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HBO’s Series, Talent Nominated for 2014 Emmys

By Jacob Klein on Jul 10, 2014 to HBO News

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It happens ever year: HBO’s series, actors, actresses, writers, directors, movies and more are given nods at the Emmys. Often HBO pulls in more wins than any other network. That’s quite the feat considering it’s a network with only a handful of original series and a smaller, premium audience (that’s you!).

Today the Television Academy announced the nominations for 2014 Emmy Awards and, yes, familiar HBO names littered the list yet again. Here are some of the highlights:

Drama Series

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
Last year’s winner: Breaking Bad

Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)
Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
Kerry Washington, “Scandal” (ABC)
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)
Last year’s winner: Claire Danes, Homeland

Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom” (HBO)
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” (HBO)
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective” (HBO)
Last year’s winner: Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” (AMC)
Last year’s winner: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Jim Carter, “Downtown Abbey” (PBS)
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland” (Showtime)
Jon Voight “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)
Last year’s winner: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire

Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Louie” (FX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Veep” (HBO)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Last year’s winner: Modern Family

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (HBO)
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly” (CBS)
Last year’s winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” (Showtime)
Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX)
William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)
Ricky Gervais, “Derek” (Netflix)
Last year’s winner: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” (ABC)
Allison Janney, “Mom” (CBS)
Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep” (HBO)
Last year’s winner: Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)
Adam Driver, “Girls” (HBO)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family” (ABC)
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” (ABC)
Fred Armisen, “Portlandia” (IFC)
Tony Hale, “Veep” (HBO)
Last year’s winner: Tony Hale, Veep

Miniseries

“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Fargo” (FX)
“The White Queen” (Starz)
“Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E, Lifetime, History)
“Treme” (HBO)
Last year’s winner: Behind the Candelabra
*NOTE: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie was split into two categories this year

TV Movies

“The Normal Heart” (HBO)
“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)
“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic Channel)
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)
Last year’s winner: Behind the Candelabra
*NOTE: Outstanding Miniseries or Movie was split into two categories this year

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge” (Starz)
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo” (FX)
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)
Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)
Martin Freeman, “Fargo” (Fx)

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
Kristen Wiig, “Spoils of Babylon”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor” (BBC America)
Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero” (Lifetime)

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
Colin Hanks, “Fargo” (FX)
Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)
Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
Allison Tolman, “Fargo” (FX)
Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers in the Attic” (Lifetime)
Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

But wait, there’s more!   Game of Thrones’ Diana Rigg aka Olenna Tyrell has been nominated for best guest actress in a drama!  VICE also picked up a few nods as well! And don’t forget about Bill Maher’s yearly nomination. Congratulations to all the first time nominees and those yet to win!

Check out the full list of nominees here.

So what do you think?  Enough Game of Thrones? Too much True Detective? Remember, HBO moved True Detective into the drama category much to the chagrin of other networks. How do you think that will work out for HBO this year?  Anyone get snubbed?  *cough* Pedro Pascal *cough* Leave us your thoughts below.

We’ll have an official Emmy nomination count and more information when HBO releases their official press release later on.

UPDATE: Here’s the complete HBO list of nominees:

 19 nominations for “Game of Thrones,” including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Lena Headey), Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Diana Rigg), Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Neil Marshall) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss).

16 nominations for “The Normal Heart,” including Outstanding Television Movie, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Mark Ruffalo), 4 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Matt Bomer, Joe Mantello, Alfred Molina, Jim Parsons), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Julia Roberts), Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Ryan Murphy) and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Larry Kramer).

12 nominations for “True Detective,” including Outstanding Drama Series,  2 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey), Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Cary Joji Fukunaga) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Nic Pizzolatto).

9 nominations for “Veep,” including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Tony Hale), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Anna Chlumsky), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Gary Cole) and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Armando Iannucci).

7 nominations for “Boardwalk Empire,” including Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Tim Van Patten).

5 nominations for “Silicon Valley,” including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Mike Judge) and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Alec Berg).

4 nominations for “Treme,” including Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (David Simon, Eric Overmyer).

3 nominations for “Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays,” including Outstanding Variety Special and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special (Billy Crystal).

3 nominations for “Vice,” including Outstanding Informational Series or Special.

2 nominations for “Girls,” including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Lena Dunham) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Adam Driver).

2 nominations for “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” including Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Stephen Frears).

2 nominations for “The Newsroom,” including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Jeff Daniels) and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Jane Fonda).

2 nominations for “Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles,” including Outstanding Variety Special and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special (Sarah Silverman).

2 nominations for “True Blood.”

2 nominations for “Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley,” including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.

Other HBO nominees include “Clear History,” “Game of Thrones Premiere – Facebook Live and Instagram,” “Herblock: The Black & the White,” “Life According to Sam,” “One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp,” “Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert,” “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “Six by Sondheim” and “Wynton Marsalis: A YoungArts Masterclass.”

  • Kat2808

    A series that is very good is magnificent 70 HBO not me I can lose. And even if you have a very controversial story that I think will make it more entertaining .

  • I know Peter Dinklage is good, but really there are so many actors on GoT who are JUST AS GOOD. Why don’t people notice Aidan Gillen, Rory McCann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michael McElhatton, Charles Dance, and the list goes on. I’d really like to see True Detective beat out GoT in everything, as GoT has had plenty of accolades already. Lets see some new blood get some well deserved attention!

    • Ed Marquis

      I don’t see the hype in Peter Dinklage’s performance, to be honest. He’s a decent actor, but his accent is always distracting to me. I’d have been happy to see someone else get the nod for Game of Thrones, and as Charles Dance won’t be back, I’d have enjoyed seeing him get the nom.

      • Yeah, his accent is pretty annoying, and it’s surprising how many people don’t notice how bad it is.

        In fact, I’ve seen a lot of misconceptions about accents on the show. Some people think McElhatton uses his native Kerry accent (which he clearly doesn’t), and besides, he doesn’t even have a Kerry accent anymore in real life. Others think Gillen is now using his normal Dublin accent. Now, I don’t know what he IS doing with his ever-changing voice on the show, but it has certainly never been close to a Dublin accent.

  • Juiceadams88

    Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

    Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom” (HBO)

    Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

    Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)

    Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” (HBO)

    Woody Harrelson, “True Detective” (HBO)

    Wow, talk about throwing a dart.

    • That’s such a tough one. I’ve only seen Breaking Bad and True Detective out of that list, so I couldn’t fairly judge, but goddammit if that isn’t a contest of kings.

      • Ed Marquis

        Does having two actors from the same series somehow cancel each other out, do you think? I think that both Harrelson and McConaughey were outstanding performers in True Detective. That being said, I’d like to see Brian Cranston take the Emmy for his last season of Breaking Bad. I feel he is incomparable.

        • Yeah, I don’t really like the idea of the two of them going up against each other, because without one, the other wouldn’t have given such a great performance. They complemented each other so well!

          I agree about Cranston. Never have I seen an actor/actress portray such a range while playing a single character.

  • Stone Gossardish

    Silcon Valley seems to be a bit of a reach there. Surprised it wasn’t practically DQ’d since there’s nearly no women at all on the show. It was a solid 1st season, but I doubt it’s a top 6 Comedy show right now.

    • You’re right on the money. I found it hilarious (the later episodes especially), but I wouldn’t think of putting it up for nomination.

      Admittedly though, I generally wouldn’t be a comedy fan, and don’t know much about the other contenders.

      • What happened to Getting On? That was so good! Much better than Silicon Valley. I would have put Nicey Nash up for Supporting Actress in a comedy, for sure. Actually, I found Family Tree, which didn’t even get renewed, to be a hell of a lot funnier. :(

        • I haven’t seen either of them, unfortunately!

          I suppose part of the reason I love Silicon Valley so much is because a few of my close friends are coders, so the nerd humor/references just clicked with me perfectly.

        • Ed Marquis

          I also would agree that both Family Tree and Getting On getting passed over. Both were well done, well acted and funny, but not at all silly or stupid. Excellent series, both.

      • J. Ross

        Mike Judge gets a lot of respect in the biz. Probably played a factor. Overall, I disagree though. I thought this was a highly enjoyable show with layers and layers of hilarity.

        There were 1 or 2 episodes that were below par. But the rest were way above average.

        • The dick joke in the finale deserves an award of its own, as does Erlich’s character.

          I find Erlich especially hilarious because he’s a clone of one of my friends – the same overcharismatic, hilariously arrogant attitude; a similar look; they’re both in the coding industry!

    • Ed Marquis

      I can’t say I enjoyed Silicon Valley at all. When I heard Mike Judge was doing a series for HBO, I was excited, but this felt really weak and silly, rather than funny and edgy. Big disappointment.

      • Stone Gossardish

        I was left let down too. Not as funny as I expected it would be, but perhaps they laid a foundation. Franklin and Bash has more pure laughs than SV, just to offer a cable tv comparison. SV needs an impact character addition, obviously a female, who can shake it up in that show or it should pitter away quickly










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