2012 Emmy Nominations: Breaking Bad, Mad Men … & Blossom!?

Breaking Bad and its leading actor Brian Cranston are nominated among the pack of just-released Emmy Nominations, while Mad Men and miniseries American Horror Story garnered the most nominations at 17 each.

Mayim Bialik.

Among the best actor nominations, you’ve got your usual homecoming kings and queens (Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, Tina Fey), but there are definitely some real standouts in the batch as well. Mayim Bialik?! Name sound familiar to you? Let me refresh your memory: 1993 and her best friend was named Sixx. Yea, freaking Blossom is up for an Emmy! Veteran funny lady Margaret Cho also finds herself in the Emmy noms among Giancarlo Esposito, Peter Dinklage, and Claire Danes. If the Emmys could somehow find a way to squeeze in Jaleel White we’d have a whole ’90s theme going.

The nominees for Outstanding Drama Series are:
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Mad Men
Game of Thrones

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Damages: Glenn Close as Patty Hewes
Downton Abbey: Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
The Good Wife: Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
Harry’s Law: Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn
Homeland: Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
Mad Men: Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire: Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson
Breaking Bad: Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Dexter: Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan
Downton Abbey: Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham
Homeland:Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody
Mad Men: Jon Hamm as Don Draper

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad: Anna Gunn as Skyler White
Downton Abbey: Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Downton Abbey: Joanne Froggatt as Anna
The Good Wife: Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma
The Good Wife: Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
Mad Men: Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad: Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
Breaking Bad: Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring
Downton Abbey: Brendan Coyle as John Bates
Downton Abbey: Jim Carter as Mr. Carson
Game Of Thrones: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Mad Men: Jared Harris as Lane Pryce

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
The Good Wife: Martha Plimpton as Patti Nyholm
Grey’s Anatomy: Loretta Devine as Adele Webber
Harry’s Law: Jean Smart as D.A. Roseanna Remmick
Mad Men: Julia Ormond as Marie Calvet
Shameless: Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson
Smash: Uma Thurman as Rebecca Duvall

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Breaking Bad: Mark Margolis as Tio Salamanca
The Good Wife: Dylan Baker as Colin Sweeney
The Good Wife: Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning
Justified: Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennett
Mad Men: Ben Feldman as Michael Ginsberg
Parenthood: Jason Ritter as Mark Cyr

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire: Tim Van Patten
Breaking Bad: Vince Gilligan
Downton Abbey: Brian Percival
Homeland: Michael Cuesta
Mad Men: Phil Abraham

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Downton Abbey: Julian Fellowes
Homeland: Alex Gansa,Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff
Mad Men: Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner
Mad Men: Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton
Mad Men: Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Girls: Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath
Mike & Molly: Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn
New Girl: Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day
Nurse Jackie: Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Parks And Recreation • NBC • Deedle-Dee Productions, Fremulon, 3 Arts and Universal Television
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
30 Rock: Tina Fey as Liz Lemon
Veep: Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory: Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Larry David as Himself
House Of Lies: Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan
Louie: Louis C.K. as Louie
30 Rock: Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy
Two And A Half Men: Jon Cryer as Alan Harper

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory: Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler
Desperate Housewives: Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey
Modern Family: Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
Modern Family: Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Nurse Jackie: Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow
Saturday Night Live: Kristen Wiig as various characters

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Modern Family: Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett
Modern Family: Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett
Modern Family: Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Modern Family: Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker
New Girl: Max Greenfield as Schmidt
Saturday Night Live: Bill Hader as various characters

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Glee: Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Shannon Beiste
Saturday Night Live: Maya Rudolph, Host
Saturday Night Live: Melissa McCarthy, Host
30 Rock: Elizabeth Banks as Avery Jessup
30 Rock: Margaret Cho as Kim Jong-il
Two And A Half Men: Kathy Bates as Charlie Harper

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Michael J. Fox as Himself
Modern Family: Greg Kinnear as Tad
Nurse Jackie: Bobby Cannavale as Dr. Mike Cruz
Saturday Night Live: Jimmy Fallon, Host
30 Rock: Will Arnett as Devon Banks
30 Rock: Jon Hamm as Abner and David Brinkley

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Robert B. Weide, Director
Girls: Lena Dunham, Director
Louie: Louis C.K., Director
Modern Family: Jason Winer, Director
Modern Family: Steven Levitan, Director
New Girl: Jake Kasdan, Director

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Community: Chris McKenna
Girls: Lena Dunham
Louie: Louis C.K.
Parks And Recreation: Amy Poehler
Parks And Recreation: Michael Schur

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story, FX Networks
Game Change, HBO
Hatfields & McCoys, History
Hemingway & Gellhorn, HBO
Luther • BBC America, BBC and BBC America
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece), PBS

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
American Horror Story: Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon
Game Change: Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin
Hemingway & Gellhorn: Nicole Kidman as Martha Gellhorn
Missing: Ashley Judd as Rebecca Winstone
The Song Of Lunch (Masterpiece): Emma Thompson as She

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Game Change: Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt
Hatfields & McCoys: Kevin Costner as ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield
Hatfields & McCoys: Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy
Hemingway & Gellhorn: Clive Owen as Ernest Hemingway
Luther: Idris Elba as John Luther
Sherlock: Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie
American Horror Story: Frances Conroy as Moira
American Horror Story: Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon
Game Change: Sarah Paulson as Nicolle Wallace
Hatfields & McCoys: Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy
Page Eight (Masterpiece): Judy Davis as Jill Tankard

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
American Horror Story: Denis O’Hare as Larry Harvey
Game Change: Ed Harris as John McCain
Hatfields & McCoys: Tom Berenger as Jim Vance
Hemingway & Gellhorn: David Strathairn as John Dos Passos
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece): Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Game Change: Jay Roach
Hatfields & McCoys: Kevin Reynolds
Hemingway & Gellhorn: Philip Kaufman
Luther: Sam Miller
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece): Paul McGuigan

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Game Change: Danny Strong
Hatfields & McCoys: Ted Mann
Ronald Parker: Bill Kerby
The Hour: Abi Morgan
Luther: Neil Cross
Sherlock: Steven Moffat

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