2012 Emmy Nominations Announced--Full List

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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
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