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2012 Emmy Submissions for HBO’s Top Shows

By Charlie Harwood on Jun 18, 2012 to HBO News

emmystatuette-231x300Last Monday, the full 2012 Primetime Emmy submission ballots were posted on the Academy’s website. While the prestigious award show won’t be broadcast until September, it’s not too early to start some discussion. HBO usually does quite well at the Emmy’s and it looks as though they have a strong line-up of contenders. Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, and True Blood all have some very strong suggestions; as well as some smaller ones that could possibly be an easy win. Newcomers Girls and Veep have also received various submissions as well. Notable shows that I didn’t include on my list are Luck, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Eastbound and Down. Also, two HBO films, Game Change and Hemingway & Gellhorn, are also found frequently throughout the ballots. Keep in mind that these are merely suggestions that Academy members will vote on. The actual nominations will be announced on July 19.

Author’s Note: Due to the overwhelming number of HBO shows on the ballots, I only included the ones that we regularly cover here at HBOWatch. Additionally, only the bigger awards are listed. However, anyone can browse through the suggestions by visiting the Academy for Television Arts & Sciences website. Leave us a comment at the bottom and tell  us your thoughts on this list. Is there anyone/anything that you desperately want to be nominated? Let’s us know that too.

Upcoming Dates:

June 11 Nominating ballots were posted on the Television Academy’s website

June 28 – Deadline for returning the nominating ballots

July 19 – Nominations are announced live from the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in Hollywood, CA

September 23 – ABC telecast of the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards

Boardwalk Empire


  • FULL SERIES SUBMISSIONS: Best Drama Series; Best Casting in a Drama Series
  • BEST ACTOR (DRAMA): Steve Buscemi
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (DRAMA): Paz de la Huerta, Gretchen Mol, Kelly Macdonald, Aleksa Palladino
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (DRAMA): Jack Huston, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Shea Whigham, Michael K. Williams
  • BEST GUEST ACTRESS (DRAMA): Julianne Nicholson
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES: Jonathan Freeman (21), David Franco (To The Lost), Bill Coleman (Under God’s Power She Flourishes) 
  • DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Jeremy Podeswa (Georgia Peaches); Susannah White (A Dangerous Mind); Tim Van Patten (To The Lost)
  • EDITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Tim Streeto (To The Lost); Kate Sanford (Under God’s Power She Flourishes)
  • SOUND EDITING: Gimcrack And Bunkum 
  • SOUND MIXING: To The Lost, Under God’s Power She Flourishes 
  • WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Susanna White (A Dangerous Maid); Jeremy Podeswa (Georgia Peaches); Jeremy Podeswa (The Age Of Reason), Tim Van Patten (To The Lost), Allen Coulter (Under God’s Power She Flourishes), Ed Bianchi (What Does The Bee Do?)

Game of Thrones


  • FULL SERIES SUBMISSIONS: Best Drama Series; Best Casting in a Drama Series
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (DRAMA): Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Richard Madden
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (DRAMA): Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES: Kramer Morgenthau (The North Remembers), Sam McCurdy (Blackwater), Martin Kenzie (A Man Without Honor), Jonathan Freeman (The Prince Of Winterfell), P.J. Dillon (What Is Dead May Never Die)
  • DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: David Nutter (A Man Without Honor), Neil Marshall (Blackwater), David Petrarca (Garden Of Bones), Alan Taylor (Valar Morghulis), Alik Sakharov (What Is Dead May Never Die)
  • EDITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Oral Norrie Ottey (Blackwater), Frances Parker (Valar Morghulis), Katie Weiland (What Is Dead May Never Die)
  • SOUND EDITING: Blackwater
  • SOUND MIXING: Blackwater
  • WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss (A Man Without Honor), George R. R. Martin (Blackwater), Vanessa Taylor (The Old Gods And The New), Bryan Cogman (What Is Dead May Never Die)



  • FULL SERIES SUBMISSIONS: Best Comedy Series; Casting in a Comedy Series
  • BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY): Lena Dunham
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (COMEDY): Jemima Kirk; Zosia Mamet; Allison Williams
  • BEST GUEST ACTOR (COMEDY): Christopher Abbott; Chris O’Dowd
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES: Hernan Otano (Hard Being Easy); Matthew J. Santo (Welcome to Bushwick A.K.A. The Crackcident)
  • DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES: Richard Shepard (Hannah’s Diary); Jesse Peretz (Hard Being Easy); Lena Dunham (She Did); Jody Lee Lipes (Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too)
  • EDITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES: Paul Zucker (All Adventurous Women Do); Rob Frazen, Catherine Haight (Pilot); Shawn Paper (Vagina Panic)
  • SOUND EDITING: Welcome To Bushwick A.K.A. The Crackcident
  • SOUND MIXING: Welcome To Bushwick A.K.A. The Crackcident
  • WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES: Lena Dunham (Pilot)

True Blood


  • FULL SERIES SUBMISSIONS: Best Drama Series; Best Casting For A Drama Series
  • BEST DRAMA ACTOR: Stephen Moyer
  • BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Kristin Bauer; Fiona Shaw; Rutina Wesley; Deobrah Ann Woll
  • BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR: Nelsan Ellis; Ryan Kwanten; Jow Manganiello; Alexander Skarsgard; Sam Trammell
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY FOR A SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES: David Klein (Burning Down The House); Evans Brown (Let’s Get Out of Here); (Me and the Devil)
  • DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Lesli Linka Glatter (Burning Down The House);  Michael Ruscio (Cold Grey Light of Dawn); Romeo Tirone (Let’s Get Out of Here); Daniel Minahan (Spellbound)
  • EDITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Mark Hartzell (Cold Grey Light of Dawn); Louise A. Innes (Let’s Get Out of Here); Michael Ruscio (She’s Not There ), Lynn Willingham (Soul of Fire)
  • SOUND EDITING: Soul Of Fire
  • SOUND MIXING: Soul Of Fire
  • WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES: Raelle Tucker (And When I Die); Alexander Woo (Cold Grey Light Of Dawn); Mark Hudies (Me And The Devil); Alan Ball (Spellbound); Brian Buckner (You Smell Like Dinner)



  • FULL SERIES SUBMISSIONS: Best Comedy Series; Casting in a Comedy Series
  • BEST COMEDY ACTRESS: Julia-Louis Dreyfus
  • BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Sufe Bradshaw, Anna Chlumsky
  • BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR: Tony Hale, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh
  • DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES: Armando Iannucci (Baseball); Christopher Morris (Full Disclosure); Tristram Shapeero (Nicknames)
  • EDITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES: Billy Sneddon (Baseball); Gary Dollner (Full Disclosure)
  • SOUND EDITING: Full Disclosure
  • SOUND MIXING: Full Disclosure
  • WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES: Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche (Catherine); Sean Gray, Armando Iannucci, Will Smith (Chung); Roger Drew, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin (Full Disclosure); Jesse Armstrong, Armando Iannucci (Tears); Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci (Nicknames)

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