Emmy Nominations 2012: ‘Mad Men,’ ‘American Horror Story’ Lead With 17 (COMPLETE LIST)

By: / July 19, 2012

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Stars Kerry Washington and Jimmy Kimmel were up bright and early Thursday morning to announce the nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, which were filled with many returning favorites and, as always, a few surprises.

In the drama categories, ‘Mad Men’ led the way, picking up nominations in the Best Drama Series, Best Actor (Jon Hamm) and Best Actress (Elisabeth Moss) categories.

The critically acclaimed AMC series — which topped the morning with 17 nominations — also earned supporting nods for Christina Hendricks and, in a surprise, Jared Harris, who snuck into Best Supporting Actor over category favorite and co-star John Slattery.

Also cleaning up in the Drama categories was the PBS series ‘Downton Abbey,’ which made the switch from Miniseries this year.

The show, nominated for Best Drama, earned nominations for six — yes, six — of its actors: Michelle Dockery, for Lead Actress; Hugh Bonneville, for Lead Actor; Brendan Coyle, for Supporting Actor; Jim Carter, also for Supporting Actor; Maggie Smith, for Supporting Actress; and Joanne Froggatt, also for Supporting Actress.

‘Mad Men’ and ‘Downton Abbey’ will face off against ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Homeland’ for Best Drama Series.

Over on the comedy side, ‘Modern Family’ picked up an expected nomination for Best Comedy Series. The show also earned nominations for its entire principle cast, including Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sofia Vergara, Eric Stonestreet and last year’s Emmy winners Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen.

The ABC comedy, which has won Best Comedy Series for the past two-consecutive years, earned 14 nominations total, the most of any comedy this year.

Rounding out the Comedy Series category are three returning favorites (’30 Rock,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’) and two newbie comedies from HBO: ‘Girls’ and ‘Veep.’

As for the Miniseries or Movie categories, it was all about FX’s American Horror Story, which tied Mad Men’s total nomination count, at 17.

The 64th Emmys will air live Sept. 23 on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel hosts.

See the complete list of nominations below.

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

Best Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Girls
Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep

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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

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

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

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

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

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 and Molly
Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

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

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

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields and McCoy
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Luther
Sherlock

Lead Actress Miniseries or Movie
Connie Britton – American Horror Story
Ashley Judd – Missing
Nicole Kidman – Hemigway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore - Game Change
Emma Thompson - The Song of Lunch

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner – Hatfields and McCoy
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock
Idris Elba – Luther
Woody Harrelson – Game Change
Clive Owen – Hemingway and Gellhorn
Bill Paxton – Hatfields and McCoy

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Ed Harris – Game Change
Denis O’Hare – American Horror Story
David Strathairn – Hemingway & Gellhorn
Martin Freeman - Sherlock
Tom Berenger - Hatfields & McCoys

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
Mare Winningham – Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Host: Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Tom Bergeron – Dancing With the Stars
Cat Deeley – So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan – The 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