2012 Emmy Nominations: 'Downton Abbey,' 'Mad Men' & 'American Horror Story' Lead the Way
Mad Men and AHS Lead With 17 Nominations Each
An old Emmy fave -- Mad Men -- and a new series -- American Horror Story -- lead the 2012 primetime Emmy nominations with 17 each, but another new series, the breakout hit PBS drama Downton Abbey, stole the show with 16 nominations, including nods in most of the major categories.
The History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys also scored an impressive 16 nominations, followed by the HBO movie Hemingway & Gellhorn with 15, Modern Family and Saturday Night Live with 14 each and Breaking Bad, 30 Rock and Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia with 13 each.
Some noteworthy snubs among the nominees: no comedy series nominations for Louie, Parks and Recreation or Community; no comedy lead actor nomination for Joel McHale (Community); and no drama series nominations for The Good Wife, Justified or Sons of Anarchy (and no individual nominations for Justified or Sons of Anarchy stars).
A full list of 2012 Emmy nominees (with photos and video clips) is available at Emmys.com, but contenders for the major categories:
Best Drama: Boardwalk Empire; Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland; Mad Men
Best Comedy: 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, Modern Family, Veep
Lead Actor in a Drama: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey; Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Damian Lewis, Homeland
Lead Actress in a Drama: Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Kathy Bates, Harry's Law; Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey; Claire Danes, Homeland; Glenn Close, Damages
Supporting Actor in a Drama: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad; Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad; Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey; Jim Carter, Downton Abbey; Jared Harris, Mad Men; Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Supporting Actress in a Drama: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad; Christina Hendricks, Mad Men; Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife; Christine Baranski, The Good Wife, Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey; Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Lead Actor in a Comedy: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory; Louis C.K., Louie; Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm; Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men; Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Lead Actress in a Comedy: Zooey Deschanel, New Girl; Lena Dunham, Girls; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation; Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly; Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Supporting Actor in a Comedy: Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family; Ed O'Neill, Modern Family; Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family; Ty Burrell, Modern Family; Max Greenfield, New Girl
Supporting Actress in a Comedy: Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory; Merritt Weaver, Nurse Jackie; Julie Bowen, Modern Family; Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family; Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Miniseries or Movie: Game Change, American Horror Story, Hemingway & Gelhorn, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, Luther, Hatfield & McCoys
Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Woody Harrelson, Game Change; Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gelhorn; Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia; Idris Elba, Luther; Kevin Costner, Hatfield & McCoys; Bill Paxton, Hatfield & McCoys
Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change; Connie Britton, American Horror Story; Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gelhorn; Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch; Ashley Judd, Missing
Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Ed Harris, Game Change; Denis O'Hare, American Horror Story; David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gelhorn; Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia; Tom Berenger, Hatfield & McCoys
Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Sarah Paulson, Game Change; Frances Conroy, American Horror Story; Jessica Lane, American Horror Story; Judy Davis, Page Eight; Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys
Variety, Music or Comedy 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
Reality -- Competition Program: The Amazing Race, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, The Voice
Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars; Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance; Ryan Seacrest, American Idol; Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers; Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
The primetime Emmys ceremony, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live on ABC on Sept. 23.