The 64th Annual Emmy Awards is looming and you know what that means – time bring on 2012’s list of outstanding nominees already! Said to be the “Academy Awards” of primetime, the awards honours the best in television programming, from leads of dramas or comedies, to hosts of reality shows, and it even comes to a point of presenting an award for the best/most outstanding reality TV series.

Imagine that!

This year’s Emmy Awards will be held at Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles and for the first time, comedian and late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will host it.

Jimmy Kimmel

And yesterday, the list of the 2012 Emmy Awards was officially announced, garnering a chockful of reactions of surprise from celebrities and icons from around the world.

“It’s insane. I can’t believe it. And we’re the show that’s been there, too. That’s weird, too. I can’t believe we are on the air!”, Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men” creator), on the show’s 17 nominations.

“We’re going to have a really glamorous life. Our buses are going to link up in the parking lot and that’s where we’ll be!”Kevin Costner (who is currently on tour), on how he plans to celebrate his “Hatfields & McCoys” nomination.

Nicole Kidman

“Popsicles after school. I’ll go pick up my husband. He’s got the day off. It’s really hot here, so we’ll go to this really great ice cream, Popsicle shop. That will be my celebration. I’ll toast the Emmy nomination with a chocolate Popsicle. I know it doesn’t sound great, but they’re amazing. There’s another one that’s a peanut butter pecan Popsicle”, Nicole Kidman, on how she plans to celebrate being nominated for her role in “Hemingway & Gellhorm”.

What’s causing all these celebrations of Popsicles? Take a look at the list:

Outstanding drama series

“Boardwalk Empire”

“Breaking Bad”


“Downton Abbey”

“Game of Thrones”


“Mad Men”

Outstanding lead actress in a drama series

Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”

Glenn Close, “Damages”

Claire Danes, “Homeland”

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”

Mad Men

Outstanding lead actor in a drama series

Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series

Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”

Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad”

Brendan Coyle, “Downton Abbey”

Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”

Jared Harris, “Mad Men”

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

The Good Wife

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series

Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”

Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”

Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”

Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”

Outstanding miniseries or movie

“American Horror Story”

“Game Change”

“Hatfields & McCoys”

“Hemingway & Gellhorn”


“Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece)”

Hemingway & Gellhorn

Outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie

Connie Britton, “American Horror Story”

Ashley Judd, “Missing”

Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Julianne Moore, “Game Change”

Emma Thompson, “The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)”

Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie

Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece)”

Idris Elba, “Luther”

Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”

Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Bill Paxton, “Hatfields & McCoys”

American Horror Story

Outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie

Ed Harris, “Game Change”

Denis O’Hare, “American Horror Story”

David Strathairn, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece)”

Tom Berenger, “Hatfields & McCoys”

Outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie

Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”

Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story”

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”

Judy Davis, “Page Eight (Masterpiece)”

Mare Winningham, “Hatfields & McCoys”

The Amazing Race

Outstanding host for a reality or reality competition program

Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars”

Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”

Phil Keoghan, “Amazing Race”

Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”

Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”

Outstanding reality competition program

“The Amazing Race”

“Dancing With the Stars”

“Project Runway”

“So You Think You Can Dance”

“Top Chef”

“The Voice”

Zooey Deschanel

Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series

Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”

Lena Dunham, “Girls”

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”

Louis C.K., “Louie”

Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding comedy series

“The Big Bang Theory”

“Curb Your Enthusiasm”


“Modern Family”

“30 Rock”


Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series

Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”

Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”

Max Greenfield, “New Girl”

Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”

Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”

Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives”

Wow! Isn’t it heartwarming to see names and titles that you know in that list? Game of Thrones, Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory, Sherlock (yay!), The Amazing Race (it doesn’t end), Project Runway, the works.

We can’t wait to watch the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards already. Good times!

For the full list of nominees, go here.

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