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July 20, 2012  | by: Qisthi Jenkins

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards

While this year’s 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are right around the corner, airing September 23rd 2012, it never hurts to be fully prepared for when the time finally comes. The complete list of nominations was just released Thursday, July 19th, so be sure to be in the know for who is likely to come out on top, and familiarize yourself with the potential winners beforehand. 

Before revealing all the nominees, here are some things we know about the event:

The awards show will be live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 23rd starting at 4 PM, and will be hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel. Of course, a few fan favorites have dominated the list. Racking up the most nominations so far are ”Modern Family” with 14 noms, “Mad Men” with 17,  ”Downtown Abbey” with 16, and “American Horror Story” also with 17 nominations.

So without further adieu, the official 2012 Emmy nominees are…

Outstanding Drama
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“Mad Men”

Outstanding Actress In A Drama
“Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
“Glenn Close, “Damages”
“Claire Danes, “Homeland”
“Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
“Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
“Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Outstanding Actor in a Drama
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad”
Brendan Coyle, “Downton Abbey”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey” Jared Harris, “Mad Men”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”

Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“30 Rock”
“Veep”

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

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis CK, “Louie”
Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Max Greenfield, “New Girl”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives”

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

Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie
“American Horror Story”
“Game Change”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“Hemingway and Gellhorn”
“Luther”
“Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”

Lead Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Woody Harrelson, ” Game Change”
Clive Owen, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”
Bill Paxton, “Hatfields & McCoys”

Lead Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Connie Britton, “American Horror Story”
Ashley Judd, “Missing”
Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway and Gellhorn”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Emma Thompson, “The Song of Lunch”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Denis O’Hare, “American Horror Story”
Ed Harris, “Game Change”
Tom Berenger, “Hatfields & McCoys”
David Strathairn, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
Mare Winningham, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Judy Davis, “Page Eight”

Be sure to tune in to the Emmy’s and root for your favorite shows!

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