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“Last year I was totally overwhelmed. I was in my underwear on the sofa at home,” he said.

“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” adapted from Dee Brown’s nonfiction best-seller, received nominations for best made-for-TV movie, writing and supporting acting. The film chronicles the Sioux victory over George Armstrong Custer at Little Big Horn and the events leading up to the killing of Sitting Bull and the Sioux massacre at Wounded Knee Creek in 1890.

Executive producer Dick Wolf said its clutch of nominations was a validation of a very difficult project.

“Anybody who says it’s not nice or it doesn’t mean anything to get this many nominations, it’s the ultimate sour grapes because it sure feels great,” he said.

“Friday Night Lights,” the critically acclaimed but low-rated high school football drama that needed an Emmy boost, failed to gain major nominations.

“The Sopranos,” which premiered in January 1999 and had an on-and-off cable run, capped its final episode this year with an ambiguous ending that left fans in the dark about the fate of lead character Tony Soprano, last seen sitting in a diner with his wife and children. A suddenly black screen suggested sudden violence — or not.

The series’ other nominees included Michael Imperioli, who received a bid for best supporting dramatic actor for his role as the ill-fated Christopher. Aida Turturro, who played Tony’s tough sister Janice, and Lorraine Bracco, who co-starred as his uneasy psychiatrist Dr. Melfi, were nominated for supporting actress.

Along with Miss Ferrera in the lead comedy actress category were Felicity Huffman of “Desperate Housewives,” Tina Fey of “30 Rock,” Mary-Louise Parker of “Weeds” and last year’s winner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus of “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

Their actor counterparts included last year’s winner, Tony Shalhoub of “Monk,” Ricky Gervais of “Extras,” Steve Carell of “The Office,” Charlie Sheen of “Two and a Half Men” and Alec Baldwin of “30 Rock.”

Nominees for comedy series supporting actor were Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven of “Entourage,” Neil Patrick Harris of “How I Met Your Mother,” Rainn Wilson of “The Office” and Mr. Cryer.

Some categories had six nominees this year rather than the usual five.

Supporting comedy actress nominees included Holland Taylor and Conchata Ferrell of “Two and a Half Men,” Jaime Pressly of “My Name is Earl,” Jenna Fischer of “The Office,” Vanessa Williams of “Ugly Betty” and Elizabeth Perkins of “Weeds.”

Another six-nominee category was best supporting actress in a drama series, with Miss Turturro and Miss Bracco joined by Katherine Heigl, Chandra Wilson and Sandra Oh of “Grey's Anatomy” and Rachel Griffiths of “Brothers & Sisters.”

Besides Mr. Knight and Mr. Imperioli, drama series supporting actor bids went to William Shatner of “Boston Legal,” “Lost” actors Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn, and Masi Oka of “Heroes.”

Despite receiving the most overall nominations, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” did not receive any bids for lead acting. The HBO movie starred Adam Beach as a Sioux physician struggling with assimilation.

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