By Lynette Rice
Updated July 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM EDT
Credit: Nick Briggs/PBS; Mitchell Haaseth/NBC; FX; Kent Smith/Showtime

FX’s new drama American Horror Story and AMC’s perennial fave Mad Men were among the shows to receive the most Emmy nominations that were announced today in Los Angeles. PBS’ Downton Abbey and the History miniseries Hatfields & McCoys also received multiple nods, as did ABC’s Modern Family, AMC’s Breaking Bad, NBC’s Saturday Night Live and the HBO movie Game Change. And it’s a big day for breakout comedienne Lena Dunham, who scored acting and writing nods for her freshman series Girls, which also scored a nomination in the best comedy category.

Here are the nominations for the 64th Annual Emmys, to be telecast Sept. 23 on ABC:

Best comedy

The Big Bang Theory

Curb Your Enthusiasm


Modern Family

30 Rock


Best drama

Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones


Mad Men

Lead actress in drama

Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law

Glenn Close, Damages

Claire Danes, Homeland

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Lead actor in a drama

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Best competition reality show

The Amazing Race

Dancing with the Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

The Voice

Top Chef

Lead actress in a comedy

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Lead actor in a comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Louis C.K., Louie

Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best supporting actress, comedy

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Best supporting actor, comedy

Ed O’Neill, Modern Family

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Max Greenfield, New Girl

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Best supporting actress, drama

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Best supporting actor, drama

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad

Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Jared Harris, Mad Men

Best miniseries or movie

Game Change

American Horror Story

Hatfield & McCoys

Hemingway & Gellhorn


Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia

Best variety series

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Real Time With Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

Best animated program

American Dad

Bob’s Burgers


The Penguins Of Madagascar: The Return Of The Revenge Of Dr. Blowhole

The Simpsons

Best non-competition reality program

Antiques Roadshow

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution


Shark Tank

Undercover Boss

Who Do You Think You Are?

Best reality show host

Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Best guest actress in a comedy

Dot-Marie Jones, Glee

Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live

Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live

Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock

Margaret Cho, 30 Rock

Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men

Best guest actor in a comedy

Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Greg Kinnear, Modern Family

Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie

Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live

Will Arnett, 30 Rock

Jon Hamm, 30 Rock

Best guest actress in a drama

Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife

Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy

Jean Smart, Harry’s Law

Julia Ormond, Mad Men

Joan Cusack, Shameless

Uma Thurman, Smash

Best guest actor in a drama series

Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad

Dylan Baker, The Good Wife

Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

Jeremy Davies, Justified

Ben Feldman, Mad Men

Jason Ritter, Parenthood

Best lead actress in a miniseries or movie

Connie Britton, American Horror Story

Julianne Moore, Game Change

Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Ashley Judd, Missing

Emma Thompson, The Song Of Lunch (Masterpiece)

Best lead actor in a miniseries or movie

Woody Harrelson, Game Change

Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Idris Elba, Luther

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia

Best supporting actress in a miniseries or movie

Frances Conroy, American Horror Story

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Sarah Paulson, Game Change

Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys

Judy Davis, Page Eight (Masterpiece)

Best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie

Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story

Ed Harris, Game Change

Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys

David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Best writing for a comedy

Chris McKenna, Community

Lena Dunham, Girls

Louis C.K., Louie

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Michael Schur, Parks and Recreation

Best writing for a drama

Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey

Alex Gansa, Gideon Raff, Howard Gordon, Homeland

Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner, Mad Men

Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, Mad Men

Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner, Mad Men

For other categories like directing, costumes, lighting and casting, go to

[Correction: An early version of this story erroneously listed Dickie Bennett as the best guest actor in a drama series nominee for Justified. The actor is Jeremy Davies; Dickie Bennett is his character’s name on the show.]

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