Emmy Awards 2012: “Girls,” “Breaking Bad” & “Downton Abbey” Rule The Nominations

The 2012 Emmy Award Nominations were announced this morning and, personally, I was pretty stoked on the nominations. “Girls” and Lena Dunham were nominated in the comedy series and lead actress categories which made me think two things: A) “Girls” is a comedy series? and B) Suck it, haters! Practically the entire cast of “Breaking Bad” was nominated (though Saul and Hector were overlooked, in my opinion), as were a number of actors from “Downton Abbey.” “Mad Men” represented, as did “Game of Thrones” — Peter Dinklage, I’d guess, is a lock to win his category. After the jump, check out the nominations for all the major TV categories (those in bold are who I’m rooting for, because I know you care), and the rest of the nominees at the link. [Emmys]

Outstanding Comedy Series

  • “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
  • “Girls”
  • “30 Rock”
  • “Veep”
  • “Modern Family”
  • “The Big Bang Theory”

Outstanding Drama Series

  • “Boardwalk Empire”
  • “Breaking Bad” [Though I would also support wins for “Game of Thrones” or “Homeland.”]
  • “Downton Abbey”
  • “Mad Men”
  • “Homeland”
  • “Game of Thrones”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
  • Lena Dunham, “Girls”
  • Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
  • Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
  • Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
  • Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
  • Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
  • Louis C.K., “Louis”
  • Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
  • Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

  • Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
  • Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
  • Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
  • Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
  • Claire Danes, “Homeland”
  • Glenn Close, “Damages”

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

  • Steve Buschemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
  • Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
  • Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” [But Damian Lewis on “Homeland” is also amazing.]
  • Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
  • Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
  • Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

  • Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
  • Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
  • Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
  • Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
  • Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives”

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”
  • Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
  • Max Greenfield, “New Girl”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

  • Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
  • Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
  • Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
  • Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
  • Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
  • Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”

Outstanding 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” [Please can we have a three-way tie?!]