66th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations

Game of Thrones leads with 19 nominations, followed by Fargo with 18, American Horror Story: Coven with 17, The Normal Heart with 16 — and Breaking Bad with 16 nods for its final season.

Outstanding Drama Series
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“True Detective”

Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family”
“Orange is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”

Outstanding Miniseries
“American Horror Story Coven”
“Bonnie & Clyde”
“The White Queen”

Outstanding TV Movie
“Killing Kennedy”
“Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight”
“The Normal Heart”
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”
“The Trip to Bountiful”

Best Actor – Drama
Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels – “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”
Woody Harrelson – “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey – “True Detective”
Kevin Spacey – “House of Cards”

Best Actress – Drama
Lizzy Caplan – “Masters of Sex”
Claire Danes – “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery – “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Marguilles – “The Good Wife”
Kerry Washington – “Scandal”
Robin Wright – “House of Cards”

Best Supporting Actor – Drama
Aaron Paul – “Breaking Bad”
Jim Carter – “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage – “Game of Thrones”
Josh Charles – “The Good Wife”
Mandy Patinkin – “Homeland”
Jon Voight – “Ray Donovan”

Best Supporting Actress – Drama
Anna Gunn – “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Forggatt – “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey – “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranksi – “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks – “Mad Men”

Best Actor – 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”

Best Actress – Comedy
Lena Dunham – “Girls”
Edie Falco – “Nurse Jackie”
Julie Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy – “Mike and Molly”
Amy Poehler – “Parks and Recreation”
Taylor Schilling – “Orange is the New Black”

Best Supporting Actor – Comedy
Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Adam Driver – “Girls”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson – “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell – “Modern Family”
Fred Armisen – “Portlandia”
Tony Hale – “Veep”

Best Supporting Actress – Comedy
Mayim Bialik – “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen – “Modern Family”
Allison Janney – “Mom”
Kate Mulgrew – “Orange is the New Black”
Kate McKinnon – “Saturday Night Live”
Anna Chlumsky – “Veep”

Best Actor – TV Movie/Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch – “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Chiwetel Ejiofior – “Dancing on the Edge”
Idris Elba – “Luther”
Martin Freeman – “Fargo”
Mark Ruffalo – “The Normal Heart”
Billy Bob Thornton – “Fargo”

Best Actress – TV Movie/Miniseries
Minnie Driver – “Return to Zero”
Jessica Lange – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Sarah Paulson – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Cicely Tyson – “The Trip to Bountiful”
Kristen Wiig – “The Spoils of Babylon”
Helena Bonham Carter – “Burton and Taylor”

Best Supporting Actor – TV Movie/Miniseries
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”

Best Supporting Actress – TV Movie/Miniseries
Frances Conroy – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Kathy Bates – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Angela Basset – “American Horror Story: Coven”
Allison Tolman – “Fargo”
Ellen Burstyn – “Flowers in the Attic”
Julia Roberts – “The Normal Heart”

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 Reality-Competition Program
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With The Stars”
“Project Runway”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Outstanding Variety Special
“AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks”
“The Beatles: The Night That Changed America”
“Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special”
“Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays”
“The Kennedy Center Honors”
“Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles”

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
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 in a Drama Series
Margo Martindale – “The Americans”
Diana Rigg – “Game of Thrones”
Kata Mara – “House of Cards”
Allison Janney – “Masters of Sex”
Jane Fonda – “The Newsroom”
Kate Burton – “Scandal”

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series
American Masters
COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey
Pioneers Of Television
The World Wars
Years Of Living Dangerously

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
“Breaking Bad” – Ozymandias – Moira Walley-Beckett
“Breaking Bad” – Felina – Vince Gilligan
“Game Of Thrones” – The Children – David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
“House Of Cards” – Chapter 14 – Beau Willimon
“True Detective” – The Secret Fate Of All Of Life – Nic Pizzolatto

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire” – Farewell Daddy Blues – Tim Van Patten, Directed by
“Breaking Bad” – Felina – Vince Gilligan, Directed by
“Downton Abbey” – Episode 1 – David Evans, Directed by
“Game Of Thrones” – The Watchers On The Wall – Neil Marshall, Directed by
“House Of Cards” – Chapter 14 – Carl Franklin, Directed by
“True Detective” – Who Goes There – Cary Joji Fukunaga, Directed by

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
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 In A Comedy Series
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 Writing For A Comedy Series
“Episodes” – Episode 305 – David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik
“Louie” – So Did The Fat Lady – Louis C.K.
“Orange Is The New Black” – I Wasn’t Ready (Pilot) – Liz Friedman
“Silicon Valley” – Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency – Alec Berg
“Veep” – Special Relationship – Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Story and Armando Iannucci

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
“Episodes” – Iain B. MacDonald
“Glee” – 100 – Paris Barclay
“Louie” – Elevator, Part 6 – Louis C.K., Directed by
“Modern Family” – Vegas – ABC – Gail Mancuso
“Orange Is The New Black” – Lesbian Request Denied – Jodie Foster
“Silicon Valley” • Minimum Viable Product – Mike Judge

Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
“American Horror Story: Coven” – Bitchcraft – Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk
“Fargo” – The Crocodile’s Dilemma” – Noah Hawley
“Luther” – Neil Cross
“The Normal Heart” – Larry Kramer
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (Masterpiece) – Steven Moffat
“Treme” – …To Miss New Orleans – David Simon and Eric Overmyer

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
“American Horror Story: Coven” – Bitchcraft – Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
“Fargo” – The Crocodile’s Dilemma – Adam Bernstein
“Fargo” – Buridan’s Ass – Colin Bucksey
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” – Stephen Frears
“The Normal Heart’ – Ryan Murphy
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (Masterpiece) – Nick Hurran

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Inside Amy Schumer
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America
Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
67th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America
The Kennedy Center Honors
The Oscars
Six By Sondheim
The Sound Of Music Live!
67th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Special Class Program
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards
The Oscars
Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony
The Sound Of Music Live!
67th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama
Childrens Hospital
Parks And Rec In Europe
The Soup: True Detective
Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show Starring Bruno Mars

Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
COSMOS: A National Geographic Deeper Dive
I Was There: Boston Marathon Bombings
Sean Kennedy, Executive Producer Kathleen Williams, Executive Producer Jaimie DeFina, Senior Producer
Jay Leno’s Garage
Park Bench With Steve Buscemi
30 For 30 Shorts


Nominations by Series:

Game of Thrones 19
Fargo 18
American Horror Story: Coven 17
Breaking Bad 16
The Normal Heart 16
Saturday Night Live 14
House of Cards 13
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey 12
Downton Abbey 12
Orange Is the New Black 12
Sherlock: His Last Vow 12
True Detective 12
Modern Family 10
The Voice 10
Veep 9
Mad Men 8
The Oscars 8
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown 7
The Big Bang Theory 7
Boardwalk Empire 7
Dancing With the Stars 7
So You Think You Can Dance 7
67th Annual Tony Awards 7
The Amazing Race 6
The Beatles: The Night That Changed America 6
The Colbert Report 6
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart 6
Portlandia 6
The Good Wife 5
Louie 5
Masters of Sex 5
Project Runway 5
Silicon Valley 5
Black Sails 4
Bonnie & Clyde 4
Deadliest Catch 4
Homeland 4
Key & Peele 4
Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony 4
The Sound of Music Live 4
The Square 4
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 4
Treme 4
The White Queen 4
American Masters 3
Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays 3
Episodes 3
Jimmy Kimmel Live 3
The Kennedy Center Honors 3
Killing Kennedy 3
Luther 3
Mob City 3
Nurse Jackie 3
Scandal 3
Shameless 3
Vice 3
The World Wars 3

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    J 6 years ago

    This is last year’s list.

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    Ryan Adams 6 years ago

    Sorry about that. Realized what I did right away but then the site froze from traffic I couldn’t fix it for a couple of minutes.

    Thanks for helping make sure I felt the stress though. The adrenaline rush was a trip.

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      Robin Write 6 years ago

      No problem Ryan, when I realized that link I posted was only the main categories, I too shat a brick.

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        Ryan Adams 6 years ago

        Robin Write, we’ll just toss that out to avoid confusion, ok?

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          Robin Write 6 years ago


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    Antoinette 6 years ago

    Yeah that happened to me too. I was looking at the 2014 noms and they disappeared.

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    brendon 6 years ago

    you’re missing mad men from the drama nominees list…

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    Antoinette 6 years ago

    In a world where Mark Ruffalo gets nominated for whatever that was in “The Normal Heart” and Pedro Pascal gets snubbed for a universally praised star-making performance in “Game of Thrones”, I just don’t give a fuck.

    The Emmys can’t be taken seriously. There’s too much TV and every year the nominations seem random. Does anyone here even watch half these shows?

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    Ben Zuk 6 years ago

    I’m very torn by this. I’m excited for Silicon Valley’s nomination, but at the same time just completely stupefied by The Good Wife snub. Did they really need to nominate Mad Men and Downton Abbey again?

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    Koleś 6 years ago

    Freeman is supporting in “Fargo” and Tolman is lead. Still, I’m so happy they both got nominated, Hanks too.

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    Antoinette 6 years ago

    This is what I mean. I was reading elsewhere and someone called Dean Norris (Hank on “Breaking Bad”) a snub. Now I’m looking at the list of Supporting Actors in Drama and I have no idea if they’re all better than him or not, which he should have received a cumulative nom anyway. But still, who can watch all this stuff?

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    Robin Write 6 years ago

    Nothing for Emmy Rossum! I would have thought she was one of the best “unsupported” actresses. 😀

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    Koleś 6 years ago

    “Fargo” with 18 nods (if I’m counting correctly). That’s marvelous news. More than “Sherlock”, “American Horror Story: Coven”, “True Detective”. “Breaking Bad”, “Mad Men”, “House of Cards” or any other show for that matter … except “Game of Thrones” of course with it’s noumerous technicals.

    “Treme” getting in is icing on the cake. Shame Pedro Pascal didn’t make it.

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    Ben Zuk 6 years ago

    You can find a pdf of the nominations here-

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    Bryce Forestieri 6 years ago

    Couple of thoughts that jump out of this picture.

    HOUSE OF CARDS does not deserve recognition. Season 1 was “OK”, but it’s really gone down the toilet this past season — might as well be recognized at the daytime Emmys or whatever they’re called.

    I stopped watching DOWNTOWN ABBEY sometime during Season 2 because it got really sluggish, dull-witted, really boring and cheaper-looking than Season 1 which I had liked. Did it improve back again? Am I missing out? Doubt it, so I’m just going to assume it’s another wasted slot.

    BREAKING BAD, of course. Good.
    MAD MEN, Consistently brilliant but the past season they didn’t stop hitting out of the park. Just genius. More than well deserved.
    GAME OF THRONES, of course. Good.

    What’s missing? I couldn’t really tell you because I’m not really sure what qualifies or doesn’t.

    WALKING DEAD was really subpar this season — yeah, even more so than the previous one, but I’d be OK with it recognized instead of either of those two weak links. It’s main problem is that it’s too diffused. There really isn’t enough material for sixteen episodes. Seasons need to be 10 perhaps 8 episodes, but AMC only cares about money at this point. Still, the technical excellence is second to none and the characterizations are there so that counts for a lot in my book.

    SONS OF ANARCHY is a guilty pleasure, but it’s increasingly so far up its own ass. I’m just going through the motions with it. Charlie Hunnam keeps me going.

    RECTIFY *and* THE RETURNED are undeniably what’s missing, no two ways about it, but I don’t think they’re anywhere near these philistines’ radar, so that’s hopeless.


    I’m not crazy about ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, but I’m glad it was recognized — a lot of talent on display in that show. *Not* a comedy though.

    I missed PENNY DREADFUL and MASTERS OF SEX. Were they worthy? Should I go back and watch them? I’ll appreciate your opinions.

    Comedy is all fucked up again. Where’s IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA? GIRLS was back and strong this season, like really strong. COMMUNITY even though it’s like who cares anymore really should be there. THE BIG BANG THEORY and MODERN FAMILY should have been canceled years ago because they are dreadful and inept.

    Was too naïve in hoping someone would recognize the brilliance of way-too-short-lived ENLISTED? That network ought to be ashamed by how they treated that series.

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      Ryan Adams 6 years ago


      fucking cheers, Bryce. Sickening to see these absent.

      Gotta leave plenty of room for popcult drek like Killing Kennedy and American Horror: Potpourri Kitsch

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      Ryan Adams 6 years ago

      Bryce, Penny Dreadful is fantastic in the truest sense of the word. But it missed the eligibility deadline cutoff window this year.

      It’s my favorite new series of the year though. A couple of episodes directed by Coky Giedroyc are knockouts.

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        Bryce Forestieri 6 years ago

        For real? The footage from the trailers is top-notch and the Harnett/Green tandem would have made me check it out eventually, but thanks to your endorsement, it’ll first on my list after the futbol shenanigans are over.

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    steve50 6 years ago

    This morning’s chuckle:
    COSMOS is competing with JAY LENO’S GARAGE for Short Format/Non-Fiction

    Ahh, the Emmys.

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    Bryce Forestieri 6 years ago

    “Gotta leave plenty of room for popcult drek like Killing Kennedy and American Horror: Potpourri Kitsch”

    I don’t understand, Ryan. Everywhere you look. The entire cast of MODERN FAMILY still getting nominated.

    “Pedro Pascal gets snubbed for a universally praised star-making performance in “Game of Thrones”, I just don’t give a fuck.”

    GTFO! That does it.

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    Mea Culpa 6 years ago

    Tatiana Maslany and The Good Wife the biggest snubs.

    I like Downton Abbey but no way does it deserve to be getting awards recognition at this stage. Are the Emmy voters even watching half of these shows? How can they give a drama spot to DA over shows like The Good Wife, The Americans, Hannibal etc. At least they dropped Homeland.

    Happy for Lena Heady, Josh Charles and Christine Baranski. Also good to see Woody Harrelson get in as lead – I thought he was better than McConnaughey in True Detective.

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    Colin 6 years ago

    Of the directing nominations, I’m quite surprised Rian Johnson is excluded for “Ozymandias,” Breaking Bad.

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      Clarence 6 years ago

      Yes, that’s a quietly shocking omission.

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    Andre 6 years ago

    no Hannibal. yet again.


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    Craig Kennedy 6 years ago

    First of all, how the shit does Emmy keep making room for Downton Abbey, Modern Family and Big Bang Theory when there are SO many great and interesting shows out there? Even in their primes, those shows were mediocre time fillers at best and all of them are well past their sell by date.

    Having said that, really happy for Alison Tolman, Treme, Kate McKinnon, Lena Headey, Kate Mulgrew and Lizzy Caplan. Wish they could’ve made room for Masters of Sex, Broad City, Tatiana Maslany and pretty much ever other actress in Game of Thrones. But whatever.

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    Glenn UK 6 years ago

    Pissed about The Good Wife. Its the best TV for me and has been for 5 years now. Shocked at the noms of a very average The Normal Heart. The play is way superior and had more impact. And finally, nothing for Barbra Streisand’s concert, Back to Brooklyn. I guess Streisand is no long “an event”!!!!!

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    PaulContinuum 6 years ago

    Meh. Netflix is not a legit broadcast network, only an online service, so they should not be considered for anything but a special class award for online programming. The best drama series actress on this continent got excluded (Rachel Nichols, Continuum), so that category is asterisk city.

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    Sam Shaib 6 years ago

    The snub of the good wife in best drama and best writing is unjust, they should reward excellence not popularity . This show changed the format of what a network drama can do !! Mindy project had great season as well as Brooklyn 99 both way better then Big Bang redundancy !

    The fact that the networks decide who is supporting actor and who is a guest star is ridiculous for example, Joan Cusak is not a guest on Shameless !!! The same goes for what qualifies as mini series and what is an actual series it’s becoming like guess the category kinda game! Mad Men had their worst season this year and Downton Abby was good but did not add anything new. Games of Thrones deserves all the noms and more .

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    brian 6 years ago

    Downton Abbey and Mad Men need to go away … total crap

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    Joey 6 years ago

    I stand by my anger that Bellamy Young wasn’t nominated for Scandal. You may not like the show, but she’s the most grounded thing on there. Her arc this season was so sad.

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