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2011 Emmy Nominations Announced

Published by EOTM News Editor on July 15th, 2011 - in Awards Shows, Celebrity News, Emmys, Entertainment News

Two sweeping new HBO dramas, “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones,” will challenge AMC’s three-time winner “Mad Men” for the title of best drama in the 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards this year.

The nominations, announced on Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, also placed the outgoing DirecTV/NBC show “Friday Night Lights” into contention for the drama award for the first time, alongside Showtime’s “Dexter” and “The Good Wife” on CBS.

Of all the programs on television, the HBO mini-series “Mildred Pierce” was the academy’s most-nominated this year, with 21. “Mad Men” picked up the most nominations of any single drama, 19, up from 17 last year, while “Boardwalk Empire” picked up 18.

Terence Winter, the creator and executive producer of “Boardwalk Empire,” volunteered no predictions about his show’s chances. Instead, he said in an interview, “I am just thrilled to be able to amortize my tuxedo for yet another year.”

Kyra Sedgwick, who won for best lead actress in a drama for “The Closer” on TNT last year, was snubbed this year; among the nominees are Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife,” Connie Britton of “Friday Night Lights,” Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men” and Mireille Enos of “The Killing,” also on AMC. For Ms. Enos, an alumna of HBO’s widely praised “Big Love” who plays the homicide detective Sarah Linden on “The Killing,” the nomination is her first shot at an Emmy, television’s top prize.

“The work itself is the goal,” Ms. Enos said on Thursday from a movie set in London, “but when you get a part as rich as Sarah, there is the thought at the back of your mind that this is a part that could potentially bring you to the Emmys, and that’s an exciting possibility, so to see that happen is really thrilling.”

There was one new entrant in the best actor category: Timothy Olyphant of FX’s “Justified,” who joined, among others, Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” and Steve Buscemi of “Boardwalk Empire.” The category’s three-time winner, Bryan Cranston, was not nominated because his show, “Breaking Bad,” was ineligible. Its next eligible season starts this month.

The Fox network will televise the Emmy Awards on Sept. 18. It is a reflection of the waning influence of network television — and of the dearth of new hit shows this past season — that “The Good Wife” was the only purely network-distributed drama to be nominated on Thursday. “Friday Night Lights” is distributed jointly by DirecTV and NBC.

In the best comedy category, the three-year-old CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” was nominated for the first time, representing a major victory for its producer, Chuck Lorre, as well as for its studio, Warner Brothers, which campaigned aggressively for the nod. “Big Bang” will challenge last year’s winner, ABC’s “Modern Family,” as well as Fox’s “Glee” and three NBC sitcoms, “The Office,” “30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation.”

In recent years the Emmys have favored single-camera comedies like “30 Rock” over multicamera, laugh-track comedies like “Big Bang,” making the nomination significant.

Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki of “Big Bang” were each nominated for lead actor in a comedy series, joining Steve Carell of “The Office,” who has been nominated every full year since the show had its debut in 2005 but has never won; this is his last year on the show. Also nominated in that category was Louis C. K. of FX’s “Louie,” who said in an interview, “I’d love to be able to say that I’m just a pure artist and that awards are meaningless, but getting the nomination is cool.”


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Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
The Office
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock

Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men

Lead Actress in a Comedy
Laura Linney, The Big C
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Lead Actor in a Comedy
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Steve Carell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Louis C.K., Louie
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Lead Actor in a Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Lead Actress in a Drama
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law

Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Chris Colfer, Glee
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Supporting Actor in a Drama
John Slattery, Mad Men
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age
Walton Goggins, Justified
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Jane Lynch, Glee
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Supporting Actress in a Drama
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Margo Martindale, Justified

Mini-series or Made-for-Television Movie
Cinema Verite
Downton Abbey
The Kennedys
Mildred Pierce
The Pillars Of The Earth
Too Big To Fail

Variety, Music or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or movie
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
Barry Pepper, The Kennedys
Idris Elba, Luther
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
William Hurt, Too Big To Fail

Lead Actress in a Mini-Series or movie
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Taraji P. Henson, Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story
Jean Marsh, Upstairs Downstairs

Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow
Deadliest Catch
Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List
Undercover Boss

Reality Competition
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef

Host of a Reality Program or Competition
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Jeff Probst, Survivor





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