Mad Men and American Horror Story lead Emmy nominations

Mad Men star Jon Hamm will go up against the likes of Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

Hamm's co-star Elisabeth Moss will battle for the lead actress prize against Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Glenn Close (Damages), and Kathy Bates (Harry's Law), as well as Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife).

American Horror Story received a number of technical nods, including nominations in the best costume and make-up categories, as well as mentions for lead actress Connie Britton and supporting actor Denis O'Hare.

The Outstanding Drama Series category will be a tight race - Mad Men, Homeland, Downton Abbey, Dexter, Breaking Bad, and Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire are all in the running, while Outstanding Comedy Series nods go to 30 Rock, Girls, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Veep, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Also receiving mentions as an Outstanding Lead Actor or Actress in a Miniseries or Movie were Nicole Kidman (Hemingway & Gellhorn), Julianne Moore (Game Change), Ashley Judd (Missing), and Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys).

The nominees were announced live from Hollywood on Thursday morning (19Jul12) by Kerry Washington and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who will host the official 64th annual awards ceremony on 23 September (12).

Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman was due to present at the program, however, heavy storms grounded his flight to Los Angeles, forcing a pajama-wearing Kimmel to step in and fill his place.

The main list of nominees is as follows:

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Zooey Deschanel - New Girl

Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey - 30 Rock

Melissa McCarthy - Mike & Molly

Amy Poehler - Parks And Recreation

Lena Dunham - Girls

Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock

Louis C.K. - Louie

Don Cheadle - House of Lies

Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory

Jon Cryer - Two and a Half Men

Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm

Outstanding Comedy Series:

The Big Bang Theory

Modern Family

30 Rock

Girls

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Veep

Outstanding Drama:

Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

Mad Men

Homeland

Game of Thrones

Downton Abbey

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama:

Claire Danes - Homeland

Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife

Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men

Glenn Close - Damages

Kathy Bates - Harry's Law

Michelle Dockery - Downton Abbey

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama:

Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall - Dexter

Jon Hamm - Mad Men

Hugh Bonneville - Downton Abbey

Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire

Damian Lewis - Homeland

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:

Julianne Moore - Game Change

Connie Britton - American Horror Story

Nicole Kidman - Hemingway & Gellhorn

Emma Thompson - The Song Of Lunch (Masterpiece)

Ashley Judd - Missing

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:

Woody Harrelson - Game Change

Clive Owen - Hemingway & Gellhorn

Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Idris Elba - Luther

Kevin Costner - Hatfields & McCoys

Bill Paxton - Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie:

Game Change

American Horror Story

Hemingway & Gellhorn

Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Luther

Hatfields & McCoys

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