‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ among top Gold Derby TV Award nominees

The FX anthology miniseries “American Horror Story: Asylum” leads the way at the 10th Annual Gold Derby TV Awards with nine nominations, including Best Movie/Miniseries. It hopes to repeat the success of last season’s “Murder House” installment, which won the top prize in 2012.

Jessica Lange, who won Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress last year for the first season of “AHS,” competes this year in the lead race for her new role as Sister Jude, while five of her co-stars compete in the supporting categories: James Cromwell, Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, and Lily Rabe; Rabe was also nominated for Breakthrough Performance of the Year for her work as an innocent nun corrupted by a demonic possession.

But the hundreds of Gold Derby users who cast ballots spread the wealth this year: four other programs earned eight nominations apiece.

Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones” share that distinction among dramas. “Breaking,” which won Best Drama Series in 2012, is back to defend its title this year. Lead actor Bryan Cranston (also a winner last year) and supporting stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn also return, joined by first-time Drama Supporting Actor contender Jonathan Banks. The series also picked up two nominations for Best Drama Episode: for “Dead Freight” and “Fifty-One.”

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“Thrones” is also up for Best Drama, and once again earned a nomination for supporting actor Peter Dinklage, who this year is joined in that category by his on-screen brother Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. 2012 Drama Supporting Actress nominee Lena Headey didn’t make the cut this year, but two of her co-stars nevertheless did: Emilia Clarke and Michelle Fairley. Diana Rigg earned a bid for Drama Guest Actress, while “The Rains of Castamere” was cited for Best Drama Episode.

Previous Comedy Series winners “Arrested Development” and “30 Rock” also picked up eight bids each, the first for its long-awaited return to television and the latter for its swan song.

“Arrested” won the top prize in 2004 and 2005, and if it wins this year it will tie “The Office” as the most awarded comedy in the category’s history. Two-time Comedy Actor winner Jason Bateman is also nominated this year, and hopes to tie another “Office” record: Steve Carell is currently the most awarded man in that race with three victories.

30 Rock” won Best Comedy once, in 2008, and hopes for a bookend this year. Its stars Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, both two-time winners for their performances, are back in the running this year for Comedy Actor and Comedy Actress, respectively. Also nominated are supporting actress Jane Krakowski and guest stars Will Arnett (who also picked up a supporting nod for “Arrested”) and Elaine Stritch. The two-part finale, “Hogcock!/Last Lunch” competes for Best Comedy Episode.

Fey picked up a whopping five nominations overall this year. She contends as a producer and star of “30 Rock” as well as a co-writer of the series finale episode. Additionally, she’s nominated alongside Amy Poehler for Variety Performance for co-hosting the “70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.” She also competes against Poehler for Performer of the Year; Poehler is the defending champ in that category, but Fey won it twice before (2008, 2009).

Mad Men” led last year’s nominations with 11 bids, but this year it picked up only five: Best Drama Series, as well as acting bids for Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, and guest actors James Wolk and Alison Brie.

Brie also stars on NBC’s “Community,” which won Best Comedy Series and Ensemble of the Year in 2012 but was completely shut out of this year’s awards. That may be the result of the controversial firing of showrunner Dan Harmon last year, leading to a change of the show’s creative direction that, based on this year’s voting, was unpopular with fans.

See the complete list of nominees below and then vote for the winners. If you’re already registered at Gold Derby, cast your ballot by clicking on the link marked “Gold Derby TV Awards” in the left column of your Profile Page. It’s just below the “Predictions” link where you log your Emmy forecasts. Use the easy drag-and-drop menus to enter your choices.

You can enter or edit your choices through Friday, September 13. Winners will be announced the following Friday, September 20, two days before the Emmys.

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Best Comedy Series
Arrested Development
“Louie”
“Modern Family”
“Parks and Recreation”
“30 Rock”
“Veep”

Best Comedy Actor
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Jake Johnson, “New Girl”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Adam Scott, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Comedy Actress
Laura Dern, “Enlightened”
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Comedy Supporting Actor
Will Arnett, “Arrested Development”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Max Greenfield, “New Girl”
Nick Offerman, “Parks and Recreation”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

Best Comedy Supporting Actress
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Eliza Coupe, “Happy Endings”
Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Jessica Walter, “Arrested Development”

Best Comedy Guest Actor
Will Arnett, “30 Rock”
David Lynch, “Louie”
Bob Newhart, “The Big Bang Theory”
Patton Oswalt, “Parks and Recreation”
Andrew Rannells, “Girls”
Patrick Wilson, “Girls”

Best Comedy Guest Actress
Elizabeth Banks, “Modern Family”
Melissa Leo, “Louie”
Liza Minnelli, “Arrested Development”
Parker Posey, “Louie”
Elaine Stritch, “30 Rock”
Kristen Wiig, “Arrested Development”

Best Comedy Episode
“Arrested Development” – “A New Start,” written by Michell Hurwitz and Troy Miller; directed by Dean Lorey and Jim Vallely

“Louie” – “Late Show,” written and directed by Louis C.K.

The Office” – “Finale,” written by Greg Daniels; directed by Ken Kwapis

“Parks and Recreation” – “Leslie and Ben,” written by Michael Schur and Alan Yang; directed by Craig Zisk

“30 Rock” – “Hogcock/Last Lunch,” written by Jack Burditt, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, and Tracey Wigfield; directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller

“Veep” – “Hostages,” written by Armando Iannucci and Sean Gray; directed by Chris Addison

Best Drama Series
Breaking Bad
“Downton Abbey”
Game of Thrones
“The Good Wife”
“Homeland”
Mad Men

Best Drama Actor
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

Best Drama Actress
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Keri Russell, “The Americans”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

Best Drama Supporting Actor
Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad”
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, “Game of Thrones”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Corey Stoll, “House of Cards”

Best Drama Supporting Actress
Jennifer Carpenter, “Dexter”
Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”
Michelle Fairley, “Game of Thrones”
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
Monica Potter, “Parenthood”

Best Drama Guest Actor
Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”
Rupert Friend, “Homeland”
Lennie James, “The Walking Dead”
Nathan Lane, “The Good Wife”
Matthew Perry, “The Good Wife”
James Wolk, “Mad Men”

Best Drama Guest Actress
Alison Brie, “Mad Men”
Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom”
Shirley MacLaine, “Downton Abbey”
Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
Carrie Preston, “The Good Wife”
Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones”

Best Drama Episode
“Breaking Bad” – “Dead Freight,” written and directed by George Mastras

“Breaking Bad” – “Fifty-One,” written by Sam Catlin; directed by Rian Johnson

“Game of Thrones” – “The Rains of Castamere,” written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by David Nutter

“The Good Wife” – “Red Team, Blue Team,” written by Robert King and Michelle King; directed by Jim McKay

“Homeland” – “Q&A,” written by Henry Bromell; directed by Lesli Linka Glatter

“House of Cards” – “Chapter 1 (Pilot),” written by Beau Willimon; directed by David Fincher

Best Movie/Miniseries
American Horror Story: Asylum
“Behind the Candelabra”
“The Big C: Hereafter”
“The Hour”
“Political Animals”
“Top of the Lake”

Best Movie/Miniseries Actor
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Parade’s End”
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Toby Jones, “The Girl”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”
Ben Whishaw, “The Hour”

Best Movie/Miniseries Actress
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Laura Linney, “The Big C: Hereafter”
Sienna Miller, “The Girl”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”

Best Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actor
James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Rob Lowe, “Behind the Candelabra”
Peter Mullan, “Top of the Lake”
Evan Peters, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Zachary Quinto, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Sebastian Stan, “Political Animals”

Best Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress
Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals”
Holly Hunter, “Top of the Lake”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Lily Rabe, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Debbie Reynolds, “Behind the Candelabra”
Alfre Woodard, “Steel Magnolias”

Best Variety Series
“Chelsea Lately”
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
“Saturday Night Live”

Best Variety Performer
Stephen Colbert, “The Colbert Report”
Jimmy Fallon, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, “70th Annual Golden Globe Awards”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Neil Patrick Harris, “66th Annual Tony Awards”
Justin Timberlake, “Saturday Night Live”

Best Reality Program
“The Amazing Race”
“American Idol”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Survivor”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Best Animated Program
“Archer”
“Bob’s Burgers”
“Family Guy”
“Futurama”
“The Simpsons”
“South Park”

Ensemble of the Year
“American Horror Story: Asylum”
“Arrested Development”
“Breaking Bad”
“Game of Thrones”
“Parks and Recreation”
“30 Rock”

Breakthrough Performer of the Year
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Freddie Highmore, “Bates Motel”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Lily Rabe, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Corey Stoll, “House of Cards”

Performer of the Year
Louis C.K.
Bryan Cranston
Claire Danes
Tina Fey
Elisabeth Moss
Amy Pohler

Comedy Totals:
“Arrested Development” – 8 nominations
“30 Rock” – 8 nominations
“Parks and Recreation” – 7 nominations
“Louie” – 6 nominations
“Modern Family” – 6 nominations
“Girls” – 5 nominations
“The Big Bang Theory” – 3 nominations
“New Girl” – 3 nominations
“Veep” – 3 nominations
“Enlightened” – 1 nomination
“Happy Endings” – 1 nomination
“The Office” – 1 nomination

Drama Totals:
“Breaking Bad” – 8 nominations
“Game of Thrones” – 8 nominations
“The Good Wife” – 7 nominations
“Homeland” – 6 nominations
“Mad Men” – 5 nominations
“House of Cards” – 4 nominations
“The Americans” – 3 nominations
“Bates Motel” – 2 nominations
“Downton Abbey” – 2 nominations
“The Newsroom” – 2 nominations
“Orphan Black” – 2 nominations
“Dexter” – 1 nomination
“Parenthood” – 1 nomination
“Scandal” – 1 nomination
“The Walking Dead” – 1 nomination

Movie/Miniseries Totals:
“American Horror Story: Asylum” – 9 nominations
“Behind the Candelabra” – 5 nominations
“Political Animals” – 4 nominations
“Top of the Lake” – 4 nominations
“The Big C: Hereafter” – 2 nominations
“The Girl” – 2 nominations
“The Hour” – 2 nominations
“Phil Spector” – 2 nominations
“Parade’s End” – 1 nomination
“Steel Magnolias” – 1 nomination

Variety Totals:
“Saturday Night Live” – 4 nominations
“Colbert Report” – 2 nominations
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” – 2 nominations
“Chelsea Lately” – 1 nomination
“Daily Show” – 1 nomination
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” – 1 nomination
“70th Annual Golden Globe Awards” – 1 nomination
“66th Annual Tony Awards” – 1 nomination

7 thoughts on “‘American Horror Story,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ among top Gold Derby TV Award nominees

  1. Recently I’ve just been skipping to Drama Actress (or whatever category) to see if Tatiana Maslany made the cut. Everything else is just irrelevant.

  2. For once an amazing list of nominees! The Performer of the Year list of nominees couldn’t be more perfect. Lennie James and Nick Offerman are in, Big Bang got only those nominations it actually deserved. A pity Girls didn’t make it, though. Hope the Emmys follow suit!

  3. I was one of those persons who did all my voting for Community last year. I think I voted for Community for everything I could, with the exception of best actor which I probably gave to Louis C.K. This year I couldn’t muster a single vote for it. Season 4 was horrible without Dan. My whole brain was crying watching every episode. Thank goodness next year will be different now that Dan is back at the helm. I’ve missed you, Dan Harmon!

  4. I don’t get the Downtown Abbey nomination in best Drama Series,I loved the first season but the past two were too soapy,It seems like people just vote for her because it’s a British period drama and so it must be superior to the rest.
    Overall i think it’s a pretty great list and i’m sure much better than what we will see with the Emmy noms,
    I agree with A.J i also always look to see if Tatiana makes the cut,she has been a true revelation for me this year,I don’t think she has a chance in getting an Emmy nom,but i hope that at least with all the social media buzz she got,she would get better acting jobs,just looking at her imdb page and how long she’s been working that just now she got an opportunity to showcase her skills is a shame,hopefully it will change.

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