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And the 2014 Emmys Nominees Are…

Who got love, who got the brush-off, and how our predictions held up

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The 2014 Emmy nominations were announced early this morning. As always, there were a few surprises—some good, some not.

THE BIG TALLY: To no one's surprise, HBO led all networks—cable, traditional, and broadband—in nominations, raking in 99. The goodwill was spread across established shows like Game of Thrones (19; more than any other show), Veep (9), and Boardwalk Empire (7) as well as the TV movie The Normal Heart (16) and newcomers True Detective (12) and Silicon Valley (5). Netflix also scored big; with only a few shows up for consideration—most notably Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards—it still managed to earn 31 nominations. 

HOT: FX is having a fantastic year! It had the second and third most nominated shows: Fargo earned 18 nods while American Horror Story: Coven received 17. True Detective, which many thought should have been in the miniseries category (along with American Horror Story), had no trouble holding its own against other dramas. It received 12 nominations, including two in the lead actor category, which means Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson will be comepting against each other. 

ON THE UPSWING: When it comes to comedy, it looks like Emmy voters are finally catching up with America (at least a little bit). Portlandia, which received two nominations last year, got six this year. Key & Peele, which only earned one nod last year (and none the year before), got four this year. And we were worried it wouldn't be noticed at all. Two newcomers, Showtime's Masters of Sex and HBO's Silicon Valley, did well, both earning five nods apiece.

LUKEWARMHomeland, which received 11 nominations last year (and took home two trophies), only got four this year. Girls also slipped, only pulling in two nominations compared to last year's five.

COLD: Shopping-portal-turned-content-provider Amazon lobbied hard for Alpha House, but the political comedy starring John Goodman got no love. Orphan Black, an avidly watched sci-fi show that airs on BBC America, was also shut out. For lead actress Tatiana Maslany, who plays so many characters we've stopped counting, that's practically criminal. Longmire was, as we predicted, ignored yet again.

PLEASANT SURPRISES: We were happy to see that Derek earned a nod for Ricky Gervais for lead actor in a comedy series while IFC's spoof miniseries, The Spoils of Babylon, earned two nominations, one for Kristen Wiig for lead actress and another for its main title music.

Here's the rundown of the 2014 Emmy nominees by the numbers. At the bottom of the post you'll find a list of nominees in the top categories.

BY SHOW
(among those with at least five nominations)
Game of Thrones – 19 nominations
Fargo – 18 nominations
American Horror Story: Coven – 17 nominations
Breaking Bad – 16 nominations
The Normal Heart – 16 nominations
Saturday Night Live – 14 nominations
House of Cards – 13 nominations
True Detective – 12 nominations
Orange Is The New Black – 12 nominations
Downton Abbey – 12 nominations
Modern Family – 10 nominations
The Voice – 10 nominations
Veep – 9 nominations
Mad Men – 8 nominations
The Big Bang Theory: 7 nominations
Boardwalk Empire – 7 nominations
Portlandia – 6 nominations
The Colbert Report – 6 nominations
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – 6 nominations
The Good Wife – 5 nominations
Masters of Sex – 5 nominations
Louie – 5 nominations
Silicon Valley – 5 nominations

BY NETWORK
(among those with at least 10 nominations)
HBO – 99 nominations
CBS – 47 nominations
NBC – 46 nominations
FX – 45 nominations
ABC – 37 nominations
PBS – 34 nominations
Netflix – 31 nominations
Showtime – 24 nominations
Comedy Central – 21 nominations
FOX – 18 nominations
Lifetime – 17 nominations
FOX/NatGeo – 12 nominations
Starz – 11 nominations
Discovery Channel – 10 nominations
 

FIRST TIME NOMINEES
Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black)
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)
Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex)
Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards)
Gary Cole (Veep)
Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black)
Daniel Craig (One Life)
Chris Diamantapolous (Disney Mickey Mouse)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing On The Edge)
Stephen Full (Dog With A Blog)
Colin Hanks (Fargo)
Lena Headey (Game Of Thrones)
Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is The New Black)
Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart)
Kate Mara (House of Cards)
Kate Mckinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Alfred Molina (The Normal Heart)
Joe Morton (Scandal)
Kate Mulgrew (Orange Is The New Black)
Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)
Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black)
Henry Strozier (Too Cute!)
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)
Allison Tolman (Fargo)

BY CATEGORY
(The top 18 categories are below; the full list of nominees is available on the Emmys site.)

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Louie
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Veep

Outstanding Miniseries 
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
Fargo
Luther
Treme
The White Queen

Outstanding Television Movie 
Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Last Vow
The Trip to Bountiful

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards 

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Lizzie Caplan, Masters of Sex
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards 

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luthor
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon 

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black 

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Josh Charles, The Good Wife

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife 

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart 

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep 

Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Reality Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

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