These were announced sometime last week. The award ceremony is in September. The nominations leader was American Horror Story: Asylum with 17, with Game of Thrones following close at 16.
Nominations in the main categories are as follows:
Lead Actor, Drama: Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Damian Lewis (Homeland) - Lewis won this last year. The usual suspects here. Missing from last year: Michael C. Hall and Steve Buscemi.
Lead Actress, Drama: Connie Britton (Nashville), Claire Danes (Homeland), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Vera Farminga (Bates Motel), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Robin Wright (House of Cards) - Dockery, Moss, and Danes are repeat nominations. Danes won it last year.
Supporting Actor, Drama: Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire), Jonathan Banks (Breaing Bad), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) - Dinklage, Carter, and Paul (who won last year) are repeat nominations. What does Charles Dance have to do get one of these?
Supporting Actress, Drama: 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) - Baranski, Gunn, Hendricks, and Smith (last year's winner) are repeat nominations. I'm not sure if Emilia Clarke ever had enough time to showcase her acting talents this season.
Outstanding Writing, Drama: George Mastras (Breaking Bad, "Dead Freight"), Thomas Schnauz (Breaking Bad, "Say My Name"), Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, "Episode 4"), DB Weiss and David Benioff (Game of Thrones, "Rains of Castamere"), Henry Bromell (Homeland, "Q&A") - The award went to Homeland last year. Mad Men went from having three nominations in this category to having none.
Outstanding Directing, Drama: Tim Van Patten (Boardwalk Empire, "Margate Sands"), Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad, "Gliding All Over"), Jeremy Webb (Downton Abbey, "Episode 4"), Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland, "Q&A"), David Fincher (House of Cards, "Chapter 1") - House of Cards replaces Mad Men, but the only director to repeat is Tim Van Patten, who also won last year.
- Also, Downton Abbey is nominated in every single drama category. Must be a pretty fantastic show.
Lead Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch (Parade's End), Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra), Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra), Toby Jones (The Girl), Al Pacino (Phil Spector) - Quite the star-studded field here. Kevin Costner won last year for Hatfields and McCoys.
Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange (AHS: Asylum), Laura Linney (The Big C: Hereafter), Helen Mirren (Phil Spector), Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake), Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals) - Julianne Moore won last year for Game Change.
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell (AHS: Asylum), Zachary Quinto (AHS: Asylum), Scott Bakula (Behind the Candelabra), John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C: Hereafter), Peter Mullen (Top of the Lake) - Tom Berenger won for Hatfields and McCoys last year.
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Sarah Paulson (AHS: Asylum), Imelda Staunton (The Girl), Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals), Charlotte Rampling (Restless), Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias) - Jessica Lange won it last year for American Horror Story.
Lead Actor, Comedy: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Louis CK (Louie), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory) - Mostly repeat nominations here, with LeBlanc and Bateman replacing Larry David, and Jon Cryer who won the category. Does anyone else think that Jim Parsons is slightly overrated? I love Big Bang Theory, but I'm not sure Parsons is so much better than his co-cast members to get a nomination year after year.
Lead Actress, Comedy: Laura Dern (Enlightened), Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) - Dunham and Dern replace Melissa McCarthy and Zooey Deschanel. Louis-Dreyfus won last year.
Supporting Actor, Comedy: Adam Driver (Girls), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Ed O'Neill (Modern Family), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Bill Hader (SNL), Tony Hale (Veep) - Eric Stonestreet, who won last year, is missing. I badly want Ty Burrell to win, but I don't know if that's going to happen.
Supporting Actress, Comedy: Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory), Jane Lynch (Glee), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Merritt Weaver (Nurse Jackie), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Anna Chlumsky (Veep) - There were six nominations last year, this year we have seven. Bowen, who won last year, Bialik, Weaver, and Vergara are repeat nominations.
Outstanding Writing, Comedy: David Krane and Jeffrey Klarik (Episodes, "Episode 209"), Louis CK (Louie, "Daddy's Girlfriend, Pt.1"), Greg Daniels (The Office, "Finale), Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock (30 Rock, "Hogcock!"), Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock, "Last Lunch) - Louis CK, the only repeat nomination, won last year.
Outstanding Directing, Comedy: Lena Dunham (Girls, "On All Fours"), Paris Barclay (Glee, "Diva"), Louis CK (Louie, "New Year's Eve"), Gail Mancuso (Modern Family, "Arrested"), Beth McCarthy-Miller (30 Rock, "Hogcock!") - Modern Family won it last year. Girls and Louie CK are repeat nominations.
Best Miniseries/Movie: AHS: Asylum, Behind the Candelabra, The Bible, Phil Spector, Political Animals, Top of the Lake. - I admit I haven't seen any of these except Political Animals. Although Behind the Candelabra does seem very intriguing. Game Change won last year.
Best Comedy: 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, Girls, Louie, Veep - Louie replaces Curb Your Enthusiasm. Modern Family won last year.
Best Drama: Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Homeland, Mad Men - Boardwalk Empire is replaced by House of Cards. Homeland won last year.
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