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Kerry Washington, Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Don Cheadle, Angela Bassett, Andre Braugher, Cicely Tyson Are Primetime Emmy Nominees

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 10, 2014 9:07 AM
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This list closely resembles the list of this year's Golden Globe nominees. 

Getting right into it... here are the nominations that we care most about (given this blog's stated mission):

1 - Kerry Washington picked up a nomination for "Scandal" in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category
2 - Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor both picked up nominations for Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie ("Luther" and "Dancing on the Edge," respectively)
3 - Don Cheadle picked up a nomination for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series ("House of Lies")
4 - Angela Bassett is nominated for Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her work in "American Horror Story: Coven"
5 - Andre Braugher picked up a nomination for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
6 - Cicely Tyson is nominated in the Lead Actress in a Mini-Series of Movie category for "The Trip to Bountiful"
7 - Reg E. Cathey and Joe Morton are both nominated for Guest Actor in a Drama series for "House of Cards" and "Scandal" respectively
8 - Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox are both nominated for Guest Actress in a Drama Series for "Orange is the New Black"
9 - "Luther" is nominated in the Writing for Mini-Series or Movie or Dramatic Special category.
10 - "Key & Peele" picked up a nomination for Writing in a Variety Series.
11 - "Wynton Marsalis - A YoungArts Masterclass" is nominated for Outstanding Children's Program
12 - Egyptian revolution documentary "The Square," picked up nominations for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
13 - "Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley" is also nominated in the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special category.

Worth noting, this is Kerry Washington's 2nd Emmy nomination for "Scandal." She was nominated last year, but didn't win.

Idris Elba picks up his 3rd Emmy nomination. This is the 2nd time he's been nominated for "Luther." He also picked up a nomination in 2011 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, for his appearance on "The Big C."

Don Cheadle makes it a 6th time he's been nominated for an Emmy (3 of those for "House of Lies); although he's never won.

This is Angela Bassett's 2nd Emmy nomination. She was previously nominated for Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her performance in "The Rosa Parks Story" in 2002. 

Andre Braugher picks up his 7th Emmy nomination. He's won twice: Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for "Thief" in 2006, and Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "Homicide: Life on the Street" in 1993.

One of 2 Emmy winners in this group, Cicely Tyson, has been nominated 9 times (including this year's nomination), and has won twice: Actress of the Year - Special for "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (1974) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special for "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All" (1994).

Whoopi has been nominated 6 times, between 1986 and 2009, but has never won.

The trophies will be handed out on August 25, when Seth Meyers hosts the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. The ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The list of nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards follows below:

Outstanding Drama Series

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)

“Downton Abbey” (PBS)

“Game of Thrones” (HBO)

“Mad Men” (AMC)

“True Detective” (HBO)

“House of Cards” (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom” (HBO)

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” (HBO)

Woody Harrelson, “True Detective” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Kerry Washington, “Scandal” (ABC)

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Josh Charles, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Outstanding Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

“Louie” (FX)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“Veep” (HBO)

“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

“Silicon Valley” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” (Showtime)

Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX)

William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)

Ricky Gervais, “Derek” (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, “Girls”

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly” (CBS)

Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Adam Driver, “Girls” (HBO)

Jessie Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Fred Armisen, “Portlandia” (IFC)

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Tony Hale, “Veep” (HBO)

Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep” (HBO)

Allison Janney, “Mom” (CBS)

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

Outstanding Miniseries

“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

“Fargo” (FX)

“The White Queen” (Starz)

“Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E, Lifetime, History)

“Treme” (HBO)

Outstanding Television Movie

“The Normal Heart” (HBO)

“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)

“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic Channel)

“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)

“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge” (Starz)

Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo” (FX)

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)

Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)

Martin Freeman, “Fargo” (Fx)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Colin Hanks, “Fargo” (FX)

Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Kristen Wiig, “Spoils of Babylon”

Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor” (BBC America)

Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Allison Tolman, “Fargo” (FX)

Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers in the Attic” (Lifetime)

Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Series

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)

“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

“Project Runway” (Lifetime)

“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)

“Top Chef” (Bravo)

“The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” (NBC)

Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, “Project Runway” (Lifetime)

Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)

Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste” (ABC)

Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night” (NBC)

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

“Undercover Boss” (CBS)

“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)

“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network)

“Mythbusters” (Discovery)

“Shark Tank” (ABC)

“Who Do You Think You Are” (TLC)

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

“Alaska: Last Frontier” (Discovery Channel)

“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery)

“Flipping Out” (Bravo)

“Million Dollar Listing” (BRavo)

“Wahlburgers” (A&E)

“Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” (BBC America)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Kate Mara, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Kate Burton, “Scandal” (ABC)

Margo Martindale, “The Americans” (FX)

Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom” (HBO)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Paul Giamiatti, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Reg. E Cathey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Robert Morse, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Joe Morton, “Scandal” (ABC)

Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Moira Walley-Beckett, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Vince Gilligan, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Beau Willimon, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Nic Pizzolatto, “True Detective” (HBO)

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  • Brian Bean | July 16, 2014 10:18 AMReply


  • Suz | July 13, 2014 3:57 PMReply

    Congrats to Reg E. Cathey. Amazing (an too often overlooked) actor. However The Wire didn't win any Emmy's so I don't think much of the awards.

  • Bee | July 10, 2014 2:59 PMReply

    Ghost but the team behind the shows submit episodes for screening so it doesn't really matter if the voters do or do not watch the networks

  • Suz | July 13, 2014 4:09 PM

    ^^^ should be Amazing AND . . . Also Being Mary Jane was robbed. Gabrielle Union, Lisa Vidal and Margaret Avery deserved nods.

  • SAVANNAH MORGAN | July 10, 2014 2:50 PMReply

    "Whoopi has been nominated 6 times, between 1986 and 2009, but has never won."

    I could be wrong but I could have sworn Whoopi is a card carrying member of the E.G.O.T CLUB (EMMY, GRAMMY, TONY, OSCAR)

    Congrats to all nominees, my only *side eye* Laverne Cox over Lorraine Touissant???

  • oitnb watcher | July 10, 2014 2:59 PM

    Lorraine Toussaint was in Season 2 and I think these nominations cover Season 1, since it premiered in summer. I expect her to get some Emmy love next season, and Danielle Brooks and Samira Wiley should too. Cox's character had a bigger role in Season 1, and she killed it.

  • Mike | July 10, 2014 1:24 PMReply

    With the Emmy Nominations announced today I have to wonder when the Emmy Committee will recognize African-American themed Networks like T.V. One, Aspire, BET,OWN, and Bounce T.V? I feel like these Networks are churning out great programming, but no one is paying attention. The show "Real Husbands of Hollywood" should at least get nominated in the 'Variety' category for Outstanding Variety show and Outstanding Writing for a Variety show. Even the miniseries "Being Mary Jane" should have recognized Gabrielle Union as Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. I wonder when 'Our Networks" will get the attention they deserve for creating outstanding programming for the African-American community?

  • Ol Skool | July 12, 2014 8:48 PM

    Miles, that's not true.

  • Miles Ellison | July 12, 2014 7:48 PM

    None of the programming on any of those channels is great. Far from it.

  • gotta agree with chris | July 10, 2014 2:54 PM

    It's not just because they're black. The programming on all those networks is nowhere near "great" yet. BET just decided to start spending on original programming like yesterday, and they're still telling the same old stories - yuk yuk comedy and black girl relationship drama. OWN? Real Husbands? Tuh! Give it time and hopefully as they spend real cash on solid actors and writers the shows will improve. Right now, they seem to be spending on programming that will attract a large audience and make a quick buck to keep their networks afloat, and that doesn't usually win awards.

  • guest | July 10, 2014 2:21 PM

    Gabrielle Union??? You lost me there! Lots of networks are on the outside. Lifetime, MTV, Spike etc are not Emmy favorites for a good reason. BET is a joke of a network that has spent years degrading Black Women so it will be too soon if I see a nomination ever thrown there way.

  • Chris | July 10, 2014 2:06 PM

    You sir have lost your mind. I have yet to see any sort of quality television on any one of those networks. You need to put out quality to get some recognition. What's sad is that BET fails to hire strong/promising writers, actors, and directors. Gabrielle Union is a pretty face without much else. I've seen enough of her material. She doesn't add much. Most of the best black actors are actually on Broadway or doing some kind of theatre, but Hollywood ignores them. At least Broadway appreciates the marvelous talent it has.

  • Alias | July 10, 2014 1:54 PM

    @Mike: Keep wondering because they probably never will. Many in Hollywood would tell you that's what the NAACP awards are for. I'm not saying it's right or wrong; it just is. And there are plenty of good shows on other cable networks that also aren't feeling the Emmy love, which are well-written with great casts ("Suits" on USA immediately springs to mind), so it's not, necessarily, a black or white thing, but more like a creative creme de la creme thing. There are only so many slots for nominations and there are a plethora of shows on TV and other platforms. Which is why the process is like campaigning for president and so political. Emmy voters are probably only slightly familiar with a third of the shows being nominated. And, more than likely those are the shows that are being directly beamed into their living rooms via cable or satellite, which means they've probably not even taken time to watch a show like "House of Cards." ...Also take into account that the average TV viewer watches the same 17 channels. ... And who is the governing board of the Emmy's comprised of and do you really think any of them are watching any of the shows/networks you mentioned? ... And how many channels do most cable and satellite companies offer viewers? ...I could go on about all of the variables that are tangential in the Emmy race, but I think you get the picture.

  • Ol Skool | July 10, 2014 1:53 PM

    Mike, have you heard of the Image Awards? That der be the African American's playground.

    Don't get me wrong, that is the African American community, and I am black and I am proud. When one dearly seeks affirmations from those who do not look like them, talk like them, enjoy the thangs they enjoy... or have not walk in their shoes, they are on a fool's errand. As Tambay has said in a prior post "Hollywood don't care about you".

  • Ghost | July 10, 2014 1:45 PM

    The folk who do the nominations DON'T watch those networks. Even if you have blacks that help chose the shows/movies-would they even be interested in watching those networks? I will give OWN since that is still Oprah. And others might feel uncomfortable voting for a show on a "black" network whose image has been negative over the past few years. If those networks feel slighted they might need to start barking now because when Hulu & Yahoo and online network start sniffing Emmy nods-it will be too late.

  • Up in the balcony | July 10, 2014 12:25 PMReply

    "I GOT A WOODY!!!"... "OMG, I am so embarrassed, how can this be?"
    "You have a woody because you're a muppet, you damn fool"
    "Oh sh*t, is that why that man has his hand up my a$$, cuz Im a muppet!?"
    "Exigir mi amigo. He's not checking your prostrate"

    Mr Black Statler and his disagreeable friend, Mr. Black Waldorf, chop up the Emmy nominations.

    "So you have a woody too, huh?"
    "Yep, but I'm just happy for all the black folks who received Emmy nominations"
    "Well, I'm pissed"
    "Don't what?"
    "Don't start acting like the common S&A reader who cries "we been robbed" every damn time the awards are announced"
    "Well, its true... Tatiana & Jeffrey Wright WERE ROBBED!!!
    "Silly coo-coo puff... y'all should start crying when those robbed black folks end up in a Tyler Perry or Russ Parr production"
    "Ut oh, my woody is rising"
    "Stop it, I dont wanna know anything about yo rising woody"
    "No, Im just sayin... many of them HAVE been in Tyler's films"
    "Hey, that's right... Kerry Washington, Idris, Cicely Tyson and Whoopi, they've all been happy working with Mr. Perry"
    "Yep, but now Im crying again"
    "Oh lord, don't tell me, while discovering your woody, you've just found out we don't have any balls?"
    "No, when you mentioned Kerry Washington I thought of her new clothing line"
    "Well, you know, many black women wanna be just like Olivia Pope"
    "Well, you didn't hear this from me but I shuttered to think of the many sistahs' rotund a$$es trying to squeeze in Olivia's outfits"
    "YICKS! But let me tell you something, that's my kinda a$$, the bigger the better"
    "Okay, you're right, what righteous brotha would yearn for Miss Betty Crocker's a$$?"
    "exigir mi amigo"
    "So, in the case of these awards, black folks ain't really got nothin' to cry about?
    "notta, nothin', it's a fool's errand. They should accept and recognize that this is the white man's playground. And crying in his school yard has never ever got us anywhere"
    "You are my hero"
    "Stop it, and put your woody away... I mean, go back to sleep"

  • BondGirl 24 | July 10, 2014 10:07 AMReply

    Tatiana, Tatiana, Tatiana!! So no one's going to cry over the spilled milk that is Jeffrey Wright's robbed Emmy nom? No? Well, I will. He injected supreme life into that meandering series, Boardwalk Empire. Why he didn't get chose, I'll never understand.

  • Cherokee rose | July 11, 2014 4:10 PM

    @Bondgirl24, no it's not. The difference is that Kerry and Michelle took up a slot that rightfully belonged to Tatiana. You were shading Tatiana just for the sake of it. She and Jeffrey would never be nominated in the same acting category so I don't understand the purpose of you evoking her name.

  • Bondgirl 24 | July 10, 2014 5:37 PM

    "...I have no doubt that Jeffrey was brilliant in his role but you can support him without throwing shade at Tatiana."

    Wasn't that precisely what you did when hoisting Tatiana on your shoulders, while slamming Kerry? Does that privilege only belong to you?

  • Cherokee rose | July 10, 2014 10:22 AM

    Not a Boardwalk viewer and I have no doubt Jeffrey was brilliant in his role but you can support him without throwing shade at Tatiana. I don't see anyone else playing 10 different characters(including a man) all with different accents, idiosyncrasies, personalities, and often while sharing a scene together.

  • King | July 10, 2014 9:59 AMReply

    I'm so happy for Angela! She did an excellent job on AHS. I hope she wins.

  • Chris | July 10, 2014 9:59 AMReply

    Hate to break it to ya, but as a black person, I don't understand why I'm "supposed" to be rooting for particular people. I'm gonna call out the obvious - Kerry shouldn't be here. The last season of Scandal was atrocious. The show just isn't very good in general, but the last season was especially bad. Vera Farmiga and Tatiana Maslany are names that should replace her. Bates Motel wasn't the greatest of shows, but Vera gave us this unpredictable energy and a multidimensional crazy woman who was scary and sympathetic. I'm happy the Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox are nominated and I hope for a win for either of the ladies.

  • Jo Lamar | July 10, 2014 9:37 AMReply

    Forgot to mention Reg. E Cathey as Freddy on “House of Cards” (Netflix), Joe Morton on “Scandal” (ABC), and the women on Orange is The New Black.

  • Beemooree | July 10, 2014 9:37 AMReply

    Good for all the black actors. Bellamy young isn't black but she did good work on scandal. Wish she was nominated. I'm glad Kerry got nominated. Ppl complained that her material sucked this yr but glad she was recognized as well as joe Morton

  • Cherokee rose | July 10, 2014 9:24 AMReply

    Congrats to all the nominee but what the hell else does Tatiana Maslany have to do in order to be nominated. I'm sorry but as a fan of Scandal and Downton I struggle to understand why either of these women were nominated. Sorry, I know this is S&A and I should automatically support actors of color and of course I do but I've got to be honest no actress or actor for that matter is doing what Tatiana does.

  • Phred G | July 10, 2014 3:21 PM

    I totally agree. Tatiana is EXCELLENT at her craft.

  • Jo lamar | July 10, 2014 9:40 AM

    I agree! Tatiana's performance was much more well-deserved for an nod more than some of the actresses nominated, particularly Kerry Washington in this last season.

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