The 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards are set to air live today from the Nokia Theatre with Jimmy Kimmel hosting for the first time.
This year’s list of nominees boasts a mix of newcomers and past favorites. The show will air live in the Los Angeles area with red carpet coverage beginning at 4 p.m. and then the Emmy telecast begins at 5 p.m. on ABC. Here’s a breakdown of the main drama categories and nominees.
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO); “Breaking Bad” (AMC); “Downton Abbey” (PBS); “Game of Thrones” (HBO); “Homeland” (Showtime); “Mad Men” (AMC).
“Mad Men” has won four years in a row in this category, including last year. A win this year will mark its fifth Emmy. “Homeland” and “Downton Abbey” are both first-time nominees in this category. This year no network shows are nominated for outstanding drama.
Outstanding Actress, Drama
Kathy Bates (“Harry’s Law,” NBC); Glenn Close (“Damages,” FX); Claire Danes (“Homeland”); Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”); Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife,” CBS); Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”).
Margulies was last year’s winner in this category. This year marks Dockery’s first nomination. Danes is nominated for the first time for “Homeland” and was previously nominated in this category for “My So-Called Life.”
Outstanding Actor, Drama
Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”); Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”); Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”); Michael C. Hall (“Dexter” Showtime); Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”); Damian Lewis (“Homeland”).
Bonneville and Lewis are both first-time nominees. This marks Hamm’s fifth nomination in this category for “Mad Men.” Cranston won in this category in 2008, 2009 and 2010 for “Breaking Bad.”
Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama
Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”); Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”); Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”); Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”); Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”); Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”)
Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama
Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”); Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”); Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”); Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”); Jared Harris (“Mad Men”); Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”).
Popular FX series “American Horror Story” was nominated in the outstanding miniseries or movie category. Connie Britton was nominated for outstanding lead actress miniseries or a movie for her role in the show.