New HBO series Mildred Pierce bags 21 Emmy nominations; Glee, Modern Family and Game of Thrones also in the runnin

( The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced today the official list of nominees for this year’s Emmy Awards. "Television has always been at the forefront of innovation and creativity and this past year has been no exception," announced John Shaffner, chair and CEO of the academy, during the announcement of nominees. He also added that his team had difficulty selecting this year’s contenders.


For Best Drama Series, the nominees are:
Boardwalk Empire
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men


For Best Comedy Series, the nominees are:
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock
The Office


For Best Actor in a Comedy Series, the nominees are:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Steve Carell (The Office)
Jonathan Galecki (Big Bang Theory)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)


For Best Actress in a Comedy Series, the nominees are:
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Laura Linney (The Big C)
Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)
Martha Plimpton  (Raising Hope)
Amy Poehler (Parks And Recreation)


For Best Actor in a Drama Series, the nominees are:
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Hugh Laurie (House)
Timothy Olyphant (Justified)


For Best Actress in a Drama Series, the nominees are:
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Mireille Enos (The Killing)
Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)


Competing in 21 categories, HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce has the most number of nominations this year. Starring Oscar-winner Kate Winslet in the title role, Mildred Pierce follows the story of a divorced mom who opens a restaurant, consequently straining her relationship with her ambitious daughter. It’s up for Outstanding Miniseries Or Made-For-TV Movie, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Made-For-TV Movie (Kate Winslet), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries Or Made-For-TV Movie (Mare Winningham and Evan Rachel Wood), among others.



Returning contenders from last year’s list of nominees are Best Supporting Actor and Actress for a Comedy Series Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) and Jane Lynch (Glee). According to Entertainment Weekly, Lynch is also set to be the night’s host.


The 63rd Emmy Awards will be on September 18 at 8 p.m. (Eastern time).


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