Emmys 2012: Downton Abbey, Modern Family, and Mad Men Lead the Ho-Hum Nominees

The 2012 Emmy nominations were announced at the crack of dawn today by Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel and Kerry Washington of Scandal, and if you're a fan of Modern Family, Downton Abbey, or Mad Men, your morning is off to a good start. If you like Community, Justified, and Parks and Recreation, you should probably just go back to bed.

Downton Abbey and Modern Family each grabbed seven Emmy nominations in the major categories, while Mad Men and Breaking Bad each received five. All four series were nominated in their respective Outstanding Series categories. Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, and Homeland, which was represented well in its first year, rounded out the six best drama nominations

HBO's new comedies Veep and Girls found their way into the Outstanding Comedy Series category, alongside veterans The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and the big bully Modern Family. Every main adult actor on Modern Family was nominated for an Emmy (yes, all six of them).

Snubs and surprises aside, this year's nominations prove that the Emmys needs to get its act together with the basics. Some categories feature five nominees, some have six, and others have seven. And what's up with the loose definition of "miniseries"? Missing is a miniseries? American Horror Story, which starts Season 2 in the fall, is a miniseries due to its "anthology" label? Come on, Emmys.

Another year, another drab round of Emmy nominations. Here they are:

Outstanding Drama Series

Mad Men
Downton Abbey
Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Game of Thrones

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

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

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes, Homeland
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Glenn Close, Damages
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Jared Harris, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama

Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
Jeremy Davies, Justified
Jason Ritter, Parenthood
Ben Feldman, Mad Men
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama

Joan Cusack, Shameless
Uma Thurman, Smash
Julia Ormond, Mad Men
Loretta Devine, Grey's Anatomy
Jean Smart, Harry's Law
Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife

Outstanding Comedy Series

Modern Family
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

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

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy

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

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy

Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Greg Kinnear, Modern Family
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy

Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Margaret Cho, 30 Rock
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

So You Think You Can Dance
Dancing with the Stars
The Voice
The Amazing Race
Project Runway
Top Chef

Outstanding Reality Host

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers

Outstanding Variety Series

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Colbert Report
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live Jimmy Kimmel Live

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

Game Change, HBO
American Horror Story, FX
Hemingway & Gellhorn, HBO
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece), PBS
Luther, BBC America
Hatfields & McCoys, History

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)
Idris Elba, Luther
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Julianne Moore, Game Change
Connie Britten, American Horror Story
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)
Ashley Judd, Missing

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Ed Harris, Game Change
Denis O'Hare, American Horror Story
David Straithairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Judy Davis, Page Eight (Masterpiece)
Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys

For a complete list of the 2012 Emmy nominations, head over to the official Emmys website. And in case you want to see them with your own eyes, here is the Emmy nominations announcement.

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