The 2012 Emmy Awards nominees were announced this morning in Los Angeles. The 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out on Sunday, September 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, and broadcast live on ABC.
The nominations were announced by actress Kerry Washington of ABC's Scandal and Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Here are the nominees for the 12 leading categories. For a full list of nominees, go to Emmys.com.
Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Mad Men.
Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates, Harry's Law; Glenn Close, Damages; Claire Danes, Homeland; Michelle Dockery, Downtown Abbey; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men.
Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey; Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Damien Lewis, Homeland; Jon Hamm, Mad Men.
The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, Modern Family, 30 Rock, Veep.
Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Zoey Deschanel, New Girl; Lena Dunham, Girls; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep; Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation.
Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Don Cheadle, House of Lies; Louis C.K., Louie; Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men; Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm; Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory.
Miniseries or Movie
American Horror Story, Game Change, Hatfields & McCoys, Hemingway & Gellhorn, Luther, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia.
Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Connie Britton, American Horror Story; Ashley Judd, Missing; Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn; Julianne Moore, Game Change; Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch.
Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys; Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia; Idris Elba, Luther; Woody Harrelson, Game Change; Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn; Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys.
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars; Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance; Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race; Ryan Seacrest, American Idol; Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers.
The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, Top Chef, The Voice.
The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Real Time with Bill Maher.