2014 Emmy Awards nominations: Full coverage and complete list of nominees

A bold move by “True Detective” paid off – the HBO crime noir series, which made news this year when it was submitted as a drama instead of a miniseries, scored a best drama series nom at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations on Thursday morning.

The Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson vehicle (who both landed nods for lead actor in a drama) is nominated in the fiercely competitive category alongside “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “House of Cards” “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones.”

HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” landed the most nominations with 19, followed by FX’s newcomer “Fargo,” which picked up 18 nominations by submitting as a miniseries. FX’s gorefest “American Horror Story: Coven” came in third, picking up 17 nods.

Which drama did “True Detective” bump off the list? That would be 2012 best drama winner “Homeland.” The Showtime terrorism nailbiter got knocked off the list after a roundly criticized season – however, star Claire Danes did pick up a nod for best actress in a drama. She’s joined by Michelle Dockery of “Downton Abbey,” Robin Wright of “House of Cards” and Kerry Washington of “Scandal.” Julianna Margulies jumped back on the list after an emotional season of “The Good Wife,” and Lizzy Caplan picked up her first nom for Showtime freshman series “Masters of Sex.”

While McConaughey and Harrelson represent “True Detective” on the lead actor in a drama list, the frontrunner is undoubtedly Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” for his performance during the riveting final season of the drama, during which the show morphed from cult favorite to full-blown cultural phenomenon. Perennial nominee Jon Hamm was nominated for the seventh straight time for “Mad Men,” along with scenery-chewer Kevin Spacey on “House of Cards” and last year’s surprise winner, “The Newsroom’s” Jeff Daniels.

Over on the comedy side, HBO’s Mike Judge parody “Silicon Valley” picked up a surprise nomination in the best comedy category, alongside heavyweights “Modern Family” – which has never lost on Emmys night — and academy favorites “Veep,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Louie.”  Also in the category: “Orange Is the New Black.” It’s not a surprising nomination, but it will make people wonder whether the show truly is a comedy.

Melissa McCarthy is back on the list for lead actress in a comedy for “Mike & Molly,” along with Lena Dunham of “Girls,” Amy Poehler of “Parks and Recreation,” Taylor Schilling of “Orange Is the New Black” and the unstoppable Edie Falco of “Nurse Jackie.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has won in the category the last two years, also got a nod and would seem to be the favorite yet again.

Ricky Gervais – whom Hollywood loves to hate – scored a mildly surprising nod in the lead actor in a comedy category alongside Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” (who notched his third win last year), Don Cheadle of “House of Lies,” Matt LeBlanc of “Episodes” and Louis C.K. of “Louie.” And “Shameless,” which was granted special permission to switch from the drama to comedy category this year, landed a nomination for its lead, William H. Macy.

See below for our immediate reactions about all the categories.

The list of nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Outstanding Drama Series

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)

“Downton Abbey” (PBS)

“Game of Thrones” (HBO)

“Mad Men” (AMC)

“True Detective” (HBO)

“House of Cards” (Netflix)

IMMEDIATE REACTION: So long, “Homeland.” Though many people were surprised “The Good Wife” — with arguably its most compelling season ever — didn’t make the list.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom” (HBO)

Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” (HBO)

Woody Harrelson, “True Detective” (HBO)

IMMEDIATE REACTION: Pretty typical here, except “Downton Abbey’s” Hugh Bonneville missed out on the Emmy for the first time, as did “Homeland’s” Damian Lewis, who won in 2012. But that left room for the “True Detective” duo.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Claire Danes, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Kerry Washington, “Scandal” (ABC)

Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

IMMEDIATE REACTION: Pretty standard list, except the academy shows “Masters of Sex” some love with Lizzy Caplan’s first nomination; though it seems like Julianna Margulies has this category locked up with her strongest “Good Wife” season ever.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland” (Showtime)

Josh Charles, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

IMMEDIATE REACTION: Again, the list isn’t much different from last year, though academy voter favorite Jon Voight showed up for newcomer “Ray Donovan.” This is some tough competition: Will the voters award two-time winner Aaron Paul for his final “Breaking Bad” year or Josh Charles for all he went through on “The Good Wife”?

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

IMMEDIATE REACTION: Unsurprisingly, Christina Hendricks and Christine Baranski continue their four-years-running streak of being nominated; Lena Headey sneaks in there for “Game of Thrones,” taking over for co-star Emilia Clarke.

Outstanding Comedy Series

“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

“Louie” (FX)

“Modern Family” (ABC)

“Veep” (HBO)

“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)

“Silicon Valley” (HBO)

IMMEDIATE REACTION: Everyone’s reaction was the same for this one: “Huh? ‘Silicon Valley’?” No “Girls” this year, but it seems like a law there must be at least two HBO series in the best comedy category.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” (Showtime)

Louis C.K., “Louie” (FX)

William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)

Ricky Gervais, “Derek” (Netflix)

IMMEDIATE REACTION: Man, the academy loves Matt LeBlanc. Ricky Gervais didn’t show up in anyone’s predictions, but it doesn’t really matter because Jim Parsons will probably win as usual. But hey, good for “Shameless” for getting some love in at least one category after switching to comedy.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, “Girls”

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”

Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly” (CBS)

Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

IMMEDIATE REACTION: Is it just a rule that when Melissa McCarthy is in a big summer movie, she also has to get nominated for an Emmy? (A lot of people speculate her 2011 win for her CBS sitcom was really a win for “Bridesmaids.”) And Taylor Schilling was anything but a lead in “OITNB” but it doesn’t really matter.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Adam Driver, “Girls” (HBO)

Jessie Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Fred Armisen, “Portlandia” (IFC)

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Tony Hale, “Veep” (HBO)

Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)

IMMEDIATE REACTION: Poor Eric Stonestreet — after winning twice, this is the second year in a row he’s been snubbed in favor of his “Modern Family” co-stars. (Though in fairness, Ed O’Neill dropped off the list, too.) Andre Braugher gets a well-deserved nod here for playing the never-amused police detective on the new Fox show, though the head-scratcher on this one is Fred Armisen.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” (ABC)

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep” (HBO)

Allison Janney, “Mom” (CBS)

Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)

IMMEDIATE REACTION: Lots of new faces here, as Allison Janney, Kate McKinnon and Kate Mulgrew knock Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”) and Jane Lynch (“Glee”) off the list. Last year’s winner, Meritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie”) didn’t even make it.

Outstanding Miniseries

“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

“Fargo” (FX)

“The White Queen” (Starz)

“Bonnie and Clyde” (A&E, Lifetime, History)

“Treme” (HBO)

“Luther” (BBC America)

Outstanding Television Movie

“The Normal Heart” (HBO)

“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)

“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic Channel)

“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)

“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge” (Starz)

Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo” (FX)

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)

Idris Elba, “Luther” (BBC America)

Martin Freeman, “Fargo” (Fx)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”

Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Colin Hanks, “Fargo” (FX)

Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Cicely Tyson, “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Kristen Wiig, “Spoils of Babylon”

Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor” (BBC America)

Minnie Driver, “Return to Zero” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Angela Bassett, “American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)

Allison Tolman, “Fargo” (FX)

Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers in the Attic” (Lifetime)

Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart” (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Series

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)

“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)

“Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

“Project Runway” (Lifetime)

“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)

“Top Chef” (Bravo)

“The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” (NBC)

Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)

Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, “Project Runway” (Lifetime)

Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)

Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste” (ABC)

Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night” (NBC)

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

“Undercover Boss” (CBS)

“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)

“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network)

“Mythbusters” (Discovery)

“Shark Tank” (ABC)

“Who Do You Think You Are” (TLC)

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

“Alaska: Last Frontier” (Discovery Channel)

“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery)

“Flipping Out” (Bravo)

“Million Dollar Listing” (BRavo)

“Wahlburgers” (A&E)

“Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan” (BBC America)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Kate Mara, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Kate Burton, “Scandal” (ABC)

Margo Martindale, “The Americans” (FX)

Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom” (HBO)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Paul Giamiatti, “Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Reg. E Cathey, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Robert Morse, “Mad Men” (AMC)

Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex” (Showtime)

Joe Morton, “Scandal” (ABC)

Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife” (CBS)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Moira Walley-Beckett, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Vince Gilligan, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Beau Willimon, “House of Cards” (Netflix)

Nic Pizzolatto, “True Detective” (HBO)

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