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HBO’s Game Of Thrones Plants Its Flag On Emmy Nominations

HBO’s fantasy adaptation Game of Thrones will battle the likes of Boardwalk Empire, Dexter and Mad Men for outstanding drama in the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.

The nominations, announced this morning in Burbank, Calif., were led by HBO’s Mildred Pierce with 21, followed by AMC’s Mad Men with 19 and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with 18. However, Game of Thrones was undoubtedly one of the biggest surprises, tying with NBC’s 30 Rock with 13 nominations, including nods for outstanding drama, outstanding supporting actor (Peter Dinklage), outstanding directing (Tim Van Patten for “Winter is Coming”) and outstanding writing (David Beniof and D.B. Weiss for “Baelor”).

AMC’s The Walking Dead, an adaptation of the long-running comic series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, received three nominations in technical categories: special visual effects, sound editing and prosthetic makeup, all for the episode “Days Gone Bye.”

See a rundown of the major categories below, or visit the Emmy website for a complete list. The winners will be announced Sept. 18 on Fox.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Steve Carell, “The Office”
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”
Hugh Laurie, “House”
Timothy Olyphant, “Justified”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries of Movie:
Edgar Ramirez, “Carlos”
Greg Kinnear, “The Kennedys”
Barry Pepper, “The Kennedys”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Laurence Fishburne, “Thurgood”
William Hurt, “Too Big to Fail”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Laura Linney, “The Big C”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Martha Plimpton, “Raising Hope”
Tina Fey, “Liz Lemon”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
Mireille Enos, “The Killing”
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:
Diana Lane, “Cinema Verite”
Elizabeth McGovern, “Downton Abbey”
Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce”
Taraji P. Henson, “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story”
Jean Marsh, “Upstairs Downstairs”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Chris Colfer, “Glee”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Walton Goggins, “Justified”
John Slattery, “Mad Men”
Andre Braugher, “Men of a Certain Age”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:
Tom Wilkinson, “The Kennedys”
Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce”
Brian F. O’Byrne, “Mildred Pierce”
Paul Giamatti, “Too Big to Fail”
James Woods, “Too Big to Fail”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”
Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Kelly Macdonald, “Boardwalk Empire”
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Margo Marindale, “Justified”
Michelle Forbes, “The Killing”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Evan Rachel Wood, “Mildred Pierce”
Meilssa Leo, “Mildred Pierce”
Mare Winningham, “Mildred Pierce”
Eileen Atkins, “Upstairs Downstairs”

Outstanding Host for a Reality Program:
Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race”
Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Jeff Probst, “Survivor”

Outstanding Comedy Series:
“The Big Bang Theory,” CBS
“Glee,” Fox
“Modern Family,” ABC
“The Office,” NBC
“Parks and Recreation,” NBC
“30 Rock,” NBC

Outstanding Drama Series:
“Boardwalk Empire,” HBO
“Dexter,” Showtime
“Friday Night Lights,” DirectTV
“Game of Thrones,” HBO
“The Good Wife,” CBS
“Mad Men,” AMC

Oustanding Miniseries or Movie:
“Cinema Verite,” HBO
“Downton Abbey,” PBS
“Mildred Pierce,” HBO
“The Pillars of the Earth,” Starz
“Too Big to Fail,” HBO

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series:
“The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central
“Conan,” TBS
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” NBC
“Real Time With Bill Maher,” HBO
“Saturday Night LIve,” NBC


  • Jacob

    Aaaaand Fringe got snubbed again.

  • Coryjameson

    I would say that Game of Thrones should have gotten the most nominations. Mad Men is utterly boring. And the performances by most of the actors in Game of Thrones surpass any of those in MAD MEN.

  • joey

    No love for FRINGE or SONS OF ANARCHY *shakes head*
    At least they gave GAMES OF THRONES and PILLARS OF THE EARTH some recognition

  • RunnerX13

    Community is 100xs funnier than Modern Family, the Office, and Parks; and Glee stopped being funny in Season 1.  Maybe someone at FX should mail the Academy some of their DVDs. 

  • RunnerX13

    Mad Men is as watched as a stage play.

  • 0bsessions

    I’d hardly consider two nominations “planting its flag.”

    That said, Dinklage deserves that nomination, that guy knocked the Tyrion role straight out of the park. Good to see Buscemi get a nod for his work on Boardwalk Empire, too.

  • 0bsessions

    Community’s one of those shows that I’m scared not enough people quite “get.” I’ll curl up into a ball when it innevitably gets cancelled before its time. I’ve never seen a show where I hate about half of the characters on it (In the sense that you’re obviously supposed to hate them) and absolutely love it because of that.

  • Kevin Melrose

    Game of Thrones received 13 nominations.

  • 0bsessions

    Hm. Well, there you go. Maybe I should’ve read the article instead of assuming the two listed were the extent.

  • tim

    Yeah, cause you would have noticed that 3 of the shows they listed in the article actually had more nominations than there are major categories listed below.

  • 0bsessions

    Yeah, probably. I have to assume that’s a given considering I already copped to my mistake.