July 19th, 2012
08:55 AM ET

64th Primetime Emmys: The nominees list

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, with an assist from Jimmy Kimmel and "Scandal" star Kerry Washington, has revealed this year's nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Take a look at the partial list below - now including supporting actors and actresses - and let us know what you think! Any surprises for you?

Outstanding drama series

  • "Boardwalk Empire"
  • "Breaking Bad"
  • "Downton Abbey"
  • "Game of Thrones"
  • "Homeland"
  • "Mad Men"

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series

  • Kathy Bates, "Harry’s Law"
  • Glenn Close, "Damages"
  • Claire Danes, "Homeland"
  • Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"
  • Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
  • Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"

Outstanding 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"
  • Damian Lewis, "Homeland"

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series

  • 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"

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

  • 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 miniseries or movie

  • "American Horror Story"
  • "Game Change"
  • "Hatfields & McCoys"
  • "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
  • "Luther"
  • "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia" (Masterpiece)

Outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie

  • Connie Britton, "American Horror Story"
  • Ashley Judd, "Missing"
  • Nicole Kidman, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
  • Julianne Moore, "Game Change"
  • Emma Thompson, "The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)"

Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie

  • Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys"
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece)"
  • Idris Elba, "Luther"
  • Woody Harrelson, "Game Change"
  • Clive Owen, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
  • Bill Paxton, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie

  • Ed Harris, "Game Change"
  • Denis O'Hare, "American Horror Story"
  • David Strathairn, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
  • Martin Freeman, "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece)"
  • Tom Berenger, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie

  • Sarah Paulson, "Game Change"
  • Frances Conroy, "American Horror Story"
  • Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story"
  • Judy Davis, "Page Eight (Masterpiece)"
  • Mare Winningham, "Hatfields & McCoys"

Outstanding host for a reality or reality competition program

  • Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With the Stars"
  • Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance"
  • Phil Keoghan, "Amazing Race"
  • Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol"
  • Betty White, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers"

Outstanding reality competition program

  • "The Amazing Race"
  • "Dancing With the Stars"
  • "Project Runway"
  • "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"

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series

  • Zooey Deschanel, "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"

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series

  • Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
  • Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
  • Louis C.K., "Louie"
  • Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men"
  • Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
  • Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

Outstanding comedy series

  • "The Big Bang Theory"
  • "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
  • "Girls"
  • "Modern Family"
  • "30 Rock"
  • "Veep"

Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series

  • 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"

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

  • 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"

To see the full list of nominees, visit Emmys.com. The 64th Primetime Emmys will air September 23 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, with Jimmy Kimmel as host.

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  1. Easter Treats

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    August 14, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. love the emmys....

    who's specifically is broke in the comedy section and how do you have access to that.

    July 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. M&M

    the "broke" girls are heading to the oscars

    July 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Breezy

    Glad to see Sherlock up here, and Big Bang Theory, but very disappointed not to see 2 Broke Girls up there in the comedy section. Kat Dennings delivers a fantastic performance, in my personal opinion. That being said, I'll have to go queue up Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Downton Abbey. Obviously I'm missing something if they're nominated for so many awards!

    July 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sherri

    What about Spartacus?

    July 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Michael Calaizzo

    I cannot wait to watch the show.

    July 21, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. MISH/reporting

    my cousin who is beyond organized and secure and was the person i needed with me since i am so unorganized and nervous most of the time.

    she dropped her hectic schedule and we flew in...she had the list of people i was inteviewing, she was looking out for the stars as i would prepare what to say as they walked towards me...she was so proud of me that day as i was interviewing stars, I was so proud to have my gorge mama cousin taking control, fiixing my gown, fixing my hair, holding my mic while i reviewed notes, she reviewing my notes to make sure i had all directions accurate.

    the count before preparing to go on air someone shouts out 10 9 8! .. as the person is shouting the call...Marg looked into my eyes, never letting go... i stared back at her and said "no fear, no fear" 3 2 1! and did it.

    Marg was always making sure i was ok and making me feel secure. her famous words when i am afraid are " no fear, just do it". i personally have to say it was most fun. Marg was looking for her stars goodie bag for herself(LOL), she said can you believe 2 girls of NJ are here... we truly laughed our a-ses off.

    July 21, 2012 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Marguerite

    i have a cousin in the new world that was covering the emmys 1 year and i had the honor of attending. i cannot tell you what a thrill it was wearing a georgous gown, everyone so glammed up...she needed an assistant with her and i was so happy she asked me. ...it was truly an amazing time for me and one i will never forget-wish she had tkts this year! lol

    July 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lauren

    what about Sons of Anarchy?! I absolutely love that show, should be nominated for the actors and series as a whole. Snubbed!

    July 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. OUR FUTURE CEOS-sorry computer problem


    July 20, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |


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    July 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RS

    Sad that Downton Abbey & Masterpiece were nominated in 10 categories, but the government still wants to eliminate all funding for public television. Clearly it is still producing valuable content for both adults and children. It doesn't matter which political side you're on, everyone benefits from public television.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jojo

    me too big bang theory should win!

    July 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. yeah emmys

    love the emmys..excited

    July 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  16. emmys

    haly was also referred to as a little innocent yet a hot mama combined into 1.. whatever!

    July 20, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  17. 4848

    most recognized first..i said 48..they said who cares.

    July 20, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  18. E. Blue

    mark harmon..ncis..love that man..

    July 20, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  19. m

    what show is this?

    July 20, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  20. Melissa

    How is it that Desperate Housewives (supporting actress, the late Kathryn Joosten) falls into the Comedy category? I watched (and enjoyed) the show for several years and I don't really remember laughing at all.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |

    yes, looking like it.

    July 20, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  22. PEOPLE


    July 20, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  23. Rex.T

    he's just a wimpy guy..leave him alone

    July 20, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  24. KelBel

    I can't believe MICHAEL PITT from BOARDWALK EMPIRE didn't get nominated for either lead or supporting actor. His character was the most compelling. He's one of the most underrated young actors out there.

    July 20, 2012 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  25. em

    Never heard of most of these shows. Like big bang, two broke girls, mike and molly, hawaii five O what a bout shows on tv land. those are the best shows hilarious, cannot stop laughing. And NCIS is awesome!~~ along with the la one. very good. best ones.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  26. JS

    Glad Big Bang Theory is finally getting its due– It's the best sitcom since Frasier and should get a few Emmys for Best Comedy. I have to admit Modern Family is pretty good – but it's won enough and Curb Your Enthusiasm is my favorite show of all time- but I still haven't seen Larry David's latest season. I'm glad Conan, Dave and Leno (especially) didn't get nominated. But Jimmy Fallon? He's the worst there ever was. I have no time for Drama anymore- and the Emmys may as well be on cable now anyway.

    July 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  27. erg

    The most intelligent and unique dramatic series this year was Awake. Not only is it not nominated for any award, but it was cancelled. Why do we continue dumbing down TV?

    July 19, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Sokman

    Walking Dead should win every award Kim Kardasian doesn't. And bring back Firefly

    July 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Greg

    There's really something wrong when The Walking Dead is nowhere on this list.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  30. n2video

    You know that Sarah Palin's inflated ego wouldn't allow her to NOT watch "Game Change" when it aired. Be assured she watched it and fumed the whole time she was watching it. I hope it sweeps the categories it is nominated for. Terrific story (based on fact) and terrific acting.

    July 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  31. dave

    I can't believe not one nomination for Justified. These people are crazy!

    July 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  32. TH

    So glad Big Bang Theory got some nominations ... way to go Shamy!

    July 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Mike Botwin

    Where is Louise Fletcher's nomination for Shameless? That was the bravest performance I've ever seen.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Always angry

      Totally agree with you about Shameless. Fletcher was amazing...

      September 24, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Interested48

    Glad to see Damian Lewis recognized.

    July 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Bloozegal

    Why do shows that dont even have updated seasons like dexter, keep getting nominated. it hasnt been on in almost 2 years or seasons how ever they call it.

    July 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Um... Dexter wrapped season 6 last year, along with all of these shows. It was an awful season, so I'm not sure if you're making a subversive commentary on that, but all the shows here had new seasons for consideration.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • momomaximus

      Dexter is still on the air. Season 6 just ended a couple months ago and Season 7 starts at the end of September.

      July 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Dexter was on last fall and another season starts in September

      July 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Amy K

    Why isn't NCIS ever nominated??? One of the best shows on TV – the writing, the characters, etc. Fabulous. Betty White is good – however, she can say no to the nominations.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  37. nitrous

    I meant Downton Abbey.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  38. nitrous

    What the fudge is Downtown Abbey?

    July 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Paul

    Amazing that Jeff Probst has won every year since the inception of best reality host and then this year they throw in Betty white, and Jeff is not even nominated. Unbelievable. Someone had to be off their rocker this year. They must have had to pull him because he is always going to win it and they want someone else to win even though they don't deserve it.

    July 19, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  40. me

    Only watch it for the in memoriam segment. Like to see who past away; beyond that everyhting else is horse puckey!!!!!

    July 19, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  41. Desdemona

    No Walking Dead?

    July 19, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  42. Uncle Joe

    Kathryn Joosten from "Desperate Housewives" is my choice to win but I am somewhat puzzled because I never considered Desperate Housewives to be a comedy show.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  43. Tina

    I'm for all things 'Mad Men', except "Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series". I'm torn. John Hamm? Dexter? John Hamm? Dexter? I DON'T KNOW!!!!!!

    July 19, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  44. Mark

    Seriously, though. Where is Community?? Way better than New Girl.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  45. Vesstair


    I'm gonna go ahead and make a..... COMPLETELY RANDOM.... guess that Modern Family is going to win "Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series".

    July 19, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  46. John m

    No Supernatural!!! Emmys Are for old people.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  47. T

    Nothing for the Borgias?

    July 19, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  48. ctbeckyw

    I'm a TV-junkie but have never seen any of the drama series nominees and only one of the comedy series. Guess the USA Network, Lifetime or A&E (Burn Notice, Suits, Necessary Roughness, Drop Dead Diva, Army Wives for example) don't carry enough clout to buy, err receive, nominations.

    July 19, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Yeah, because I'm sure AMC has so much money, with its huge viewership and all, to buy all those nominations for Mad Men. Especially since it is being cut from Dish Network and approaching bankruptcy. You're an idiot.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      No, you are just watching average run of the mill TV.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  49. Robert

    ~ REVENGE ~

    July 19, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  50. Dave W

    But one thing. Why isn't Star Trek (original series) on the list? It should win cool awards.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  51. Dave W

    This is all just soooo awesome ! I canf believe how incredibly talented all the performers are this year ! I am stoked !

    July 19, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  52. Quori

    Not one thing for Justified....bogus.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  53. Ann

    Sorry to see The Killing or its lead actors not here. Thought it was worthy.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  54. AbbeyWatcher

    Dear CNN, please check your spelling. The Downton Abbey nominee is Joanne FROGGATT, not Forggatt.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  55. Michael Caliazzo

    Will be watching the show.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  56. eljefe9

    and still no recognition of Treme. they must hate David Simon...no wins for The Wire, no nominations for Treme.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Celeste

      Are we the only two people in the world who love Treme? Great acting, storyline, location. music – what else do you need?

      July 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Bucktooth

    The killing wasn't on the list..maybe ended too late for the season. Glad Homeland made it!

    July 19, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  58. DKM

    No outstanding comedy for Louie, Wilfred, or Archer, but Big Bang gets on there pah-leeze.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  59. Name*gerry miller

    Still waiting for Internet content to be recognized.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • F That

      It should not be, Internet is internet. Tv is TV. Do not confuse the two. Intenret is inferior.

      July 19, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Dropped the sara? Being a dude today er you are a dude wanting to be a girl? On subject – SNL? Joking right?

      July 19, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      What, most Comical Posting in a regular forum ?

      July 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Dee

    Still none for Community, and still one for Jon Cryer. At least they're done with the Glee hype.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  61. Little Person Vixen

    Dinklage better win for 'Game of Thrones' or a whole bunch of ankles are gonna be bitten 'round here...

    July 19, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  62. ?

    Mad men, hands down.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  63. 1twinsfan

    So nice to see the late Kathryn Joosten get one last bit of Emmy love.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  64. naja4

    Seems like somebody forgot the number 1 new show in Primetime Scandal & the fab Ms Kerry Washington..... #verysuspect

    July 19, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  65. androspeaks

    GLEE is finally ousted. Ouch! 🙁

    July 19, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  66. BrBa

    Breaking Bad is the best show on TV.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • be quiet

      Agreed! Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito and Mark Margolis are all nominated, in addition to best series, directing, writing, etc. The Emmys got it right this year.

      July 19, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • ?

      Nah, Mad Men is.

      July 19, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  67. Joseph

    The great thing about television and music awards is,If you don't deserve one they'll invent one to give you.

    July 19, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |

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