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Game of Thrones, True Detective lead the nominees for the 66th Emmy Awards

07.10.2014

The 66th annual Emmy Award nominations were announced today and once again cable has trumped network television. HBO is especially happy with GAME OF THRONES and TRUE DETECTIVE taking a huge number of nominations, as did FX's AMERICAN HORROR STORY and the debut season of FARGO. HOUSE OF CARDS was nominated for Netflix for the second year in a row as was ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. As evidenced by the surge in quality programming, the acting categories look nearly impossible to judge, especially the Drama lead category which boasts Jon Hamm, Bryan Cranston, Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey, Jeff Daniels and Kevin Spacey.

There were also noticeable snubs as fan favorite series like HANNIBAL, THE AMERICANS, ORPHAN BLACK, MASTERS OF SEX, and BOARDWALK EMPIRE failed to be nominated for Best Drama Series. Dean Norris failed to receive a nomination for his riveting performance on the final season of BREAKING BAD and Elizabeth Moss was not nominated for MAD MEN's final season.

But, there is no use complaining as there is a lot of recognition for shows we do love. Check out the full list of nominees below and stay tuned for the ceremony on August 25th on NBC.

BEST SERIES (DRAMA)
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Detective (HBO)

BEST ACTOR (DRAMA SERIES)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Woody Harrelson (True Detective)
Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA SERIES)
Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (DRAMA SERIES)
Jim Carter (Downtown Abbey)
Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (DRAMA SERIES)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

BEST GUEST ACTOR (DRAMA SERIES)
Dylan Baker (The Good Wife)
Beau Bridges (Masters of Sex)
Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards)
Paul Giamatti (Downton Abbey)
Robert Morse (Mad Men)
Joe Morton (Scandal)

BEST GUEST ACTRESS (DRAMA SERIES)
Kate Burton (Scandal)
Jane Fonda (The Newsroom)
Allison Janney (Masters of Sex)
Kate Mara (House of Cards)
Margo Martindale (The Americans)
Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones)

BEST SERIES (COMEDY)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Louie (FX)
Modern Family (ABC)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Veep (HBO)

BEST VARIETY
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
The Daily Show (Comedy Central)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

BEST REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

BEST HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars)
Anthony Bourdain (The Taste)
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum (Project Runway)
Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night)
Betty White (Betty White's Off Their Rockers)

BEST ACTOR (COMEDY SERIES)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Ricky Gervais (Derek)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY SERIES)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (COMEDY SERIES)
Fred Armisen (Portlandia)
Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Adam Driver (Girls)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Tony Hale (Veep)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (COMEDY SERIES)

Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Kate Mulgrew (Orange Is the New Black)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

BEST GUEST ACTOR (COMEDY SERIES)
Steve Buscemi (Portlandia)
Louis C.K. (Saturday Night Live)
Gary Cole (Veep)
Jimmy Fallon (Saturday Night Live)
Nathan Lane (Modern Family)
Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory)

BEST GUEST ACTRESS (COMEDY SERIES)
Uzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black)
Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black)
Joan Cusack (Shameless)
Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live)
Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black)
Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live)

BEST TV MINI-SERIES
American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
Bonnie and Clyde (History/Lifetime)
Fargo (FX)
Luther (BBC America)
Treme (HBO)
The White Queen (Starz)

BEST TV MOVIE
Killing Kennedy (National Geographic)
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (HBO)
The Normal Heart (HBO)
The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)
Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)

BEST ACTOR (TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: His Last Vow)
Idris Elba (Luther)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge)
Martin Freeman (Fargo)
Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)

BEST ACTRESS (TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES)
Helena Bonham Carter (Burton and Taylor)
Minnie Driver (Return to Zero)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Coven)
Cicely Tyson (The Trip to Bountiful)
Kristen Wiig (Spoils of Babylon)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES)
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)
Martin Freeman (Sherlock: His Last Vow)
Colin Hanks (Fargo)
Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart)
Alfred Molina (Return to Zero)
Jim Parsons (The Normal Heart)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES)
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Coven)
Angela Bassett (American Horror Story: Coven)
Ellen Burstyn (Flowers in the Attic)
Frances Conroy (American Horror Story: Coven)
Julia Roberts (The Normal Heart)
Allison Tolman (Fargo)

BEST TV MINI-SERIES
American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
Bonnie and Clyde (History/Lifetime)
Fargo (FX)
Luther (BBC America)
Treme (HBO)
The White Queen (Starz)

BEST TV MOVIE
Killing Kennedy (National Geographic)
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (HBO)
The Normal Heart (HBO)
The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime)
Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)

BEST ACTOR (TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: His Last Vow)
Idris Elba (Luther)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge)
Martin Freeman (Fargo)
Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)

BEST ACTRESS (TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES)
Helena Bonham Carter (Burton and Taylor)
Minnie Driver (Return to Zero)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Coven)
Cicely Tyson (The Trip to Bountiful)
Kristen Wiig (Spoils of Babylon)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES)
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)
Martin Freeman (Sherlock: His Last Vow)
Colin Hanks (Fargo)
Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart)
Alfred Molina (Return to Zero)
Jim Parsons (The Normal Heart)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (TV MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES)
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Coven)
Angela Bassett (American Horror Story: Coven)
Ellen Burstyn (Flowers in the Attic)
Frances Conroy (American Horror Story: Coven)
Julia Roberts (The Normal Heart)
Allison Tolman (Fargo)

BEST SHORT-FORMAT LIVE-ACTION ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama (FunnyOrDie.com)
Children's Hospital (Adult Swim)
Parks and Rec in Europe (NBC.com)
The Soup: True Detective (E!)
Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show Starring Bruno Mars (Fox)

Source: E Online

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4:32PM on 07/11/2014
While nominating "American Horror Story: Coven" for best writing seems a bit silly, this is sensational; it's terrific this horror-drama starring such powerhouse actresses is receiving such accolades. It's rare that even a female-centric piece will net itself 5 acting nominations alone.
Though it, frankly, is ridiculous to have nominated Paulson this year...Cordelia was a total let down after Lana Winters.
Here's hoping Lange or Bates or both take it home!
Also thrilled to see "Orange"
While nominating "American Horror Story: Coven" for best writing seems a bit silly, this is sensational; it's terrific this horror-drama starring such powerhouse actresses is receiving such accolades. It's rare that even a female-centric piece will net itself 5 acting nominations alone.
Though it, frankly, is ridiculous to have nominated Paulson this year...Cordelia was a total let down after Lana Winters.
Here's hoping Lange or Bates or both take it home!
Also thrilled to see "Orange" rack up so many nominations. Schilling and Mulgrew really deserve the acclaim, plus Aduba and Cox's wonderful supporting turns...no doubt the great Lorraine Toussaint will receive a nod (and hopefully an Emmy) next year for her chilling work as Vee in season 2.
It's also incredible, as this show is prompting recognition of communities that are totally underrepresented on television; LGBT women, women of color, plus victimization at the hands of the system, and much more.
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1:43PM on 07/11/2014
Cool to see Freeman and Thornton getting nominations for Fargo. Both were excellent in that series.
Cool to see Freeman and Thornton getting nominations for Fargo. Both were excellent in that series.
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9:38AM on 07/11/2014

Why is it that the Emmys never recognize Arya

Not to take anything away from anyone else, but most of the best scenes/acting involves her character
Not to take anything away from anyone else, but most of the best scenes/acting involves her character
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10:54PM on 07/10/2014
I hope Mad Men wins everything it got nominated for. Especially Hamm for Best Actor (considering the guy has never won once).
I hope Mad Men wins everything it got nominated for. Especially Hamm for Best Actor (considering the guy has never won once).
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10:39PM on 07/10/2014
Pro:
Louis CK's multiple noms
Gervais nom for Derek

CONS:
Once again no love for Sunny in Phildelphia
No Sons of Anarchy
A lot of crappy shows getting multiple noms.
Pro:
Louis CK's multiple noms
Gervais nom for Derek

CONS:
Once again no love for Sunny in Phildelphia
No Sons of Anarchy
A lot of crappy shows getting multiple noms.
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10:12PM on 07/10/2014

FU EMMYS

Maslany was robbed FU EMMYS!!!!
Maslany was robbed FU EMMYS!!!!
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7:54PM on 07/10/2014

No Orphan Black??

And no Tatiana Maslany? Possibly the best actress on TV right now and she doesn't even get a mention and the show is ignored. Makes it hard to take the Emmys seriously.
And no Tatiana Maslany? Possibly the best actress on TV right now and she doesn't even get a mention and the show is ignored. Makes it hard to take the Emmys seriously.
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4:52PM on 07/10/2014

There' s only one nomination I completely disagree with.

Jim Parsons for THE NORMAL HEART. I hated his performance!
Jim Parsons for THE NORMAL HEART. I hated his performance!
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4:24PM on 07/10/2014
These are all pretty tough to call (well most of them anyways). I wouldn't even know who to predict for wins in any category, tight competition this year.
These are all pretty tough to call (well most of them anyways). I wouldn't even know who to predict for wins in any category, tight competition this year.
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3:43PM on 07/10/2014
Another year, another complete snub for Hannibal. Despite that, congrats on Breaking Bad, True Detective, Game of Thrones, and Fargo for the mom's!
Another year, another complete snub for Hannibal. Despite that, congrats on Breaking Bad, True Detective, Game of Thrones, and Fargo for the mom's!
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3:38PM on 07/10/2014
Awesome noms, but where in the hell is Sons of Anarchy? Pssh.
Awesome noms, but where in the hell is Sons of Anarchy? Pssh.
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3:25PM on 07/10/2014

Great year of television

Television has officially surpassed movies with a huge increase of quality storytelling, acting and genre depth. Literally, there is more than one high quality show on cable, network, or on the go for any fan of any genre. I honestly cant remember a time when there has been this many amazing series, we are seeing the resurrection of the Golden Age of television.
Television has officially surpassed movies with a huge increase of quality storytelling, acting and genre depth. Literally, there is more than one high quality show on cable, network, or on the go for any fan of any genre. I honestly cant remember a time when there has been this many amazing series, we are seeing the resurrection of the Golden Age of television.
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