‘Modern Family’ and ‘The Good Wife’ lead Gold Derby TV Award nominations

Gold Derby users have voted in the hundreds for the top TV series and performances of the year. ABC’s domestic comedy “Modern Family” and CBS’s legal drama “The Good Wife” picked up six nominations apiece for the 8th Annual Gold Derby TV Awards, including respective bids for Best Comedy and Best Drama. The full list of nominees is below while the complete voting results are HERE. Voters will see green check marks next to their choices for nominees which made the cut. Voting for the winners begins on Monday July 18.


“Modern Family” is the defending champ in the comedy race, having won the top category last year for its first season. It also boasted a Best Supporting Comedy Actor win for Ty Burrell, who returns to that race this year along with two of his co-stars: Eric Stonestreet and Ed O’Neill. As O’Neill was snubbed last year, poor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, an Emmy nominee in 2010, is the only adult member of the “Modern Family” cast yet to contend for a Gold Derby TV Award. In the race for Best Comedy, “Modern” faces off against “Community,” “Glee,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “30 Rock,” all of which return from last year, as well as first-time nominee “The Big Bang Theory.”

“The Good Wife” showed marked improvement; last year it only received a single nomination: Best Drama Actress (Julianna Margulies). Margulies, who lost to “Friday Night Lights” star Connie Britton last year, is nominated again, but now she’s joined by four of her co-stars: Supporting Drama Actor nominees Alan Cumming and Josh Charles, and Supporting Drama Actress nominees Archie Panjabi and Christine Baranski. Only Chris Noth failed to make the cut.

To win Best Drama Series, “The Good Wife” will have to edge out “Mad Men,” the winner in 2009 and 2010. “Mad Men” received five nods this year: Drama Series, Drama Actor (Jon Hamm), Drama Actress (Elisabeth Moss), Drama Supporting Actor (John Slattery), and Drama Supporting Actress (Christina Hendricks). Moss won the supporting race last year but this year was bumped up to lead, as she hopes to be at the Emmys. January Jones won Best Actress in 2009, but a dearth of storyline and screentime last season kept her from contending.

HBO’s period miniseries “Mildred Pierce” was the top nominee in the Movie/Miniseries races, with five nominations: Best Movie/Miniseries, Best Lead Movie/Mini Actress (Kate Winslet), and supporting bids for Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood, and Melissa Leo. It competes in the top race against “Carlos,” “Cinema Verite,” “Downton Abbey,” “Luther,” and “Too Big to Fail.”

While Betty White was not recognized for her supporting turn on “Hot in Cleveland” — despite winning the SAG Award and being considered an Emmy frontrunner — she was nominated for Best Supporting Movie/Mini Actress for the CBS telefilm “The Lost Valentine.” In her place in the Supporting Comedy Actress race are a pair of unexpexted nominees: Heather Morris, who plays ditzy cheerleader Brittany on “Glee,” and Busy Philipps (“Cougar Town“), who won at the Critics Choice TV Awards but is considered a long shot for an Emmy nod. They’re up against last year’s winner, Jane Lynch (“Glee”), as well as Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”) and the two “Modern Family” women (Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara).

Other notable snubs include Danny Pudi (“Community”) for Best Supporting Comedy Actor; Toni Collette (“United States of Tara“) for Best Comedy Actress; “Project Runway” for Best Reality-Competition Series; Critics’ Choice winner Mike Rowe (“Dirty Jobs“) for Best Reality Host; “True Blood” for Best Drama Series (actors Anna Paquin and Denis O’Hare were nevertheless recognized); and “The Walking Dead,” which was completely shut out of the nominations.

Indeed, in a year in which several sci-fi and fantasy shows were vying for recognition, only one made the cut for Best Drama: “Game of Thrones,” which also received a nomination for supporting star Peter Dinklage. But “Fringe” fans will rejoice at the Best Supporting Drama Actor nomination for John Noble, his first ever at the Gold Derby TV Awards.

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The complete list of nominees follows after the break:

Best Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Community” (NBC)
“Glee” (FOX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
“30 Rock” (NBC)

Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock” (NBC)
Steve Carell, “The Office” (NBC)
Rob Lowe, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
Joel McHale, “Community” (NBC)
Matthew Morrison, “Glee” (FOX)
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Courteney Cox, “Cougar Town” (ABC)
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie” (Showtime)
Tina Fey, “30 Rock” (NBC)
Laura Linney, “The Big C” (Showtime)
Martha Plimpton, “Raising Hope” (FOX)
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” (ABC)
Chris Colfer, “Glee” (FOX)
Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS)
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family” (ABC)
Nick Offerman, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” (ABC)
Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock” (NBC)
Jane Lynch, “Glee” (FOX)
Heather Morris, “Glee” (FOX)
Busy Philipps, “Cougar Town” (ABC)
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Best Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Dexter” (Showtime)
“Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“The Good Wife” (CBS)
“Mad Men” (AMC)

Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter” (Showtime)
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)
Hugh Laurie, “House” (FOX)
Timothy Olyphant, “Justified” (FX)

Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC)
Mireille Enos, “The Killing” (AMC)
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men” (AMC)
Anna Paquin, “True Blood” (HBO)
Katey Sagal, “Sons of Anarchy” (FX)

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
John Noble, “Fringe” (FOX)
Denis O’Hare, “True Blood” (HBO)
John Slattery, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Christina Baranski, “The Good Wife” (CBS)
Michelle Forbes, “The Killing” (AMC)
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” (AMC)
Kelly Macdonald, “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
Margo Martindale, “Justified” (FX)
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Best Movie or Miniseries
“Carlos” (Sundance Channel)
“Cinema Verite” (HBO)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS Masterpiece)
“Luther” (BBC America)
“Mildred Pierce” (HBO)
“Too Big to Fail” (HBO)

Best Lead Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)
Samuel L. Jackson, “The Sunset Limited” (HBO)
Tommy Lee Jones, “The Sunset Limited” (HBO)
Edgar Ramirez, “Carlos” (Sundance Channel)
Patrick Stewart, “Macbeth” (PBS)

Best Lead Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
Taraji P. Henson, “Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story” (Lifetime)
Diane Lane, “Cinema Verite” (HBO)
Jean Marsh, “Upstairs, Downstairs” (PBS Masterpiece)
Elizabeth McGovern, “Downton Abbey” (PBS Masterpiece)
Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce” (HBO)

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
James Gandolfini, “Cinema Verite” (HBO)
Paul Giamatti, “Too Big to Fail” (HBO)
Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce” (HBO)
Tim Robbins, “Cinema Verite” (HBO)
Tom Wilkinson, “The Kennedys” (Reelz)

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
Melissa Leo, “Mildred Pierce” (HBO)
Cynthia Nixon, “Too Big to Fail” (HBO)
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (PBS Masterpiece)
Betty White, “The Lost Valentine” (CBS)
Evan Rachel Wood, “Mildred Pierce” (HBO)

Best Reality Series
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery)
“Dirty Jobs” (Discovery)
“Hoarders” (A&E)
“Intervention” (A&E)
“Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” (Bravo)
“MythBusters” (Discovery)

Best Reality-Competition Series
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“American Idol” (FOX)
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“Survivor” (CBS)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

Best Reality Host
Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race” (CBS)
Heidi Klum, “Project Runway” (Lifetime)
Padma Lakshmi, “Top Chef” (Bravo)
Jeff Probst, “Survivor” (CBS)
Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol” (FOX)

Best Variety Series
“Chelsea Lately” (E!)
“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
“Conan” (TBS)
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Best Variety Special
“Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On” (HBO)
“Kathy Griffin: 50 & Not Pregnant” (Bravo)
“Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour” (HBO)
“Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2” (HBO)
“2010 Kennedy Center Honors” (CBS)


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