2011 Emmy Award Nominees

Nominees for the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and once again AMC’s Mad Men is leading the way with 19 nominations. However, this year the show has some serious competition in the form of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which received 18 nods, and Game of Thrones, which had 13. Elsewhere, Modern Family looks poised to repeat its success in most of the comedy categories, while the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce starring Kate Winslet earned more nominations than anything else with a total of 21.

Breaking Bad is notably absent this year due to the fact that the show took a break in between seasons, and some people seem to be upset that David Simon’s Treme did not get a single mention anywhere. Are you happy with this year’s nominees? Are there any other major snubs? Check out the full list of Emmy nominations after the jump.


  • Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Dexter (Showtime)
  • Friday Night Lights (DirecTV/NBC)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Mad Men (AMC)


  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Glee (Fox)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • The Office (NBC)
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC)
  • 30 Rock (NBC)

Actor – Drama

  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
  • Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
  • Timothy Olyphant, Justified (FX)

Actress – Drama

  • Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law (NBC)
  • Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
  • Mireille Enos, The Killing (AMC)
  • Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)

Actor – Comedy

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Louis CK, Louie (FX)
  • Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
  • Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes (Showtime)
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Actress – Comedy

  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly (CBS)
  • Laura Linney, The Big C (Showtime)
  • Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope (Fox)
  • Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation (NBC)

Supporting actor – Drama

  • Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age (TNT)
  • Josh Charles, The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Alan Cumming, The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Walton Goggins, Justified (FX)
  • John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)

Supporting actress – Drama

  • Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Michelle Forbes, The Killing (AMC)
  • Christina Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC)
  • Margo Martindale, Justified (FX)
  • Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Archie Punjabi, The Good Wife (CBS)

Supporting actor – Comedy

  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
  • Chris Colfer, Glee (Fox)
  • Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (ABC)
  • Ed O’Neill, Modern Family (ABC)
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (ABC)

Supporting actress – Comedy

  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)
  • Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Jane Lynch,Glee (Fox)
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)
  • Betty White, Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)
  • Kristin Wiig, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Movie or Miniseries

  • Cinema Verité (HBO)
  • Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • The Kennedys (Reelz)
  • Mildred Pierce (HBO)
  • Pillars of the Earth (Starz)
  • Too Big To Fail (HBO)

Actor – miniseries or movie

  • Edgar Ramirez, Carlos (Sundance)
  • Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys (Reelz)
  • Barry Pepper, The Kennedys (Reelz)
  • Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
  • Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood (HBO)
  • William Hurt, Too Big to Fail (HBO)

Actress – miniseries or movie

  • Diane Lane, Cinema Verité (HBO)
  • Elizabeth McGovern, Downtown Abbey (PBS)
  • Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
  • Taraji P. Henson, Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (Lifetime)
  • Jean Marsh, Upstairs Downstairs (PBS)

Supporting actor – miniseries or movie

  • Tom Wilkinson, The Kennedys (Reelz)
  • Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
  • Brian F. O’Byrne, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
  • Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail (HBO)
  • James Woods, Too Big to Fail (HBO)

Supporting actress – miniseries or movie

  • Maggie Smith, Downtown Abbey (PBS)
  • Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
  • Melissa Leo, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
  • Mare Winningham, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
  • Eileen Atkins, Upstairs Downstairs (PBS)

Guest actor – Drama

  • Bruce Dern, Big Love (HBO)
  • Beau Bridges, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
  • Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Paul McCrane, Harry’s Law (NBC)
  • Jeremy Davies, Justified (FX)
  • Robert Morse, Mad Men (AMC)

Guest actress – Drama

  • Cara Buono, Mad Men (AMC)
  • Mary McDonnell, The Closer (TNT)
  • Joan Cusack, Shameless (Showtime)
  • Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  • Randee Heller, Mad Men (AMC)
  • Julia Stiles, Dexter (Showtime)
  • Alfre Woodard, True Blood (HBO)

Guest actor – Comedy

  • Will Arnett, 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Matt Damon, 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Idris Elba, The Big C (Showtime)
  • Zach Galifianakis, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Nathan Lane, Modern Family (ABC)
  • Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Guest actress – Comedy

  • Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Kristin Chenoweth, Glee (Fox)
  • Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
  • Dot-Marie Jones, Glee (Fox)
  • Cloris Leachman, Raising Hope (Fox)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Glee (Fox)

Variety, musical or comedy

  • The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
  • Conan (TBS)
  • The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
  • Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
  • Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
  • Saturday Night Live (NBC)


  • Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
  • Deadliest Catch (Discovery)
  • Hoarders (A&E)
  • Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (Bravo)
  • Mythbusters (Discovery)
  • Undercover Boss (CBS)


  • American Idol (Fox)
  • The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
  • Project Runway (Lifetime)
  • So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
  • Top Chef (Bravo)

Reality host

  • Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
  • Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
  • Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • Jeff Probst, Survivor (CBS)
  • Ryan Seacrest, American Idol (Fox)

  • La Menthe

    The last season of Mad Men was by far the best one, although the ending was terrible. But Boardwalk Empire is far better. It is the only tv-series, since The Sopranos, that is in a class of its own.

    I don’t take Hollywood-movie awards that seriously. Especially not the one that are clearly very influenced by popularity. The fact that a shitty show like The Big Bang Theory is nominated in all the important Comedy-awards, should be reason enough not to take this seriously.

  • Napalm

    Go Game of Thrones!

  • Rusty

    Should be interesting at the top….but I would have to say Mad Men > Game of Thrones > Boardwalk Empire.

  • Curtis Talls


    Hope Mad Men and Game of Thrones ring in some wins.

  • Alicia

    How is Joan Cusack a guest when she was on nearly all episodes (if not all episodes) of Shameless?

  • Mike F

    I am puzzled as to how “Too Big To Fail” received so many nominations. As a production, it was mediocre and the performances by some very well known actors seemed to be from the “I’m doing this for the paycheck” school.

    And 21 nominations for “Mildred Pierce”??! Go figure.

  • J L

    Pleasantly surprised to see Justified, in particular Walton Goggins, get some recognition.

  • Falsk

    I am perpetually baffled by the popularty of and subsequent nominations for “The Big Bang Theory”. I just CANNOT see the appeal.

    Agree with Rusty completely: Mad Men > Game of Thrones > Boardwalk Empire. Glad to see Dinklage got a nom–he’s the best part of that show!

  • Mike F

    I cannot believe there is actually a category for Reality Host! WTF? I don’t know what is more inflated; the number of show-biz awards or the related egos.

  • Mike

    if it’s not breaking bad it’s gotta be mad men.

  • Brendan

    Why is Saturday Night Live in the Variety category, but the performers on it are nominated in the Comedy category? I realize the show is a comedy, but it’s totally different than the sitcoms that the other Comedy actors are nominated for. Kristen Wiig, nominated for Supporting Actress in a Comedy, plays many characters in short sketches. That’s hardly comparable to playing a single character on an ensemble sitcom.

    If actors on Variety shows can be nominated in that category, why isn’t someone like Steven Colbert nominated for Lead Actor in a Comedy?

    Also, Betty White nominated for Supporting Actress in a Comedy? Seriously? If she wins, I’m gonna kick her in the nuts. Wouldn’t surprise me if she did, though.

  • bert belgium

    as usual Fringe gets totally snubbed!!!

  • Colin

    Poor Ronald Swanson.

  • Eleanor

    Uh, where the heck is Community?!