Emmys 2012: American Horror Story doms the noms

Emmys 2012: American Horror Story doms the noms

The nominations for the Primetime Emmys are out, and the thing that is jumping out to me is the number of nominations for American Horror Story.

Clearly, it wasn’t hurt by FX putting it into the miniseries (or made for TV movie) category. You might immediately think that means fewer competitors, but it also can mean more money and/or bigger stars than is typical for a network.

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk can be justifiably proud this morning. This series was certainly not mainstream, and although the Emmys are more likely to nominate the cutting edge than the Oscars, it is impressive to see it dominating the nominations (“dom the noms”).

I’m also impressed with Denis O’Hare being nominated for True Blood (as Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Made for TV Movie). Submitting a series now in its fifth season as a “miniseries” seems to be an effective strategy, if a loose use of the term.

Steven Moffat’s Sherlock was also recognized (Moffat was one of the creators…I think he’s one of the most interesting screenwriters out there).

Congratulations also to Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) for repeat nominations.

I also want to single out Mayim Bialik for her nom for The Big Bang Theory. This marks her first Emmy nomination (although she was nominated for Young Artist awards for Blossom).

Geeky noms (I’m going to include some of the competitors):

  • Outstanding Comedy Series: The Big Bang Theory (Girls, 30 Rock, Modern Family, Veep)
  • Outstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones (Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey)
  • Outstanding Miniseries or Made for TV Movie: American Horror Story, Sherlock (competitors include Hatfields & McCoys, Game Change)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory (Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K.)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series; Michael C. Hall for Dexter (Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, Steve Buscemi)
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Made for TV Movie: Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock (Kevin Costner & Bill Paxton for Hatfields & McCoys, Woody Harrelson, Clive Own, Idris Elba)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Made for TV Movie: Connie Britton for American Horror Story (Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Bill Hader for Saturday Night Live (everybody on Modern Family😉 , Max Greenfield for New Girl)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones (Aaron Paul & Giancarlo Esposito for Breaking Bad, Jim Carter & Brendan Coyle for Downton Abbey)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Made for TV Movie: Martin Freeman for Sherlock, Denis O’Hare for True Blood (Tom Berenger, Ed Harris)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik for The Big Bang Theory, Kristen Wiig for Saturday Night Live (Sofia Vergara  & Julie Bowen for Modern Family, Kathryn Joosten)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Made for TV Movie; Jessica Lange & Frances Conroy for American Horror Story (Mare Winningham, Judy Davis)

You can see the complete list at IMDb:

http://www.imdb.com/emmys/nominations

Congratulations again to all the nominees!

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.

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