Emmy Awards are the Oscars of television. It’s the highest award a television show or TV actor can achieve.



“It’s truly the golden age in television,” says chairman of the Television Academy Bruce Rosenblum.



I couldn’t have said it better myself. With shows like “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” and “Mad Men” playing weekly on TV, the best art/acting/entertainment/writing is happening right now on television.



At 5:40 am this morning, host of ABC’s late-night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” funnyman Jimmy Kimmel (filling in last minute for “Parks And Recreation” star Nick Offerman) and “Scandal” star Kerry Washington announced the nominees from the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in North Hollywood.


FULL LIST OF NOMINEES FOR THE 2012 EMMY AWARDS:



Best Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

Homeland

Mad Men

"> Emmy Awards are the Oscars of television. It’s the highest award a television show or TV actor can achieve.



“It’s truly the golden age in television,” says chairman of the Television Academy Bruce Rosenblum.



I couldn’t have said it better myself. With shows like “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” and “Mad Men” playing weekly on TV, the best art/acting/entertainment/writing is happening right now on television.



At 5:40 am this morning, host of ABC’s late-night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” funnyman Jimmy Kimmel (filling in last minute for “Parks And Recreation” star Nick Offerman) and “Scandal” star Kerry Washington announced the nominees from the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in North Hollywood.


FULL LIST OF NOMINEES FOR THE 2012 EMMY AWARDS:



Best Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

Homeland

Mad Men

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2012 Emmy Nominations Announced--Full List

July 19, 2012 By:

If The Grammys are the Oscars of music, and the Oscars are the Oscars of movies, (?) then the Emmy Awards are the Oscars of television. It’s the highest award a television show or TV actor can achieve.

“It’s truly the golden age in television,” says chairman of the Television Academy Bruce Rosenblum.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. With shows like “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” and “Mad Men” playing weekly on TV, the best art/acting/entertainment/writing is happening right now on television.

At 5:40 am this morning, host of ABC’s late-night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” funnyman Jimmy Kimmel (filling in last minute for “Parks And Recreation” star Nick Offerman) and “Scandal” star Kerry Washington announced the nominees from the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in North Hollywood.

Because the announcement occurred so early in the morning, Jimmy Kimmel did it in his pajamas.

“This is a sex dream isn’t it? They roused me out of bed last minute last night,” says the comedian, “This would be just as good at noon.”

There were a lot of surprising announcements this morning, including new HBO show “Girls” grabbing a lead actress nomination for it’s 25-year-old star/creator Lena Dunham. Betty White getting a Host nomination for her show “Betty White: Off Their Rockers” (which was met with LOTS of cheers from the live audience hearing the nominees read) and no nominations for best actor/actress for anyone on “Modern Family.” Also “The Voice” was nominated for “Outstanding Reality Show” which was met with a lot of gasps in the audience. "The Voice" over "American Idol" or "The X-Factor?" Simon Cowell wont be happy about this!

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live coast to coast on Sunday, September 23, 2012 on ABC and will originate from the NOKIA Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The actual awards show will also be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES FOR THE 2012 EMMY AWARDS:

Best Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

Homeland

Mad Men

Best Leading Actor in a Drama Series

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series

Kathy Bates, Harry's Law

Glenn Close, Damages

Claire Danes, Homeland

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Best Miniseries or Made-For-TV Movie

American Horror Story

Game Change

Hatfields & McCoys

Hemingway & Gellhorn

Luther

Sherlock

Best Reality Competition

The Amazing Race

Dancing With The Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Best Reality Host

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers

Best Variety Program

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Real Time with Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad

Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Jared Harris, Mad Men

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Joanna Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Girls

Modern Family

30 Rock

Veep

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, Girls

Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackis

Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreations

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Louis C. K., Louis

Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

Kirsten Wiig, SNL

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Ed O'Neill, Modern Family

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Max Greenfield, New Girl

Bill Hader, SNL

Best Leading Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Julianne Moore, Game Change

Connie Britton, American Horror Story

Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)

Ashley Judd, Missing

Best Leading Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Woody Harrelson, Game Change

Clive Owe, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Idris Elba, Luther

Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys