“Breaking Bad” did exceedingly well in its last year in Emmy contention. As expected, it earned repeat nominations for Best Drama Series, Drama Actor (Bryan Cranston), Drama Supporting Actor (Aaron Paul), and Drama Supporting Actress (Anna Gunn). It received 16 nominations overall.
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But lavish fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” is the year’s most nominated show. Following last year’s whopping 16 bids, it picked up an even more dominant 19 this time, including repeat nominations for Best Drama Series, Drama Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage) and Drama Guest Actress (Diana Rigg). It returned to the Drama Supporting Actress race, but surprisingly Lena Headey replaced Emilia Clarke.
“Orange is the New Black” scored highly among new shows, earning expected nominations for Best Comedy Series, Comedy Actress (Taylor Schilling), Comedy Supporting Actress (Kate Mulgrew), and Comedy Guest Actress (Uzo Aduba). They were joined by surprise nominees Laverne Cox and Natasha Lyonne (Comedy Guest Actress). The freshman Netflix series picked up 12 nominations overall, more than any other comedy.
HBO’s anthology “True Detective” is the year’s top new drama, scoring bids for Best Drama Series, Drama Actor (Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey), Drama Writing, and Drama Directing. Including technical and craft races, it’s nominated a total of 12 times, tied with “Orange” as the most nominated new series.
Each previous seasons of FX’s anthology series “American Horror Story” led the Emmys with 17 nominations, and true to form, “American Horror Story: Coven” picked up another massive haul of bids: 17 again, including Best Miniseries, Movie/Mini Actress (Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson), and Movie/Mini Supporting Actress (Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy, and Angela Bassett).
FX’s new anthology series “Fargo,” inspired by the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning 1996 film, impressed the TV academy as much as the original film impressed the motion picture academy. It earned 18 total nominations, more than any other longform program, including Best Miniseries, Movie/Mini Actor (Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton), Movie/Mini Supporting Actor (Colin Hanks), and Movie/Mini Supporting Actress (Allison Tolman).
The top telefilm was HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” earning nominations for Best TV Movie, Movie/Mini Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Movie/Mini Supporting Actor (Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello, and Alfred Molina), and Movie/Mini Supporting Actress (Julia Roberts). Activist and writer Larry Kramer earned a bid for his teleplay, while Ryan Murphy is up for directing.
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” earned an impressive 12 nominations following the breakthrough success of “A Scandal in Belgravia,” which earned 13 nominations in 2012. It’s up for Best TV Movie, Movie/Mini Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Movie/Mini Supporting Actor (Martin Freeman). But it was shut out the last time around. Can it do better this time?
“Modern Family” had another strong showing. After earning 12 nominations last year and winning Best Comedy for the fourth year in a row, it’s back with 10 bids,including in the top category yet again, and in both supporting categories. But only three out of six adult members of the cast are in contention this year: Comedy Supporting Actors Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Comedy Supporting Actresses Julie Bowen.
“Veep” continued its ascent through Emmy politics, gaining ground from its five nominations last year. It’s up for nine, including Best Comedy Series, Comedy Actress (two-time defending champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus), Comedy Supporting Actor (last year’s surprise winner Tony Hale), and Comedy Supporting Actress (Anna Chlumsky), in addition to a first ever bid for Best Comedy Writing.