2012 Emmy Nominations: Announced!

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Let the celebrating and the snub-based outrage begin!

Nominations for the 2012 Emmy Awards were announced today. Did your favorite series, actor or actress make the cut? The ceremony will air live on ABC on September 23 and TV Fanatic will provide plenty of commentary and coverage over the coming days.

For now, on to the names of the nominees...

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Best Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Mad Men

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Katy Bates, Harry's Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damien Lewis, Homeland

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
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama
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

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama
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

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
30 Rock

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Zooey Deschandel, 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

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis CK, Louie
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Max Greenfield, New Girl

Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy
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

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy
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

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemmingway and Gellhorn
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Ashley Judd, Missing
Nicole Kidman, Hemmingway and Gellhorn
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumerbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia
Edris Ilba, Luther
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemmingway and Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Reality TV Host
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Cat Deely, So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White's Off Her Rocker

Reality Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Variety 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

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@delphincik Yeah Seriously Greys Anatomy should be nominated.
And as for Sandra Oh, How can anyone ignore her performance, remember the Henry's death scene. She was remarkable! She so deserves the emmy.
And same for our Dr.Bailey, even in a light scene she blows us away.
Ellen again got snubbed. 8 years! She should get a nomination.


Nothing too surprising there. I'm a little disappointing Girls was nominated. It's much too overrated in my opinion.
I'll be happy as long as Homeland and Breaking Bad get acknowledged in some respect.


there was a tie in the "lead actress in comedy" 7 nominations instead of six. it sucks to see some of my favorite shows not nominated, i cant say this and this doesnt deserve an emmy nod because i havent seen that so and so show. but even if i did see those shows, i still wouldnt say it. everyone is deserving, but i wish there was some sort acknowledgment of other shows.


@Matt Richenthal thanks :)


Well I am happy to Max Greenfield get a nomination but wtf is Community. I mean if Max got one, why hasn't Danny Pudi gotten a nomination (along with Joel Mchale and Donald Glover), I mean did really every male cast member of MF deserve a nod. Stop snubbing the best comedy on television people. Also Giancarlo better win or there will be hell to pay. And wasn't Peter Dinkladge made the lead on GoT for season 2. Also boo for no nominations for Kerry Washington and Jeff Perry (I mean looking at supporting actor for drama Jeff would have fit in there nicely). other than those gripes, most of it was predictable but I must say I am shocked Laurie did not make the cut.


No Sons of Anarchy.......again! It makes me so angry.


This is insane. Did anyone see the acting in this last season of greys anatomy? I'm sorry the show isn't what it "used to be", but the acting got so much better. Thank god Loretta Devine was acknowledged, her portrail this season as Adele Webber was incredible. But that's the standard at greys anatomy, and I can't believe for the past three years no one seems to think to nominate such a terrific cast.

Matt richenthal

@delphincik: We have updated the list now with ALL the nominees!


@ Sameed only one nomination for guest acretess in a drama for Loretta Devine but overall grey's anatomy it's not in its prime, it's a very rare phenomenon for a show in its 8th season to earn nominations. Although I would nominate it, Sandra Oh gave some memorable performances.


Lol I havent watched any of the shows except Game of Thrones.
No greys anatomy? :@