The AMC drama led the field with 19 nominations, including best drama, actor and actress

By Stephen M. Silverman
July 14, 2011 09:00 AM
Credit: David M. Russell/CBS; Craig Blankenhorn/AMC

Will the Emmys get Mad, as in Men – or will they Rock, as in 30? Or will they fall for a brand new Game of Thrones?

All will be revealed in two months – Glee star Jane Lynch, a supporting actress in a comedy series nominee, will host the 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards from Los Angeles’s Nokia Theatre live on Fox Sept. 18 – but for now, the show to beat is AMC’s ’60s drama about advertising, Mad Men, which led the nominations, with 19. Game of Thrones received 13.

While a complete list of nominees can be found at, those competing in the top categories are:

Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
• Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
• Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
• Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
• Hugh Laurie, House
• Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
• Kathy Bates, Harry s Law
• Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
• Mireille Enos The Killing
• Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
• Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
• Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Comedy Series
Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
The Office
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
• Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
• Steve Carell, The Office
• Louis C.K., Louie
• Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
• Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
• Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
• Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
• Laura Linney, The Big C
• Melissa McCarthy Mike & Molly
• Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
• Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope

Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Reality Competition
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef

Reality Series
Antiques Roadshow
Deadliest Catch
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
Undercover Boss