Downton Abbey Dominates
It's that time again. The 2012 Primetime Emmy nominees have been announced. The period drama Downton Abbey has thrown its hat into the best drama race, pitting itself against reigning champ, Mad Men. Who will come out on top?
Thursday morning, Jimmy Kimmel and Scandal star Kerry Washington unveiled the nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. Each year, there are a few surprises and snubs, but for the most part the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences got it right.
In the drama categories, Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Mad Men and Breaking Bad reigned supreme. Mad Men will defend its title for best drama, which it has won consecutively for the past four years. Considering all the hype surrounding Downton, it might have a serious fight on its hands.
In the comedy department, a couple of newbies slipped in with the vets. HBO's Girls and the politically motivated Veep both scored nominations for best comedy series. But they'll have their work cut out for them as they attempt to take down critical favorite Modern Family.
In terms of acting, the categories were infused with new blood. Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery and Hugh Bonneville were nominated for lead actor and actress, while Brendan Coyle, Jim Carter, Maggie Smith and Joanne Froggatt scored nods for best supporting.
Breaking Bad breakout Giancarlo Esposito also got some Emmy love for best supporting actor in a drama, while on the comedy side, Max Greenfield was recognized for his hilarious performance on Fox's New Girl.
Check out the rest of the 2012 Primetime Emmy nominees below:
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW HOST
OUTSTANDING REALITY SHOW COMPETITION
OUTSTANDING VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
OUTSTANDING TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
LEAD ACTOR IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
LEAD ACTRESS IN A TV MINISERIES OR MOVIE
You can view the rest of the nominations, including the technical categories, at Emmys.com.
What do you think of this year's nominees?
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