It’s time for my Big Bold 2012 Emmy Nomination Predictions!

Thursday morning July 19th is the day all of the television industry has been looking towards as this year’s Emmy Nominations are announced. We should expect last year’s winners Mad Men and Modern Family to be at the top of the heap again. However, we could see a few other series top them for overall nominations including Breaking Bad, Parks & Recreation, The Good Wife, and Game of Thrones. Some newbies are likely to make a big mark like New Girl and especially Homeland which should rack up a lot of nods. Check back here on Thursday for all the nominees and check out my big bold predictions below… I’m rooting for a few long shots like The Killing and its superb cast, Smash‘s Megan Hilty, Casey Wilson from Happy Endings and Jeff Perry from Scandal. How about you?

My Big Bold 2012 Emmy Nomination Predictions~

Drama Series:
Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Homeland, Mad Men
~spoilers: Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Justified

Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Louie, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock
~ spoilers: New Girl, Veep, Happy Endings, Glee

Lead Actor Drama:
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Kelsey Grammar (Boss), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Hugh Laurie (House), Damian Lewis (Homeland)
~spoilers: Steve Buscemi (Boarkwalk Empire), Dustin Hoffman (Luck), Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

Lead Actress Drama:
Clare Danes (Homeland), Glenn Close (Damages), Mirielle Enos (The Killing), Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife), Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Kyra Sedgewick (The Closer)
~ spoilers: Michelle Dockrey (Downton Abbey), Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law), Debra Messing (Smash)

Lead Actor Comedy:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiams), Louis C.K. (Louie), Joel McHale (Community), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation)
~spoilers: Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men),

Lead Actress Comedy:
Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep), Laura Linney (The Big C), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)
~spoilers: Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Laura Dern (Enlightened)

Supporting Actor Drama:
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad). Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), John Slattery (Mad Men)
~spoilers: Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Jared Harris (Mad Men), Jeff Perry (Scandal), Joel Kinnaman (The Killing)

Supporting Actress Drama:
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Lena Heady (Game of Thrones), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Archie Penjabi (The Good Wife), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
~spoilers: Kelly MacDonald (Boardwalk Empire) Megan Hilty (Smash), Michelle Forbes (The Killing), Jamie Anne Allman (The Killing), Rose Byrne (Damages)

Supporting Actor Comedy:
Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Ed O’Neil (Modern Family), Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
~ spoilers: Chris Colfer (Glee), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Oliver Platt (The Big C)

Supporting Actress Comedy:
Julie Bowen (Modern Familly), Jane Lynch (Glee), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), Casey Wilson (Happy Endings)
~ spoilers: Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation) , Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope)

Guest Actor Drama:
Alfred Molina (Harry’s Law), Michael J. Fox (The Good Wife), Robert Morse (Mad Men), Edward James Olmos (Dexter), Matthew Perry (The Good Wife), Fred Willard (The Closer)
~spoilers: Mos Def (Dexter) , T.R. Knight (Law & Order: SVU), Jeremy Davies (Justified), Chris Messina (Damages)

Guest Actress Drama:
Joan Cusack (Shameless), Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy), Lucy Liu (SouthLAnd), Bernadette Peters (Smash), Carrie Preston (The Good Wife), Jean Smart (Harry’s Law)
~spoilers: Anika Noni Rose (The Good Wife), Julia Ormond (Mad Men), Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife), Uma Thurman (Smash)

Guest Actor Comedy:
Matt Bomer (Glee), Bobby Cannavale (Nurse Jackie), Michael J. Fox (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Greg Kinnear (Modern Family), James Marsden (30 Rock), Paul Rudd (Parks & Recreation)
~spoilers: Wil Arnett (30 Rock), Ricky Martin (Glee), Jimmy Fallon (Saturday Night Live), Bobby Cannavale (Modern Family)

Guest Actress Comedy:
Ellen Barkin (Modern Family), Patricia Clarkson (Parks & Recreation), Kathryn Hahn (Parks & Recreation), Melissa McCarthy (Saturday Night Live), Mary Steenburgen (30 Rock), Elaine Stritch (30 Rock)
~spoilers: Megan Mullaly (Parks & Recreation), Dot Marie Jones (Glee), Chloe Moretz Grace (30 Rock) , Robin Wright (Enlightened)

Reality Competition Show:
The Amazing Race, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, Project Runway, Top Chef, So You Think You Can Dance
~spoilers: The Voice, RuPaul’s Drag Race

Reality Host:
Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), Phil Koeghan (The Amazing Race), Jeff Probst (Survivor), Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
~spoilers: RuPaul Charles (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Heidi Klum (Project Runway), Padma Laksmi (Top Chef)

TV Movie/ Miniseries:
American Horror Story, Game Change, The Hatfields & The McCoys, Hemingway & Gelhorn, Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia, The Hour
~spoilers: Page Eight, Luther, Great Expectaions

Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Benedict Cumberpatch (Sherlock: Scandal in Belgravia), Idris Elba (Luther), Woody Harrelson (Game Change), Clive Owen (Hemingway & Gelhorn), Bill Paxton (The Hatfields & The McCoys)
~spoilers: Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys),Bill Nighy (Page Eight)

Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Connie Britton (American Horror Story), Patricia Clarkson (Five), Nicole Kidman (Hemingway & Gelhorn), Julianna Moore (Game Change), Emily Watson (Appropriate Adult)
~spoiler: Rachel Weisz (Page Eight)

Supporting Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Ralph Fiennes (Page Eight), Martin Freeman (Sherlock: Scandal in Balgravia), Ed Harris (Game Change), Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story), David Strathairn (Hemingway & Gelhorn)
~spoilers: Michael Gambon (Page Eight), Powers Boothe (Hatfields & the McCoys)

Supporting Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Gillian Anderson (Great Expectations), Judy Davis (Page Eight), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), Sarah Paulson (Game Change), Mare Winningham (Hatfields & McCoys)
~spoilers: Frances Conroy (American Horror Story), Ruth Wilson (Luther)


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