Disc Favorites 'Game of Thrones,' 'Breaking Bad' Among Top Emmy Nominees10 Jul, 2014 By: John Latchem
A mix of new and old favorites dominated the nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, with HBO’s “Game of Thrones” topping the list with 19, while the much-celebrated “Breaking Bad” scored 16 nominations.
In major categories, “Game of Thrones” earned nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Peter Dinklage and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Lena Headey. HBO has yet to announce the fourth season on disc, but episodes are available through HBO Go, and the first three seasons are among the bestselling TV releases on disc.
“Breaking Bad,” which concluded its run last September, earned major nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Bryan Cranston, Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Aaron Paul and Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Anna Gunn. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released the complete series on DVD and Blu-ray.
FX’s “Fargo,” based on the 1996 film, earned 18 nominations, including Outstanding Miniseries, Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton, Supporting Actor for Colin Hanks and Supporting Actress for Allison Tolman. While Fox has yet to announce a home video release date, the discs are available for preorder on Amazon and episodes are available online.
Fox’s American Horror Story: Coven earned 17 nominations, including Outstanding Miniseries, Lead Actress for Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson, and Supporting Actress for Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett.
The HBO movie The Normal Heart, available on DVD and Blu-ray Aug. 26, earned 16 nominations, Including Outstanding Television Movie, Lead Actor for Mark Ruffalo, Supporting Actress for Julia Roberts and Supporting Actor for Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello, Alfred Molina and Matt Bomer.
Parsons was also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for “The Big Bang Theory,” which earned seven nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Supporting Actress for Mayim Bialik. Warner releases the seventh season on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 16.
The top broadcast network show in terms of nominations was Fox’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, with 12, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. The 13-part science program is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
HBO’s True Detective also earned 12 nominations, with the eight-episode first-season arc submitted in the Drama Series rather than Miniseries categories.. Nominations include Outstanding Drama Series, with stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson both up for Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
PBS’s “Downton Abbey,” the fourth season of which is available on DVD and Blu-ray, earned 12 nominations as well, including Outstanding Drama Series.
The “Sherlock” movie His Last Vow earned 12 nominations as well, including for Outstanding Television Movie, Lead Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Supporting Actor for Martin Freeman. The movie is available on DVD and Blu-ray from BBC as part of the third volume of the series, a modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes.
Meanwhile, Netflix built upon its breakthrough Emmy success last year by securing nominations for five of its programs, including 13 for the much-hyped “House of Cards” and 12 for the popular prison dramedy “Orange Is the New Black.”
Nominations for “Cards,” the second season of which is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Sony Pictures, include Outstanding Drama Series, Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Kevin Spacey, and Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Robin Wright.
“Orange Is the New Black” is up for Outstanding Comedy Series, Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Taylor Schilling and Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Kate Mulgrew. The first season is on DVD and Blu-ray from Lionsgate.
Other Netflix nominations include Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Ricky Gervais, four nominations for documentary The Square, and a nomination for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking for Brave Miss World.
A full list of nominees is available at Emmys.tv. Winners will be announced Aug. 25 on NBC, with the Creative Arts awards handed out Aug. 16.