It's a very darling sort of year for the Emmys with critical/Internet/real people favs like Girls, Breaking Bad, Homeland, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock popping up in multiple categories. Mad Men and American Horror Story lead with 17 nominations. Somewhat weirdly, American Horror Story qualifies for the miniseries categories because, as Vulture explained earlier this year, "the miniseries distinction is reserved for programming that has a story line that gets resolved in a single season." This logic led the first season of Downton Abbey to be considered by the Emmys as a miniseries last year, although that was bullshit then (clearly Mary and Matthew had more heart-dragging to do — no one could have possibly thought that the first season finale constituted resolution). It's a bit more understandable in the case of American Horror Story, which will focus on an entirely different story every season, but it's still a little weird since we know several characters from last time around will return. (Actually, word is that returning actors will not be reprising their Season 1 roles but take up all new ones. Jessica Lange, for example, is supposed to play a nun.) No matter - whatever it takes for a show so batshit crazy to be regarded as distinguished is fine with me.

Lena Dunham gets nods in the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series. If she is not the youngest woman to ever pop up in that last category, she must be close to it. Girls is also nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series. Hi, haters.

People talk about this being a new Golden Age of television, and these nominations serve as a reminder. Look at how good the overwhelming majority of this stuff is. The Outstanding Drama Series category alone is beautiful. I'd be thrilled if most of those win (though I'm pulling for Homeland).

The rest of the key nominations are below. There are many more that I didn't format, which you can read at the Emmys' official site. Truthfully, I didn't want to spoil the scintillating details of the Outstanding Special Class - Short-format Nonfiction Programs and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Comedy Series. Can't give you everything.

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Modern Family
30 Rock

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Lena Dunham, Girls
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Don Cheadle, House Of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jon Cryer, Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara , Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock
Margaret Cho , 30 Rock
Kathy Bates, Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

Michael J. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Greg Kinnear, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale , Nurse Jackie
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Will Arnett , 30 Rock
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series

Robert B. Weide, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Lena Dunham, Girls
Louis C.K., Louie
Jason Winer, Modern Family
Steven Levitan, Modern Family
Jake Kasdan, New Girl

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Chris McKenna, Community
Lena Dunham, Girls
Louis C.K, Louie
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation
Michael Schur, Parks And Recreation

Outstanding Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game Of Thrones
Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Glenn Close, Damages
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kathy Bates, Harry's Law
Claire Danes, Homeland
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle , Downton Abbey
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game Of Thrones
Jared Harris, Mad Men

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife
Loretta Devine, Grey's Anatomy
Jean Smart, Harry's Law
Julia Ormond, Mad Men
Joan Cusack, Shameless
Uma Thurman, Smash

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

Mark Margolis, Breaking Bad
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Jeremy Davies, Justified
Ben Feldman, Mad Men
Jason Ritter, Parenthood

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire
Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad
Brian Percival, Downton Abbey
Michael Cuesta, Homeland
Phil Abraham, Mad Men

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey
Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, Homeland
Semi Chellas and Matthew Weiner, Mad Men
Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton, Mad Men
Erin Levy and Matthew Weiner, Mad Men

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

American Horror Story
Game Change
Hatfields & McCoys
Hemingway & Gellhorn
Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Ashley Judd, Missing
Emma Thompson, The Song Of Lunch (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Idris Elba, Luther
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or A Movie

Frances Conroy, American Horror Story
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Mare Winningham, Hatfields & McCoys
Judy Davis, Page Eight (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Denis O'Hare, American Horror Story
Ed Harris, Game Change
Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys
David Strathairn, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special

Jay Roach, Game Change
Kevin Reynolds, Hatfields & McCoys
Philip Kaufman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Sam Miller, Luther
Paul McGuigan, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special

Danny Strong, Game Change
Ted Mann, Ronald Parker and Bill Kerby, Hatfields & McCoys
Abi Morgan, The Hour
Neil Cross, Luther
Steven Moffat, Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)

Outstanding Variety Series

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

Outstanding Variety Special

Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America's Golden Girl
Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker
The Kennedy Center Honors
Mel Brooks And Dick Cavett Together Again
Tony Bennett: Duets II (Great Performances)

Outstanding Special Class Programs

84th Annual Academy Awards
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards
Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel And The LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin (Great Performances)
Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theatre
65th Annual Tony Awards

Outstanding Special Class - Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Programs

Childrens Hospital
The Daily Show Correspondents Explain
Parks And Recreation: April And Andy's Road Trip
30 Rock: The Webisodes
Web Therapy

Outstanding Animated Program

American Dad!
Bob's Burgers
The Penguins Of Madagascar: The Return Of The Revenge Of Dr. Blowhole
The Simpsons

Outstanding Short-format Animated Program

Adventure Time
Disney Phineas And Ferb
Regular Show
Robot Chicken

Outstanding Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
Shark Tank
Undercover Boss
Who Do You Think You Are?

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program

Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

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