Going into today, Hugh Laurie had been nominated five times (and lost five times) for Emmy's Lead Drama-Series Actor prize.
The House star was hard to miss this past season--especially in the car-crashing, home-smashing season finale.
Um, too much?
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Just right, Emmy voters said.
Laurie was back in the game as nominations were announced today for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
"I'm very excited," the star said in a statement. "This time I'm going to put a whole rabbit on my keychain."
In a wide open Lead Drama-Series Actor race, Laurie will need all the luck he can get. His chief competition arguably will come from Mad Men's Jon Hamm, who's also got the whole, isn't-it-about-time-he-won thing going for him.
The other nominees: Timothy Olyphant, who broke into the field with Justified; Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi; Dexter's Michael C. Hall; and, Friday Night Light's Kyle Chandler, giving it one last shot as Coach Taylor.
Bryan Cranston, who owned the category for the past three years, was a no-show because Breaking Bad was a no-show last season, too.
The defending champ's also out of the Lead Drama-Series Actress race, as The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick failed to gain reentry.
In Sedgwick's place are The Killing's newcomer, Mireille Enos, and a bunch of familiar faces: Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss; Friday Night Lights' Connie Britton; Law &Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay; The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies; and Harry's Law's Kathy Bates.
Mad Men's Christina Hendricks is among the supporting-actress hopefuls; Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage has a spot in the supporting-actor field--he's the only star from the much-nominated freshman series to be recognized.
Elsewhere, Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood and Melissa Leo, fresh from her Oscar win, are all nominated in the miniseries/TV-movie categories for the Depression Era Mildred Pierce.
Michael J. Fox will contend for a guest-actor Emmy for a stint on The Good Wife.
Martin Scorsese snagged a drama-series directing nod for helming the pilot of Boardwalk Empire.
(Originally published July 14, 2011, at 6:28 a.m. PT)