It’s official! The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmy® Awards this morning hosted by Kerry Washington from “Scandal” and Jimmy Kimmel of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” who will also be the host of the Emmys in September.
Did you know: The Emmy statuette was created in 1948 after the ATAS founders ran a contest for designs for an awards trophy to have for their newly created television industry. Louis McManus, an engineer, submitted the winning design of a winged “muse of art, uplifting the electron of science.” Guess who was the model for the muse? Yes, McManus’ wife. Lucky woman!
Harry Lubcke, a television engineer, (and future Academy president in 1949) suggested the statuette be called “Immy,” one of the tubes in a camera, but it was feminized to “Emmy.” Which fits her perfectly, don’t you think?
Here’s the official announcement that was broadcast earlier today:
Although the list includes many of previously nominated shows and actors, it does include a few new ones. To make things interesting, we decided to break out the different categories for our readers as we’d like you to tell us who you think should get the Emmy. Please, answer our poll and leave a comment on who you think should be the best actor and actress in this category.
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- Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory”
- Larry David as Himself in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
- Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan in “House of Lies”
- Louis C.K. as Louie in “Louie”
- Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in “30 Rock”
- Jon Cryer as Alan Harper in “Two and a Half Men”
- Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath in “Girls”
- Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn in “Mike & Molly”
- Zooey Deschanel as Jess Day in “New Girl”
- Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in “Nurse Jackie”
- Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in “Parks and Recreation”
- Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in “30 Rock”
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer in “Veep”
SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTOR
- Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett in “Modern Family”
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett in “Modern Family”
- Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in “Modern Family”
- Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker in “Modern Family”
- Max Greenfield as Schmidt in “New Girl”
- Bill Hader as various characters in “Saturday Night Live”
SUPPORTING COMEDY ACTRESS
- Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler in “The Big Bang Theory”
- Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey in “Desperate Housewives”
- Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy in “Modern Family”
- Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in “Modern Family”
- Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow in “Nurse Jackie”
- Kristen Wiig as various characters in “Saturday Night Live”
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