Emmy Awards Presented Aug. 25; Nominees Include "The Normal Heart," Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Bryan Cranston and More

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25 Aug 2014

Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
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The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring excellence in television, are held Aug. 25 at the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. 

NBC broadcasts the ceremony live beginning at 8 PM ET.

Leading the pack of nominees are "Game of Thrones," "Fargo" and "American Horror Story: Coven," which earned 19, 18 and 17 nominations, respectively.

The film adaptation of Larry Kramer's Tony Award-winning play The Normal Heart received 16 nominations, including one for Mark Ruffalo, who was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his performance as Ned Weeks. Julia Roberts, who played Dr. Emma Brookner, was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, while Jim Parsons, Tony winner Joe Mantello, Alfred Molina and Matt Bomer all received nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. Kramer received a nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special for the film's script, and Ryan Murphy received a nomination for Outstanding Directing for Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special.

As previously announced, Creative Arts Emmy Awards were given out Aug. 16. Winners included stage veteran Allison Janney, "The Sound of Music Live!," Joe Morton, Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda for their song "Bigger" at the 67th Annual Tony Awards and Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in "Orange Is The New Black."



(The Tony Awards received seven nominations: Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special
; Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special
; Outstanding Music Direction; 
Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics; 
Outstanding Special Class Program; Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special; 
and Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special.)

Bryan Cranston, who won the 2014 Best Actor Tony Award for his performance as Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way, was nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for "Breaking Bad," alongside Tony winner Kevin Spacey, who was nominated for his performance as Frank Underwood in "House of Cards," and Tony nominee Jeff Daniels, who plays Will McAvoy in "The Newsroom." 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nominees include Tony winner Maggie Smith, who plays Dowager Countess in "Downton Abbey," and Tony winner Christine Baranski, who plays Diane Lockhart in "The Good Wife."

Tony winner Mandy Patinkin, who plays Saul Berenson in "Homeland," was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Nominees for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series include Tony nominee Allison Janney, who plays Margaret Scully in "Masters of Sex"; Jane Fonda, who plays Leona Lansing in "The Newsroom"; and Tony nominee Margo Martindale, who plays Claudia in "The Americans." Two-time Tony winner Robert Morse, who played Bertram Cooper on "Mad Men," was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

"Nurse Jackie" star and Tony nominee Edie Falco was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, while William H. Macy, who stars as Frank Gallagher in "Shameless," and Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper on "The Big Bang Theory," were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Janney received a second nomination for her performance as Bonnie in "Mom."

Nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series include Adam Driver, who plays Adam Sackler on "Girls," and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell Pritchett on "Modern Family." "OITNB" actress Laverne Cox also made Emmy history, becoming the first openly transgender individual to earn a Primetime Emmy nomination. 

Nominees for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie include Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson for "American Horror Story: Coven," as well as Cicely Tyson, who reprised her Tony-winning role as Carrie Watts in "The Trip To Bountiful."

Paris Barclay was nominated for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for the hit musical TV show "Glee."

Tony winner James Lapine received a nomination for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special for the documentary "Six By Sondheim," about award-winning theatrical composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim

The Sound of Music Live!, starring Carrie Underwood, received four nominations: Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special, which went to Beth McCarthy Miller and Rob Ashford; Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special; Outstanding Music Direction; and Outstanding Special Class Program. 

The film adaptation of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful, produced by Bill Haber and Tony nominee Hallie Foote, was nominated for Best Television Movie. 

"Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn," the historic concert in which the award-winning actress and singer performed at the Barclays Center and which aired on PBS' "Great Performances," received a nomination for Outstanding Music Direction. 

Presenters include two-time Tony winner Viola Davis (Fences, King Hedley II), Debra Messing (Outside Mullingar, "Will and Grace"), Tony nominee Allison Janney (A View From the Bridge, 9 to 5), Keegan-Michael Key ("Fargo," "Reno 911!"), Lucy Liu (God of Carnage, "Elementary"), Jordan Peele ("MADtv," "Fargo"), Andy Samberg ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Saturday Night Live"), Octavia Spencer ("The Help," "Fruitvale Station"), Sofia Vergara (Chicago, "Modern Family"), Tony winner Bryan Cranston (All The Way, "Breaking Bad"), Julia Roberts ("The Normal Heart," Three Days of Rain), and Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife," Festen).

"Voice" hosts Gwen Stefani and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine also present, as well as Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl," "[500] Days of Summer"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep," "Seinfeld"), Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory," Harvey) and Amy Poehler ("Saturday Night Live," "Parks and Recreation").

Visit emmys.com for a complete list of nominations and more information.