Downton Abbey, Mad Men and House of Cards score Emmy 2013 nominations

Downton Abbey, Mad Men and House of Cards score big with Emmy 2013 nonimations

The awards celebrate American TV programming, and provide clues to upcoming highlights on UK screens

The Primetime Emmy Awards nominations have just been announced, with TV series like Downton Abbey, Mad Men, House of Cards and Homeland nominated across several categories. Feature-length movies Phil Spector, starring Al Pacino, and Behind the Candelabra, starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, also received nominations as they were originally written for TV (although Candelabra did enjoy a theatrical release, and considerable critical acclaim, in the UK). Breaking Bad, The Newsroom, Jane Campion's Top of the Lake and country & western drama Nashville were among the other nominees.

The awards celebrate excellence in American primetime programming, although shows from beyond America's shores (such as Downton, or the New Zealand-set Top of the Lake) are also eligible, provided they've been screened in the US. For shows that have yet to appear on British screens, the Emmys provide a good barometer of highlights in the coming months.

The Emmy Awards ceremony will take place in LA on Sun 22 Sep. The nominees for best acting, direction, writing and show, across all categories, are as follows:

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade's End
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney, The Big C Hereafter
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie

American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra
The Bible
Phil Spector
Political Animals
Top of the Lake

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
30 Rock

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad 
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones 
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland 
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad 
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife 
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad 
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men 
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey 
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Ty Burrell, Modern Family 
Adam Driver, Girls 
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family 
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live 
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family 
Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory 
Julie Bowen, Modern Family 
Anna Chlumsky, Veep 
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock 
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family 
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie 
Jane Lynch, Glee

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie

Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum
Imelda Staunton, The Girl
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias
Charlotte Rampling, Restless

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie

James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum
Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake
Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum
Scott Bakula, Behind the Candelabra
John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire – ‘Margate Sands’
Directed by Tim Van Patten

Breaking Bad – ‘Gliding Over All’
Directed by Michelle MacLaren

Downton Abbey – ‘Episode 4’
Directed by Jeremy Webb

Homeland – ‘Q&A’
Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter

House Of Cards – ‘Chapter 1’
Directed by David Fincher

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series

Episodes – ‘Episode 209’
Written by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik

Louie – ‘Daddy's Girlfriend (Part 1)’
Story & Teleplay by Louis CK; story by Pamela Adlon

The Office – ‘Finale’
Written by Greg Daniels
30 Rock – ‘Hogcock!’
Written by Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock

30 Rock – ‘Last Lunch ‘
Written by Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

Girls – ‘On All Fours’
Directed by Lena Dunham

Glee – ‘Diva’
Directed by Paris Barclay

Louie – ‘New Year's Eve’
Directed by Louis CK

Modern Family – ‘Arrested’
Directed by Gail Mancuso

30 Rock – ‘Hogcock!’ / ‘Last Lunch’
Directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller

Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special

Behind The Candelabra
Written by Richard LaGravenese

The Hour
Written by Abi Morgan

Parade's End
Written by Tom Stoppard

Phil Spector
Written by David Mamet

Top Of The Lake
Written by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special

Behind The Candelabra
Directed by Steven Soderbergh

The Girl
Directed by Julian Jarrold

Phil Spector
Directed by David Mamet

Ring Of Fire
Directed by Allison Anders

Top Of The Lake – ‘Part 5’
Directed by Jane Campion and Garth Davis

For a full list of awards, including guest stars and technical credits, visit the official Emmy Awards website.

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