Rundown of the 2012 Emmy Nominations

By Ron Peltier
Jimmy Kimmel and Kerry Washington of the ABC’s “Scandal” announced Thursday morning the EmmyAwardnominations for the Television Arts & Sciences.  The 64th Primetime awards will be televised on Sept. 23 with Kimmel as host, presumably not in his pajamas.

Some familiar shows and actors are up for the awards.  HBO once again dominates with 81 contenders, including “Boardwalk Empire,” “Game of Thrones,” and its new series “Girls” and “Veep.”  Many stars of those shows are also up for individual awards, including newcomer Lena Dunham for staring, directing and writing for “Girls.”  Steve Buscemi from “Boardwalk Empire” and Peter Dinklage from “Game of Thrones” are nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in A Drama Series.

CBS earned 60 nominations, while PBS garnered 58 for the third most by a network. However, two shows tied for the most at 17 a piece—FX’s “American Horror Story” and AMC’s “Mad Men.”  The popular PBS series “Downtown Abbey” and The History Channel’s “Hatfields & McCoys” had 16 nominations.

Several film actors are up for awards on the small screen, too. Kevin Costner, Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Emma Thompson, Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates are all up for acting nods.

Several networks are competing with each other for the big awards, notably HBO and AMC. In addition to Buscemi and Dinklage in direct competition with each other, Bryan Cranston and Giancarlo Esposito, are also in the mix for Outstanding Lead Actor.  Of course, Cranston and Esposito are awarded from the same show “Breaking Bad.”  But they were not the only acting duo nominated from the same show. Jim Carter and Brendan Coyle from “Downtown Abbey” are up for the award, making Michael C. Hall the only actor not competing with his own network or fellow show actors.

Mad Men was nominated again for Outstanding Drama Series and won the last four years, making it the early favorite. “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” Downtown Abbey” and “Homeland” round out the list.

The complete list of Emmy Nominations can be found in their press release.