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64th Primetime Emmy Awards


The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will honor the best in primetime television programming from June 1, 2011 until May 31, 2012. The Emmy Awards ceremony was held on September 23, 2012 at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California.

Comedian and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will host the Emmys ceremony for the first time.

Nominations

Host Jimmy Kimmel and actress Kerry Washington announced the nominees on July 19, 2012.

Programs

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Homeland (Showtime)
  • Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Mad Men (AMC)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie

  • Game Change (HBO)
  • American Horror Story (FX)
  • Hatfields & McCoys (History)
  • Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
  • Luther (BBC One)
  • Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (PBS)

Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special

  • Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America's Golden Girl (NBC)
  • Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker (Bravo)
  • Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
  • rooks and Dick Cavett Together Again (HBO)
  • Tony Bennett: Duets II (Great Performances) (PBS)

Outstanding Children's Program

  • Degrassi (MuchMusic)
  • Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel)
  • iCarly (Nickelodeon)
  • Victorious (Nickelodeon)
  • Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney Channel)

Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

  • Tom Bergeron for Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
  • Cat Deeley for So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)
  • Phil Keoghan for The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • Ryan Seacrest for American Idol (FOX)
  • Betty White for Betty White's Off Their Rockers (NBC)

Lead performances

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody on Homeland (Showtime)
  • Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham on Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Steve Buscemi as Enoch "Nucky" Thompson on Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Bryan Cranston as Walter White on Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan on Dexter (Showtime)
  • Jon Hamm as Don Draper on Mad Men (AMC)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison on Homeland (Showtime)
  • Kathy Bates as Harriet "Harry" Korn on Harry's Law (NBC)
  • Glenn Close as Patricia "Patty" Hewes on Damages (Audience Network)
  • Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley on Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Elisabeth Moss as Margaret "Peggy" Olson on Mad Men (Episode: "The Other Woman") (AMC)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Jon Cryer as Dr. Alan Harper on Two and a Half Men (CBS)
  • Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Louis C.K. as Louie on Louie (FX)
  • Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan on House of Lies
  • Larry David as Himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
  • Jim Parsons as Dr. Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer on Veep (HBO)
  • Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day on New Girl (FOX)
  • Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath on Girls (HBO)
  • Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton on Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
  • Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn on Mike & Molly (CBS)
  • Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

  • Kevin Costner as 'Devil' Anse Hatfield in Hatfields & McCoys (History)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (PBS)
  • Idris Elba as John Luther in Luther (BBC One)
  • Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt in Game Change (HBO)
  • Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway in Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
  • Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy in Hatfields & McCoys (History)

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

  • Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in Game Change (HBO)
  • Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon in American Horror Story (FX)
  • Ashley Judd as Rebecca Winstone in Missing (ABC)
  • Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn in Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
  • Emma Thompson as She in The Song of Lunch (PBS)

Supporting performances

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

  • Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad (Episode: "Problem Dog") (AMC)
  • Jim Carter as Mr. Carson on Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Brendan Coyle as John Bates on Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo 'Gus' Fring on Breaking Bad (Episode: "Hermanos") (AMC)
  • Jared Harris as Lane Pryce on Mad Men (Episode: "Commissions and Fees") (AMC)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Maggie Smith as Violet, Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Joanne Froggatt as Anna on Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Anna Gunn as Skyler White on Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris on Mad Men (AMC)
  • Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife (CBS)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker on Modern Family (Episode: "Treehouse") (ABC)
  • Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy on Modern Family (ABC)
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett on Modern Family (ABC)
  • Max Greenfield as Schmidt on New Girl (FOX)
  • Bill Hader as Various Characters on Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett on Modern Family (ABC)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy on Modern Family (ABC)
  • Mayim Bialik as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives (ABC)
  • Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on Modern Family (ABC)
  • Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow on Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
  • Kristen Wiig as Various Characters on Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

  • Tom Berenger as Jim Vance in Hatfields & McCoys (History)
  • Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson in Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (PBS)
  • Ed Harris as John McCain in Game Change (HBO)
  • Denis O'Hare as Larry Harvey in American Horror Story (FX)
  • David Strathairn as John Dos Passos in Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

  • Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon in American Horror Story (FX)
  • Frances Conroy as Moira O'Hara in American Horror Story (FX)
  • Judy Davis as Jill Tankard in Page Eight (PBS)
  • Sarah Paulson as Nicolle Wallace in Game Change (HBO)
  • Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy in Hatfields & McCoys (History)

Guest actors and actresses

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

  • Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennett on Justified (FX)
  • Dylan Baker as Colin Sweeney on The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Ben Feldman as Michael Ginsberg on Mad Men (AMC)
  • Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning on The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Mark Margolis as Tio Salamanca on Breaking Bad (Episode: "Face Off") (AMC)
  • Jason Ritter as Mark Cyr on Parenthood (NBC)

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

  • Martha Plimpton as Patti Nyholm on The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson on Shameless (Showtime)
  • Loretta Devine as Adele Webber on Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
  • Julia Ormond as Marie Calvet on Mad Men (Episode: "The Phantom") (AMC)
  • Jean Smart as D.A. Roseanna Remmick on Harry's Law (NBC)
  • Uma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall on Smash (NBC)

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Jimmy Fallon as Various Characters on Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Jimmy Fallon") (NBC)
  • Will Arnett as Devon Banks on 30 Rock (Episode: "Idiots Are People Three!") (NBC)
  • Bobby Cannavale as Dr. Mike Cruz on Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
  • Michael J. Fox as Himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm (Episode: "Larry vs. Michael J. Fox") (HBO)
  • Jon Hamm as Abner and David Brinkley on 30 Rock (Episode: "Live from Studio 6H") (NBC)
  • Greg Kinnear as Tad on Modern Family (Episode: "Me? Jealous?") (ABC)

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Kathy Bates as Charlie Harper on Two and a Half Men (Episode: "Why We Gave Up Women") (CBS)
  • Elizabeth Banks as Avery Jessup on 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Margaret Cho as Kim Jong-il on 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Shannon Beiste on Glee (FOX)
  • Melissa McCarthy as Various Characters on Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Melissa McCarthy") (NBC)
  • Maya Rudolph as Various Characters on Saturday Night Live (Episode: "Host: Maya Rudolph") (NBC)

Directing

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

  • Tim Van Patten for Boardwalk Empire (Episode: "To the Lost") (HBO)
  • Phil Abraham for Mad Men (Episode: "The Other Woman") (NBC)
  • Michael Cuesta for Homeland (Episode: "Pilot") (Showtime)
  • Vince Gilligan for Breaking Bad (Episode: "Face Off") (AMC)
  • Brian Percival for Downton Abbey (Episode: "Episode 7") (PBS)

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

  • Steven Levitan for Modern Family (Episode: "Baby on Board") (ABC)
  • Louis C.K. for Louie (Episode: "Duckling") (FX)
  • Lena Dunham for Girls (Episode: "She Did") (HBO)
  • Jake Kasdan for New Girl (Episode: "Pilot") (ABC)
  • Robert B. Weide for Curb Your Enthusiasm (Episode: "Palestinian Chicken") (HBO)
  • Jason Winer for Modern Family (Episode: "Virgin Territory") (ABC)

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special

  • Jay Roach for Game Change (HBO)
  • Philip Kaufman for Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
  • Paul McGuigan for Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (PBS)
  • Sam Miller for Luther (BBC One)
  • Kevin Reynolds for Hatfields & McCoys (History)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series

  • Jerry Foley for Late Show with David Letterman< (CBS)
  • Jim Hoskinson for The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
  • Don Roy King for Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Jonathan Krisel for Portlandia (IFC)
  • Chuck O'Neil for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special

  • Louis C.K. for Live at the Beacon Theater (FX)
  • Louis J. Horvitz for 54th s (CBS)
  • Don Mischer for 84th Academy Awards (ABC)
  • Alan Skog for New York City Ballet George Balanchine's The Nutcracker (PBS)
Glenn Weiss for 65th Tony Awards (CBS)
  • Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming

    • Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky for Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (HBO)
    • Martin Scorsese for George Harrison: Living in the Material World (HBO)
    • Craig Spirko for Project Runway (Lifetime)
    • Bertram van Munster for The Amazing Race (CBS)
    • Robert B. Weide for American Masters (PBS)

    Writing

    Writing for a Drama Series

    • Semi Chellas & Matthew Weiner for Mad Men (Episode: "Far Away Places") (AMC)
    • Semi Chellas & Matthew Weiner for Mad Men (Episode: "The Other Woman") (AMC)
    • Julian Fellowes for Downton Abbey (Episode: "Episode 7") (PBS)
    • Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon & Gideon Raff for Homeland (Episode: "Pilot") (Showtime)
    • Andre Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton for Mad Men (Episode: "Commissions and Fees") (AMC)

    Writing for a Comedy Series

    • Louis C.K. for Louie (Episode: "Pregnant") (FX)
    • Lena Dunham for Girls (Episode: "Pilot") (HBO)
    • Chris McKenna for Community (Episode: "Remedial Chaos Theory") (NBC)
    • Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation (Episode: "The Debate") (NBC)
    • Michael Schur for Parks and Recreation (Episode: "Win, Lose or Draw") (NBC)

    Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special

    • Neil Cross for Luther (BBC One)
    • Ted Mann, Ronald Parker & Bill Kerby for Hatfields & McCoys (History)
    • Steven Moffat for Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (PBS)
    • Abi Morgan for The Hour (BBC America)
    • Danny Strong for Game Change (HBO)

    Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program

    • The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
    • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
    • Portlandia (IFC)
    • Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
    • Saturday Night Live (NBC)

    Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Special

    • 65th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)
    • 84th Annual Academy Awards (ABC)
    • Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America's Golden Girl (NBC)
    • The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
    • Louis C.K.: Live at the Beacon Theatre (FX)

    Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming

    • American Experience: Clinton (PBS)
    • American Masters (PBS)
    • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Travel Channel)
    • Prohibition (PBS)
    • Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger (PBS)

    Television

    ABC will televise the ceremony within the United States.

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