2011 Primetime Emmy Nominations include 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'Friday Night Lights,' Betty White and Much More

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July 14th, 2011

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2010 – 2011 PRIMETIME EMMY® AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Thursday, July 14 – Nominations for the 63rd Primetime Emmy® Awards, covering the eligibility period of June 1,
2010 through May 31, 2011, were announced today by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences from the
Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, California. Television Academy Chairman and CEO John
Shaffner presided over the nominations along with Mike & Molly’s Melissa McCarthy, and Joshua Jackson from the
FOX drama Fringe.

Five of the twelve nominated Comedy and Drama series are first time nominees this year, and seven of the twelve
are network programs. New among the outstanding drama series nominees are Boardwalk Empire, Game of
Thrones and Friday Night Lights; for outstanding comedy series, first time nominees are The Big Bang Theory
and Parks and Recreation. Programs receiving ten or more nominations are Mildred Pierce, Mad Men, Boardwalk
Empire, Modern Family, Saturday Night Live, Game of Thrones, 30 Rock, Glee, Downton Abbey (Masterpiece), Too
Big To Fail, American Idol and The Kennedys.

This year’s outstanding comedy series performer categories feature a slew of familiar faces being recognized
with an Emmy nomination for the first time, or for the first time in these particular comedy roles. They include:
(leads) Melissa McCarthy in Mike & Molly, Martha Plimpton in Raising Hope, Laura Linney in The Big C, Johnny
Galecki in The Big Bang Theory, Matt LeBlanc in Episodes, and Louis C.K. in Louie; (supporting performers) Betty
White in Hot In Cleveland and Ed O’Neill in Modern Family; (guests) Elizabeth Banks and Matt Damon in 30 Rock,
Gwyneth Paltrow and Dot-Marie Jones in Glee, Cloris Leachman in Raising Hope, Idris Elba in The Big C, Nathan
Lane in Modern Family and Zach Galifianakis in Saturday Night Live. This marks Betty White’s 17th Emmy
nomination and Cloris Leachman’s 22nd .

Similar to the comedy categories, the outstanding drama series performer categories are comprised of many new
nominees, including: (leads) Kathy Bates in Harry’s Law, Mireille Enos in The Killing, Steve Buscemi in
Boardwalk Empire and Timothy Olyphant in Justified; (supporting performers) Margo Martindale and Walton
Goggins in Justified, Kelly Macdonald in Boardwalk Empire, Michelle Forbes in The Killing, Josh Charles and Alan
Cumming in The Good Wife and Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones; (guests) Mary McDonnell in The Closer, Julia
Stiles in Dexter, Loretta Devine in Grey’s Anatomy, Randee Heller and Cara Buono in Mad Men, Joan Cusack in
Shameless, Alfre Woodard in True Blood, Bruce Dern in Big Love, Beau Bridges in Brothers & Sisters, Michael J.
Fox in The Good Wife, Paul McCrane in Harry’s Law and Jeremy Davies in Justified.

This year the Primetime Emmy Awards merged the miniseries and movie program categories to be consistent with
the longstanding consolidation in longform individual achievement categories; e.g., lead and supporting actor and
actress in movies and miniseries. The merger resulted in four nominations for miniseries and two for movies.
First-time nominees in lead performance categories for miniseries and movie include Elizabeth McGovern in
Downton Abbey (Masterpiece), Kate Winslet in Mildred Pierce, Taraji P. Henson in Taken From Me: The Tiffany
Rubin Story, Edgar Ramirez in Carlos, Greg Kinnear in The Kennedys and Idris Elba in Luther. Additional firsttime
nominees in supporting performance categories for miniseries and movie include Evan Rachel Wood,
Melissa Leo, Guy Pearce and Brian F. O’Byrne in Mildred Pierce, and Paul Giamatti and James Woods in Too Big
To Fail.

A total of 504 separate nominations in categories and areas, compiled by the independent accounting firm of Ernst &Young LLP, were distributed as follows:

A&E – 2 HISTORY – 7
ABC – 40 JayLenosGarage.com – 1
ABC.com – 2 Lifetime – 3
AMC – 29 MTV – 1
Animal Planet – 2 NBC – 46
BBC America – 1 NBC.com – 2
BIO – 2 Nickelodeon – 6
Bravo – 5 OWN – 3
Cartoon Network – 6 PBS – 43
CBS – 50 ReelzChannel – 10
Comedy Central – 11 Showtime – 21
CW – 1 Starz – 9
DirecTV – 4 Sundance Channel – 2
Discovery Channel – 5 Syfy – 1
Disney Channel – 2 TBS – 3
Disney XD – 1 TBS.com – 1
EPIX – 2 TCM – 3
ESPN – 2 TeenNick – 1
FOX – 42 thedailyshow.com – 1
Fox Movie Channel – 1 TNT – 3
FOX.com – 1 Travel Channel – 4
FUSE – 1 TV Land – 3
FX Networks –6 USA – 1
HBO – 104 Commercials – 6 (no network affiliation)

*Please note: Stand Up To Cancer was broadcast on multiple networks. This program received one nomination and
is included in the total of 504 nominations, but is not included in the individual network totals.
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on Sunday, September 18th at
8pm EDT/5pm PDT on the FOX Network. This year’s telecast will be executive produced by Mark Burnett and
will be hosted by Jane Lynch. The Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be executive produced by Spike
Jones Jr. and take place on Saturday, September 10th.

Additional awards may also be given for the two "juried areas" (no nominations): Costumes for a Variety or Music
Program and Individual Achievement in Animation. Additional awards may also be given for Engineering
Development and the Governors Award. These awards, if any, will be announced later this month (with the
exception of Engineering, which will be announced in October).

Nomination rosters will be finalized during the period July 14 to July 28, 2011. The rosters may be revised in cases
where names or titles are incorrect, or appeals for changes—including the addition or removal of names—are
approved by the Primetime Awards Committee. Producer eligibility is based on both title and function. A review of
title and function will be conducted by the Producers Peer Group, and the nominees in the program categories will
be announced late-July.

The complete list of Primetime Emmy nominations, Media Credentials, and other Academy news is available at
www.Emmys.com

Please note: When listing programs with parenthetical titles, the parenthetical titles must be included, e.g., Downton
Abbey is incorrect, but Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) is correct.

 

[ed note: Sorry for the formatting, major categories are below, but if you want the full 39 page edition with every primetime category, it's here (PDF)]

Outstanding Drama

Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Dexter (Showtime)
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV/NBC)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Mad Men (AMC)

Outstanding Comedy

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Glee (Fox)
Modern Family (ABC)
The Office (NBC)
Parks & Rec (NBC)
30 Rock (NBC)

Actor, Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
Timothy Olyphant, Justified (FX)

Actress, Drama

Kathy Bates, Harry's Law (NBC)
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Mireille Enos, The Killing (AMC)
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)


Actor,
Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
Louis CK, Louie (FX)
Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes (Showtime)
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)


Actress,
Comedy

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly (CBS)
Laura Linney, The Big C (Showtime)
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope (Fox)
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation (NBC)

Supporting Actor, Drama

Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age (TNT)
Josh Charles, The Good Wife (CBS)
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife (CBS)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Walton Goggins, Justified (FX)
John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)

Supporting Actress, Drama

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)
Michelle Forbes, The Killing (AMC)
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC)
Margo Martindale, Justified (FX)
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Archie Punjabi, The Good Wife (CBS)


Supporting Actor, Comedy

Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
Chris Colfer, Glee (Fox)
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (ABC)
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family (ABC)
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (ABC)


Supporting Actress, Comedy

Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock (NBC)
Jane Lynch,Glee (Fox)
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)
Betty White, Hot In Cleveland (TVLand)
Kristin Wiig, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Movie or miniseries

Cinema Verité (HBO)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
The Kennedys (Reelz)
Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Pillars of the Earth (Starz)
Too Big To Fail (HBO)

Actor, miniseries or movie

Edgar Ramirez, Carlos (Sundance)
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys (Reelz)
Barry Pepper, The Kennedys (Reelz)
Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood (HBO)
William Hurt, Too Big to Fail (HBO)

Actress, miniseries or movie

Diane Lane, Cinema Verité (HBO)
Elizabeth McGovern, Downtown Abbey (PBS)
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Taraji P. Henson, Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (Lifetime)
Jean Marsh, Upstairs Downstairs (PBS)

Supporting actor, miniseries or movie

Tom Wilkinson, The Kennedys (Reelz)
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Brian F. O'Byrne, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail (HBO)
James Woods, Too Big to Fail (HBO)

Supporting actress, miniseries or movie

Maggie Smith, Downtown Abbey (PBS)
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Melissa Leo, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Mare Winningham, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Eileen Atkins, Upstairs Downstairs (PBS)

Guest Actor, drama

Bruce Dern, Big Love (HBO)
Beau Bridges, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife (CBS)
Paul McCrane, Harry's Law (NBC)
Jeremy Davies, Justified (FX)
Robert Morse, Mad Men (AMC)

Guest Actress, drama

Cara Buono, Mad Men (AMC)
Mary McDonnell, The Closer (TNT)
Joan Cusack, Shameless (Showtime)
Loretta Devine, Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Randee Heller, Mad Men (AMC)
Julia Stiles, Dexter (Showtime)
Alfre Woodard, True Blood (HBO)

Guest Actor, comedy

Will Arnett, 30 Rock (NBC)
Matt Damon, 30 Rock (NBC)
Idris Elba, The Big C (Showtime)
Zach Galifianakis, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Nathan Lane, Modern Family (ABC)
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Variety, musical or comedy

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)

Outstanding Reality

Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
Deadliest Catch (Discovery)
Hoarders (A&E)
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (Bravo)
Mythbusters (Discovery)
Undercover Boss (CBS)

Reality-competition

American Idol (Fox)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
Top Chef (Bravo)

Reality host

Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race (CBS)
Jeff Probst, Survivor (CBS)
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol (Fox)

 
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