65th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

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Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and this year’s host and How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris announced the nominations for the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards yesterday morning. Some of the nominations will certainly not surprise you, but some will.

Although the Emmy rules changed to allow online programming to become eligible back in 2007, this year marks the first time when online shows received nominations. Online programming, or “digital television” received recognition this year particularly for the Netflix drama House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey, which earned a total of nine nominations including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Acting nominations for both Spacey and Robin Wright. Sadly, Netflix’s other contender Arrested Development didn’t earn an Outstanding Comedy Series nomination, but actor Jason Bateman nabbed a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series.

Just like last year, FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum earned the most nominations this year with 17 nominations total. The show earned a lot of technical nods in addition to nominations for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and various acting nominations for Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, Zachary Quinto, and Sarah Paulson.

Last year, AMC’s Mad Men earned as many nominations as American Horror Story with 17 but this year the show only earned 11. This year, the drama series that took Mad Men’s crown is HBO’s Game of Thrones. The show, based on George R. R. Martin’s book series, earned a total of 16 nominations. AMC’s Breaking Bad earned a total of 13 nominations, including acting nominations for Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Jonathan Banks, and Anna Gunn.

Steven Soderbergh’s HBO film Behind The Candelabra starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon earned 15 nominations, which included Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries or Movie for both Douglas and Damon. This year’s Outstanding Comedy Series offered a few surprises. Laura Dern earned a nomination for Outstanding Actress In A Comedy Series for her brilliant performance in the critically adored but unwatched HBO series Enlightened, which was recently cancelled after just two seasons.

Last year, Louis C.K. earned a total of six nominations and won two. This year, he has broken his own record by receiving a total of nine nominations. It’s not so surprising that Modern Family earned 12 nominations, but it’s surprising that last year’s winner Eric Stonestreet didn’t receive a nomination for his performance as Cam on the hit comedy show. NBC’s 30 Rock, which concluded its series run back in May, earned 13 nominations. NBC’s The Office, which also concluded this past season, unfortunately didn’t receive a single nomination in any of the main categories. I can go on forever, so check out the nominations below.

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Sunday, September 22nd at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

Outstanding Comedy Series:

“30 Rock” (NBC)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Girls” (HBO)
“Louie” (FX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Veep” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Laura Dern, “Enlightened”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Adam Driver, “Girls”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Tony Hale, “Veep”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Outstanding Drama Series:

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire”
Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

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 Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie:

Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Toby Jones, “The Girl”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Parade’s End”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie:

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Laura Linney, “The Big C: Hereafter”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie:

James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Zachary Quinto, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Scott Bakula, “Behind the Candelabra”
John Benjamin Hickey, “The Big C: Hereafter”
Peter Mullan, “Top of the Lake”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie:

Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Imelda Staunton, “The Girl”
Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals”
Charlotte Rampling, “Restless”
Alfre Woodard, “Steel Magnolias”

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 Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program:

Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”
Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”

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 Reality Program:

“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel)
“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network)
“MythBusters” (Discovery Channel)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Undercover Boss” (CBS)

Outstanding Animated Program:

“Bob’s Burgers” (Fox)
“Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness” (Nickelodeon)
“Regular Show” (Cartoon Network)
“The Simpsons”
“South Park”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:

Bob Newhart, “The Big Bang Theory”
Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”
Bobby Cannavale, “Nurse Jackie”
Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”
Justin Timberlake, “Saturday Night Live”
Will Forte, “30 Rock”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:

Molly Shannon, “Enlightened”
Dot-Marie Jones, “Glee”
Melissa Leo, “Louie”
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”
Elaine Stritch, “30 Rock”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series:

Nathan Lane, “The Good Wife”
Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”
Rupert Friend, “Homeland”
Robert Morse, “Mad Men”
Harry Hamlin, “Mad Men”
Dan Bucatinsky, “Scandal”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series:

Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”
Carrie Preston, “The Good Wife”
Linda Cardellini, “Mad Men”
Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom”
Joan Cusack, “Shameless”

Go here for a complete list of nominations.

What do you think of the nominations? Are there any noticeable snubs? Post your thoughts below.

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