LOS ANGELES – As HBO dominated the Emmy nominations on Thursday morning, nominees in the outstanding miniseries or movie category ranked among the most honored shows.
FX’s “American Horror Story” tied with “Mad Men” for the most nominations for a single program, with the gothic thriller earning 17 nods including outstanding miniseries or movie. The show starring Connie Britton and Jessica Lange – who both earned acting nods – is pitted against the History Channel’s rating blockbuster “Hatfields & McCoys,” which earned 16 nominations including nods as outstanding miniseries or movie, and for lead actors Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton.
HBO’s romantic drama “Hemingway & Gellhorn” earned 15 nominations, including in the miniseries or movie category, and nods for best actress for Nicole Kidman and best actor for Clive Owen.
Rounding out the nominees in the miniseries or movies category are PBS’ “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia,” which earned 13 nominations, and BBC America’s police drama, “Luther.”
HBO picked up 81 nods for viewer favorites such as “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones” as well as comedy newcomers “Girls” and “Veep.”
HBO heads into the 64th Prime Time Emmy Awards as the most lauded network, with second place going to CBS, which earned 60 nods, followed by PBS with 58 nominations.
As a result, there was a sense of deja “view” with the announcement: Many of the nominees have been perennial favorites in recent years, such as “Mad Men,” “30 Rock” and “Modern Family,” as well as Jon Hamm, Tina Fey, Michael C. Hall and Jim Parsons.
But there were also some newcomers in the mix, including Showtime’s freshman drama series “Homeland” and its stars, Damian Lewis and Claire Danes.
AMC’s period drama “Mad Men” was one of the big winners of the morning, earning 17 nominations including nods for best drama, best actor for Jon Hamm and best actress for Elisabeth Moss. “Downton Abbey” had 16 nominations and is another contender for best drama.
Rounding out the best drama nominees are: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones” and “Homeland.”
On the funny side of the aisle, “Modern Family” earned the most nominations with 14, including best comedy series and best supporting actress nominations for Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara, and supporting actor nominations for Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet.
Other nominees in the best comedy series category are “The Big Bang Theory,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Girls” and “Veep.”