HBO's Mildred Pierce, a miniseries starring Kate Winslet (pictured) as a divorced mother, has earned 21 nominations for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, the most of any program this year. ABC's Modern Family and AMC's Mad Men, last year's winners for Best Comedy and Best Drama series, respectively, have earned the most nominations for regular series: Modern Family has 17, and Mad Men has 19. If Mad Men beats out HBO newcomers Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire for Best Drama, it will have won the award four years in a row.

Fringe’s Joshua Jackson and Mike & Molly’s Melissa McCarthy announced the nominees for in an early morning ceremony today. In a surprise moment, McCarthy, who popularized the character Sooki on the hit show Gilmore Girls, announced her own nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy. Her competition in that category includes last year's winner Edie Falco, of Showtime's Nurse Jackie, as well as Tina Fey of NBC’s 30 Rock, Amy Poehler of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Martha Plimpton of Fox’s Raising Hope, and Laura Linney of Showtime’s The Big C.

John Hamm, who plays Don Draper in Mad Men, is nominated again this year for Best Actor in a Drama, and his chances for scoring his first Emmy win are looking good. Last year's winner in this category, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, is ineligible this year, leaving Hamm to battle it out with Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights, Steve Buscemi of Boardwalk Empire, Michael C. Hall of Dexter, Timothy Olyphant of FX’s Justified and Hugh Laurie of Fox’s House.

The ceremony for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Glee's Jane Lynch, last year's winner and a nominee again this year for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy. The show will be broadcast September 18 on Fox.


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Complete List of Nominees:

Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
The Office
Parks & Recreation
30 Rock

Lead Actor, Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
John Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Lead Actress, Drama
Kathy Bates, Harry's Law
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Supporting Actress, Drama
Kelly McDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Margo Martindale, Justified
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Supporting Actor, Drama
John Slattery, Mad Men
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age
Walton Goggins, Justified
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Lead Actress, Comedy
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation

Lead Actor, Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Louis CK, Louie
Steve Carell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Supporting Actress, Comedy
Jane Lynch, Glee
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Supporting Actor, Comedy
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Chris Colfer, Glee
Everyone with a Penis, Modern Family

Oustanding Reality Competition Program
So You Think You Can Dance
The Amazing Race
Project Runway
American Idol
Dancing With the Stars
Top Chef

Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program
Jeff Probst, Survivor
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Saturday Night Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
The Daily Show

Outstanding Mini-series or Movie
Mildred Pierce
Downton Abbey
The Kennedys
Cinema Verite
Too Big to Fail
The Pillars of the Earth

Lead Actress, Mini-series or Movie
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Taraji P. Henson, Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story
Jean Marsh, Upstairs Downstairs

Lead Actor, Mini-series or Movie
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
Barry Pepper, The Kennedys
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos
William Hurt, Too Big To Fail
Idris Elba, Luther
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood

Supporting Actor, Mini-series or Movie
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
Bryan F. O'Byrne, Mildred Pierce
Tom Wilkinson, The Kennedys
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
James Woods, Too Big to Fail

Supporting Actress, Mini-series or Movie
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce
Melissa Leo, Mildred Pierce
Mare Winningham, Mildred Pierce
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Eileen Atkins, Upstairs Downstairs


  • GabrielaTilevitz
    GabrielaTilevitz on

    I'm always rooting for all Mad Men nominations!

  • Sydney Ramsden
    Sydney Ramsden on

    Here's to a Mad Men sweep! They had an AMAZING season last year. I can't wait for it to come back in 2012…the withdrawal is setting in already…

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