2011 Emmy Nominations Announced

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 8:30 am

The nominees for the 2011 Emmy Awards were announced this morning with the show scheduled to take place on Sunday September 18th on Fox.

Leading the way with 21 nominations is HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce. That is followed with 19 for Mad Men, 18 for Boardwalk Empire, and 17 for Modern Family. Also notable is Game of Thrones pulling in 13 in its first season and Friday Night Lights finally getting the nod for Best Drama along with the two lead acting categories. A notable omission with only a few technical noms was AMC’s The Walking Dead.

It seems like the committee did a better job this year bringing in well deserving nominees rather than just stacking with past winners or going off reputation alone. I would have taken Dexter out of the running – its worst season should not have been recognized here – and replaced it with Fringe or Justified. Community also got snubbed by not being placed in the running for Best Comedy. 


Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Dexter (Showtime)
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV/NBC)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Mad Men (AMC)


The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Glee (Fox)
Modern Family (ABC)
The Office (NBC)
Parks & Recreation (NBC)
30 Rock (NBC)

Actor, drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Michael C. Hall, Dexter (Showtime)
Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)
Hugh Laurie, House (Fox)
Timothy Olyphant, Justified (FX)

Actress, drama
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law (NBC)
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Mireille Enos, The Killing (AMC)
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)

Actor, comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (NBC)
Louis CK, Louie (FX)
Steve Carell, The Office (NBC)
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes (Showtime)
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Actress, comedy

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Tina Fey, 30 Rock (NBC)
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly (CBS)
Laura Linney, The Big C (Showtime)
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope (Fox)
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation (NBC)

Supporting actor, drama

Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age (TNT)
Josh Charles, The Good Wife (CBS)
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife (CBS)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Walton Goggins, Justified (FX)
John Slattery, Mad Men (AMC)

Supporting actress, drama

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)
Michelle Forbes, The Killing (AMC)
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men (AMC)
Margo Martindale, Justified (FX)
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Archie Punjabi, The Good Wife (CBS)

Supporting actor, comedy

Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
Chris Colfer, Glee (Fox)
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (ABC)
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family (ABC)
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (ABC)

Supporting actress, comedy

Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock (NBC)
Jane Lynch,Glee (Fox)
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)
Kristin Wiig, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Movie or miniseries

Cinema Verité (HBO)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
The Kennedys (Reelz)
Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Pillars of the Earth (Starz)
Too Big To Fail (HBO)

Actor, miniseries or movie

Edgar Ramirez, Carlos (Sundance)
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys (Reelz)
Barry Pepper, The Kennedys (Reelz)
Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood (HBO)
William Hurt, Too Big to Fail (HBO)

Actress, miniseries or movie

Diane Lane, Cinema Verité (HBO)
Elizabeth McGovern, Downtown Abbey (PBS)
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Taraji P. Henson, Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (Lifetime)
Jean Marsh, Upstairs Downstairs (PBS)

Supporting actor, miniseries or movie

Tom Wilkinson, The Kennedys (Reelz)
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Brian F. O’Byrne, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail (HBO)
James Woods, Too Big to Fail (HBO)

Supporting actress, miniseries or movie

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Melissa Leo, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Mare Winningham, Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Eileen Atkins, Upstairs Downstairs (PBS)

Guest actor, drama

Bruce Dern, Big Love (HBO)
Beau Bridges, Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife (CBS)
Paul McCrane, Harry’s Law (NBC)
Jeremy Davies, Justified (FX)
Robert Morse, Mad Men (AMC)

Guest actress, drama

Cara Buono, Mad Men (AMC)
Mary McDonnell, The Closer (TNT)
Joan Cusack, Shameless (Showtime)
Loretta Devine, Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Randee Heller, Mad Men (AMC)
Julia Stiles, Dexter (Showtime)
Alfre Woodard, True Blood (HBO)

Guest actor, comedy

Will Arnett, 30 Rock (NBC)
Matt Damon, 30 Rock (NBC)
Idris Elba, The Big C (Showtime)
Zach Galifianakis, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Nathan Lane, Modern Family (ABC)
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Guest actress, comedy

Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock (NBC)
Kristin Chenoweth, Glee (Fox)
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee (Fox)
Cloris Leachman, Raising Hope (Fox)
Gwyneth Paltrow, Glee (Fox)

Variety, musical or comedy

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
Conan (TBS)
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)


The Cleveland Show (Fox)
Futurama (Comedy Cental)
Robot Chicken (Cartoon Network)
The Simpsons (Fox)
South Park (Comedy Central)

Variety, music or comedy special

Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On (HBO)
Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking (HBO)
The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
Lada Gaga Presents The Monster Ball at Madison Square Garden (HBO)
The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway (HBO)


Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
Deadliest Catch (Discovery)
Hoarders (A&E)
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (Bravo)
Mythbusters (Discovery)
Undercover Boss (CBS)


American Idol (Fox)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
Top Chef (Bravo)

Reality host

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race (CBS)
Jeff Probst, Survivor (CBS)
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol (Fox)