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'Mad Men' Leads 64th Emmy Nominations

AMC hit scores 17 nominations, while 'Breaking Bad,' 'Downton Abbey,' 'Girls' and more earn multiple nods

July 19, 2012 10:10 AM ET
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Mad Men is on track to become the most honored drama in TV history after snagging its fifth nomination for Best Drama Series at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards nomination ceremony this morning.

The AMC show has won the award the past four years, tying with The West Wing, Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law for most drama series trophies. Mad Men tied the miniseries American Horror Story for the most nominations with 17; other big winners were Downton Abbey, PBS's beloved upstairs/downstairs drama, which nabbed 16 nods, and the hit sitcom Modern Family, which notched 14.

In the drama category, Mad Men will compete against some old foes including Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, as well as first-time nominees Homeland and Downton Abbey (that show was nominated last year, but in the Miniseries or Movie category, which it won).

Mad Menstar Jon Hamm found himself again nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series – an award he has yet to win – and will be going up against Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Damian Lewis (Homeland), and Bryan Cranston, who will look to take home his fourth Emmy for playing Walter White on Breaking Bad.

In the Lead Actress in a Drama category, Elisabeth Moss scored another nod for her portrayal of Peggy Olson on Mad Men. She will compete against Claire Danes (Homeland), Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Kathy Bates (Harry's Law) and Glenn Close (Damages).

Other notable nominees in the drama category this year include Anna Gunn and Giancarlo Esposito, who earned their first nods for their portrayals of Skyler White and Gustavo 'Gus' Fring (respectively) on Breaking Bad in the supporting actress/actor categories. Esposito will face co-star (and previous winner) Aaron Paul as well as last year's winner, Peter Dinklage, for his role as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. Gunn will also face competition from Joan Harris, with Christina Hendricks scoring her third nomination for her role on Mad Men.

In the Outstanding Comedy category, Lena Dunham's HBO hit Girls scored a nomination, as did Curb Your Enthusiasm, 30 Rock, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory and Veep.

Dunham scored a nomination for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, where she will compete against Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Amy Poehler (Parks And Recreation), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and last year's winner, Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly).

In the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category, Louis C.K. picked up his second nomination for his role as the titular character in Louie, going up against previous winners Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men; Cryer has won Best Supporting Actor in the past), and Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), plus Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and first-time nominee Don Cheadle for his role on House of Lies.

Saturday Night Live stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig picked up nominations in the Supporting Actor/Actress in a Comedy category.

Over in the Reality category, The Voice scored its first-ever nomination for Outstanding Reality Competition program, while American Idol was left out in the cold (although Ryan Seacrest did score another nomination for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program).

You can see the full list of nominees for the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards here. The show will air September 15th with host Jimmy Kimmel.

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