Big Emmy Nominees: "Mildred Pierce," "Game of Thrones" and "Mad Men"

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Mildred Pierce, Boardwalk Empire and my personal favorite, Game of Thrones, did very well when the primetime Emmy nominations were announced this morning. So did Mad Men, The Good Wife, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory.


Mildred Pierce Courtesy of HBO

Here are the top categories:

Best Drama

Dexter

Game of Thrones

Friday Night Lights

Boardwalk Empire

Mad Men

The Good Wife

Best Comedy

The Big Bang Theory

Glee

Parks and Recreation

The Office

30 Rock

Modern Family

Best Actor in a Drama

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights

Hugh Laurie, House

Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Best Actor in a Comedy

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Jim Parson, The Big Bang Theory

Steve Carell, The Office

Louis C.K., Louie

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress in a Drama

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights

Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order, SVU

Mireille Enos, The Killing

Julianna Margulie, The Good Wife

Kathy Bates, Harry's Law

Best Actress in a Comedy

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Laura Linney, The Big C

Melissa McCarthy, Mike and Molly

Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Shows with the most nominations:

Mildred Pierce:  21

Mad Men: 19

Boardwalk Empire: 18

Modern Family: 17

Saturday Night Live: 16

Game of Thrones: 13



Courtesy of ABC

Some wonderful surprises: Johnny Galecki getting his first nomination for The Big Bang Theory; likewise, Melissa McCarthy, who was announcing the nominations with Fringe's Joshua Jackson, and gasped in delight as Jackson read out her name. 

McCarthy's always done great work--remember her from Gilmore Girls as Sookie St James?--and this year she's gotten extra buzz because of her comic turn in the movie Bridesmaids.

Other first time nominees:

The Big Bang Theory for Best Comedy

So You Think You Can Dance for Best Reality Show

Cat Deeley for Best Reality Show Host for So You Think You Can Dance

Taraji P. Henson for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story

Timothy Olyphant for Best Actor in Justified

Mireille Enos for Best Actress in The Killing

I'm thrilled with the nominations for Game of Thones and especially Peter Dinklage for Best Supporting Actor in the series.  In fact the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama category is a strong one.  Joining Dinklage are Josh Charles and Alan Cumming for The Good Wife, John Slattery for Mad Men and Andre Braugher for Men of A Certain Age.

The nominations for Friday Night Lights were a bit of a surprise because since it airs primarily on DirectTV, it's off most viewers' radar.  The same goes for the miniseries, The Kennedys which almost didn't air at all because of controversies about how the Kennedys were portrayed and then which got panned by most critics.

At a glance the most obvious snub is Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer, and why she couldn't eject Mariska Hargitay from her yearly slot, I'll never know, but all the other nominees in the category are perfectly legit.

HBO was the leading network with 104 nominations.  The broadcast network nominations were CBS: 50, PBS: 43, NBC: 46, Fox: 42, and ABC: 40. Even Oprah's brand new OWN network got three nominations for Becoming Chaz.

PBS's outstanding Downton Abbey came in with 11 nominations including one acting nod for Elizabeth McGovern.  Also on PBS, the marvelous Sherlock, a modern day version of Sherlock Holmes, got nominations for writing, editing and music composition. 

You can see the complete list of Emmy nominations on the Emmy website. The 63rd annual Emmy awards show will air on September 18th at 8pm on Fox.

Megan Smith is a BlogHer Contributing Editor covering Television and Movies. Her personal entertainment blog is Megan's Minute, quirky commentary around the clock.

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