2011 Emmy Nominations Revealed

"Mad Men," "Boardwalk Empire," "30 Rock" and "Game of Thrones" dominate the nominations for this year's best in TV.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Mad Men

Earlier today Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly") and Joshua Jackson ("Fringe") presented the full list of nominees for the 63rd Prime Time Emmy Awards. And although Don Draper and company won't be returning until 2012, the hit AMC show, "Mad Men" led all TV series with 19 nominations.

HBO's Prohibition-era drama "Boardwalk Empire" also scored an impressive 18 nominations, with "Game of Thrones" and "30 Rock" each capturing 13 nominations. The long running comedy variety series, "Saturday Night Live" was also among the leaders, with 16 nominations.

"Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" are both freshmen series going for their first best dramatic series awards against veteran shows like "Mad Men," "Dexter," "Friday Night Lights" and "The Good Wife;" which is notably the only drama series on this list not originally produced by a cable network.

For outstanding lead dramatic actor, the absence of Bryan Cranston completely changes the playing field after he won three years in a row for his performance as Walter White on "Breaking Bad." Jon Hamm is the early favorite for his role as Don Draper on "Mad Men," but he'll be competing against Hugh Laurie ("House"), Timothy Olyphant ("Justified"), Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") and Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire").

Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife"), Kathy Bates ("Harry's Law"), Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights"), Mireille Enos ("The Killing"), Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU") and Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men" will compete for the outstanding lead dramatic actress award.

In comedy, "Modern Family" will get a chance to repeat as best series, while going up against "The Big Bang Theory," "Glee," "The Office," "30 Rock" and "Parks and Recreation."

Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") may also get to repeat as outstanding lead comedic actor against co-star Johnny Galecki, Steve Carell ("The Office"), Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") in addition to Louis C.K. and Matt LeBlanc; who portrayed fictional versions of themselves on "Louie" and "Episodes," respectively.

While announcing the nominations, McCarthy learned that she has been nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy for "Mike & Molly," with Laura Linney ("The Big C"), Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation"), Martha Plimpton ("Raising Hope") and Tina Fey ("30 Rock") looking to unseat last year's winner, Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie").

Peter Dinklage was the lone actor from "Game of Thrones" to receive a nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a drama. Regardless, that didn't stop HBO from landing 104 combined nominations, far outpacing all of its competitors.

Jane Lynch ("Glee") will host this year's Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 18 on Fox. A complete list of the major award categories is available on the next page.


Outstanding Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire • HBO

Dexter • Showtime

Friday Night Lights • DirecTV

Game Of Thrones • HBO

The Good Wife • CBS

Mad Men • AMC

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson – Boardwalk Empire • HBO

Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan – Dexter • Showtime

Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor – Friday Night Lights • DirecTV

Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House – House • FOX

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens – Justified • FX Networks

Jon Hamm as Don Draper – Mad Men • AMC

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Connie Britton as Tami Taylor – Friday Night Lights • DirecTV

Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick – The Good Wife • CBS

Kathy Bates as Harriet "Harry" Korn – Harry's Law • NBC

Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden – The Killing • AMC

Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit • NBC

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson – Mad Men • AMC


Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister – Game Of Thrones • HBO

Josh Charles as Will Gardner – The Good Wife • CBS

Alan Cumming as Eli Gold – The Good Wife • CBS

Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder – Justified • FX Networks

John Slattery as Roger Sterling – Mad Men • AMC

Andre Braugher as Owen – Men Of A Certain Age • TNT

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder – Boardwalk Empire • HBO

Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma – The Good Wife • CBS

Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart – The Good Wife • CBS

Margo Martindale as Mags Bennett – Justified • FX Networks

Michelle Forbes as Mitch Larsen – The Killing • AMC

Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris – Mad Men • AMC

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory • CBS

Glee • FOX

Modern Family • ABC

The Office • NBC

Parks And Recreation • NBC

30 Rock • NBC

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper – The Big Bang Theory • CBS

Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter – The Big Bang Theory • CBS

Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc – Episodes • Showtime

Louis C.K. as Louie – Louie • FX Networks

Steve Carell as Michael Scott – The Office • NBC

Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy – 30 Rock • NBC

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison – The Big C • Showtime

Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn – Mike & Molly • CBS

Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton – Nurse Jackie • Showtime

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope – Parks And Recreation • NBC

Martha Plimpton as Virginia Chance – Raising Hope • FOX

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon – 30 Rock • NBC

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel – Glee • FOX

Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett – Modern Family • ABC

Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett – Modern Family • ABC

Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker – Modern Family • ABC

Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy – Modern Family • ABC

Jon Cryer as Alan Harper – Two And A Half Men • CBS

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester – Glee • FOX

Betty White as Elka Ostrosky – Hot In Cleveland • TV Land

Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy – Modern Family • ABC

Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett – Modern Family • ABC

Kristen Wiig as Various characters – Saturday Night Live • NBC

Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney – 30 Rock • NBC

Outstanding Animated Program

The Cleveland Show • FOX

Futurama • Comedy Central

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III • Cartoon Network

The Simpsons • FOX

South Park • Comedy Central

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

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special

Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On • HBO

Carrie Fisher In Wishful Drinking • HBO

The Kennedy Center Honors • CBS

Lady GaGa Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden • HBO

The Pee-Wee Herman Show On Broadway • HBO

Outstanding Miniseries/Made For Television Movie

Cinema Verite • HBO

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) • PBS

The Kennedys • ReelzChannel

Mildred Pierce • HBO

The Pillars Of The Earth • Starz

Too Big To Fail • HBO

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Edgar Ramirez as Carlos – Carlos • Sundance Channel

Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy – The Kennedys • ReelzChannel

Barry Pepper as Bobby Kennedy – The Kennedys • ReelzChannel

Idris Elba as John Luther – Luther • BBC America

Laurence Fishburne as Thurgood Marshall – Thurgood • HBO

William Hurt as Henry 'Hank' Paulson – Too Big To Fail • HBO

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Diane Lane as Patricia Loud – Cinema Verite • HBO

Elizabeth McGovern as Cora, Countess of Grantham – Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) • PBS

Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce – Mildred Pierce • HBO

Taraji P. Henson as Tiffany Rubin – Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story • Lifetime

Jean Marsh as Rose Buck – Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece) • PBS

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Tom Wilkinson as Joe Kennedy – The Kennedys • ReelzChannel

Guy Pearce as Monty Beragon – Mildred Pierce • HBO

Brian F. O'Byrne as Bert Pierce – Mildred Pierce • HBO

Paul Giamatti as Ben Bernanke – Too Big To Fail • HBO

James Woods as Richard Fuld – Too Big To Fail • HBO

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – Downton Abbey (Masterpiece) • PBS

Evan Rachel Wood as Veda Pierce – Mildred Pierce • HBO

Melissa Leo as Lucy Gessler – Mildred Pierce • HBO

Mare Winningham as Ida – Mildred Pierce • HBO

Eileen Atkins as Lady Maud Holland – Upstairs Downstairs (Masterpiece) • PBS