'Mad Men,' 'Homeland' and 'Girls' get Emmy recognition

July 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM ET

Late night’s “Live!” host Jimmy Kimmel braved the a.m. hours -- clad in pajamas – alongside actress Kerry Washington on Thursday to announce the nominations for the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

“This could be just at good at noon,” Kimmel grumbled before he and Washington revealed the list of nominees, which included expected players -- such as two of the men in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama face-off, “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm and “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston -- and a few surprises -- including the notable absence of Hugh Laurie for his final season of “House.”

Like last year, this year, “Mad Men” is the big winner before the awards are even handed out, with 17 nominations overall. “Modern Family" isn’t far behind with 14. But standouts like “Homeland” and “Girls” could shake things up before the big show.

The nominee highlights are as follows:


  • "Boardwalk Empire"
  • "Breaking Bad"
  • "Downton Abbey"
  • "Game of Thrones"
  • "Homeland"
  • "Mad Men"

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

  • Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”)
  • Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”)
  • Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”)
  • Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”)
  • Damian Lewis (Homeland)
  • Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

  • Glenn Close (“Damages”)

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

Best Comedy Series

  • "The Big Bang Theory"
  • "Curb Your Enthusiam"
  • "Girls"
  • "Modern Family"
  • "30 Rock"
  • "Veep"

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

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

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

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

Find the full list of Emmy nominations on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences website. And find out which nominees move on to become winners when the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air Sept. 23 on ABC.

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