HBO Nominated for 104 Emmy Awards®; HBO Films for 23

Jul 14, 2011

When the nominations were announced for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards® in Los Angeles today, HBO was honored 104 times—the most of any network for the 11th straight year.

HBO Films took in 23 nominations, with 11 for Too Big to Fail and nine for Cinema Verite, both of which were nominated in the Outstanding Miniseries or Movie category alongside 'Mildred Pierece,' and three for Thurgood. William Hurt's portrayal of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson earned him his second nomination, for Outstanding Lead Actor. James Woods and Paul Giamatti were both nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor, their eighth and second nominations, respectively. Curtis Hanson was nominated for Outstanding Directing and Peter Gould for Outstanding Writing. For Cinema Verite, Diane Lane received her second career nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress, and Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini received their first nomination for Outstanding Directing. Laurence Fishburne's portrayal of Justice Thurgood Marshall earned him a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor, his fifth career nomination.

The HBO miniseries 'Mildred Pierce' received 21 total nominations, more than any other program. It was nominated in the newly combined category of Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. Kate Winslet was nominated for her portrayal of the title character, her second Emmy nomination. Guy Pearce and Brian F. O'Byrne both received their first career Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Melissa Leo and Evan Rachel Wood also earned the first nomination, and Mare Winningham her sixth, all of them for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Director Todd Haynes received his first Emmy nomination, for Outstanding Directing. Costume designer Ann Roth received her third career nomination in the category of Outstanding Costumes. The miniseries was also nominated in the categories of Art Direction, Casting, Cinematography, Editing (Single-Camera), Writing, Hairstyling, Makeup, Dramatic Score, Main Title Theme Music, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Special Visual Effects.

'Boardwalk Empire' received 18 nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama Series. Steve Buscemi's portrayal of Nucky Thompson earned him a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor, his fourth career nomination. Kelly Macdonald's turn as Margaret Shroeder earned her a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress, her second nomination. Two episodes garnered nominations for Outstanding Directing, the pilot episode directed by Martin Scorsese and Jeremy Podeswa's "Anastasia." The series placed three nominees in the category for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera series. It also received nominations for Casting, Art Direction, Costumes and Hairstyling. And on the technical front, the series received recognition in the fields of Editing, Main Title Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Special Visual Effects.

'Game of Thrones' received 13 nominations, including one for Outstanding Drama Series. Peter Dinklage earned his first nomination for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category. Tim Van Patten received his eighth nomination for directing the show's pilot episode. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were nominated for writing the episode "Baelor." The show also received nominations for Casting, Costumes, Makeup, Prosthetic Makeup and Hairstyling, as well as Special Effects, Sound Editing, Stunt Coordination and Main Title Design.

HBO Specials received 14 total nominations, with Lady GaGa Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden earning five, The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway earning three, Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking earning two and Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On earning one—and all of which secured nominations in the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Colin Quinn: Long Story Short, Ricky Gervais: Out of England 2 – The Stand-Up Special and Robert Klein: Unfair & Unbalanced all received nominations as well.
HBO Documentaries earned eight nominations, with four for 'Gasland,' two for 'If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise,' and one each for 'His Way' and 'Masterclass.' The HBO Family special 'A Child's Garden of Poetry' earned one nomination.

'True Blood' was nominated for four awards, including Alfre Woodard's 16th career nomination, for Outstanding Guest Actress. 'Big Love' received one nomination, including Bruce Dern's first, for Outstanding Guest Actor. 'Real Time With Bill Maher' was nominated for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series for the seventh consecutive year. Only six of HBO's 104 nominations are from programs that have been nominated in previous years.