Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") and Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") were nominated in the category of Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. London stage star Benedict Cumberbatch (Frankenstein) was nommed for Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for the "Scandal in Belgravia" episode of "Sherlock," the British series that reinvents detective Sherlock Holmes as a 21st-century crime-fighter.
Other 2012 Emmy acting nominees with ties to the stage include Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the late Kathryn Joosten, Edie Falco, Ty Burrell, Maggie Smith, Julianna Margulies, Kathy Bates, Michael C. Hall, Christine Baranski, Merritt Wever, Woody Harrelson, Mare Winningham, Denis O'Hare, David Strathairn, Ed Harris and more.
Presenters for the evening include Tony nominee Bates, Jimmy Fallon, Steve Buscemi, Stephen Colbert, Seth MacFarlane, Aziz Ansari, Kat Dennings, Jane Levy, Hayden Panettiere, Matthew Perry, James Van Der Beek, Damon Wayans, Jr., Andre Braugher, Connie Britton, Louis C.K., Jon Cryer, Claire Danes, Jeremy Davies, Zooey Deschanel, Giancarlo Esposito, Tina Fey, Michael J. Fox, Ricky Gervais, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jon Hamm, Ron Howard, Mindy Kaling, Lucy Liu, Margulies, Melissa McCarthy, Julianne Moore, Parsons, Tony nominee Martha Plimpton, Amy Poehler, Kiefer Sutherland, Emily Van Camp and Kerry Washington.
As previously reported, winners of the 2012 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Sept. 15. They include theatre choreographer Joshua Bergasse ("Smash"), music director Rob Berman ("The Kennedy Center Honors"), songwriters Adam Schlesinger and David Javerbaum (the 2011 Tony Awards) and more.