“Mad Men,” “American Horror Story” lead Emmy nominations

AMC’s Mad Men (pictured) and FX’s American Horror Story both earned 17 nods apiece as the nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced today. Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum presided over the nominations, along with actress Kerry Washington and Jimmy Kimmel, who will host this year’s Emmy telecast live at 7pm ET Sept. 23 on ABC.

PBS’ period piece Downton Abbey – competing this year in the Outstanding Drama Series category for the first time — was close behind with 16 nominations, and History’s record-breaking Hatfields & McCoys miniseries also earned 16 nominations.

Rounding out the programs that received 10 or more nominations were the HBO original movie Hemingway & Gellhorn (15); the ABC comedy series Modern Family (14); NBC’s venerable late-night comedy series Saturday Night Live (14); AMC’s powerhouse drama Breaking Bad (13); PBS’ British import Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece) (13); NBC’s comedy 30 Rock (13); HBO’s Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire (12); the HBO original movie Game Change (12); and HBO’s fantasy series Game of Thrones (11).

Following are nominees in major categories. For a complete list of nominees, visit www.emmys.com.

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Girls
Modern Family
30 Rock
Veep

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Girls – Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath
Mike & Molly – Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn
New Girl – Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day
Nurse Jackie – Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Parks and Recreation – Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
30 Rock – Tina Fey as Liz Lemon
Veep – Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory – Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Curb Your Enthusiasm – Larry Davis as Himself
House of Lies – Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan
Louie – Louis C.K. as Louie
30 Rock – Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy
Two and a Half Men – Jon Cryer as Alan Harper

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory – Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler
Desperate Housewives – Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey
Modern Family – Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
Modern Family – Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Nurse Jackie – Merrit Wever as Zoey Barkow
Saturday Night Live – Kirsten Wiig as various characters

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Modern Family – Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett
Modern Family – Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett
Modern Family – Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Modern Family – Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker
New Girl – Max Greenfield as Schmidt
Saturday Night Live – Bill Hader as various characters

Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Damages – Glenn Close as Patty Hewes
Downtown Abbey – Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
The Good Wife – Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
Harry’s Law – Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn
Homeland – Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
Mad Men – Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson

Oustanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire - Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson
Breaking Bad – Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Dexter – Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan
Downton Abbey – Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham
Homeland – Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody
Mad Men – Jon Hamm as Don Draper

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Breaking Bad – Anna Gunn as Skyler White
Downton Abbey – Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Downton Abbey – Joanne Froggatt as Anna
The Good Wife – Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma
The Good Wife – Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
Mad Men – Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Breaking Bad – Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
Breaking Bad – Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo “Gus” Fring
Downton Abbey – Brendan Coyle as John Bates
Downton Abbey – Jim Carter as Mr. Carson
Game of Thrones – Peter Dinklange as Tyrion Lannister
Mad Men – Jared Harris as Lane Pryce

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Luther
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
American Horror Story – Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon
Game Change – Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin
Hemingway & Gellhorn – Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn
Missing – Ashley Judd as Rebecca Winstone
The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece) – Emma Thompson as She

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Game Change – Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt
Hatfields & McCoys – Kevin Costner as “Devil” Anse Hatfield
Hatfields & McCoys – Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy
Hemingway & Gellhorn – Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway
Luther – Idris Elba as John Luther
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece) – Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
American Horror Story – Frances Conroy as Moira
American Horror Story – Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon
Game Change – Sarah Paulson as Nicolle Wallace
Hatfields & McCoys – Mare Winngham as Sally McCoy
Page Eight (Masterpiece) – Judy Davis as Jill Tankard

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
American Horror Story – Denis O’Hare as Larry Harvey
Game Change – Ed Harris as John McCain
Hatfields & McCoys – Tom Berenger as Jim Vance
Hemingway & Gellhorn – David Strathairn as John Dos Passos
Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece) – Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson

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Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

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