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2011 Emmy Nominations Announced: 'Mad Men,' 'Mildred Pierce' Leading Contenders

In Celebs by Kimberly Potts , on Thursday, July 14, 2011, 5:52 AM (PDT)
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Mildred Pierce Gets 21 Emmy Nominations, While Mad Men Earns 19 and Boardwalk Empire Receives 18

HBO might have a lot to celebrate on Emmy night this year. Thursday morning's announcement of the nominees for the 2011 primetime Emmy Awards found the cable network earning nearly 40 nominations for two projects.

The Kate Winslet miniseries remake of the Joan Crawford classic Mildred Pierce earned 21 Emmy nods -- including a Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie nod for Winslet -- while HBO's Steve Buscemi period piece gangster drama Boardwalk Empire received 18 nominations, including one for Buscemi as Lead Actor in a Drama.

AMC's period drama Mad Men wasn't far behind with 19 nominations, including Lead Actor and Actress nods for Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss, as well as a nomination for Best Drama.

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The most charming moment from this morning's live nomination announcements, which were read by Mike & Molly star Melissa McCarthy and Fringe star Joshua Jackson, came when Jackson announced that McCarthy -- who, after scene-stealing stints on Gilmore Girls and Samantha Who?, is finally getting well-deserved recognition for her performance in Bridesmaids -- was a Lead Actress in a Comedy nominee for Mike & Molly. The CBS comedy isn't worthy of McCarthy's talents, but good on you, Emmy folks, for honoring one of the funniest women in Hollywood. But boo on you for sticking with tired shows and stars like 30 Rock, Mariska Hargitay and Hugh Laurie (yawn) instead of expanding your horizons with nods for well-written shows like Men of a Certain Age and talent like the actors on Nurse Jackie and The Big C.

A full list of 2011 Emmy nominees is available at Emmys.com, but contenders for the major categories include:

Best Drama: Boardwalk Empire; The Good Wife; Mad Men; Friday Night Lights; Dexter; and Game of Thrones

Best Comedy: Glee, Parks and Recreation, The Office, Modern Family, 30 Rock and The Big Bang Theory

Lead Actor in a Drama: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights; Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Hugh Laurie, House; and Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Lead Actress in a Drama: Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men; Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights; Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU; Michelle Enos, The Killing; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; and Kathy Bates, Harry's Law

Supporting Actor in a Drama: John Slattery, Mad Men; Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age; Walton Goggins, Justified; Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones; Josh Charles, The Good Wife; and Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Supporting Actress in a Drama: Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire; Christina Hendricks, Mad Men; Michelle Forbes, The Killing; Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife; Margo Martindale, Justified; and Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Lead Actor in a Comedy: Matt LeBlanc, Episodes; Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory; Steve Carell, The Office; Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory; Louis C.K., Louie; and Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Lead Actress in a Comedy: Laura Linney, The Big C; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation; Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly; Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope and Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men; Chris Colfer, Glee; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family; Ed O'Neill, Modern Family; Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family; and Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Jane Lynch, Glee; Betty White, Hot in Cleveland; Julie Bowen, Modern Family; Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live; Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock; and Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

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The primetime Emmys ceremony, which will be hosted by Emmy winner Jane Lynch, will air live on Fox on Sept. 18.

Sound off: which of your favorite shows and stars were unfairly snubbed by the Emmy folks? Are you as ticked off as we are that Justified, Community and Men of a Certain Age didn't get as much Emmy love as they so richly deserve?

And House, The Office, Steve Carell … so tired. Do you agree?

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