2014 Emmy Awards: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Fargo’ Lead Nominations

HBO again led the way in nominations for the 66th annual nighttime Emmy Awards, buoyed by the strong showing of new drama “True Detective” and the movie “The Normal Heart,” as the voting again tilted heavily toward cable and new players such as Netflix.

As usual, the nominations announced Thursday morning mixed returning series with a few breakthroughs, with the logjam of quality programming inevitably bound to produce grumbling about those shows that were overlooked.

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With “True Detective” nabbing nods for best drama as well as stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson — and “Game of Thrones” leading all programs, with 19 nods — HBO totaled 99 Emmy bids, the most of any network for the 14th consecutive year. The pay service’s coups also included a best-comedy nod to the new sitcom “Silicon Valley,” while one of the more high-profile network contenders, Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” didn’t make the cut.

Similarly, there was no room for CBS’ acclaimed “The Good Wife” in the drama voting, which saw only one broadcast show, PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” admitted to the club.

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Netflix, meanwhile, more than doubled last year’s nomination tally with 31 — surpassing both AMC and Fox — including best comedy and drama for “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards,” respectively, as well as “Derek” star Ricky Gervais.

The academy clearly picked a good year to restore movies and miniseries as separate categories, after a stretch where the two had been merged because of a dearth of the latter, with FX’s “Fargo” among the leading contenders, with 18 nominations.

Nominees are listed below.

Best Drama Series
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
“Mad Men”
“True Detective”

Best Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Louie”
“Modern Family”
“Orange is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”
“Veep”

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Lead Actor, Comedy
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”

Lead Actress, Comedy
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis Dreyfus, “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
Amy Poehler, “Parks & Recreation”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black”

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
Billy Bob Thorton, “Fargo”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Beautiful”
Kristen Wiig, “The Spoils of Babylon”

Reality-Competition Series
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing with the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Variety Series
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Real Time with Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”
“The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon”

Miniseries
“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Bonnie & Clyde”
“Fargo”
“Luther”
“Treme”
“The White Queen”

Television Movie
“Killing Kennedy”
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”
“The Normal Heart”
“Sherlock: His Last Vow”
“The Trip to Bountiful”

Supporting Actor, Drama
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Supporting Actress, Drama
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Supporting Actor, Comedy
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”

Supporting Actress, Comedy
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is the New Black”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart”
Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”
Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart”
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Allison Tolman, “Fargo”
Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers in the Attic”
Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”

Guest Actor, Drama
Paul Giamatti, “Downton Abbey”
Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”
Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”
Robert Morse, “Mad Men”
Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex”
Joe Morton, “Scandal”

Guest Actress, Drama
Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”
Kate Mara, “House of Cards”
Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex”
Jane Fonda, “Newsroom”
Kate Burton, “Scandal”

Guest Actor, Comedy
Bob Newhart, “The Big Bang Theory”
Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”
Steve Buscemi, “Portlandia”
Jimmy Fallon, “Saturday Night Live”
Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”
Gary Cole, “Veep”

Guest Actress, Comedy
Natasha Lyonne, “Orange Is the New Black”
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
Laverne Cox, “Orange Is the New Black”
Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live”
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
Joan Cusack, “Shameless”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
“Breaking Bad” • Ozymandias • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Moira Walley-Beckett, Written by

“Breaking Bad” • Felina • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Vince Gilligan, Written by

“Game of Thrones” • The Children • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions
Written by David Benioff, written by D.B. Weiss,

“House Of Cards” • Chapter 14 • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Beau Willimon, Written by

“True Detective” • The Secret Fate of all of Life • HBO,
Nic Pizzolatto, Written by

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Directing for a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire • Farewell Daddy Blues • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Leverage, Closest to the Hole Productions, Sikelia Productions and Cold Front Productions
Tim Van Patten, Directed by

Breaking Bad • Felina • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Vince Gilligan, Directed by

Downton Abbey • Episode 1 • PBS • A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production in association with NBC Universal
David Evans, Directed by

Game of Thrones • The Watchers On The Wall • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions
Neil Marshall, Directed by

House of Cards • Chapter 14 • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Carl Franklin, Directed by

True Detective • Who Goes There • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Neon Black, Anonymous Content, Parliament of Owls and Passenger
Cary Joji Fukunaga, Directed by

Directing for a Comedy Series
Episodes • Episode 309 • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Hat Trick Productions, Crane Klarik Productions
Iain B. MacDonald, Directed by

Glee • 100 • Fox • Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Paris Barclay, Directed by

Louie • Elevator, Part 6 • FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions
Louis C.K., Directed by

Modern Family • Vegas • ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Gail Mancuso, Directed by

Orange Is The New Black • Lesbian Request Denied • Netflix • Lionsgate Television for Netflix
Jodie Foster, Directed by

Silicon Valley • Minimum Viable Product • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, Alec Berg, Altschuler Krinsky works, and 3 Arts Entertainment
Mike Judge, Directed by

Writing for a Comedy Series
Episodes • Episode 305 • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Hat Trick Productions, Crane Klarik Productions
David Crane, Written by
Jeffrey Klarik, Written by

Louie • So Did The Fat Lady • FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc. and FX Productions
Louis C.K., Written by

Orange Is the New Black • I Wasn’t Ready (Pilot) • Netflix • Lionsgate Television for Netflix
Liz Friedman, Written by Jenji Kohan, Written by

Silicon Valley • Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Judgemental Films, Alec Berg, Altschuler Krinsky works, and 3 Arts Entertainment
Alec Berg, Written by

Veep • Special Relationship • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions
Simon Blackwell, Story and Teleplay by Tony Roche, Story and Teleplay by Armando Iannucci, Story by

 Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
American Horror Story: Coven • Bitchcraft • FX Networks • 20th Century Fox Television
Ryan Murphy, Written by Brad Falchuk, Written by

Fargo • The Crocodile’s Dilemma • FX Networks • MGM and FX Productions
Noah Hawley, Written by

Luther • BBC America • A BBC and BBC America co-production
Neil Cross, Written by

The Normal Heart • HBO • HBO Films in association with Plan B Entertainment, Blumhouse and Ryan Murphy Productions
Larry Kramer, Screenplay by

Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece) • PBS • Hartswood West for BBC/Cymru Wales in co-production with Masterpiece
Steven Moffat, Written by

Treme • …To Miss New Orleans • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Blown Deadline Productions
David Simon, Written by Eric Overmyer, Written by

Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
American Horror Story: Coven • Bitchcraft • FX Networks • 20th Century Fox Television
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Directed by

Fargo • The Crocodile’s Dilemma • FX Networks • MGM and FX Productions
Adam Bernstein, Directed by

Fargo • Buridan’s Ass • FX Networks • MGM and FX Productions
Colin Bucksey, Directed by

Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight • HBO • HBO Films in association with Rainmark Films and Sakura Films
Stephen Frears, Directed by

The Normal Heart • HBO • HBO Films in association with Plan B Entertainment, Blumhouse and Ryan Murphy Productions
Ryan Murphy, Directed by

Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece) • PBS • Hartswood West for BBC/Cymru Wales in co-production with Masterpiece
Nick Hurran, Directed by

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  1. Ger Kennelly says:

    ali greatest fight and bonnie and clyde are two of the BEST tv series /tv movies

    but they contained no emmy worthy performances ???

    wtf ?

    Holliday Grainger,actress tv movie

    william hurt /danny glover supp actor

    emile Hirsch tv movie actor

  2. mass says:

    Even as a Breaking Bad fanboy I think True Detective should win the best drama series this year.

  3. @az_Tina_MK says:

    I have to speak out because I find myself very disappointed in the Emmy’s as a whole this year. Actually, I should not limit it to this year. I have noticed the awards show degrading for the last several years. The Emmy’s have regressed from a celebration of American television and actors, into a party to high five cable networks for being able to spend more money while providing fewer episodes per season because they make their viewers pay for the privilege of watching their shows.

    Every year that I watch, I seem to be asking myself when are the Emmy’s going to get with the times and realize that a show on a regular network’s budget while producing 20+ episodes a season should not be competing in the same category as shows produced by premium channels which only make 10-12 shows per season. Also, when are they going to realize that there are more genre’s that just comedy, drama, variety and now reality? The People’s Choice Awards has grown and changed to include different genres. Ask even the most casual television viewer to explain the industry today and they can recognize the dramatic shift, so why can’t the Emmy committee?

    Please don’t misunderstand me and think that I am implying that regular network shows are of a lesser quality. It is my opinion that in most cases, they are every bit as good or better than premium cable shows, just with less cussing and nudity. But these shows do not have the budget to campaign for awards and therefore should be able to stand on their merit with other like shows instead of being cast aside for big name actors in shows with higher budgets than most movies. All that flash does not mean the show has substance to anyone but apparently to impress the Emmys.

    If there were more categories, either with the division being by number of episodes produced per season; or by whether it is shown on a premium channel; or by genre, such as finally giving sci-fi /fantasy its due or recognizing action /adventure for having more of a fan base than most of the other categories, then not only would the Emmy’s gain popularity with the general public, but it wouldn’t be thought of as an elitist, outdated institution that doesn’t truly mean anything in evaluating television merits.

    Viewers of sci-fi in particular have taken to twitter and social media in outrage at constant snubbing of our beloved shows and actors. Many of these shows could easily compete in the drama category, if given the credit they deserve. If the genre is not to be given credibility as one the last frontier for truly creative and great storytelling, then at least give it a chance to compete with shows on networks with similar budgets and schedules. There are so many shows that have been viewer favorites for years that have never received any recognition. These shows have not been renewed season after season because they just average. They have high quality actors, writers, producers, special effects artist and that is the reason fans love them and they have staying power. I feel as though the Emmy committee is saying to the average television watcher that he or she has no idea what really makes a good show. At least, that is the message I am receiving when the shows I can’t wait to see week after week are snubbed in such spectacular fashion year in and out. I realize that the Emmy is not the People’s Choice, but shouldn’t what the average person watches count into the nomination equation for evaluating a show’s worth at some point?

    I have to say that I am truly saddened by the Emmy’s contented attitude to continue on with an antiquated system that does not reflect or reward the savvy television viewer’s favorites.

    Emmy- you have lost my vote. And more importantly, you have lost my viewership.

    • Another factor is this day and age of cord-cutting it seems like someone really, really wants us to keep paying for this shite. And they tried the Ace Awards, and I guess they went away and hope to be forgotten. And the Emmys are already 3.5 hrs, so more categories is unlikely. I don’t know how to fix it. I’m just glad Mad Men is ending and freeing up some spots for something GOOD.

  4. Caryne Lucas says:

    Orphan Black snubbed again? How much does it cost for a nomination..cause someone was bought out. Shows awards are fixed!

  5. agvuerdua says:

    Y’all forgot one:
    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
    Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)
    Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
    Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven”
    Kristen Wiig, “Spoils of Babylon”
    Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
    Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero”

    You’re welcome! 7/10/14 @ 15:36

  6. Perry says:

    Nominating committee has lost all creditability by leaving out T. Maslany, and E. Rossum!!!
    Boycott the Emmy’s!!

  7. John says:

    T.J. Miller should have been nominated for actor or supporting actor in a comedy for Silicon Valley. That’s the best new comedic role in years as far as I’m concerned. Best actor in a drama is going to be a tough call. I couldn’t decide on just one.

  8. Dee says:

    Why is Orange is the New Black considered a comedy?? I’m trying to think what was funny to those who cast their ballots – was it when one of the inmates was murdered? Or perhaps when Piper was stalked by the Jesus freak and nearly killed? How about when some of the inmates were sexually assaulted? Doesn’t sound too funny to me…

    • Jeremy says:

      I would call it a drama too, but one could argue it’s right on the line. Whoever submitted it knew the competition might be less steep in the comedy category. Smart move.

  9. James says:

    How is Treme considered a miniseries if it was around for four seasons with a continuous story, yet True Detective is considered a series? American Horror Story was correctly categorized, so why not True Detective?

  10. Pastor says:

    Apparently they do not get BBC America? They missed the best show on TV. Orphan Black

  11. Where’s Jonathan Groff for “Looking”? It’s a shame!!!!

  12. I agree a thousand times with the others.
    How the hell could Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) not be nominated in Lead Actress in a Drama Series? How could she not be the only nominee??

    She only plays five different characters in such a convincing way that you totally forget you are watching one actress and not five actresses. She only gives the best acting job I’ve ever seen.

  13. Olive says:

    Don’t mine me, I’m just laughing my head off over the fact that Ellen Burstyn got nominated for Flowers In the Attic. This is a joke right? That film was one of the stupidest things I’ve ever seen, and as much as I love her, Burstyn was hammy as hell, and not in a good way. Nice going Emmy voters!

  14. BSmith says:

    How can Tatiana Maslany NOT be nominated for best lead actress??! Does no one watch the show Orphan Black? This is a travesty.

  15. Glad to see Jon Voight’s well deserved nomination for his role in Ray Donovan, but surprised to see no other acting nominations for this talented cast!

  16. Diana E. says:

    I cannot believe Tatiana Maslaney did not get nominated!!! What is wrong with the people who decide this???!!!!!

  17. Laurence says:

    No nominations for Mariska Hargitay – Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. This was her best season on SVU .

  18. lori says:

    what if you do not have have any pay cable stations?

  19. semiichan says:

    jim parsons wasn’t nominated? really?!

  20. James McDonald says:

    The Goldbergs (ABC) didn’t get nominated for anything this year. Troy Gentile should have been nominated.

  21. Dave says:

    Is there some reason why “The Waking Dead” continues to receive no nominations?

  22. Dean J. says:

    Are the Emmy voters the most clueless or what?

  23. Art R says:

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine was robbed! Let’s review some of the other hairbags: “Louie” is cringe-worthy not funny. “Modern Family” is played out. “Veep” is getting better but it is not worthy of a nomination. B99 however was chosen as “Comedy Guaranteed To Make You Laugh” to binge watch on TV.com. I agree.

  24. Gary Gonsalves says:

    Your forgot to include Lead Actor & Actress in a comedy.

  25. Danny Gross says:

    I am consistently disappointed that RuPaul is not acknowledged for her hosting skills on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

  26. Joe says:

    WTF? No love for the brilliance of Penny Dreadful.

    • Olive says:

      It most likely didn’t make it to the cut date for nominations this year, since it premiered in June. It’s eligible for next year though so hopefully next year it will.

  27. Robert says:

    Once again, “The Americans” ignored and that superb cast headed by Russell and Rhys totally ignored. You can’t take the Emmys seriously when something truly outstanding like that series isn’t getting at least a few nominations in top categories.

  28. jake says:

    I’m out. I’m honestly not interested in the Emmy’s anymore now that they’ve ignored Tatiana maslanys brilliance twice in a row.

  29. Really??? says:

    Usually, I have absolutely no interest in the Emmys but I must admit that this year they are really recognizing good quality TV and cinema caliber TV actors. Jon Voight definitely deserves to win.

  30. Dylan says:

    WHERE’S PENNY DREADFUL?!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Brittany says:

    Tatiana Maslany and Orphan Black not nom again this is bs. I guest the show being in BBC America doesn’t help not voters watch that channel.

  32. mlynpeters says:

    So Sons of Anarchy gets a nod ONLY for a song!!?? Maybe the powers that be will pull their heads out of… the sand for the final season & next year give them ( and Kurt Sutter) what is so richly deserved – nominations!

  33. Christopher says:

    How is Treme nominated as a miniseries? I know they did a shorter run for their final season, but I think this was their fourth season.

  34. Diana says:

    We think that the Yes on Prop 8 man should recieve an Honorary Emmy Award for his excellent protrayal of Sherlock Holmes. He deserves an Honorary Emmy Award and should receive one because he is not actually dead since 1995!

  35. Jeremy says:

    I only see one nod for Game of Thrones? How is “the most” nominations, when True Detective has three times as many?

  36. John says:

    No Tatiana Maslani?????

    • MKC says:

      It’s crazy! Season 2 wasn’t good but Tatiana is amazing.

      This season of American Horror Story was unwatchable compared to the brilliance of AHS: Asylum.

  37. MovieGeek says:

    All fairly predictable.. But where’s “the good Wife” in the best drama category?! Not quite sure “Downton Abbey” should have been there this season.

    • Wendy says:

      Right? Downton Abbey stopped being relevant to me two years ago. Seems like they just keep nominating the exact same things as long as they are still on air.

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