The nominations for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced at the crack of dawn Thursday (July 14) — 5:40 a.m. PT, to be exact — and while reigning Outstanding Comedy Series champ “Glee” is currently undergoing some major casting shake-ups, the show’s ensemble still did well in the nominations department.
Last year’s Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series winner Jane Lynch, who is also hosting the ceremony this year, will once again try for a supporting Emmy, as will Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer. 2010 nominee Lea Michele did not garner a nomination this time around. The musical dramedy also won nominations for guest stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristin Chenoweth and Dot-Marie Jones.
As expected, there were some major upsets and shockers in each Emmy category, but perhaps none more apparent then the wildly popular HBO drama “True Blood” being shut out of all major categories, including Outstanding Drama Series and all major acting races.
Actress Melissa McCarthy’s year, on the other hand, just continues to get better. In addition to her star-making turn in the breakout comedy “Bridesmaids,” McCarthy became a first-time Emmy nominee for her work on the sitcom “Mike & Molly.” The actress got the news firsthand as she, along with “Fringe” star Joshua Jackson, announced the nominations for the 2011 Emmy Awards Thursday morning.
But the stunned McCarthy wasn’t the only one to have a good morning in Hollywood. McCarthy’s “Bridesmaids” co-star Kristen Wiig garnered her second nomination in the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category for her work on “Saturday Night Live.” She’s up against the women of “Modern Family” and Betty White for “Hot in Cleveland.”
“SNL,” which was nominated for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series, also brought some good luck to Justin Timberlake, who earned four Emmy nominations. The “Friends With Benefits” star was nominated for his appearance as host (he’ll go against the likes of Matt Damon and fellow “SNL” host Zach Galifianakis in the guest category) as well as winning three nominations for his musical contributions including “Jack Sparrow” and the Lady Gaga-featured “3-Way.” “SNL” vet Tina Fey found herself a double nominee thanks to her “SNL” hosting appearance and another Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series nomination for her work on “30 Rock.”
But no comedy series cast had a better morning than the “Modern Family” ensemble. The show racked up an impressive 17 nominations, just behind cable dramas “Mad Men” (19 nods) and “Boardwalk Empire (18), with the entire cast (well, the adults, anyway) — Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, last year’s winner Eric Stonestreet and first-time nominee Ed O’Neill — all nominated in the supporting-actor/actress comedy series categories.
Several stars were rewarded with nominations for their final year of work on their respective series. Steve Carell, who departed from Outstanding Comedy Series nominee “The Office” (which is competing against “The Big Bang Theory,” “Glee,” “Modern Family,” “Parks and Recreation” and “30 Rock”) towards the end of its seventh season, garnered another nomination in the Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (Carell has never won). Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton of “Friday Night Lights,” whose final season wraps up this year, both earned lead acting nominations in the drama categories. “FNL” also scored with a nomination in the Outstanding Drama Series category, against “Boardwalk Empire,” “Dexter,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife” and “Mad Men.”
Newcomer “Game of Thrones” did well for HBO, the most-nominated network this year. In addition to the drama nod, the series adapted from George R.R. Martin’s books also found a nomination for Peter Dinklage in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series race.
Other notable actor nominees this year include Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) and Kate Winslet (“Mildred Pierce”). HBO’s “Mildred Pierce” is the most-nominated work for 2011.
Check out more nominees below, and for nominations in all Emmy categories, visit Emmy.com. The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Fox on Sunday, September 18, at 8:00 p.m.
Reality Competition: “The Amazing Race,” American Idol,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “Project Runway,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Top Chef”
Reality host: Tom Bergeron (“Dancing With the Stars”), Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”), Phil Keoghan (“The Amazing Race”), Jeff Probst (“Survivor”), Ryan Seacrest (“American Idol”)
Animated Series: “The Cleveland Show,” “Robot Chicken,” “The Simpsons,” “South Park,” “Futurama”
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: “The Colbert Report,” “Conan,” “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” “Real Time With Bill Maher,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”