HBO confirms category placements for ‘Boardwalk Empire’ & ‘Game of Thrones’

Since 1999, HBO has had at least one contender in the Drama Series category at the annual Emmy Awards, with the exception of 2008. This year, the paycaster is posed to have several shows in this race. Besides returning nominees “True Blood” (2010) and “Big Love” (2009), HBO has two new series that are hits with the critics.

Boardwalk Empire” has proven to be an awards magnet winning two Golden Globes — Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Steve Buscemi) — and contending in similar categories at SAG. “Game of Thrones” debuted to strong reviews and ratings. Like “Boardwalk Empire,” it was renewed for a second season after only one episode had aired. HBO sent Emmy voters an impressive screner package and has confirmed the following category placements for its two hot new dramas:

“Boardwalk Empire”
Drama Series
Drama Actor: Steve Buscemi
Drama Supporting Actor: Stephen Graham, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Kenneth Williams
Drama Supporting Actress: Kelly MacDonald, Aleksa Palladino
Guest Actor: Greg Antonacci, Jack Huston
Guest Actress: Gretchen Mol

“Game of Thrones”
Drama Series
Drama Actor: Sean Bean
Drama Actress: Lena Headey
Drama Supporting Actor: Mark Addy, Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Aiden Gillen, Kit Harington, Jason Momoa
Drama Supporting Actress: Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley

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