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The 2011 Emmy awards announced this morning

2011 Prime Time Emmy Nominations: Mildred Pierce, Mad Men the Big Winners

HBO’s mini-series Mildred Pierce has been honored with 21 prime time Emmy nominations, the most of this year’s crop of series, mini-series and TV movies. The five-part drama, starring Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road) and Guy Pearce (Memento), is a remake of a 1945 movie saga, telling the story of a proud single mother trying to provide the best life possible for her daughter in the midst of the Great Depression and beyond.

The 63rd annual Prime Time Emmy Award nominations were announced this morning by Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe). Mad Men, AMC’s drama set in the advertising world of the 1960s led the field of television series with 19 nominations, including best drama, lead dramatic actor, and lead dramatic actress.

Once again, non-network series dominated the nominations in nearly every major category, particularly among scripted dramas. There were not a lot of huge surprises among this year’s crop of nominees.

However, a very sweet moment came during the brief announcement ceremony when Melissa McCarthy heard her own name read as a nominee. Delighted and surprised—and a bit breathless—the first-time Emmy nominee quickly regained her composure to continue reading the nominations list.

The Emmys will be broadcast live on FOX, September 18. A complete list of Emmy nominees can be viewed on the official site.

Who do you think will win? Who’s left out? Let the debate begin in the comments thread below! 

Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Dexter (Showtime)
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Game Of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
 Mad Men (AMC)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Connie Britton (Tami Taylor), Friday Night Lights
Julianna Margulies (Alicia Florrick), The Good Wife
Kathy Bates (Harriet “Harry” Korn), Harry’s Law
Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden), The Killing
Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson), Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Steve Buscemi (Nucky Thompson), Boardwalk Empire
Michael C. Hall  (Dexter Morgan), Dexter
Kyle Chandler (Coach Eric Taylor), Friday Night Lights
Hugh Laurie (Dr. Gregory House), House
Timothy Olyphant (Raylan Givens), Justified
Jon Hamm (Don Draper), Mad Men

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
Modern Family
The Office
Parks And Recreation
30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Laura Linney (Cathy Jamison), The Big C
Melissa McCarthy (Molly Flynn), Mike & Molly
Edie Falco (Jackie Peyton), Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler (Leslie Knope), Parks And Recreation
Martha Plimpton (Virginia Chance), Raising Hope
Tina Fey (Liz Lemon), 30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper), The Big Bang Theory
Johnny Galecki (Leonard Hofstadter), The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc (Matt LeBlanc), Episodes
Louis C.K. (Louie), Louie
Steve Carell (Michael Scott), The Office
Alec Baldwin (Jack Donaghy), 30 Rock

About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, (blogcritics.org). Her Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel, called "Anne Rice meets Michael Crichton," The Apothecary's Curse The Apothecary's Curse is now out from Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books. Her book on the TV series House, M.D., Chasing Zebras is a quintessential guide to the themes, characters and episodes of the hit show. Barnett is an accomplished speaker, an annual favorite at MENSA's HalloWEEM convention, where she has spoken to standing room crowds on subjects as diverse as "The Byronic Hero in Pop Culture," "The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes," "The Hidden History of Science Fiction," and "Our Passion for Disaster (Movies)."

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