2012 Emmy Nominations Announced

Every year, we wonder what surprises Emmy voters have in store for us this time, and most years we're disappointed to find it's the same exact shows and people who got nominated last year. Yes, Modern Family, I'm looking at you. Four out of six names in one category? Again? Now that's just greedy.

Still, the usual suspects managed to make room for some newly dominant names as well. Downton Abbey has some six acting nominations this year over last year's two, while Breaking Bad, left entirely out of last year's ceremonies due to its scheduling, is more powerful than ever with nominations for Anna Gunn and Giancarlo Esposito this time around. And as you probably guessed from the header image, Sherlock's leads are getting some well-deserved recognition this time. With regard to freshman series, it's nice to see that both Girls and New Girl are getting some attention from voters.

But sorry, comedy nerds — there's still nothing out there for Community, Happy Endings, or Ron Swanson. At least Louis C.K. managed to get into the Best Actor category again.

You'll have to head over to the Emmy website to get a list of all nominees, but hit the jump to get a look at some of the key categories.

Outstanding Drama Series:

Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

Homeland

Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Kathy Bates, Harry's Law

Glenn Close, Damages

Claire Danes, Homeland

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Joanne Froggat, Downton Abbey

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad

Jared Harris, Mad Men

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie:

American Horror Story

Game Change

Hatfields & McCoys

Hemingway & Gellhorn

Luther

Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:

Connie Britton, American Horror Story

Ashley Judd, Missing

Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Julianne Moore, Game Change

Emma Thompson, The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:

Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys

Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Idris Elba, Luther

Woody Harrelson, Game Change

Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:

Frances Conroy, American Horror Story

Judy Davis, Page Eight (Masterpiece)

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Sarah Paulson, Game Change

Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:

Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys

Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Ed Harris, Game Change

Denis O'Hare, American Horror Story

David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Outstanding Variety Series:

The Colbert Report

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Real Time with Bill Maher

Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Reality Program:

The Amazing Race

Dancing With the Stars

Project Runway

So You Think You Can Dance

Top Chef

The Voice

Outstanding Host for a Reality:

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers

Outstanding Comedy Series:

The Big Bang Theory

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Girls

Modern Family

30 Rock

Veep

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly

Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Louis C.K., Louie

Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Supporting Actress in Comedy Series:

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Merritt Weaver, Nurse Jackie

Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actor in Comedy Series:

Ty Burrell, Modern Family

Max Greenfield, New Girl

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

Ed O'Neill, Modern Family

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, September 23 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Jimmy Kimmel, himself a nominee for his late-night show, will host the live telecast on ABC. Head over to the Emmys website for a list of all nominees, including those that weren't named here.