Emmy Nominations 2012

So 5:30 (PST) this morning saw Jimmy Kimmel and Kerry Washington announce the 2012 Emmy nominations, and it served as a good lesson in why not to not give the organization too much credit. Yesterday we'd suggested that shows like "Parks and Recreation" and "Louie" were starting to make major inroads, giving us a little reason for optimism. And there were certainly things to be celebrated in this morning's nominees: actress and comedy nominations for "Girls," typically good showings for "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men," and well-deserved nods for two actors we thought were unlikely, Jared Harris and Idris Elba.

But it also served as a reinforcement of the middlebrow tastes of the Academy; 'Parks' and 'Louie' failed to repeat their Best Comedy nods from last year, landing only token nominations for their lead actors, while "Downton Abbey" 's weak second season dominated, with "Homeland" and "Game of Thrones" doing less well than expected as a result.  Ah, well. The awards themselves will be handed out on Sunday, September 23rd.

Directing - TV Movie/Miniseries
Jay Roach - "Game Change"
Kevin Reynolds - "Hatfields & McCoys"
Philip Kaufman - "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
Sam Miller - "Luther"
Paul McGuigan - "Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia"

Writing - TV Movie/Miniseries
Danny Strong - "Game Change"
Ted Mann, Ronald Parker, Bill Kerby - "Hatfields & McCoys" Part 2
Abi Morgan - "The Hour"
Neil Cross - "Luther"
Steven Moffat - "Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia"

Best Supporting Actress - TV Movie/Miniseries
Frances Conroy - "American Horror Story"
Jessica Lange - "American Horror Story"
Sarah Paulson - "Game Change"
Mare Winningham - "Hatfields & McCoys"
Judy Davis - "Page Eight"

Best Supporting Actor - TV Movie/Miniseries
Denis O'Hare - "American Horror Story"
Ed Harris - "Game Change"
Tom Berenger - "Hatfields & McCoys"
David Strathairn - "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
Martin Freeman - "Sherlock"

Lead Actress - Miniseries
Connie Britton - "American Horror Story"
Ashley Judd - "Missing"
Nicole Kidman - "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
Julianne Moore - "Game Change"
Emma Thompson - "The Song Of Lunch"

Lead Actor - Miniseries
Kevin Costner - "Hatfields & McCoys"
Benedict Cumberbatch - "Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia"
Idris Elba - "Luther"
Woody Harrelson - "Game Change"
Clive Owen - "Hemingway & Gellhorn"
Bill Paxton - "Hatfields & McCoys"

"American Horror Story"
"Game Change"
"Hatfields & McCoys"
"Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia"

Guest Actress - Drama
Martha Plimpton - "The Good Wife"
Loretta Devine - "Grey's Anatomy"
Jean Smart - "Harry's Law"
Julia Ormond - "Mad Men"
Joan Cusack - "Shameless"
Uma Thurman - "Smash"

Guest Actor - Drama
Mark Margolis - "Breaking Bad"
Dylan Baker - "The Good Wife"
Michael J Fox - "The Good Wife"
Jeremy Davies - "Justified"
Ben Feldman - "Mad Men"
Jason Ritter - "Parenthood"