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HBO Dominates Emmy Nominations with 81, Led by 'Hemingway & Gelhorn' with 15; 'Killing' Shut Out UPDATED

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by Anne Thompson
July 19, 2012 12:04 PM
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Hemingway & Gellhorn
Hemingway & Gellhorn

As expected, HBO, which is challenging the Hollywood studios with its smart programming, luring away both talent and audiences from the big screen, dominated the 64th Emmy nominations, for the 12th year in a row. This time they nabbed 81 (down from 104 last year), led by movie star two-hander "Hemingway & Gelhorn," starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman (15 nominations), directed by Philip Kaufman ("The Unbearable Lightness of Being").

In fact the cable channels shut out broadcast television for the first time in major categories: AMC's "Mad Men" lead the drama field with 17 nominations. Showtime ("Homeland") came in second after HBO with 22 total nominations. As usual, genre faves "Justified," "Walking Dead," and "The Killing" were largely overlooked, although FX mini-series "American Horror Story" landed a surprise 17 nominations. Timothy Olyphant, who earned an acting nod last year, was unjustifiably snubbed. And "The Killing" was shut out altogether.

I'm not the only cinephile who would rather stare at “Boardwalk Empire” or “Game Change” (which both received 12 nominations) or “Game Of Thrones” (11) or Martin Scorsese music biodoc “George Harrison: Living in the Material World" (6) or "Girls" (5), for which the magnificent Lena Dunham earned nominations for comedy writing, directing and acting, than go out to most movies. Overinflated formula-safe popcorn tentpoles are not the only route to pulling in viewers, especially the adult (HBO) demo of most frequent moviegoers. Hollywood continues to chase the fickle young male demo and churn out dumb romantic comedies, while women and men of all ages are glued to "Girls."

The Primetime Emmy® Awards will be announced Sept. 23. The full list of Emmy nominations is here.

HBO’s Emmy® nominations this year include:


*           15 nominations for “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Clive Owen), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Nicole Kidman), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (David Strathairn) and Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Philip Kaufman).

 *           12 nominations for “Boardwalk Empire,” including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Steve Buscemi) and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Tim Van Patten).

 *           12 nominations for “Game Change,” including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Woody Harrelson), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Julianne Moore), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Ed Harris), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Sarah Paulson), Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Jay Roach) and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Danny Strong).

 *           11 nominations for “Game of Thrones,” including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage).

 *           6 nominations for “George Harrison: Living in the Material World,” including Outstanding Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming (Martin Scorsese).

 *           5 nominations for “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Larry David), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Michael J. Fox) and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Robert B. Weide).

*           5 nominations for “Girls,” including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Lena Dunham), Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Lena Dunham) and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Lena Dunham).

 *           3 nominations for “Veep,” including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).

 *           2 nominations for “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” including Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking and Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming (Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky).

 *           2 nominations for “Real Time with Bill Maher,” including Outstanding Variety Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.

Other HBO nominees include “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” “Entourage,” “Game of Thrones Season Two – Enhanced Digital Experience,” “Gloria: In Her Own Words,” “Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again,” “2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” “The Weight of the Nation” and “The Weight of the Nation for Kids: The Great Cafeteria Takeover.” The CINEMAX series “Strike Back” also received an Emmy® nomination.

4 Comments

  • Janet Mackenzie Smith | July 20, 2012 3:17 PMReply

    Perhaps of interest? Check out my Dear John Letter for Lena Dunham: http://janetmackenziesmith.com/2012/06/14/dear-john-letter-for-lena-dunham/

  • dj | July 19, 2012 6:16 PMReply

    With cable shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Homeland, Game of Thrones, Justified, Girls, Louie, etc. on the air, there really is no desire to even go to the movies. Cable tv has closed the gap on movies so much it truely is unbelievable. As far as drama series go, broadcast should just give up completely. On the comedy side, broadcast still has a lot to offer with the likes of Parks and Rec, Community, Happy Endings, etc. however I do believe that at this current pace, broadcast is close to becoming non-existent. I would like to point out that AMC actually came in second in terms of total nominations for a cable network with 34 and although HBO had 81 nominations, it was their lowest total since 1999.

  • ag | July 19, 2012 1:51 PMReply

    yeah, agree, love hbo and other cablers. it's where it's at. seriously, if i had a choice between only theatrical or only cable (original stuff), i'd go cable.

    otherwise, though, tv is so dead. who the fuck can watch that shit.

    anyway, all hbo et al have to do now is peg the mobile platforms and they'll be the new 'theater experience'.

  • Jenny | July 19, 2012 12:36 PMReply

    Cable dominates again.Can we just say it? Broadcast Networks are dead. They are a financial
    disaster and they can't keep up critically.It's a model that just doesn't work anymore... they are in complete denial...

    http://mankabros.com/blogs/onmedea/2011/04/01/broadcast-networks-on-death-and-dying/

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