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