voters are like cattle for the slaughter – they just forever plod on, renominating the same people foe every role, even when they are totally awful after the first year. They need to institute new rules, like once you win for a role, you can’t be nominated for the same role (on any show) again. You only get three shots per role per category. Once a show (overall) wins, they are ineligible. Another would be that there can only be ONE person per show per category for the final nominations. Unfortunately, you can’t give people brains and imaginations so all the best TV (the sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural, and other non-real life programming) are considered fairly.

    • Joey says:

      Frankly, I’m livid that there was no nomination for Noel Fisher in supporting.

  34. Gwen says:

    No nomination for James Spader for “The Blacklist”? No nomination for “The Good Wife” for best drama series? I, for one, am so happy that this is the last time that “Breaking Bad” can be nominated for anything.

  35. Kinga says:

    I was forever pissed about John Noble, I guess now I’m going to end up being disappointed every year again as Tatiana Maslany seems to be constantly snubbed. SHE DESERVES SO MUCH MORE

  36. Lilys87 says:

    Well I guess we are faaaar from the 60 percent outraged ! The emmys outdid themself this year.
    No the good wife, no Tatiana, those same lame comedy series…

  37. Tracy says:

    No Tatiana. No SOA. Ridiculous.

  38. R says:

    WTF?!!! Why do they keep ignoring Orphan Black?!! This is SOOO wrong!

  39. Darla says:

    My Nominess are for Outstanding Actor in a Drama :
    Jensen Ackles Supernatural
    Jared Padalecki Supernatural
    They worked hard on Season 9 , brilliant smart actors wish they’re nominated :(

  40. Lesleykay says:

    How in the hell are Jeff Perry and Bellamy Young not on this list?!

  41. Elena says:

    Lena Headey! Yes!!! So deserved. I hate the character but LOVE her! I’m glad the right choice was made this time instead of the popular one.

  42. Meara Lyons says:

    Bellamy Young was ROBBED! :(

  43. ellen zeserson says:

    why don’t I see the best show ever N.C.I.S. and the cast members of the show.

  44. Lauren says:

    So dumb. Emmy Rossum not being nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy and Tatiana Maslany not being nominated for Best Actress in a Drama is infuriating, but the Good Wife not being nominated for Best Drama is just ridiculous. What are these people smoking??

  45. Beckers0505@yahoo.com says:

    WOO HOO!!! Go Orange is the New Black!! Still very upset about Orphan Black and no Good Wife for Best Drama but this was a huge step for them! Again WOO HOO!!!

  46. David4 says:

    Did they just copy and paste their list from a few years ago?

    Modern Family isn’t nearly as funny as these snubs voting makes it seem to believe.

  47. Mik says:

    Tatiana Maslany? Mads Mikkelsen? Hugh Dancy? Maggie Siff? The Good Wife?


  48. Sara says:

    Although I am deeply dissapointed with the nominations overall (TATIANA!!), I am happy to see Allison Jenney (Masters of Sex), and all the nods to AHS and Orange is the New Black!

  49. Suhail says:

    My wishful thinking that Cristin Milioti would get a nom, lol

  50. dru says:

    Lizzy Caplan!!! omg

    • Kate says:

      she did great work this past season. masters of sex was really brilliantly done, i’m so excited for season 2 next week.

    • Temperance says:

      The AHS, GoT, and the Masters of Sex noms were the best and most relevant nominations of the year (not that there were many).