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'True Detective,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'The Normal Heart' Lead 2014 Emmy Nominations

by Oliver Lyttelton
July 10, 2014 8:53 AM
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After months away from awards, we're feeling so much better. That wheezing cough has finally disappeared, our complexions are no longer grey, and that weird scaly rash has disappeared. Let's hope it lasts: the movie awards season is fast approaching, but first up are the Emmys, the biggest celebration of TV in the calendar, which announced their nominations for the 2014 batch this morning.

We made our predictions a couple of days ago, but Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly just revealed the nominees, and... well, you can see for yourself below. The major nominees are down there, or click over to the Emmys site to find out some of the below the line ones like Best Cinematography for A Reality Show. Short story: same ol' same ol', with strong showings from "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad," "Game Of Thrones," "Modern Family," "The Big Bang Theory" et al. But some newcomers did especially well too, with "Fargo," "True Detective" and "Orange Is The New Black" all racking up multiple nominations. Full analysis is coming later in the day, and you can find out the winners when they're announced on Monday, August 25th. And you can read our favorite TV shows of the season just gone right here.

Miniseries/TV Movies

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie
Matt Bomer - "The Normal Heart"
Martin Freeman - "Sherlock: His Last Vow"
Colin Hanks - "Fargo"
Joe Mantello - "The Normal Heart"
Alfred Molina - "The Normal Heart"
Jim Parsons - "The Normal Heart" 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie

Angela Bassett - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Kathy Bates - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Frances Conroy - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Ellen Burstyn - "Flowers In The Attic"
Julia Roberts - "The Normal Heart"
Allison Tolman - "Fargo"

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch - "Sherlock: His Last Vow"
Idris Elba - "Luther"
Chiwetel Ejiofor - "Dancing On The Edge"
Martin Freeman - "Fargo"
Mark Ruffalo - "The Normal Heart" 
Billy Bob Thornton - "Fargo"

Outstanding Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie
Helena Bonham Carter - "Burton & Taylor" 

Minnie Driver - "Return To Zero"
Jessica Lange - "American Horror Story: Coven" 

Sarah Paulson - "American Horror Story: Coven" 

Cicely Tyson - "The Trip To Bountiful"
Kristen Wiig - "The Spoils Of Babylon"

Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries/TV Movie
Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Noah Hawley - "Fargo"
Neil Cross - "Luther"
Steven Moffat - "Sherlock: His Last Vow"
Larry Kramer - "The Normal Heart"
David Simon & Eric Overmyer - "Treme"

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries/TV Movie
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon - "American Horror Story: Coven"
Adam Bernstein - "Fargo"
Colin Bucksey - "Fargo"
Stephen Frears - "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight"
Nick Hurran - "Sherlock: HIs Last Vow"
Ryan Murphy - "The Normal Heart"

Outstanding TV Movie
"Killing Kennedy"
"Muhammad Ali's Final Fight"

"The Normal Heart"

"Sherlock: His Last Vow"

"The Trip To Bountiful"

Outstanding Miniseries
"American Horror Story: Coven"

"Bonnie & Clyde"


"The White Queen"


Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

Steve Buscemi - "Portlandia"
Louis C.K. - "Saturday Night Live"
Gary Cole - "Veep"
Jimmy Fallon - "Saturday Night Live"
Nathan Lane - "Modern Family"
Bob Newhart - "The Big Bang Theory"

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

Uzo Aduba - "Orange Is The New Black"
Laverne Cox - "Orange Is The New Black"
Joan Cusack - "Shameless"
Tina Fey - "Saturday Night Live"
Natasha Lyonne - "Orange Is The New Black"
Melissa McCarthy - "Saturday Night Live" 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Fred Armisen - "Portlandia" 

Andre Braugher - "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" 

Ty Burrell - "Modern Family"
Adam Driver - "Girls"
Jesse Tyler Ferguson - "Modern Family"

Tony Hale - "Veep" 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik - "The Big Bang Theory" 

Julie Bowen - "Modern Family" 

Anna Chlumsky - "Veep"
Allison Janney - "Mom"
Kate McKinnon - "Saturday Night Live"
Kate Mulgrew - "Orange Is The New Black" 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Don Cheadle - "House Of Lies"

Louis C.K. - "Louie" 

Ricky Gervais - "Derek"

Matt LeBlanc - "Episodes" 

William H. Macy - "Shameless"
Jim Parsons - "Big Bang Theory" 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Lena Dunham - "Girls"
Edie Falco - "Nurse Jackie"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - "Veep"
Melissa McCarthy - "Mike & Molly"
Amy Poehler - "Parks and Recreation"
Taylor Schilling - "Orange Is The New Black"

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik - "Episodes"
Louis C.K. - "Louie"
Liz Friedman & Jenji Kohan - "Orange Is The New Black"
Alec Berg - "Silicon Valley"
Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Armando Iannucci - "Veep" 

Outstanding Directing for A Comedy Series
Iain B. MacDonald - "Episodes"
Paris Barclay - "Glee"
Louis C.K. - "Louie"
Gail Mancuso - "Modern Family"
Jodie Foster - "Orange Is The New Black"
Mike Judge - "Silicon Valley"

Outstanding Comedy Series
"The Big Bang Theory"


"Modern Family"

"Orange Is The New Black"
"Silicon Valley"



Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

Dylan Baker - "The Good Wife"
Beau Bridges - "Masters Of Sex"
Reg E. Cathey - "House Of Cards"
Paul Giamatti - "Downton Abbey"
Robert Morse - "Mad Men"
Joe Morton - "Scandal"

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

Kate Burton - "Scandal"
Jane Fonda - "The Newsroom"
Allison Janney - "Masters Of Sex"
Kate Mara - "House Of Cards"
Margo Martindale - "The Americans"
Diana Rigg - "Game Of Thrones"

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Jim Carter - "Downton Abbey"
Josh Charles - "The Good Wife" 

Peter Dinklage - "Game Of Thrones"
Mandy Patinkin - "Homeland"
Aaron Paul - "Breaking Bad"

Jon Voight - "Ray Donovan" 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Christine Baranski - "The Good Wife" 

Joanne Froggatt - "Downton Abbey" 

Anna Gunn - "Breaking Bad"
Lena Headey - "Game Of Thrones" 

Christina Hendricks - "Mad Men" 

Maggie Smith - "Downton Abbey"

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Bryan Cranston - "Breaking Bad"
Jeff Daniels - "The Newsroom"  

Jon Hamm - "Mad Men" 

Woody Harrelson - "True Detective" 

Matthew McConaughey - "True Detective"
Kevin Spacey - "House Of Cards" 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Lizzy Caplan - "Masters Of Sex"
Claire Danes - "Homeland"
Michelle Dockery - "Downton Abbey"
Julianna Marguiles - "The Good Wife"
Kerry Washington - "Scandal"
Robin Wright - "House Of Cards"

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
David Benioff & D.B. Weiss - "Game Of Thrones"
Vince Gilligan - "Breaking Bad"
Nic Pizzolatto - "True Detective"
Moira Walley-Beckett - "Breaking Bad"
Beau Willimon - "House Of Cards"

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
David Evans - "Downton Abbey"
Carl Franklin - "House Of Cards"
Cary Joji Fukunaga - "True Detective"
Vince Gilligan - "Breaking Bad"
Neil Marshall - "Game Of Thrones"
Tim Van Patten - "Boardwalk Empire"

Outstanding Drama Series
"Breaking Bad"
"Downton Abbey"
"Game Of Thrones"
"House Of Cards"
"Mad Men"
"True Detective"


Variety Series
"The Colbert Report"
"The Daily Show"
"Jimmy Kimmel Live"
"Real Time With Bill Maher"
"Saturday Night Live"
"The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon"

"The Amazing Race"
"Dancing With The Stars"
"Project Runway"
"So You Think You Can Dance"
"Top Chef"
"The Voice"

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  • Stumpzian Farber | July 10, 2014 12:49 PMReply

    Why is "Orange" competing in comedy? Comic moments, yes, some, but a comedy overall? No way.

  • Melissa | July 10, 2014 11:39 AMReply

    I did not care for The Normal Heart at all. Am I the only one?? I can't believe all those over-acted performances got nominations! There were some very good actors in this movie, but they were directed as caricatures, not characters, a la Ryan Murphy's annoying, over-the-top style. I appreciate the subject matter of The Normal Heart, but I thought it was an awful movie.

  • Potato | July 10, 2014 4:34 PM

    It was the original source material that was over the top, not Ryan Murphy. People just love to complain about Ryan Murphy.

    Everyone has opinions. For example I am downright confused about why Game of Thrones is so critically well received when it seems terribly acted to me by almost every actor and is just... boring and not good. I would never say this out loud to my friends though.

  • Sansacro | July 10, 2014 12:54 PM

    I agree, except for Joe Mantello's performance, which was amazing.

  • DG | July 10, 2014 11:28 AMReply

    How is Rian Johnson not nominated for best director for Breaking Bad? No offense to Gilligan but his episode this season is kind of messy compared to Johnson's. Also why is Kate McKinnon nominated for supportign actress for SNL when shes a regular featured player? I guess I'm just glad she's nominated since she's one of the only performers keeping the show alive still

  • House Lannister | July 10, 2014 10:32 AMReply

    Send a raven to the council at House Emmys. Game of Thrones should win every award for the goodness of the realm.

  • BEF | July 10, 2014 10:16 AMReply

    Love that Caplan got a nod ... Really like the show but am confused by the Orange is the New Black guest actress nominations when they were/are regular characters on the show (except Cox).
    Also goodness Normal Heart was an average movie.

  • That Kid | July 10, 2014 9:56 AMReply

    David Benioff & D.B. Weiss wrote for "Breaking Bad"? Those guys are good.

  • az | July 10, 2014 9:38 AMReply

    FYI in the UK, where we're less impressed with a posh, clipped British accent, Downtown Abbey is considered trash, Sunday night comfort viewing and The Good Wife is thought of as sharp, intelligent, well acted quality drama.

  • az | July 10, 2014 10:46 AM

    Seriously? Shows how much attention I pay to BAFTA. And absolutely, no Brit can rightly claim any kind of superiority to the US when it comes to the small screen. The BAFTA television awards could only dream of having such a selection to choose from, which is why it's a shame when our stodge knocks out better home grown shows.

  • Oliver Lyttelton | July 10, 2014 9:47 AM

    And yet Downton has twelve BAFTA nominations and The Good Wife has none. I wouldn't go acting too superior yet (and I say that as a Brit).

  • Josh | July 10, 2014 9:35 AMReply

    Oh come off it, where the hell is Dean Norris!?

  • Jared | July 10, 2014 10:22 AM

    Currently stuck under a dome, I believe.

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