Here are your nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards

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This has been a fantastic year for TV. We’ve seen old faithfuls go out with a serious bang, delivering the goods and more right up until the very last credit rolled, while new shows showed and instantly grabbed hold of the zeitgeist to stomp out their territory. The end results of this is one of the most stacked (and ridiculously difficult to choose from) Emmy Awards fields in years.

As expected, the phenomenal, critically praised sextet of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, House of Cards, Downton Abbey and True Detective lead the front on the Drama side (and I really don’t want to be the guys choosing between the Lead Actors in a Drama Series nominations), while it’s good to see Orange Is the New Black getting some love after an outstanding sophomore season. Another nice, well deserved set of surprises is nominating Jane Fonda for her razor-tongued turn in The Newsroom and Andre Braugher for stone-faced (but funny!) police captain in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, while TV movie The Normal Heart – which many reviewers thought of as award-bait – definitely lived up to it’s description.

Other than that, there are a few snubs this year (Where’s Hannibal? No love for Game of Thrones’ Charles Dance or Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany?) but no real big surprises, with the Emmy voters seemingly sticking to their usual tastes. Which unfortunately also means that Big Bang Theory once again has a stack of nominations. Sigh.

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Outstanding Drama Series

  • “Breaking Bad”
  • “Downton Abbey”
  • “Game of Thrones”
  • “House of Cards”
  • “Mad Men”
  • “True Detective”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a 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”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”
  • Claire Danes, “Homeland”
  • Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
  • Julianne Margulies, “The Good Wife”
  • Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
  • Robin Wright, “House of Cards”


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
  • Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
  • Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
  • Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
  • Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
  • Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
  • Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
  • Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
  • Lena Headey, “Game Of Thrones” (HBO
  • Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” (AMC)
  • Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife” (NBC)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

  • Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”
  • Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”
  • Paul Giamatti, “Downton Abbey”
  • Robert Morse, “Mad Men”
  • Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex”
  • Joe Morton, “Scandal”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

  • Kate Burton, “Scandal”
  • Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom”
  • Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex”
  • Kate Mara, “House of Cards”
  • Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
  • Diane Rigg, “Game of Thrones”



Outstanding Miniseries

  • “American Horror Story: Coven”
  • “Fargo”
  • “The White Queen”
  • “Bonnie and Clyde”
  • “Treme”

Outstanding Movie

  • “The Normal Heart”
  • “The Trip to Bountiful”
  • “Killing Kennedy”
  • “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
  • “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge” (Starz)
  • Martin Freeman, “Fargo” (FX)
  • Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo” (FX)
  • Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)
  • Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
  • Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven (FX)
  • Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton And Taylor (BBC America)
  • Minnie Driver, “Return To Zero (Lifetime)
  • Kristen Wiig, The Spoils Of Babylon (IFC)
  • Cicely Tyson, “The Trip To Bountiful  (Lifetime)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
  • Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart”
  • Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”
  • Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart”
  • Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
  • Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

  • Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven”
  • Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven”
  • Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven”
  • Allison Tolman, “Fargo”
  • Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers In the Attic”
  • Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”


Outstanding Comedy Series

  • “The Big Bang Theory”
  • “Louie”
  • “Modern Family”
  • “Orange Is the New Black”
  • “Silicon Valley”
  • “Veep”


Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
  • Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
  • Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
  • Louis C.K., “Louis”
  • William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Lena Dunham, “Girls”
  • Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
  • Julia Louis Dreyfus, “Veep”
  • Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
  • Amy Poehler, “Parks & Recreation”
  • Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Andre Breaugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
  • Adam Driver, “Girls”
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
  • Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
  • Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”
  • Tony Hale, “Veep”


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a 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”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”
  • Steve Buscemi, “Portlandia”
  • Jimmy Fallon, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”
  • Bob Newhart, “Arthur”
  • Gary Cole, “Veep”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
  • Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black”
  • Natasha Lyonne, “Orange is the New Black”
  • Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Joan Cusack, “Shameless”

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, airs on NBC on Monday, August 25th at 8 pm E.T. Expect a local rebroadcast to take place the following evening.

Last Updated: July 11, 2014

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