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The 2012 Primetime Emmy Nominations

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 07/19/2012

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Today the 2012 Emmy Nomination were released from Los Angeles and there are very few surprises. The categories include Outstanding Drama Series, Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Comedy Series, Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Made for TV Movie/Miniseries and more.


 

 

An Emmy Award, often referred to simply as an Emmy, is a television production award, similar in nature to thePeabody Awards but more focused on entertainment, and is considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards (for film), the Tony Award (for theatre), and the Grammy Awards (for music).

A majority of Emmys are presented in various sectors of the American television industry. As such, the awards are presented in various area-specific ceremonies held annually throughout the year. The two ceremonies that usually receive the most media coverage are the Primetime Emmys and the Daytime Emmys, primarily recognizing excellence in American primetime and daytime entertainment programming, respectively. Other notable Emmy Award ceremonies include those honoring national sports programming, national news and documentary shows, national business and financial reporting, and technological and engineering achievements in television. Regional Emmy Awards are also presented throughout the country at various times through the year, recognizing excellence in local and state-to-state television. In addition, International Emmys are awarded to recognize excellence in TV programming produced and initially aired outside the United States.

 

Outstanding Drama Series

“Broadwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“Mad Men”

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”

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 Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“30 Rock”
“Veep”

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”

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”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

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Outstanding Made for TV Movie/Miniseries

“American Horror Story”
“Game Change”
“Hatfields and McCoys”
“Hemingway and Gellhorn”
“Luther”
“Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia”

Outstanding 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 Competition Program

Outstanding 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”


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