- Associated Press - Thursday, July 19, 2012

Nominees in major categories for the 2012 Emmy Awards announced Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

Drama Series: “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO; “Breaking Bad,” AMC; “Downton Abbey,” PBS; “Game of Thrones,” HBO; “Homeland,” Showtime; “Mad Men,” AMC.

Comedy Series: “The Big Bang Theory,”CBS; “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” HBO; “Girls,” HBO; “Modern Family,”ABC; “30 Rock,”NBC; “Veep,” HBO.

Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie: “American Horror Story,” FX Networks; “Game Change,” HBO; “Hatfields & McCoys,” History; “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” HBO; “Luther,” BBC America; “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece),” PBS.

Actor, Drama Series: Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO; Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad,” AMC; Michael C. Hall, “Dexter,” Showtime; Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey,” PBS; Damian Lewis, “Homeland,” Showtime; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men,” AMC.

Actress, Drama Series: Glenn Close, “Damages,” DirecTV; Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey,” PBS; Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife,” CBS; Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law,” NBC; Claire Danes, “Homeland,” Showtime; Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men,” AMC.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad,” AMC; Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad,” AMC; Brendan Coyle, “Downton Abbey,” PBS; Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey,” PBS; Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones,” HBO; Jared Harris, “Mad Men,” AMC.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad,” AMC; Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey,” PBS; Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey,” PBS; Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife,” CBS; Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife,” CBS; Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men,” AMC.

Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,”CBS; Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” HBO; Don Cheadle, “House of Lies,” Showtime; Louis C.K., “Louie,” FX Networks; Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock,”NBC; Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men,” CBS.

Actress, Comedy Series: Lena Dunham, “Girls,” HBO: Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly,” CBS; Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl,” Fox; Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime; “Parks and Recreation,” NBC; Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation,” NBC; Tina Fey, “30 Rock,”NBC; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family,”ABC; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family,”ABC; Ty Burrell, “Modern Family,”ABC; Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family,”ABC; Max Greenfield, “New Girl,” Fox; Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory,”CBS; Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives,” ABC; Julie Bowen, “Modern Family,”ABC; Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family,”ABC; Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime; Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC.

Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Woody Harrelson, “Game Change,” HBO; Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys,” History; Bill Paxton, “Hatfields & McCoys,” History; Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” HBO; Idris Elba, “Luther,” BBC America; Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece),” PBS.

Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Connie Britton, “American Horror Story,” FX Networks; Julianne Moore, “Game Change,” HBO; Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” HBO; Ashley Judd, “Missing,” ABC; Emma Thompson, “The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece),” PBS.

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Denis O’Hare, “American Horror Story,” FX Networks; Ed Harris, “Game Change,” HBO; Tom Berenger, “Hatfields & McCoys,” History; David Strathairn, “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” HBO; Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece),” PBS.

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story,” FX Networks; Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story,” FX Networks; Sarah Paulson, “Game Change,” HBO; Mare Winningham, “Hatfields & McCoys,” History; Judy Davis, “Page Eight (Masterpiece),” PBS.

Reality Program: “Antiques Roadshow,” PBS; “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” ABC; “MythBusters,” Discovery Channel; “Shark Tank,” ABC; “Undercover Boss,” CBS; “Who Do You Think You Are?” NBC.

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.

Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central; “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central; “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” ABC; “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” NBC; “Real Time With Bill Maher,” HBO; “Saturday Night Live,” NBC.

Children’s Program: “Degrassi,” TeenNick; “Good Luck Charlie,” Disney Channel; “iCarly,” Nickelodeon; “Victorious,” Nickelodeon; “Wizards of Waverly Place,” Disney Channel.