Hit dramas Mad Men and Downton Abbey, and popular U.S. comedy 30 Rock, look set to dominate the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards after each landing multiple nominations.
Mad Men star Jon Hamm will go up against the likes of Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, while his co-star Elisabeth Moss will battle for the lead actress prize against Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Glenn Close (Damages) and Kathy Bates (Harry's Law) as well as Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife).
The Outstanding Drama Series category will be a tight race - Mad Men, Homeland, Downton Abbey, Dexter, Breaking Bad, and Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire are all in the running, while Outstanding Comedy Series nods go to 30 Rock, Girls, Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Veep, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
The nominees were announced live from Hollywood on Thursday morning (19Jul12) by comedian Jimmy Kimmell, who will host the official 64th annual awards ceremony on 23 September (12), and Kerry Washington.
The main list of nominees is as follows:

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Zooey Deschanel - New Girl
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Melissa MCCarthy - Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler - Parks And Recreation
Lena Dunham - Girls
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Louis C.K. - Louie
Don Cheadle - House of Lies
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Jon Cryer - Two and a Half Men
Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm

Outstanding Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm

Outstanding Drama:
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Mad Men
Game of Thrones
Downton Abbey

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama:
Claire Danes - Homeland
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men
Glenn Close - Damages
Kathy Bates - Harry's Law
Michelle Dockery - Downton Abbey

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama:
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall - Dexter
Jon Hamm - Mad Men
Hugh Bonneville - Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
Damian Lewis - Homeland