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The greatest award that can ever be bestowed upon a person is World's Best Boss. The second best is a Teen Choice Award. But after those two, it is definitely an Emmy, the television equivalent of popedom. A very few select television types received the good news this morning that they are on the shortlist to compete for one, which is a very longwinded way of saying that the 2014 Emmy nominations have been announced.

And because this is the Emmys, that shortlist contains the usual lot of familiar faces. It's like Emmy voters make their decisions based on whether they've heard of a person or not. "Oh that's a recognizable name, I'll vote for that person," is the Emmy voters' mantra. Sigh. Oh well. The Emmys are here to make us complain if nothing else. 


HERE ARE YOUR 2014 EMMY NOMINEES! 


OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Bryan CranstonBreaking Bad
Jeff DanielsThe Newsroom
Jon HammMad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Kevin SpaceyHouse of Cards
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Claire DanesHomeland
Michelle DockeryDownton Abbey
Julianna MarguliesThe Good Wife
Kerry WashingtonScandal
Robin WrightHouse of Cards
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Aaron PaulBreaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan 


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Joanne FroggattDownton Abbey
Christina HendricksMad Men


OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Paul GiamattiDownton Abbey
Reg E. CatheyHouse of Cards
Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex
Robert MorseMad Men
Dylan BakerThe Good Wife
Joe Morton, Scandal


OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Margo Martindale, The Americans
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Kate Mara, House of Cards
Jane FondaThe Newsroom
Kate BurtonScandal


OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

The Big Bang Theory
Louie
Modern Family
Veep
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim ParsonsThe Big Bang Theory
William H. Macy, Shameless
Ricky Gervais, Derek


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-DreyfusVeep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Mayim BialikThe Big Bang Theory
Julie BowenModern Family
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live


OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Steve Buscemi, Portlandia
Louis C.K.Saturday Night Live
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Bob NewhartThe Big Bang Theory
Gary Cole, Veep
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live


OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Natasha Lyonne, Orange Is the New Black
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black


OUTSTANDING REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM

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


OUTSTANDING REALITY HOST

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Anthony Bourdain, The Taste
Cat Deely, So You Think You Can Dance
Hedi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway
Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night
Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers


OUTSTANDING VARIETY SERIES

The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
Jimmy Kimmel Live


OUTSTANDING ANIMATED SERIES

Archer
Bob's Burgers
Futurama
South Park
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project


OUTSTANDING MINISERIES

American Horror Story: Coven
Fargo
Luther
Bonnie & Clyde
The White Queen
Treme


OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE

The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Last Vow
Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
The Trip to Bountiful


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Chiwetel Ejiofar, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Allison Tolman, Fargo


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL, YOUR STARBUCKS GIFT CARD IS IN THE MAIL!


For a complete list of the 2014 Emmy nominations, head on over to the official Emmys website. And here's the replay of the announcement, if you'd like to see it for yourself:


Go ahead and list your compliments and complaints in the comments!


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AIRED ON 8/25/2014

Season 66 : Episode 1

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