HBO received the most overall nominations on Thursday July 14 at a live telecast ceremony led by the President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Melissa McCarthy from CBS’ “Mike & Molly” and Joshua Jackson from FOX’s “Fringe.” There were a total of 104 nominations for HBO. The premium cable television channel famously known for its highly-acclaimed made-for-TV movies and miniseries featured one miniseries based on a classic film from 1945.
“Mildred Pierce” was initially adapted into a motion picture from the novel of the same title by James M. Cain. “Mad Men” received the most nominations for a series at 19 while “Mildred Pierce” garnered the most nominations at 21. 2011’s Emmy nominations were not to be outdone without a few pleasant surprise nominees.
HBO’s “Mildred Pierce” & AMC’s “Mad Men”
Joan Crawford starred in the 1945 film as the title character winning an Oscar for her role. Kate Winslet received a nomination for her title role in the HBO miniseries. This is Winslet’s first Emmy nomination. Besides receiving one for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, it accumulated numerous other supporting acting nominations for Guy Pearce (Monty Beragon), Brian F. O’Byrne ( Bert Pierce), Mare Winningham (Ida), 2011 Oscar winner Melissa Leo (Lucy Gessler) and Evan Rachel Wood (Veda Pierce) as Mildred’s narcissistic daughter. Director Todd Haynes earned an Emmy nom as well.
“Mad Men” is certainly no stranger for being nominated year after year for Emmy Awards. It has won Outstanding Drama Series for three consecutive years. Will it be lucky a fourth time at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards? Once again the nominations poured out for Jon Hamm (Don Draper) and Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson) for the leading acting roles. For best supporting actors they are John Slattery (Roger Sterling) and Christina Hendricks (Joan Harris). Will Jon Hamm finally take home an Emmy now that Bryan Cranston was not nominated?
“The Kennedys” & “Friday Night Lights” Surprise Noms
Originally the 8-part miniseries about America’s perennial political family “The Kennedys” was dropped by the History Channel. However, it still qualified for Emmy consideration by receiving a total of 10 nominations. The ReelzChannel then acquired the miniseries where it now earned Emmy nods for acting including Greg Kinnear (John F. Kennedy), Barry Pepper (Robert Kennedy) and Tom Wilkinson (patriarch Joe Kennedy). Katie Holmes’ portrayal of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was shut out for an Emmy nomination. “The Kennedys” also got one for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.
One of the biggest surprises of all was “Friday Night Lights” Emmy nominations. This was the first time this high school football team dramatic series received any. Not only did it get nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, but for the two lead actors. Betty White and Cloris Leachman each received nominations for their respective comedy series. This time around White’s is for Outstanding Supporting Actress-Comedy while Leachman’s for Outstanding Guest Supporting Actress. Both veteran actresses had recurring roles on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” during the 1970s.
Nominations Presenter Melissa McCarthy is an Emmy Nominee
Melissa McCarthy and Joshua Jackson presented the live telecast Emmy nominations at approximately 8:45 a.m. ET from the Academy’s North Hollywood theatre. It was Jackson who read the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series when McCarthy first learned of her Emmy nomination for “Mike & Molly.” Afterwards, the President of the Academy came out to congratulate her. The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Emmy nominee Jane Lynch of “Glee.” It will be presented live on FOX Sunday, September 18 at 8 p.m. ET