{TB Talks TV} HBO Leads the Pack of Nominations for the 2014 Emmy Awards

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The nominations for the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced bright and early this morning.  HBO pushed its way to the front of the crowd once again, with “Game of Thrones” alone picking up 19 nominations, including Outstanding and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a for fan- and critic- favorite Peter Dinklage.  “The Normal Heart” also fared extremely well for the network, dominating the Outstanding Supporting Actor in Miniseries or Movie category and also picking up writing and directing bids.  HBO’s total haul this year hit 99 nominations – the highest number for the 14th year in a row. Maybe next year they can top 100.

“Orange Is the New Black” helped bring in 31 nominations to Netflix, including multiple nominations in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy category, further proving the digital landscape is a growing contender for the award show spotlight. We’ll have to wait and see how many statues they actually take home. Interestingly enough, OITNB is being judged on its first season, which air during the eligible time frame and is likely why Laverne Cox and Uzo Aduba are in the Guest Actress category.

The acting categories contained many of the usual faces, with the casts of “Breaking Bad,” “Modern Family,” and “The Big Bang Theory” making their usual strong showing.  However, in perhaps in this year’s biggest snub, we’re sad to see that “Orphan Black” actress Tatiana Maslany did not make the cut for the second year in a row.  Is it because she stars on a sci-fi show on BBC America? Is it because she plays more than one character? Who can know the minds of the Emmy voters. Another big miss for us is the fact the “The Good Wife” was edged out of the category. They’ve been nominated twice before, in 2010 and 2011, but haven’t seen much attention since. Additionally, we were surprised to see FX’s “The Americans” only received a nomination in the Guest Actress in category and was overlooked elsewhere.

On the other hand, there were a few reverse snubs–names no one expected to see nominated. Matt LeBlanc in “Episodes” for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy and Fred Armisen in “Portlandia” for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a spring to mind. And Allison Janney nabbed a nomination for her work on “Mom,” proving that name recognition can outweigh show recognition in Emmy voters’ minds.

The list of nominees:

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“True Detective”

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Louie”
“Modern Family”
“Orange is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”
“Veep”

OUTSTANDING MINISERIES
“American Story: Coven”
“Bonnie & Clyde”
“Fargo”
“Luther”
“Treme”
“The White Queen”

OUTSTANDING MOVIE
“Killing Kennedy”
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”
“The Normal Heart”
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”
“The Trip to Bountiful”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bryan Cranston | “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels | “Newsroom”
Jon Hamm | “Mad Men”
Woody Harrelson | “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey | “True Detective”
Kevin Spacey | “House of Cards”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Lizzy Caplan | “Masters of Sex”
Claire Danes | “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery | “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies | “The Good Wife”
Kerry Washington | “Scandal”
Robin Wright | “House of Cards”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Jim Carter | “Downton Abbey”
Josh Charles | “The Good Wife”
Peter Dinklage | “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin | Homeland”
Aaron Paul | “Breaking Bad”
Jon Voight | “Ray Donovan”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Christine Baranski | “The Good Wife”
Joanne Froggatt | “Downton Abbey”
Anna Gunn | “Breaking Bad”
Lena Headey | “Game of Thrones”
Christina Hendricks | “Mad Men”
Dame Maggie Smith | “Downton Abbey”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Louis CK | “Louie”
Don Cheadle | “House of Lies”
Ricky Gervais | “Derek”
Matt LeBlanc | “Episodes”
William H. Macy | “Shameless”
Jim Parsons | “The Big Bang Theory”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Lena Dunham | “Girls”
Edie Falco | “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus | “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy | “Mike & Molly”
Amy Poehler | “Parks and Recreation”
Taylor Schilling | “Orange Is the New Black”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Fred Armisen | “Portlandia”
Andre Braugher | “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Ty Burrell | “Modern Family”
Adam Driver | “Girls”
Tony Hale | “Veep”
Jessie Tyler-Ferguson | “Modern Family”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Mayim Bialik | “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen | “Modern Family”
Anna Chlumsky | “Veep”
Allison Janney | “Mom”
Kate McKinnon | “Saturday Night Live”
Kate Mulgrew | “Orange is the New Black”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Benedict Cumberbatch | “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Chiwetel Ejiofor | “Dancing on the Edge”
Idris Elba | “Luther”
Martin Freeman | “Fargo”
Mark Ruffalo | “The Normal Heart”
Billy Bob Thornton | “Fargo”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Helena Bonham Carter | “Burton and Taylor”
Minnie Driver | “Return to Zero”
Jessica Lange | “American Story: Coven”
Sarah Paulson | “American Story: Coven”
Cicely Tyson | “The Trip to Bountiful”
Kristen Wiig | “The Spoils of Babylon”

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR, MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Colin Hanks | “Fargo”
Jim Parsons | “The Normal Heart”
Joe Mantello | “The Normal Heart”
Alfred Molina | “The Normal Heart”
Matt Bomer | “The Normal Heart”
Martin Freeman | “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Frances Conroy | “American Story: Coven”
Kathy Bates | “American Story: Coven”
Angela Bassett | “American Story: Coven”
Allison Tolman | “Fargo”
Ellen Burstyn | “Flowers in the Attic”
Julia Roberts | “The Normal Heart”

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR, DRAMA
Paul Giamatti | “Downton Abbey”
Dylan Baker | “The Good Wife”
Reg E. Cathey | “House of Cards”
Robert Morse | “Mad Men”
Beau Bridges | “Masters of Sex”
Joe Morton | “Scandal”

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Margo Martindale | “The Americans”
Diana Rigg | “Game of Thrones”
Kate Mara | “House of Cards”
Allison Janney | “Masters of Sex”
Jane Fonda | “Newsroom”
Kate Burton | “Scandal”

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR, COMEDY
Bob Newhart | “The Big Bang Theory”
Nathan Lane | “Modern Family”
Steve Buscemi | “Portlandia”
Jimmy Fallon | “Saturday Night Live”
Louis C.K. | “Saturday Night Live”
Gary Cole | “Veep”

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS, COMEDY
Natasha Lyonne | “Orange Is the New Black”
Uzo Aduba | “Orange Is the New Black”
Laverne Cox | “Orange Is the New Black”
Tina Fey | “Saturday Night Live”
Melissa McCarthy | “Saturday Night Live”
Joan Cusack | “Shameless”

OUTSTANDING REALITY COMPETITION
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“Project Runway”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

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

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Moira Walley-Beckett | “Breaking Bad”
Vince Gilligan | “Breaking Bad”
David Benioff, D.B. Weiss | “Game of Thrones”
Beau Willimon | “House of Cards”
Nic Pizzolatto | “True Detective”

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A COMEDY SERIES
David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik | “Episodes”
Louis CK | “Louie”
Liz Friedman, Jenji Kohan | “Orange is the New Black”
Alec Berg | “Silicon Valley”
Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Armando Iannucci | “Veep”

OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Neil Cross | “Luther”
Noah Hawley | “Fargo”
Larry Kramer | “The Normal Heart”
Steven Moffat | “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk | “American Story: Coven”
David Simon, Eric Overmyer | “Treme”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
Tim Van Patten | “Boardwalk Empire”
Vince Gilligan | “Breaking Bad”
David Evans | “Downton Abbey”
Neil Marshall | “Game of Thrones”
Carl Franklin | “House of Cards”
Cary Joji Fukunaga | “True Detective”

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Iain B. MacDonald | “Episodes”
Paris Barclay | “Glee”
Louis C.K., | “Louie”
Gail Mancuso | “Modern Family”
Jodie Foster | “Orange Is the New Black”
Mike Judge | “Silicon Valley”

The will be broadcast August 25, 2014, at 8:00pm EST/5:00pm PST on NBC.

Earlier, we presented our list of potential nominees, or, who we thought was probably going to get a phone call before dawn this morning.  Let’s see how well we did. And let us know what you think of this year’s batch of potential Emmy winners.

A complete list of the nominations, including the technical awards, can be found at the Emmy’s official website.

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