64th Primetime Emmy® Awards
64th Primetime Emmy® Awards
64th Primetime Emmy® Awards
64th Primetime Emmy® Awards

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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Who’s your favorite or did they get snubbed? Let us know in comments below.


  • Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in “Damages”
  • Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in “Downton Abbey”
  • Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in “The Good Wife”
  • Kathy Bates as Harriet Korn in “Harry’s Law”
  • Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in “Homeland”
  • Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in “Mad Men”


  • Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in “Boardwalk Empire”
  • Bryan Cranston as Walter White in “Breaking Bad”
  • Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in “Dexter”
  • Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham in “Downton Abbey”
  • Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in “Homeland”
  • Jon Hamm as Don Draper in “Mad Men”


  • Anna Gunn as Skyler White in “Breaking Bad”
  • Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham in “Downton Abbey”
  • Joanne Froggatt as Anna in “Downton Abbey”
  • Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma in “The Good Wife”
  • Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in “The Good Wife”
  • Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Harris in “Mad Men”


  • Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in “Breaking Bad”
  • Giancarlo Esposito as Gustavo ‘Gus’ Fring in “Breaking Bad”
  • Brendan Coyle as John Bates in “Downton Abbey”
  • Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in “Downton Abbey”
  • Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones”
  • Jared Harris as Lane Pryce “Mad Men”

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